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15 Things to Do in London During the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee


15 Things to Do in London During the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Hi, I'm Claire!

Claire Bullen is an award-winning food, drinks, and travel writer and editor who has lived and worked in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Paris, and London. She is the author of The Beer Lover's Table: Seasonal Recipes and Modern Beer Pairings, and the editor at GoodBeerHunting.com. Her writing has also appeared in Time Out New York, The Daily Meal, Pellicle Magazine, and beyond.

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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

There are more than 170 museums in London, from big-name blockbusters to neighborhood favorites. If you only have a few days in town, prioritize heavy-hitters such as the National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, or Victoria & Albert Museum.


British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
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British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Make the most of your time in London with tours of two of its flagship museums: the National Gallery and British Museum. Explore the National Gallery, home to one of the world’s greatest paintings collections, seeing masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers.’ Plus, let your guide introduce you to some of the must-see ancient and medieval treasures at the British Museum. Both museums are free to enter.
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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.


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Private Tour: Regent's Park Photography Tour

Capture outstanding photographs in the unique landscape of Regent's Park with a professional Fine Art Photographer who knows the park intimately. This is an outstanding private photography tour which is aimed at photographers who love colour and wish to explore the cultural diversity of one of London's great Royal Parks, complete with ornate flower borders, imposing monuments and historic water features. This is one of London's greatest parks and offers outstanding photographic opportunities. The park is elegantly landscaped and is home to a stunning collection of roses, flowers, plants, trees, monuments, water features and wildlife. The Park encapsulates the nature of the changing seasons which is colourful and magnificent at all times.
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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.


London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park
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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

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Discover the beauty and history of Royal London by bike on a morning or afternoon city tour. Enjoy a guided ride through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and St. James's Park. Cruise by the stately monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and view royal sites like Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and the Princess Diana Memorial. Along the way, learn about London’s rich history and contemporary culture.  
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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.


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Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise

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Discover London’s royal history and sights on a London tour by foot and boat. Start with an early access visit to the Tower of London to see the opening ceremony and Crown Jewels without the usual daytime crowds. Then, take to the water on a half-hour River Thames sightseeing cruise. Stroll to Horse Guard’s Parade or Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, and learn all about the British Royal Family from a knowledgeable local guide.
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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.


London Shopping Tours

London Shopping Tours

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On this half-day shopping tour, you’ll get an insider’s introduction to London’s most iconic boutiques and department stores. Browse through exclusive retailers on Saville Row—home to the city’s famed suit-makers—and learn about Britain’s storied tea-drinking heritage at Fortnum and Mason, known for its upscale blends. Other central London neighborhoods visited include Mayfair, Piccadilly, and Chelsea.
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6. See street art in Shoreditch

In the heart of the East End, Shoreditch is considered one of London’s hippest districts—and a street art walking tour is the perfect introduction to its artistic, alternative spirit.


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Shoreditch Street Art Private Photography Tour including Brick Lane

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Add a unique edge to your souvenir photos, by turning your lens to London’s eye-popping street art on this 4-hour walking tour. Follow your private guide, a professional photographer, through the backstreets and secret hideouts of colorful Shoreditch and discover the inspired creations of famous street artists like Roa, Eine, Stik and Shepard Fairey. With expert one-to-one tuition and insider tips, you’ll be sure to get some killer shots, as well as learning all about the art scene in London’s East End.
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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.


Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London
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Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

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Experience London’s traditional drinking scene on this afternoon pub crawl. Accompany your guide on a fun and educational tour in and around the city, where you’ll visit at least four historic pubs and taste different brews (own expense). Pop into centuries-old ale houses, see literary haunts favored by writers like Charles Dickens, and learn about local drinking culture through the ages.
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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.


