Diamond Jubilee Weekend Celebrations & Memorabilia

God save our gracious Queen, long live the noble Queen, God save the Queen! How happy we are to be celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne. And, as you can see, we are doing it in Great British style:

Union Jacks as far as the eye can see!

If you’re in this neck of the woods over the weekend, be sure to stop in and take a look at our range of Diamond Jubilee products, all imported from Blighty:

The full range of commemorative Diamond Jubilee goodies! Perfect for gifts or to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year in style!

One can’t hear you as one seems to have a scone in each ear!

Tea towels: for when One makes a mess.

One seems to have gone slightly to pieces! Customers will recognise this beautiful, one-of-a-kind mosaic of The Queen from the entrance vestibule of Carry On Tea & Sympathy

Our good friends La Belle Epoque on the opposite side of Greenwich Avenue are also getting into the spirit of things, giving pride of place in their window to this gorgeous vintage poster from the 1953 coronation:


BBC America Blog

In Bohemian Corner of NYC, A Traditional Royal Wedding Knees-up
By: LAURA TREVELYAN Posted: Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Nicky Perry, owner of New York's Tea and Sympathy, organized a British-style royal wedding street party in Greenwich Village.

Bunting, fascinators, Union Jacks, Morris Dancers — no, not a British royal wedding street party, but a corner of Greenwich Village, New York that seems to be forever England. Cardboard cutouts of William and Kate decked the street, dogs wore festive attire, and the organizer-in-chief Brit Nicky Perry looked on with pride. Wearing a Union Jack dress, of course. Nicky is the owner of the local British-themed tea shop Tea and Sympathy, and the idea of an old-fashioned knees-up to celebrate the royal wedding came naturally to her.

Four women from Wilmington, North Carolina who’d come to New York for the wedding made a beeline for the street party. They lunched at the brasserie Lyon, sipping champagne, wearing spectacular hats, and watching a rerun of the wedding. “We’re from the South, and we love tradition,” said Barbara, who was combining her 50th birthday celebrations with Kate and William’s wedding. “These two are going to be so good for the monarchy.”

New Yorker Terence Vaughan agreed, seeing in the royal couple a modern, down-to-earth sensibility despite their privileged position. “I got up 30 years ago to watch Diana marry,” reminisced Terence, “so I had to do the same for William. It’s tradition, and it’s fun.”

Not everyone at the party was a fervent monarchist. The musician  Glen Tilbrook from the band Squeeze flew over from the UK to perform in the local park, despite his Republican sympathies. So did even he have royal wedding fever, I asked? “This seems like a caricatured, Disneyfied version of Englishness,” came the reply from the guitar-strumming Glen.

One in which virtually everyone else seemed to revel. A real-life Pearly King and Queen, symbols of the East End of London, made a singing appearance at the party.  “Knees Up Mother Brown” was their signature tune, as baffled but appreciative New Yorkers looked on.

Nicky Perry surveyed the scene with great satisfaction. “People here loved Diana,” she observed, “and this time they’re hoping the fairy tale is for real.”

The Telegraph – coverage of Tea & Sympathy’s Royal Wedding festivities!

For your perusal, the very kind words of UK newspaper The Telegraph on our Royal Wedding celebrations:

Do New Yorkers care about the Royal Wedding? You bet. Nicky Perry of Tea and Sympathy leads the charge
By Melissa Whitworth | April 20th, 2011

Having a cuppa with Nicky Perry, owner of Tea and Sympathy (Circe Hamilton)

Nicky Perry has been serving Sunday roasts and cream teas to homesick Brits in NYC for the last 20 years. Her restaurant, Tea & Sympathy, is a beloved expat institution, here in Greenwich Village. In fact, it’s the only place in the city where you can get a decent cuppa.

“I’ve done more for British food in America than Jamie Oliver – where’s my MBE?” she asks. Local rumour has it that when the British Consulate here gets a call they can’t deal with, they redirect it to Perry.

My friend, Circe Hamilton, a British photographer who has been living in NYC for 19 years says, “Perry is the local mayor, her reputation precedes her and she’s a force to be reckoned with. She’s never afraid to shout at her punters and get them all in line. I love a woman where you know what she thinks immediately. It’s very comforting knowing there’s a little bit of England around the corner.”

On the 29th April, Perry and her friend, fellow-Brit Penny Bradley, will be hosting the street party to end all parties in celebration of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  They plan to close down part of Greenwich Avenue outside their restaurants, and have the celebrations spill out onto the streets.

Bradley is the co-owner of Lyon, the French restaurant next-door to Tea & Sympathy. Her business partner, François Latapie, has agreed to be British for the weekend (as long as Penny helps him celebrate Bastille Day later in the year with a few games of Pétanque).

The restaurants will be serving full English breakfast, kedgeree, Spotted Dick, Eton Mess, Brown Windsor soup and Pimm’s. Perry has been trying to hunt down the menu they’ll be serving at Buckingham Palace on the day, so she can recreate it for her New York customers. In the meantime, she has her chef baking Prince William’s favourite pudding, a kind of  chocolate biscuit cake with raisins.

Next door, Nicky is selling Royal wedding memorabilia: tea towels, football scarves, teapots, cups and saucers (alongside Marmite, Walker’s crisps, and the city’s biggest collection of Cadbury’s chocolate).

Nearby shopkeepers will be decorating their stores with Union Jacks and bunting. In fact, at the moment there is a huge Andy Warhol-style painting of the Queen in the window of the local chemist. A charity raffle will include a return trip to London courtesy of Virgin Atlantic, and clothing donated by Elizabeth Hurley. A Pearly King and Queen will perform songs in the evening; there will be Morris dancers. Perry has spent $1800 on bunting.

At Lyon there will be two large screens where live coverage of the Royal wedding will commence at 6am (because of the five-hour time difference).

“It’s going to be a right Royal knees-up,” says Perry.

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