Best Things to do in London During the Coronation

Things to do in London During the Coronation

On Saturday 6th May 2023, the coronation of King Charles III will take place at Westminster Abbey in central London, followed by a line up on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and a weekend of events to celebrate the crowning of King Charles and Queen Camilla. While we expect the hotels in Paddington London and other key areas to be fully booked for the duration of the weekend, with the bank holiday Monday providing Brits with even more incentive to head to the capital for the coronation celebrations, London is going to be busy.

But what is there to do during the coronation weekend that anyone can get involved in, and where should you go if you want to immerse yourself in the action?

Head to the Mall and Soak up the Coronation Atmosphere

The coronation procession will take King Charles III to Westminster Abbey for the ceremony, after which he will be joined by other members of the royal family as they pass through London, past many of the top landmarks and attractions, towards Buckingham Palace.

Tourists and those visiting London should note that many of the central attractions and hotspots will be closed on coronation day, and so if you decide to leave your accommodation in London Paddington and head towards Westminster most businesses will be centred around the celebrations.

Things to do in London During the Coronation

Book an Afternoon Tea and Celebrate in Style

What better way to raise a glass to the new King of England than with your very own regal afternoon tea experience – complete with scones and jam, finger sandwiches, and a glass of fizz alongside a traditional British cup of tea. With some of the top hotel deals in Paddington London offering innovative and luxurious afternoon tea packages, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy the perfect sweet treat. In fact, you might still catch the coronation procession from the comfort of your table!

Enjoy the Coronation Concert and the City Lights

An exciting coronation concert has been planned for the Sunday night, with an illumination show called ‘Light up the Nation’ which will see some of the top landmarks in and around the city lit in all different colours. Bringing the entire community of London together, this Sunday night extravaganza will continue long into the night, followed by a bank holiday Monday during which you can pick up breakfast in Paddington before heading central to enjoy the markets and street parties filling the city.

Keep it Low Key with a Picnic in the Park

One of the best ways to really centre yourself in the coronation action is to head to the Royal Parks with a picnic and soak up the atmosphere and keep your eyes peeled for the passing procession during the day. As the coronation weekend falls in May, the parks will be filled with vibrant blooms and flower beds, with all of London crossing its fingers for great weather to celebrate the new King as he takes on his brand new role.