London is playing host to an historic occasion this spring with the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen on 6th May
A Coronation isn’t something that comes around often and with London at the heart of the festivities, there’s no better time to head into town and join in with all the Coronation action. Regent Street and St James’s will be starting the celebrations early with the return of the Union Jack flags, which were last flying to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. In place from 25th April on Regent Street and 30th April in St James’s, a total of 175 red, white and blue flags, along with the Coronation emblem at the gateways to each main street and bunting inside Princes Arcade, will provide the perfect backdrop for the occasion.
Taking inspo from that Coronation emblem designed by Sir Jony Ive KBE, James Glancy Design has created a new art installation that’ll be taking pride of place in St James’s Market. The gold emblem features the rose of England, thistle of Scotland, daffodil of Wales and shamrock of Northern Ireland in the shape of St Edward’s Crown, nodding to both the spirit of unification and The King’s love for the natural world.
You can head to St James’s Market to see the installation and then settle into one of the deck chairs for a free screening of the Coronation on Saturday and the Coronation concert on Sunday, or you can soak up the atmosphere at St James’s Palace or St James’s Park. If you like nothing more than a proper British garden party, The Stafford is the place to be as the courtyard of The American Bar will be fully decked out with food stalls, outdoor games and music.
With the largest cluster of Royal Warrant Holders in the country in Regent Street and St James’s, there’s truly no better spot to have a royal day out. You can indulge in festive feasts and Coronation specials like royal fish pies and coronation chicken burgers at the likes of Wilton’s, Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, and The Beau, or indulge in a celebratory afternoon tea at the Fortnum & Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, The Langham, Aquavit and Hotel Café Royal. Whether its fragrance from Penhaligon’s, knitwear from John Smedley, shoes from John Lobb or tea and biscuits from Fortnum & Mason’s, there are plenty of places for you to pick up a special memento too.
And if you want to turn your royal day out into a royal mini break, you’re well catered for in Regent’s Street and St James’s. Hotel Café Royal is running a Crown Jewels Experience, which includes a stay in the Royal Suite, a tour of the Tower of London and a private viewing of the Crown Jewels, and DUKES London is offering a Royal Connoisseur package that features specially designed dishes, cocktails and private access to Royal Warrant Holders in St James’s. Talk about staying in style.
With everything from Coronation screenings to luxurious experiences, you can live like a king in Regent Street and St James’s this spring.
April & May 2023