15 Things to Do in London During the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
In February 2022, Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to ever celebrate their Platinum Jubilee, which marks an astounding 70 years on the throne. Commemorative events are being held throughout the year and around the world, but the June high point will include an extended bank holiday, the Trooping the Colour parade, a special service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, and even a concert hosted at Buckingham Palace. The atmosphere in London is certain to be uniquely festive—and if you’re in town, here are some options to add to your sightseeing itinerary in between toasts.
1. Visit a world-class museum
2. See a play in Regent's Park
Regent’s Park isn’t just one of the city’s prettiest green spaces. Every spring and summer, from May to September, the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre hosts outdoor performances of classic plays as well as contemporary performances.
3. Picnic in one of the Royal Parks
Given the regal occasion, it’s the perfect time to visit one of London’s Royal Parks. There are eight such green spaces scattered across the city, many of them former palace gardens or hunting grounds, now transformed for public use. Enjoy the verdant scenery (and cross your fingers for sun) during a visit to favorites such as St. James’s Park, Kensington Gardens, or Richmond Park.
4. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
London is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all of which promise a wealth of history and spectacular scenery. See the Crown Jewels when you visit the Tower of London; admire Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament; explore the riverside delights of Maritime Greenwich; or wander among the blossoms in Kew Gardens.
5. Plan a shopping excursion
Need a summery new outfit—or several? Luckily, London is a dream destination for shoppers, whether you wander among the crowds on Oxford or Regent Streets, visit the city’s iconic department stores such as Harrods and Selfridges, browse high-end designer flagships in Knightsbridge, or scope out quirky boutiques and second-hand shops in Soho.
6. See street art in Shoreditch
7. Go for a historic pub crawl
It isn’t a trip to London without a visit to the city’s classic, cozy pubs—besides, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is the perfect excuse to toast with a pint or two. Set off on a historical pub crawl to visit some of London’s most atmospheric drinking dens.
8. Tour a royal palace
Didn’t manage to snag tickets to see Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms? Don’t worry—there are many other impressive palaces in and around the capital to discover. Whether you tour Kensington Palace (home to Prince William and Kate Middleton); Windsor Castle (the oldest continually occupied castle in the world); or Hampton Court Palace (former residence of King Henry VIII), there are plenty of ways to follow in the footsteps of royals.
9. Get sky-high city views
Discover a spectacular new perspective on London’s landmarks and neighborhoods when you ascend to one of the city’s aerial observation decks. From the dramatic heights of the Shard to the viewing pods of the London Eye, there are few better ways to get introduced to London’s charms.
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10. Explore London's Markets
Immortalized in Bridget Jones’s Diary and a favorite of local and visiting food lovers alike, Borough Market is a London must. Alternatively, to beat the crowds, scope out tasty bites and handmade crafts in edgy Camden Market, hip Broadway Market, or bustling Spitalfields Market.
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11. Enjoy afternoon tea
Is there anything better than a pot of tea, platters of elegant sandwiches and desserts, and flutes of Champagne? There’s a reason afternoon tea is a classic London experience—and whether you experience it in a high-end hotel, aboard a double-decker bus, or in a palace tearoom, you’re in for a treat.
12. Attend a Shakespeare play
With its thatched roof, open-air seating, and traditional construction, the riverside Shakespeare’s Globe offers the chance to see the Bard’s works performed in an authentic, 16th-century environment. Plump for more comfortable seating in the stands—or join the groundlings at a discount rate.
13. Browse antiques in Notting Hill
14. Discover London's magical side on a "Harry Potter" tour
15. Spend a day at the races
One of London’s most rarefied summer traditions actually happens just outside of the city, in the neighboring county of Berkshire. There, every June, Royal Ascot brings world-class riders and thoroughbreds, members of the royal family, as well as glamorous attendees—sporting truly extraordinary hats—together for five days of horse-racing.
Things to do in London during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee