For those of you who live in the UK, or are simply a bit of an anglophile, you’ve probably heard about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on June 5th, marking her 60th year in power. Thanks to Her Majesty Brits got to enjoy 4-day weekend, giving the nation plenty of time to celebrate.

One of the things I love about the Jubilee is that on this rare occasion, a patriotic sentiment sweeps the country and all the idealist views that you might have of a quaint little Britain become a reality for a few days. People line their houses with bunting, there are street parties at every turn and Union Jack’s are plastered everywhere. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back in time a few decades.

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But, above all things, my favourite part of the celebration is the food. Oh, the food.

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While the festivities are going on up and down the country, the main events are – of course – held in London. Amongst the biggest are the Thames River pageant in which The Queen leads up to a thousand boats in one of the largest flotillas ever on the River Thames, as well as the concert at Buckingham Palace, both viewed by millions.

Living a bit far north of the capital to attend these events, I chose to spend some of my Jubilee weekend at a free party in The Nichols Building – a vintage emporium in Sheffield. They took the theme of British nostalgia and ran with it, offering vintage makeovers, royal memorabila and showcasing some good old-fashioned Lindy hop dancers.

For more information on the festival, have a look at the diamond jubilee website and check out the Guardian’s jubilee weekend flickr group featuring lots of sweet snaps from the festival.