People all over the world are captivated by the thought of young Prince William marrying Kate Middleton and wait with great anticipation. If you want to be part of the pomp and pageantry but can’t afford a transcontinental flight, here are some of Philadelphia and surrounding areas best places to watch the event this April 29 at 5:30 a.m., and don’t forget your top hat and tiara.
Swann Lounge and Cafe
1 Logan Square Philadelphia, PA 19103
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
An Afternoon Tea for children, with a taped broadcast of the wedding and such British confections as Sponge Marzipan Cake, Brandy Snap Sugar Baskets, Lemon Meringue tarts, chocolate éclairs and homemade scones, served with lemon curd, jam and Devon Cream.
421 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
No grand to-do here, in particular, for the wedding, but you can still settle into one of their six cozy rooms and enjoy a pint of Boddingtons or perhaps a Strongbow, and a basket of fish and chips, or full English Breakfast, if you get the day started early enough.
The British Chip Shop
146 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033
The British Chip Shop will be airing the royal wedding live, as well as offering some distinctly British dishes for your enjoyment. Their menu features a crab and watercress salad for $10, Beef Wellington for $19, and strawberry and cream sponge cake for $7. You can purchase these a la carte, or you can select the three-course meal for $30. On Friday, the British Chip Shop will be opening up bright and early at 6 a.m. for the royal wedding.
2999 Street Road, Bensalem, PA 19020
The Parx Casino will also be celebrating the nuptials of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. This event is a bit different than the rest, though. The Parx Casino celebration features Prince William and Kate Middleton impersonators. Expect lots of fanfare, including trumpeters, vow renewals between couples, and much more.
Merion Cricket Club
325 Montgomery Ave, Haverford, PA 19041
The Merion Cricket Club is expected to be a highly popular location for this Friday’s royal wedding celebration. The Merion Cricket Club will act as the venue for the British Officers Club’s celebration of the royal wedding. This event begins at 5 a.m. and will feature a large breakfast, sparkling wine, and a live broadcast of the royal wedding. In order to attend this event, you will need an invitation and RSVP card. If you wish to attend, you can email the British Officers Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rittenhouse Hotel
210 West Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Enjoy a special Royal Wedding English Breakfast, which amounts to eggs, crumpets, grilled tomatoes, bacon, sausage and other such delights. Expect to find jars of Marmite as well, but be sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before you open one.
Union Jacks Pub Manayunk
4801 Umbria Street Philadelphia, PA 19127
This Brit-themed pub in Manayunk has a solid array of draught taps, including Troeggs, Spaten and Special Brew, with an ever-changing list. And, apparently, a wide assortment of wings, if you want to put something else in your gullet besides brew.