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Windsor Castle Tour from London with Lunch

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Explore Britain’s royal history on this day trip to Windsor Castle from London. Journey west by air-conditioned coach to the town of Windsor, and head inside Windsor Castle, the world’s oldest occupied castle, to explore independently. See highlights such as the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel—the burial place of 10 sovereigns, including Henry VIII—and enjoy free time to amble around Windsor town. Return to London and finish with a British lunch at the St. George's Tavern in Victoria.
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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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Skip the Line: The View from The Shard Direct Entry Ticket
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Skip the Line: The View from The Shard Direct Entry Ticket

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Get your ticket to 'The View from The Shard' and enjoy sweeping vistas of the London cityscape. As the tallest building in Western Europe, the Shard offers panoramic views of up to 40 miles (64 km) across the capital. Take a high-speed elevator to one of the viewing decks and marvel at the sights, including great angles of main attractions like the London Eye and Tower Bridge. Complement your experience with a glass of Champagne (upgrade required).
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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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Independent London Markets Tour with Private Driver

Independent London Markets Tour with Private Driver

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Experience the bounteous and bustling markets of London on an independent full-day tour with a private driver. Relish being chauffeured around England’s iconic capital and customize the tour's itinerary according to your interests. Browse stalls for colorful vintage clothing in East End markets like Spitalfields and Brick Lane; peruse tables of antique treasures at Notting Hill’s Portobello Market; or pleasure your palate with the extensive epicurean selection at Borough Market, a food-lovers heaven.
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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.


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English Afternoon Tea Bus with Panoramic Tour of London– Upper Deck

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Escape the crowds on land and enjoy unobstructed views of top London landmarks during a tour by double-decker bus. As well as covering more sights than you would on foot, you’ll enjoy the British delicacy of afternoon tea as you travel—plus, you can choose from several menus to suit your tastes.
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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.


Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Shakespearean Afternoon Tea

Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Shakespearean Afternoon Tea

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Travel through time to Elizabethan London on a guided tour of the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Visit the reconstructed theater on the city’s Bankside and enjoy lively commentary about staging and performance in Shakespeare’s day. Make your experience even more memorable by upgrading to include a sumptuous 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'–themed afternoon tea
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13. Browse antiques in Notting Hill

With its candy-colored houses and enshrined place in movie history, Notting Hill is one of West London’s most charming and destination-worthy neighborhoods. Visit on Saturdays to see Portobello Road Market in full swing—and haggle for antiques and bric-a-brac.


Notting Hill Tour

Notting Hill Tour

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Follow in locals’ footsteps when you go on a walking tour of Notting Hill—one of London’s most distinctive and destination-worthy neighborhoods. Meet your guide and set off on foot. You’ll see the blue door made famous by the Notting Hill film, and will browse the bustling Portobello Road Market. But you’ll also learn about the neighborhood’s surprising history, discover recording studios once frequented by Bob Marley, and explore other hidden corners.
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14. Discover London's magical side on a "Harry Potter" tour

From Platform 9 ¾ in King’s Cross Station to Warner Bros. Studios, London has a wealth of filming locations, themed venues, and other must-see destinations for fans of all things Harry Potter. Explore on a walking tour or other magical excursion.


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Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros. Studio with Transport from London

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Immerse yourself in the spellbinding world of Harry Potter™ on this trip to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Travel to the fabled Harry Potter studios by air-conditioned coach from central London, and on arrival, trace the footsteps of Hogwarts’ student wizards at leisure. Behold original sets such as Platform 9 ¾ and Diagon Alley; see the Hogwarts Express steam train; ride a broomstick like the cast; and uncover the behind-the-scenes secrets of the movies’ on-screen wizardry. This Harry Potter studio London tour includes round-trip coach transport and entrance tickets.
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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

Hi, I'm Claire!

Claire Bullen is an award-winning food, drinks, and travel writer and editor who has lived and worked in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Paris, and London. She is the author of The Beer Lover's Table: Seasonal Recipes and Modern Beer Pairings, and the editor at GoodBeerHunting.com. Her writing has also appeared in Time Out New York, The Daily Meal, Pellicle Magazine, and beyond.

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