Where to celebrate with Kate and Wills

THE owner of the King William IV pub in Hampstead is planning to host a street party for revellers wishing to celebrate Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding next month.

Elaine Loughran, who owns the aptly-named pub in Hampstead High Street, has applied to Camden Council for permission to close Perrin’s Lane to traffic on April 29, the day of the royal wedding.

She is planning get out the bunting and invite local traders to sell food, arts and crafts at street stalls. There will also be face painting for children and live footage of the wedding showing in the pub, from 11am. Some of the money raised from the event will be donated to Henderson Court.

Ms Loughran told the Ham&High: “The idea came from all the coverage we received when the couple got engaged because of our name and the fact that William is our future king. It makes sense to celebrate the wedding. I’d like to get everyone together for a drink and a bite to eat in the same way as people celebrated the Jubilee.”

Tony Hillier, chairman of The Heath and Hampstead Society, said members would be happy to support public street parties in the area.

“If we can participate in some helpful way, then we’ll do that,” he said. “I think most people want to celebrate it,” he added. “We’re probably not known for our exhibitions of patriotism in Hampstead, but we support the royal wedding and the family.”

Events director, Andrew Birnie, of Heath Street, welcomed the idea of a royal knees-up.

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“I think it’s a great idea,” said Mr Birnie, 44. “I know some people complain it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money, but the amount it will generate in business and tourism will outweigh the cost of the wedding to the public purse.”

Philip Matthews of The Hampstead Butcher & Providore is also organising a street party for New End, in conjunction with The Old White Bear pub.

“It will be a traditional day of celebrating and socialising for families living in New End,” Mr Matthews told the Ham&High.

The cost of street parties varies in different London boroughs. In Barnet, which has had the most interest, street parties are free. In Camden, it costs �21, Westminster varies according to the size of the bash and Haringey is the most expensive at �80 a pop.

Forty people have applied to the council to ask for permission to close their streets. In Camden, eight applications have been made for street parties, and the deadline for anyone wishing to apply is tomorrow (April 1). In Westminster 17 applications have been granted and two more are in the pipeline.

One of those is for Number 10, where the Camerons are planning to host an afternoon street party after attending the royal wedding service in Westminster Abbey.

A spokeswoman for Westminster Council said that although the official deadline has passed, all applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Haringey residents have shown the least amount of enthusiasm for a royal bash, with only one application for a street party being made – in Redston Road, Crouch End. Haringey has extended the deadline for street party applications to April 7.

Anyone wishing to have a stall in Perrin’s Lane on April 29, should email Ms Loughran at loughran@hotmail.co.uk.