Coronation Bank Holiday: Five of the best events in London to celebrate King Charles III

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For those who are keen to mark the special occasion we’ve rounded up five of the best coronation events happening in London.

His majesty’s upcoming coronation is set to mark an additional bank holiday in May, a cause for celebration.

King Charles III’s coronation will take place on Saturday, May 6, at Westminster Abbey.

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Only a few thousand invite-only guests will be in attendance, and the coronation celebrations are being screened on all major television channels worldwide.

For those who are keen to mark the special occasion we’ve rounded up five of the best coronation themed events happening in London.

The Coronation procession will take travel along the MallThe Coronation procession will take travel along the Mall
The Coronation procession will take travel along the Mall | Credit: Getty Images

King Charles III Coronation Procession

Saturday May 6

On the morning of May 6, King Charles III and Queen Camilla will travel from Buckingham Palace in The King’s Procession to Westminster Abbey in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach.

The procession is due to start at Buckingham Palace and will head down The Mall before turning right around the corner of St James’s Park, through the Horse Guards Parade, down Parliament Street before ending at Westminster Abbey, where the coronation service will begin at 11am.

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Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line the route, so best get there early if you want a front row spot.

King Charles III’s Coronation Walking Tour

Until December 31

To mark King Charles III coronation, this new guided walk explores the history behind Britain’s coronations.

Led by qualified Westminster Guide Dr Stephen King it explores some of the quirkier and more surprising stories associated with the coronation.

From Beefeaters with pistols to Bishops hiding sandwiches under their hats learn about some of the more unusual stories behind the Queen’s coronation.

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The 90 minute walk starts from near Westminster Abbey and finishes at Buckingham Palace.

Kings Coronation at Battersea Power Station. Credit Charlie Round-TurnerKings Coronation at Battersea Power Station. Credit Charlie Round-Turner
Kings Coronation at Battersea Power Station. Credit Charlie Round-Turner | Credit Charlie Round-Turner

Coronation street party at Battersea Power Station

Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7

Battersea Power Station will be celebrating the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla with a street party, paying tribute to the best of British culture.

Crowds will gather under the historic London landmark’s chimneys and enjoy Union Jack-themed decorations, family-friendly activities and live entertainment, while proceedings of the Coronation will be broadcast on a big screen.

The street party revellers will also be treated to specially curated coronation-themed menus, cocktails and offers from British brands that call the iconic building home, as well as a variety of pop-ups.

Coronation celebrations at the Royal Museums Greenwich

Friday May 5 to Monday May 8

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The National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House will host a series of free events marking the coronation of King Charles III over the bank holiday weekend, including royal-themed tours, picnics on the lawns and a screening of the coronation.

Over the long weekend, there will be free tours and talks at both venues exploring the early history of the Museum, Queen Consorts and the court of Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I.

There will also be an opportunity to step back in time to the reign of Charles II and meet a seventeenth-century astronomer, cartographer and rope-maker.

You can find the full list of events here.

Coronation celebrations will take place at Alexandra PalaceCoronation celebrations will take place at Alexandra Palace
Coronation celebrations will take place at Alexandra Palace | Credit: Supplied

Coronation weekend at Alexandra Palace

Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7

With its stunning views over London, and mesmerising sunsets, The Terrace beer garden at Alexandra Palace will reopen over the coronation weekend.

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On the 6 and 7 May it will host a range of street food stalls from Greek to Italian cuisine.

Expect live music and DJ sets to keep the party atmosphere going across the weekend, plus, with its panoramic city views, The Terrace is the perfect spot to watch the Red Arrows Coronation flypast on Saturday May 6.

Here’s hoping for some sunny weather!

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