What to see, do and eat during the Platinum Jubilee weekend


After months of anticipation, the Platinum Jubilee weekend has finally arrived, bringing with it a host of street parties, special exhibitions and spectacular parades. Do you feel overwhelmed by the choice? Browse the vogue edition of what to see, do, eat and drink, below.

Take to the streets

With visitors arriving from across the country and around the world, the capital is sure to come alive throughout the long weekend, but there are two dates when it would be particularly fruitful to join the crowds: Thursday June 2, when The Color’s Trooping takes place on The Mall and on Sunday, June 5, when the Platinum Pageant sweeps Whitehall.

Due to start at 10 a.m., the first will feature more than 1,200 soldiers parading, members of the Royal Family on horseback and carriages, and a flyover of the RAF, watched by the Queen from the balcony of the Palace of Buckingham. The show, meanwhile, is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on the last day of the Jubilee celebrations. It will begin with the chime of the bells of Westminster Abbey, as they did on Queen’s Coronation Day in 1953, before the Household Cavalry’s Mounted Band drove the glittering golden carriage from Westminster to the Palace .

This will be followed by an eclectic procession of 10,000 people which tells the story of the Queen’s reign and shows how much our society has changed over the past 70 years. Don’t miss musical tributes to every decade, surprise appearances by British icons and a dragon puppet bigger than a double-decker bus. It’s also worth taking a moment to admire the ‘Tree of Trees’ sculpture outside the palace: a towering monument made up of 350 small trees that will be illuminated by a specially designed light installation on Thursday evening.

Find the perfect party for you

Beyond Horse Guards Parade there are plenty of street parties that will get you into the Jubilee spirit. Start on Mayfair Audley Street North, where, between noon and 7 p.m. on June 2 and 3, revelers can sit at a 200-foot-long banquet table, have a glass of English sparkling wine, munch on breaded cod from the Mayfair Chippy and listen to live jazz. Then stroll up to Carnaby Streetwhere you can buy free Jubilee-themed cupcakes at Crumbs & Doilies and snow cones at Kua ‘Aina, before heading to Seven dials. In these historic lanes, you’ll find flower crown-making workshops on Thursdays, wine-tasting sessions on Fridays, and Queen-themed manicures on Saturdays. Finish in Covent Garden piazza, with a complimentary glass of bubbles from Floral By Lima and sushi rolls from Sushisamba. Looking for something a little more intimate? Explore the Eden Project Large lunch menu to locate the street parties closest to you.

Attend a royal exhibition

Those looking for a dose of culture are spoiled for choice. From June 2, you can catch Mary Gillick: Shaping the Queen’s Portrait at the British Museum, an exhibition tracing the career of the sculptor who captured the profile of the young queen for coinage issued after her accession to the throne in 1952. There is also a fascinating array of artefacts to see at Sotheby’s – from Andy Warhol’s 80s screen print of the Queen to a collection of spectacular tiaras – and Life through a royal lens at Kensington Palace, which brings together jaw-dropping photographs of the Royal Family from Queen Victoria’s time to the present day.


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