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4 June 2012

Milla’s London: The Piccadilly Big Jubilee Lunch

London is the place to be this year. Seriously, it’s all happening here. This long weekend marks the celebration of our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and as the Queen makes her way around, her subjects have been embracing every second. I don’t think there’s a street in London without a little bunting. If you follow my Facebook page, you will have seen that it was a mere 11°C (52ºF) yesterday and I was debating whether to stay home or not, because that sure isn’t picnic weather! Not wanting to let Queenie down, I packed a bottle of bubbly and headed across the river. I have never seen so many people! London came alive! My darling friend Lasca made sandwiches of ham & relish and smoked salmon and the quintessential British summer treat – strawberries and cream. I’d love to tell you that I baked but time wasn’t on my side, so we have Marks & Spencer to thank for these Jubilee fairy cakes.

The Piccadilly Big Jubilee Lunch saw the entire street taken over by pedestrians, joyfully embracing the cold. When will I ever get to sit in the middle of Piccadilly with great company, champagne and strawberries without the risk of being run over again?  Never.  For me, it was a moment of pure happiness. A defining moment of the London I know and love. We sat surrounded by a sweet Chinese couple posing for wedding photographs, a delightful British-Muslim family who shared their Indian sweets (one of my favourite things) with us, a bunch of Australians stereotypically drinking Fosters and randomly being filmed by Canadian television, Londoners sipping champagne from the Fortnum & Mason bar and people who couldn’t even speak English enjoying the festivities. This is London, and I love it! Obviously, we had to represent Jamaica at the celebration – you can’t beat a bit of rum! Naturally, it rained. We got soaked. We laughed. It was just that sort of day. Waterstones’ second floor offered us refuge amongst books of Boucheron (jewel lust in full swing) and Manolo Blahnik. We ended the day with Mass at Westminster Cathedral. A Sunday to remember.

No matter what you think of the British Monarchy, this weekend has brought a diverse bunch of people together and that can only be a great thing for this country, and I for one feel very proud to be here and be a part of it all.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. 4 June 2012 14:24

    Ah, the Jubilee! So much fun! Neighbours getting together, enjoying food and the festivities ;)

    It’s nice to celebrate together amidst all the weird stuff that’s going on in the world.

    • Not Just Another Milla permalink*
      4 June 2012 16:03

      Such a positive atmosphere! Love live our Queen!

  2. 4 June 2012 18:14

    Great to see pics from someone who is there and to hear a little bit about what it’s really like to be there during the celebraiton … thanks for sharing, Milla!

    Sandy M of Ooh La Frou Frou
    http://oohlafroufrou.blogspot.com
    This Week: Summer Girl illustration on blank notes!

  3. 4 June 2012 22:47

    Great post which really sums up two great things about Britishness – the embracing of a rich mix of cultures and smiling despite unpredictable weather!

  4. 5 June 2012 11:53

    I’m so glad you went! You would have regretted it forever if you hadn’t! I just wish I could have been there with you but the pictures and the post help! Looks like it was an amazing day!! I would have been parked right by the F & M Champagne stand!!!
    How lovely that couple was getting married-what an amazing day to do it! For the record, Foster’s is not a beer seen often in Australian bars but it seems to be the only Aussie beer you can get overseas!
    What an amazing occasion!!

  5. 6 June 2012 16:56

    Absolutely gorgeous blog, Milla! Thanks so much for vising mine. I need to set aside a couple of hours to go through your earlier posts…just beautiful!

  6. 6 June 2012 18:33

    In these times, anything that brings us together to celebrate its a perfect excuse!
    I hope you had a wonderful time sweetie!!!!!!

  7. 6 June 2012 23:25

    I partook of the festivities via the TV, which sadly does not compare with your experience. I love the mix of people, places, languages. Sounds like a fabulous day Milla.

  8. Sveva permalink
    7 June 2012 08:45

    pretty pics!

  9. 7 June 2012 11:19

    I love this story!

  10. 7 June 2012 16:38

    One of the things that I love most about London is that it’s a cosmopolitan city. But I’m not sure I would like to be a tourist this summer. :)
    Ada

  11. 9 June 2012 11:55

    how wonderful.. looks like you had so much fun.. and love being back home! hope to chitchat some more sweets! let me know how your are doing in London Town! ;)

    xo Cam

  12. 9 June 2012 15:49

    Milla I was so happy to see some of the build up in London and what a nice post about the celebrations. I was so impressed with all the street parties even the local ones! Proud to be British.

    • Not Just Another Milla permalink*
      10 June 2012 09:44

      For me, it defined our country: diverse, positive and my goodness, do we know how to throw a party! Very proud of the festivities, the inclusion of all and yes, waving that flag! Proud to be British all the way!

  13. 16 June 2012 09:37

    That must have been a wonderful day. And oh yes, London is definitely the place to be this year. I so enjoyed my trip this week and as soon as we arrived I realised how I had missed London. I’m planning to return after the Olympic madness, hopefully in August/September. I hope to have tea with you then.

    • Not Just Another Milla permalink*
      25 June 2012 18:05

      Lisa, I’m so afraid of the Olympic madness. It’s going to be pure chaos. Needless to say, a post-Olympic tea date is a must!

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