With the long Bank Holiday weekend fast approaching, get ready to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – it’s going to be historic!
To help you on your way, here are six fun ideas for a right-Royal party where you’ll find everything you need from your Clapham Junction businesses …
1. DECORATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS!
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Whether you’re hosting a garden party or joining neighbours in a street party knees-up, you’ll need to get decorating; pull out the Union Jack bunting, blow up the balloons and get those paper hats and flags at the ready, it’s time to get patriotic and celebrate – Rule, Britannia style! Click on the links below and check out these local businesses who’ll soon have you covered in red, white and blue…
Of course, if you fancy making your own, you’ll find bundles of bunting on the official Platinum Jubilee website here…
This is going to be a once in a lifetime event, so don’t forget to send out your invites now – made easier with the help of WH Smith
on St John’s Hill and their Platinum Jubilee Party Invites Pack!
2. A RIGHT-ROYAL AFTERNOON TEA
What could be more quintessentially British than afternoon tea; think finely cut sandwiches, sumptuous scones with strawberries and cream and indulgent cakes and pastries, washed down with a perfectly brewed pot of tea and a glass full of fizz.
Of course, you may want to put on your Mary Berry apron and create this royal feast from scratch, but for those with a little less time on their hands, these local businesses have done all the hard work for you! Freshly prepared delights – perfect for a simply decadent afternoon…
With over 50 types of loose-leaf tea from different countries and regions, visit 2Love Tea & Coffee House and choose from their comprehensive retail range.
For the best of British, you’ll discover some fantastic bottles of English fizz at Philglas & Swiggot on Northcote Road – from a Dorset-made Crémant to a Kent-made Blanc de Blancs – all worthy of Jubilee toasts.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail is a free, augmented reality trail – a fantastic day out for families. Explore Clapham Junction with the help of your augmented reality guide, Sir Barnaby Beacon, as he visits seven memorable and magical friends – like Charlie Crown or Theadora Throne – who have come to life from Buckingham Palace and have ventured out on a day trip.
The trail takes about forty-five minutes to complete, It’s completely free and you’ll win a free, digital fun pack at the end! For full details, visit our What's On & Events page.
4. PLAY DRESS UP (AND MAKE-UP)
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Ever wondered how it would feel to be a Queen for the day, or a day in the life of the heir to the throne. Well, if there was ever an excuse to dress-up as your favourite Royal, this is it! From masks to full-on regal attire, pay a visit to Party and Celebrate on Lavender Hill for a right royal collection of goodies.
Of course, it’s not just about fancy dress. On such a special occasion we’re sure you’ll want your little ones to look their best and, if dressing up means wearing their finest togs, then discover the cute Jubilee collections available at Trotters and JoJo Maman Bébé
on Northcote Road.
5. OLD SCHOOL FUN
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This year, we get to enjoy a long Bank Holiday weekend (yay!), so you’ll need to plan in plenty of Jubilee-inspired fun to keep family and friends thoroughly entertained. Stuck for ideas? Fear not, your local businesses are on hand to help with the best of British, just click the links below…
Arts and crafts:
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For more crafty ideas, click here…
A right-Royal quiz:
Fingers on buzzers, it’s quiz time! If you fancy yourself as a right Royal whizz, this is a great way to get family and friends into the Jubilee spirit – just pick up your copy of The Great British Royal Family Quiz Book from WH Smith on St John’s Hill.
Whether it’s sharing a cuppa with a neighbour on the doorstep or a bigger bash in the street, join millions of people across the UK to share friendship, food and fun with The Big Jubilee Lunch.
We love a bit of traditional grub, so here are a couple of very British recipes to get you in the mood…
Coronation Chicken: Created in 1953 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, this classic is delicious in sandwiches or jacket potatoes. Courtesy of Sainsbury’s (you’ll find local stores in Shopstop, Clapham Junction Station and on St John’s Hill), here’s a simple and tasty recipe to get you started…
Lemon Swiss Roll and Amaretti Trifle: If you love a bit of reality TV, you’ll have been gripped by BBC’s The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking which saw thousands of home bakers enter a competition to find a brand-new pudding to mark the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee. Well, here is the winning recipe and you’ll find all the ingredients you need at one of your local grocery stores in Clapham Junction…
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Of course, there are so many more traditional British bites we know and love – sausage rolls, scotch eggs, pork pies, potato salad, cheese and pickles – to name but a few. Luckily, these local artisan shops will save you a job with their freshly prepared creations, worthy of a royal celebration…
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To finish off your Big Jubilee Lunch, raise a toast with a regal cocktail – after all, Her Majesty is known to be partial to a Gin and Dubonnet, or two! With the help of Clapton Craft on St John’s Hill, impress your friends and family with a fine selection of ready-made cocktails, fit for a Queen.
You'll also find a fantastic selection of fizz and tipples from these local independent stores:
Now, all that remains is to raise your glass and give three cheers for Her Majesty – hip hip hip (hooray!), hip hip hip (hooray!), hip hip hip (hooray!)
For more ways to get involved in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, visit: