Most New York City party goers crash during the wee hours of the morning. But this Friday, the party starts at 5 A.M. The Royal Wedding joining England’s Prince William and his modelesque bride-to-be Kate Middleton kicks off at 10 A.M. on April 29 in England. The U.S.A. may not have a monarchy—Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga don’t count—but that won’t stop many royal fans and Anglophiles from toasting the happy couple with eggs and bangers and a flute of champagne at one of these spots around town on Friday.
"The Royal Wedding Sunrise Breakfast" at NYC Palace Hotel For those looking for crisp linens and clinking glasses, one of New York’s swankiest hotels will be hosting celebratory events for royal wedding enthusiasts. At the NYC Palace hotel, the “Sunrise Breakfast” starts at 5:30 A.M. with tea service, coffee, personalized placecards and Brit-breakfast munchies including scones, marmalade and bangers and mash. To close out the morning, the hotel will have a champagne toast, at which point revelers can slink into their offices to work off the champagne.
Watching the Royal Wedding at Essex House If NYC Palace Hotel is all booked, head to Essex House to watch the royal wedding on a large projection screen and partake in a breakfast buffet for $37. (Drinks not included.) Regal overnight packages are also available, and a wake up call is available upon request.
"Royal Wedding: William & Kate 4.29.11" under the archway in Dumbo The royal couple is probably not used to hanging out under a bridge, but that’s where their beaming faces will be projected starting at 5:30 A.M. on Friday. A screen under the arches of the Manhattan bridge will transmit the BBC’s live coverage of the wedding. The party will continue as the rest of the Big Apple begins to wake up, with improv, face painting, dress up for kids (the Brits call it “fancy dress”), and more throughout the day. Hosted by the Dumbo Improvement District. Free.
"Royal Wedding '11 Party" at the DUMBO Lofts The Big Apple Brits (B.A.B.) hosts its own party from 9 A.M. to 1 A.M. across the street from the arch in the DUMBO Lofts. A $60 all-day pass gets you access to the open bar featuring English drinks—Pimms cups, ciders and champagne. The party will also re-play the wedding for those who couldn't make it at 5:30 A.M. and video clips from past Royal events. At 7:30 P.M., an evening party kicks off that will feature live music, (the open bar), raffles and more English snacks. $40 gets you into the evening party. Celebrating under a bridge was never so glamorous.
"Greenwich Ave Street Party" between Lyon and Tea & Sympathy The French and English set aside a long-standing rivalry on Friday in one corner of the West Village. The all-wedding all-the-time celebration on Greenwich Ave. is thanks to a collaboration between the French restaurant Lyon and the uber-authentic British teahouse Tea & Sympathy. A $39 breakfast featuring British favorites starts at 6 A.M. at Lyon Bouchon Moderne and at 9 A.M., Tea & Sympathy will welcome revelers with Morris folk dancers, bagpipes and a brass band going on throughout the day. If you’re looking for wedding merch, move quickly—Tea & Sympathy has been selling tea towels, mugs and the like for weeks and they're going like hotcakes.
"The Royal Wedding Bash" at St. George’s Society For enthusiasts looking to interact with actual British people, St. George's Society, a British-American charity, is hosting a benefit and fundraiser in the name of the Royal Wedding. The highlights from the three-course meal proudly speak the Queen’s English—they include bangers and mash, fish and chips, beef wellington and trifle for dessert. To raise money for the organization, there will be a silent and a live auction of items ranging from a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tower of London to the (now sold-out) Reiss dress Middleton wore in her engagement photos. But a warning, these tickets are not cheap. General seating is $150 and a table will run you $2,000. In the Edison Ballroom near Times Square. (Check out the flyer for details.)
"Royal Wedding Viewing Party" at the Paley Center for Media For those who would like to watch the Royal Wedding while discussing the social implications of the media circus surrounding it, the Paley Center for Media is the place to go. Tea, scones, champagne and a festival of bridesmaid dresses will be part of the celebration. (The zaniest dress gets a prize). The event is free, but interested parties must reserve tickets. Doors open at 5:30 A.M.
"Royal Wedding Live Screening" at the Trinity Wall Street Church For the more pious set, the Trinity Wall Street Church in the Financial District will be opening its doors at 5 A.M. to any visitor who would like to watch live coverage. The parish may be in the heart of corporate America, but its ties to England go back centuries—to its founding in 1697. The event is free and open to the public.
You can also listen to the Royal Wedding on WNYC by clicking here.
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