Alternative events for the Diamond Jubilee weekend

If you're planning on heading to the capital to stay in luxury London hotels over the Diamond Jubilee weekend, you'll no doubt be keen to make the best use of your time in the city.

While there are street parties, festivals and parades aplenty over the four-day weekend, those visitors to London who are keen to beat the crowds at Buckingham Palace may want to consider joining in with some alternative celebrations.

Visitors with a taste for the fine life, may want to pay a visit to the OXO Tower on South bank, where the Queen's 60 years on the throne will be celebrated in style.

On June 2nd the restaurant will be transformed into the Royal Enclosure, combining Union Jacks with delicious food, fine wine and plenty of champagne, while on June 4th a Jubilee Beacons event will showcase some of the OXO's best resident musicians.

For a taste of the real London, it's worth heading to East London where the Water Poet Diamond Jubilee street party is being held on the Monday of the bank holiday weekend, combining live performances from the Royal Variety Stage with food and drink with an East End twist.

But if that all sounds a bit exhausting, you may prefer to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee at the Bringham Restaurant in Richmond, where diners can enjoy "Best of British" delights at a quintessentially British afternoon garden party.

Hidden away by the river in Richmond-upon-Thames, the restaurant offers a relaxed and British fine dining experience away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds in the capital.

However, for the ultimate Jubilee experience, visitors can take advantage of central London hotel packages, where they can soak up the atmosphere and observe the celebrations, while also enjoy good transport links to the rest of the city.

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