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The best coronation events in London to celebrate King Charles III

London is filled with events and gets a big bank holiday weekend to mark the King’s coronation

Alex Sims
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Alex Sims
Chloe Williamson

The streets are filled with Union Jack bunting, supermarkets are doing deals on Pimms’ and huge portraits of King Charles III are hanging in every major rail station. It can only mean one thing: King Charles III’s coronation is here and it’s shaping up to be one big, long party. 

Plans for the royal shindig have been in the works since Charles took the throne back in September and the festivities are expected to include no less than two processions, a religious service and big ol’ concert at Windsor Castle. 

You’ll probably be spared being marched up the Tower of London if you don’t fancy taking part in the festivities. But if you do want to have a royally good time there’s plenty going on across London in the name of a ‘National Celebration’. Make sure you check timings for the big coronation day, and then start texting your mates and making plans. It's not too late to start Charles III’s reign with a bang.

When is King Charles’s coronation and where is it taking place?

The coronation will take place on Saturday May 6 2023, eight months on from his appointment as King on September 8 2022. Get excited.

We’ll all be getting an extra bank holiday to mark the occasion. Monday May 8 2023 has been named as the day, two days after the official coronation service at Westminster Abbey. 

The ceremony will be held at Westminster Abbey. Charles will be crowned alongside the Queen Consort Camilla. 

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Coronation weekend events in London

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Step into Buckingham Palace and meet the Royals (kind of). Okay okay, it’s actually a recreation of the Royal gaff at Madame Tussauds, but on your visit you’ll be able to brush shoulders with the King and the Queen Consort (in wax form, of course) and snap as many pictures as you like, have a spot of afternoon tea and wave from the Royal Balcony. 

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If you’ve ever wanted to see all the sights in London connected to the Royals (no matter how tenuously) you can check them all off on this guided Coronation walking tour. Over two hours you’ll amble by St James’ Palace, famous shops, clubs and churches with a royal history (including the Royal’s favourite off-licence and the barbers who used to cut Prince Philip’s hair). Plus, you’ll get to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony, learn about the history of cream teas at Fortnum and Mason, see integral parts of the Crown Estate and learn more about Royal Warrants. If that’s not enough, the tour starts and ends at Buckingham Palace and you can pay a bit extra to get entry into the Royal pile after the walk. 

Meet and depart from Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Gate, Tourist Bus Stop, SW1A 1AA (outside Queens Gallery).


Look over London’s iconic skyline while sailing down the Thames on this Royally-inspired voyage. Setting off from Westminster pier, the ‘Party! Party! Royal Coronation’ boat will have two decks’ worth of music and dancing, with the DJs spinning away until 6am. There ain’t no licensing laws on the water, apparently.

Meet at Westminster pier, Victoria Embankment at 7.45pm to 6am



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