Family fun and a street party in the East End

Star of Bethnal Green Pic: Ewan-M

Tower Hamlets is getting ready for a Jubilee knees-up.

From the official moments in the royal calendar such as The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pagaent and the lighting of the Jubilee Beacons, to  Field Day and The Apple Cart music festivals or smaller scale street parties, there is something out there for everyone.

Friday June 1

A performance by rarescale at St Leonards Church in  Shoreditch. New works by this classical outfit to celebrate the restoration of their repertoire following the destruction of  flautist Carla Ree’s home and music library during the Croydon riots last summer.

The performers include: Carla Rees (flutes), David Black (guitar), Michael Oliva (electronics)

Doors open 7pm; concert starts 7.30pm.

Further concerts by rarescale at St Leonards are due for July 6 and 20.

Further details:

Saturday  June 2

Field Day

Field Day is a one-day music festival at Victoria Park this Saturday.  EastLondonLines will be reporting the events so watch this space for pictures and reviews.

The day brings together a ground-breaking collection of alternative music with a line-up including Beruit, Subtrkt, Djano Djano, Blood Orange and many more. Field Day has a reputation for pioneering new music.

The festival is celebrating is fifth anniversary this year. It has grown from a small free party in the car park of the Griffin Pub in Old Street to a sell out festival attracting 20,000 people every year.

Tickets are £45. The music starts at 11.30 and will continue until about midnight. For full details of the event please visit:


Anti-Jubilee art

Seen on the Bow St Roundabout

Sunday 3 June

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

A  flotilla of 1,000 boats will take to the River Thames on Sunday as part of the official Jubilee celebrations and will be viewable from parts of Tower Hamlets near Tower Bridge.

The route begins at Battersea Bridge; the boats then travel to Tower Bridge arriving around 4pm where spectators will see  drawbridge being opened for the  finale.

A  mix of boats both old and new will all be decorated for the occasion, making up the largest fleet to sail on the River Thames for 350 years. The flotilla will continue a tradition that dates back to 1533 when Anne Boleyn travelled by boat to her coronation  (and we all remember what happened to her).

The riverside roads, bridges and Thames piers will be closed to allow viewing spots for the public, fifty screens will also be placed along the route.

The first vessels are scheduled to pass under the bridges at the following times:

Battersea Bridge: 2.30pm

Albert Bridge: 2.45pm

Chelsea Bridge: 3pm

Vauxhall Bridge: 3.10pm

Westminster Bridge: 3.25pm

Waterloo Bridge: 3.30pm

Blackfriars Bridge: 3.40pm

Southwark Bridge: 3.45pm

London Bridge: 3.50pm

Tower Bridge: 4pm

For more information visit:

The Apple Cart Festival

The Apple Cart Festival (baby sister of Field Day) takes place on Sunday in Victoria Park, featuring music, cabaret, magic, comedy, art and much more.

There is a wide array of music from folk/rock of Noah and the Whale and Billy Bragg to the maverick pop of Adam Ant, as well as renowned comedians such as Sean Lock, Rich Hall and Josie Long.

This festival welcomes families  – all ages can enjoy the creative atmosphere and enjoy the wealth of activities that will happen alongside the music, these include Jubilee village fete games, The Art Car Boot Fair and Venn Street Market, which was recently been selected by Time Out London as one of the Top 5 food and drink picks.

Adult tickets are £39 and children are free. It is also possible to buy a group ticket which enables you to buy 5 and get the sixth ticket free, this would be £164.94.

For more information visit:

Monday 4 June

The Water Poet Spitalfields Diamond Jubilee Street Party

The Water Poet will be hosting Jubilee festivities on Monday. Folgate Street, the secluded cobbled lane the pub sits on will be transformed for a  street party.

The Royal Variety Stage will provide musical entertainment, the Jubilee concert will be screened and a guest appearance from a special dame will demonstrate how Diamonds are Forever!

There will be a  Red Routemaster Market for some vintage shopping and a chance to sample shellfish from the legendary Tubby Iaasacs, ice cream from Gelupo of Piccadilly, locally brewed beers and commemorative ales as well as homemade pies and cakes.

Each guest will be given a Jubilee  crown. There is a fancy dress competition where prizes will be rewarded to the best dressed Pearlie Queenie and Diamond Geezer.

Entry to the party is free and takes place 12pm-6pm.

The Water Poet, 9 -11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BX.

For more information visit:

The Queens Diamond Jubilee Beacons – watch at Mile End Park and at Tower Bridge

While the Queen will light the last beacon herself at The Mall in central London, other beacons will be lit in  locations around the city, including The Tower of London and Mile End Park.

The last time the beacon ceremony of this magnitude took place was in 1897 for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee– she was the only other British monarch to make it to this anniversary.  Beacons were also lit in 1997 and 2002 for Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver and Gold Jubilees.

The Beacon lightings will take place between 10-10.30pm.

There are certain to be big crowds for the lighting of the Beacon at the Tower of London, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4AB.

For more information visit:

 Jubilee Jamboree in Mile End Park

The lighting of the east End’s own Beacon will form the climax of this free family day out. Entertainment includes a funfair, arts and crafts, face painting, story telling and much more. An evening of fire themed events will commence from around 8.30pm.

Luftar Rahman, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets will  lights the Beacon on the art mound at about 10.30pm


Family Fun Day starts from 1.30pm-8pm.

The Fire themed evening starts at 8.30pm.

The beacon will be lit at about 10.30pm.

For more information visit:


Star of Bethnal Green Street Party

The Star of Bethnal Green pub is hosting its own Jubilee street party where DJs will be playing pop and disco all day to encourage the royal festivities.

All ages will be welcomed to enjoy a bouncy castle, face painting and great street food alongside the lively party soundtrack.

The party will take place on Rushmere, a road very near to the Star of Bethnal Green , 359 Bethnal Green Road, E2 6LG.


The free tickets can be picked up at The Star of Bethnal Green.


For more information visit:



By Louisa Plumstead

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