California pub ensures British expats are not left out over Jubilee weekend

Ye Olde King’s Head has provided bunting, afternoon tea and a Queen Elizabeth impersonator for its patrons.

03 June 2022

Bunting, afternoon tea and a Queen Elizabeth impersonator are among the things ensuring that British expats more than 5,000 miles from home do not miss out on the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Ye Olde Kings Head, a traditional British pub in Santa Monica, California, is pulling out all the stops to ensure that those living stateside can get a “piece of the action” over the holiday weekend.

Established in 1974, the venue also has a restaurant, bakery and gift shop, and has been frequented by scores of Hollywood celebrities over the years.

Established in 1974, the venue also has a restaurant, bakery and gift shop, and has been frequented by multiple Hollywood celebrities over the years (Lisa Powers/PA

Events scheduled for the four-day weekend include a Beatles tribute act, afternoon tea, British-themed karaoke, street parties, live football and traditional Sunday roasts.

As well as the normal supply of British products sold by the shop; which includes Yorkshire Tea, Cadbury’s chocolate and Marmite, stacks of Jubilee memorabilia such as tea towels, mugs, coasters, bunting and official teddy bears have been added.

Operations manager Lisa Powers said the celebrations were intended to create a “home from home” for expats living abroad and they had tried to cover “the whole British aspect from all angles”.

Events scheduled for the long-weekend include a Beatles tribute act, afternoon tea, British-themed karaoke and street parties (Lisa Powers/PA)

“We’re creating a community home from home to mirror the festivities,” she told the PA news agency.

“It’s not possible for everybody to go home to celebrate, so it’s for all the expats that live here and want to get a piece of the action.

“We have all sorts of different memorabilia, we’re selling bunting and freshly baked scones and sausage rolls for people to come down and purchase and recreate tea parties at home as well.

The pub has hired a Queen Elizabeth impersonator to stop by over the weekend (Lisa Powers/PA)

“So we kind of covered the whole British aspect from all angles.”

Ms Powers, whose uncle founded the King’s Head, and has lived in California for 20 years, said the festivities had also attracted many American visitors.

“They love it…anything about the Royal Family,” she said.

“They’ve been glued to the TV today because we’ve been showing the British coverage (of celebrations).”

The weekend’s celebrations have already attracted multiple American visitors too (Lisa Powers/PA)

She added that they had hired an impersonator of the Queen to “stop by” throughout the weekend, but had failed to acquire a Corgi.

The pub is also popular with British and Irish celebrities including David Beckham, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

US rocker Ozzy Osbourne also reportedly frequents the gift shop and has been rumoured to spend thousands of dollars on British-brand chocolate.

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