2. Partake in a Jubilee Royal afternoon tea
From The Shard to the River Thames, Platinum Jubilee-themed royal afternoon teas are dropping all over London like raindrops in spring. For most, you don’t have to wait until the big weekend itself, and you won’t have to stop booking them after Sunday 5 June either. Shangri-La at The Shard is launching its biggest decor transformation by McQueens Flowers from Wednesday 4 May to celebrate the Queen’s life and travels as well as launch its Skyline Jubilee Afternoon Tea. The new menu will be served in Ting restaurant up on level 35 and will include an Asian twist on The Dubonnet, said to be the Queen’s favorite tipple as well as a royal exhibition. A new Shangri-La Jubilee Celebration two-night stay is also on offer, with partnership-price tickets to the Tower of London, Kensington Palace or Hampton Court Palace plus a Jubilee cocktail thrown in. Alternatively, Hobbs of Henley will be serving afternoon tea on the River Thames during two cruises over the weekend itself, one of which will include a ‘A Right Royal Knees Up’ DJ set. Check out even more special Platinum Jubilee afternoon teasor, for more year-round ideas, head to our pick of the best afternoon teas in London.
When: Skyline Jubilee Afternoon Tea: Wednesday May 4–Friday September 30, 2022; Hobbs of Henley Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea: Thursday 2 June–Friday 3 June 2022
Where: Ting, Shangri-La The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU;
Website: ting-shangri-la.com/afternoon-tea; hobbsofhenley.com
Price: Skyline Jubilee Afternoon Tea: from £65; Hobbs of Henley Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea: from £37
3. Catch the Queen’s birthday parade
The official Jubilee weekend kickstarts with a dedicated Trooping The Color procession in front of the Queen herself at Horse Guards Parade. A tradition that is believed to hark back to the 17th century, it will see thousands of soldiers perform alongside up to 400 musicians and will be quite the military-precise extravaganza. Tickets have already been allocated by ballot or sold out, but you can catch a limited IRL view at The Mall by St James’s Park from 9.00am, where you can also watch a fly-by from the Royal Air Force at 1pm. You might as well pack a picnic.
When: Thursday 2 June 2022, 10am–12.25pm
Where: Horse Guards Parade, 13 Macclesfield St, London W1D 5BR, but catch it from The Mall, London SW1A 1AA (it will also be screening on the BBC)
Price: Tickets are sold out; free from The Mall
4. Watch the Platinum Jubilee Pageant
More than 6,500 performers, including volunteers, dancers, musicians, soldiers and key workers, from no less than 54 Commonwealth countries will march along The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace and around the nearby streets to celebrate not only the Queen’s reign, but also her subjects everywhere during the last seven decades. Expect music, theater, circus, carnival, costume and street art – as well as, more specifically, a giant, multicolored dragon puppet. Several A-list stars and national treasures have also now been added to the line-up, including Ed Sheeran, Sir Cliff Richard, Heston Blumenthal, Rosie Jones, Kadeena Cox, Alan Titchmarsh, James Martin, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Gary Lineker , Bill Bailey, Jeremy Irons and Gok Wan. The Pageant will tell the story of the Queen’s reign, as well as fly 200 silk flags entitled the ‘River of Hope’, created by hundreds of school children to reflect how they would like the planet to look in 70 years. Don’t expect it to be quiet. For more information, check out our Platinum Jubilee UK guide by Nicholas Coleridge, co-chair of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant itself.