It's been quite a month for anglophiles in NYC, what with the recent launch of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway and the impending nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. For those of us who somehow have not been invited to the May 19 bonanza across the pond, there are still ways to properly celebrate in NYC. Here's our list of picks.
Downton Abbey: The Exhibition is rolling out special lectures, giveaways and tastings nearly every day leading up to the big event. On May 19, you can dish out a pretty penny to attend their Royal Wedding soiree, at which unlimited cocktails and vittles will be served by a full staff, Upstairs Downstairs style.
Wake up early on May 19 for a bracing morning of royal wedding bitchery with Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber—hosts of the delectably dark podcast Who? Weekly at this Vulture Festival watch party. With coffees in hand, the two will rip into the the lower-status royal cousins, hangers-on and questionable British celebrities seated at Harry and Meghan's big nuptials.
W Hotels are cooking up special events at locations all over town. The Times Square location hosts a viewing party starting at 7am, at which guests are encouraged to show up in their pajamas and enjoy custom cocktails. Head to the Union Square W for warm crumpets and champagne at 8am, with tickets starting at at $75.
Lillie's Times Square goes all out on May 19, starting at 10am. Show up in your finest royal wedding attire (bring it in the hat department) to receive a complimentary cocktail, take fake pictures with Harry and Megan in the selfie station and dig into U.K. favorites like beef Wellington, Pimm's cup cocktails and lemon elderflower wedding cake. Cheers!
On Saturday night at the Creek and the Cave, catch Bloody Brilliant! A Royal Sketch Show, which features a saucy pack of British ex-pat comedians taking on the silliness of the outsize wedding bonanza. Jon Hudson, Dan Titmuss and Glennis LaRoe present sketches and video commentary from the ceremony. Hide your fancy wedding hat!