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Get into the spirit of the bloomin’ big occasion

By Kathleen Pierce
April 21, 2011

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UP AND AT ’EM Need some help getting up early? British beer will flow at 6 a.m. along with Scotch eggs, Quiche Lorraine, eggs Florentine, mimosa, and the great British breakfast at one of Boston’s only English pubs Elephant & Castle. April 29, $6-$9, 161 Devonshire St., Boston, 617-350-9977.

SMASHINGLY SWEET Grab a royal wedding cupcake ($4.25) from Sweet and nip into this cupcakery for a spot of afternoon tea on the house. A loop of wedding films should get you in the mood for matrimony. April 25-29, 3-5 p.m. Sweet, 49 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 617-247- 2253, 225 Newbury St., Boston, 617-267-2253, Zero Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-547-2253.

ENGLISH POWER BREAKFAST The Four Seasons Hotel throws down a full-English breakfast of sausage, eggs, roasted tomatoes, baked beans, mushrooms, and toast for $27. Fasten your ascot and stop into the Bristol Lounge to catch the ceremony at 6 a.m. and stay for a refreshing Pimm’s Cup cocktail ($12; see recipe above right). English specials run April 22 to 29. Four Seasons Hotel, 200 Boylston St., Boston. 617-351-2037,


Try Hotel Chocolat’s version of Prince William’s favorite treat the chocolate biscuit. Chocolate chip cookie slabs, rocky road, and billionaire shortbread will be sampled on the day of the nuptials. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., free. Hotel Chocolat, 141A Newbury St., Boston, 617-391-0513.

POMP IT UP Swing by mod British outfitter Jack Wills where royal guards will patrol Newbury Street. They’ll hand out commemorative pins and postcards of Wills and Kate. Good place to stock up on royal party swag like the minister mug. April 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jack Wills, 179 Newbury St., Boston, 857-753-4524.

HISTORICAL HIT If you slept in, you can still get your British up at the Old State House, the seat of the Royal British Government during the colonial period. The British Consulate will replay the royal wedding, Consul General Phil Budden will read a proclamation along with toasts and games for kids. April 29 from noon-2 p.m. Free. Old State House, 206 Washington St., Boston.

BAG IT Get steeped in tradition at Upstairs on the Square’s English royal wedding tea. Catch up on post-wedding chatter over lemon chess tarts, Kate’s favorite morsel, and champagne. Don’t forget your chapeaux. April 29, 2 to 5 p.m., $40. Upstairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge, 617-864-1933,