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10 Things To Do During The Platinum Jubilee

70 years on the throne - what to do to celebrate?

Her Majesty’s City of London is hosting a wide range of events over the bank holiday weekend, to celebrate her reign, and encourage friendship, community and excitement after a long, locked-down few years. Running from Thursday, 2nd June to Sunday the 5th, London and its Boroughs are flooded with events to mark the Platinum Jubilee in History.

Thursday 2 June

  • Trooping The Colour

    Beginning at 10:00am, spectators are able to watch Her Majesty take the salute for some 1400 soldiers and men parade through and around St James’ Park. From Buckingham Palace, along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and back again, the paraders are accompanied by 200 horses, musicians and drummers. This remarkable event can be watched from vantage points all along the route. However, if you don’t want your view restricted by crowds, the BBC is broadcasting the event, and many pubs have pledged to show it on their television screens, for free public viewing. There is also a fly-by from the RAF at 13:00, which the Queen, and the Royal family will be watching from her balcony. The Air Force will take a roundabout route which the public will be able to see, so ensure to take a peek outside, if having a celebratory pint in the local pubs.

    Price : Free - Stand along St James’ Park
    The best vantage points are marked by dotted lines, on this map: householddivision.org.uk/trooping-the-colour
    Free on BBC streaming screens
    Time : 10:00 - 14:00pm
    Place: surrounding roads of St James’ Park.
    How to book - No need!

     

  • Bank Holiday Ride to Green Park

    Redbridge Cycling Campaign have organised a group cycle into central London. The ride will be slow paced, sociable and marshalled throughout, so safety is not a concern, despite the expectations of a busy City. A picnic at Green Park is encouraged at the end, to re-fuel and rest after the work of cycling into central London. The route navigates past major tourist points - so keep an eye out whilst cycling! There is also a range of starting points, so you can join in from anywhere, and adapt the journey to your own capabilities. Any age is welcome to join in, so could be done as an individual, with friends, or as a family!

    Price: Free
    Time : 9:00 - 16:30
    Place: Fairlop Waters Country Park to Green Park
    How to book: eventbrite.co.uk/e/jubilee-bank-holiday-ride

     

  • Afternoon Tea

    Do you fancy feeling like the Queen herself? Afternoon Tea is available this bank holiday at the Hilton, which is surrounded by many local attractions, such as Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and many high-end, famous shops. Providing a range of delicious sandwiches and pastries, the Afternoon Tea is sure to suit you, and be the perfect way to celebrate traditional British cuisine. Whether it’s with your friends, partner, or as a family, this experience is sure to set an amazing memory of the Jubilee weekend.

    Price: from £39 per person
    Time: Various time slots are available between 12:30 - 16:30
    Place: Podium Restaurant
    How to book: afternoontea.co.uk

     

Friday 3rd June

  • Love Pub and Grub

    From street food to VIP balconies, Love Pub and Grub is the perfect social spot this summer bank holiday. After being sold out for 2 previous years, the online site has many different ticket options available, so you can plan your bank holiday weekend in advance. The social hotspot is said to include cocktails, giant games, big Instagram moments and the UK’s hottest DJs sound tracking your summer.

    Price: £19.50
    Time : 13:30 - 21:00pm
    Place: Site 5 - 60 The Highway, London
    How to book: Love Pub and Grub

     

  • Ibiza Anthems Brunch

    Do you want to feel like you’re on holiday this Platinum Jubilee? Rewinding back to the White Isle's golden era, timeless Ibiza classics are being played by some of the Islands most celebrated DJs & performers! With the sunny weather forecast, Ibiza legends Alex P and Danny Clockwork are sure to make you feel like you’ve had the holiday of a lifetime, to celebrate Her Majesty. The brunch tickets include a 2 course brunch + event entry, meaning you are supplied with food and entertainment, for the whole afternoon and evening - What more could you want?

    Price: £15 - £35
    Time : 12:00 or 13:30 start time options
    Place: Soho
    How to book: Ibiza Anthems Brunch

     

  • Garden Party

    Want a day out with the kids? Head to the water and steam museum for a garden party, filled with family fun! Rely on picnics, scavenger hunts, natural crafts, and storytelling to keep them entertained. They can immerse in the history of the Jubilee in some storytelling fun, with ‘Queen Victoria’ at 11am and ‘Mary Anning’ at 1:30pm. Additionally, to commemorate the museum, Narrow Gauge Modellers will be running their real miniature steam trains inside the Museum, ensuring to ignite thrill within the children. Combine education and excitement, in order to keep them busy and yourselves relaxed, this bank holiday weekend.

    Price: Free
    Time: 11:00 - 15:00
    Place: Museum of Water and Steam
    How to book: No need!

Saturday 4th June

  • Spring Market

    Head to Jubilee Park to enjoy live music, BBQs, and cake stalls, alongside some sustainable shopping. Filled with small businesses, the Spring Market holds great quality goods, celebrating everything handmade. You are sure to find some traditional British commodities - we expect to see stands full of Union Jack’s, soldier figures and tea sets; a true celebration of Britain, to raise national pride after the tough years felt through lockdown.

    Price: Free entry
    Time : 11:00 - 16:00pm
    Place: Leyton Jubilee Park
    How to book: Spring Brunch

     

  • Family Fun Day

    Enjoy a day out with the whole family this Jubilee, with something for everyone, in one place. With the excellent sunshine orecast, enjoy an afternoon tea picnic on the field, accompanied with anything from a glass of Pimms, to face painting. In your ticket, you will have access to a memento photo, free entertainment and music (to commemorate the last 70 years), hair braiding and face painting.

    Price: £20.00 for A Family Ticket (two adults and two children)
    Time : 12:00 - 18:00pm
    Place: The Green, Sidcup
    How to book: Family Fun

     

  • Bottomless Drag Brunch

    Fancy getting Fancy? Prizes for the best dressed Queen can be found at the Jubilee bottomless Drag Brunch - so grab that crown and get involved! In one ticket, you can enjoy a cocktail upon arrival, high tea (including cucumber sandwiches, pastries and cakes followed by a super tasty brunch menu), 2 hours of bottomless prosecco, with a full afternoon of drag and fantastic entertainment.

    Price: £45
    Time: 12:00 - 16:00pm
    Place: East London
    How to book: Bottomless Drag Brunch

     

Sunday 5th June

  • Jubilee Lunches

    No worries if you’re not in London, many places up and down the UK are holding ‘Big Lunches’, to spread national pride up and down the country, after the past years of isolation.

    Do you want to get together and re-introduce yourself to normal life?

    Explore the cities listed below, for specific locations of these lunches.

    • Worcestershire
    • Portsmouth
    • Guildford
    • Frimley Green
    • Windsor
    • Birmingham
    • Brighton
    • Suffolk
    • Ashford

    And many, many more. More than 70,00 of these ‘Big Lunches’ have been organised across the UK. Get involved for this platinum jubilee, and celebrate Queeny.

     

Author: Lara Howie, Marketing Intern, Parliament Hill.

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