Stuffed with scones, drowned in tea, and Union Jack-ed out. For 4 days, London turned into a sea of white, blue and and red with street parties, delicious treats, shows and events across the capital, everyone cheering for the Queen’s diamond Jubilee.
On Sunday, I walked along the crowded pavements of Southbank all the way to Tate Modern, where the boat procession was broadcasted on a giant screen. People were standing under the pouring rain, trying to catch a glimpse of the boats between the screen and the river. There was a magical atmosphere; everyone was enjoying the moment, regardless of the reasons why; Supporters of the royal family or just grateful for a long weekend, people seemed to buzz with excitement and anticipation of the nightfall and the celebrations.
Every corner housed a street party. My favourite one was the Cleaver Square (famous for its Cleaver Square Fete), that went all out with a spectacularly jubilicious block party.
With live bands (including Swing Patrol Jive and Jukebox Fury), as well as the Punch and Judy Show by Daniel Byrne, kids and adults fancy dress parades, hog roasts, traditional cupcakes, house decoration prizes and a raffle, the day had it all. People seem to really enjoy themselves, swinging ladies in their 60s skirts were dancing next to Union Jack-dressed pug dogs, people scoffing down homemade food and having a great time. The night ended with the square singing the national anthem, rose-cheeked and red-nosed faces proudly joining together as one.
The week passed quickly, and I am finding myself flicking through the pictures on my phone, smiling, wanting to share them with you.
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