Where to celebrate the royal wedding on LI
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Plenty of locals are blowing out all the tops, organizing princess-themed sleepovers (for grown-ups) Thursday night, so all can gather 'round the television early Friday for cake and mimosas as the wedding festivities play out across the pond. Other home fetes involve elaborate full English breakfasts and tiaras-optional dress codes.
A few establishments are rising to the royal occasion by hosting viewing parties open to the public.
"If we can get a large British flag, we're probably going to hang it out front," says Loretta Vertucci, owner of Robinson's Tea Room in Stony Brook, which is serving a full British tea that day. Vertucci's great-grandparents immigrated here from the English Midlands.
The Garden City Hotel, which has hosted a number of royals as guests, plans an entire weekend of traditional English fare for breakfast, brunch and tea.
"The Garden City Hotel is honored to host a royal wedding weekend celebration in honor of the young royals' nuptials," says Patrick Smalley, the hotel's executive vice president.
Here are three Anglophile venues where you can have a royal good time celebrating "the wedding of the century."
WHERE: 45 Seventh St., Garden City
INFO: 516-877-9385, gardencityhotel.comgardencityhotel.com
The luxury hotel has hosted British royalty such as Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and heads-of-state like Margaret Thatcher. It's also been a stopping place for American royalty such as the Kennedys. This time around, no royal entourage, but you can see the wedding live on three large-screen televisions in Rein restaurant beginning at 6 a.m. Friday, where a full English breakfast will be served for $22.
Later on, you can sample tidbits you only see in movies like "The King's Speech," such as tea sandwiches, fresh scones with Devonshire cream and traditional British wedding fruit cake at a high tea from 3 to 5 p.m. (also 2-5 p.m. Saturday) for $44.
WHEN | WHERE: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Stony Brook Village Center
COST: $26, by reservation only
Enter the world of bone China cups and saucers, stoneware tea pots and a three-tier rack loaded with cucumber sandwiches for Robinson's full British tea. Vertucci says many of her patrons are from England and Australia. For the record, the house tea is Yorkshire Gold, but you can also order Earl Grey (of course) and more than 70 other varieties of tea.
WHEN | WHERE: 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 62 New Hyde Park Rd., Garden City
INFO: 516-328-2253, thecupcakecornergc.com
The cupcake cafe is hosting a viewing breakfast/brunch of scones with clotted cream, teas, gourmet coffees, yogurt parfaits, fruit and -- of course -- custom Prince William and soon-to-be Princess Catherine cupcakes. Since the wedding starts so early, patrons will be able to screen the nuptials on a taped delay during the 2 1/2-hour sessions.