If there’s one cause all Britons can rally around, it’s extra time off, and while we aren’t sure if it’ll be a permanent fixture yet, the Jubilee Bank Holiday is giving us another go at that joyful three-word event; a four-day weekend. That’s right, the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations will stretch from Thurs 2nd to Sun 5th June, and there are plenty of events you can get involved in – yes there will be tea, there will be cake, there will even be corgis. So whether you’re celebrating Her Maj and her 70 years on the throne or just wanting to get the most out of your long weekend, you’ll want to check out what’s going on here.
In June, the thousands of wildflowers that have been sown in the moat at the Tower of London for Superbloom will have blossomed in time for the jubilee. Stop by any time after it opens up on 1st June to walk among the floods of flowers, sculptures and soundscapes before it all disappears in September. Plus, if you’re in an adventurous mood, you’ll be able to dive straight into the flower moat on a giant slide which has been recycled from Cliveden park. Get ready to escape into a meadow right in the heart of the city.
Weds 1st June – Sun 18th September 2021
Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB
Jubilation! Bank Holiday Madness
Jubilation! Bank Holiday Madness is pitching up in Brockwell Park this June to get your four-day weekend of to a flying start, with a headline set from Madness who performed on top of Buckingham Palace for the Diamond Jubilee back in 2012. Joining Suggs and co on the line-up are Squeeze, Supergrass, Mike Skinner, Mystery Jets, Norman JAY MBE, Jordan Stephens, Tippa Irie, and more. With a family area, village fete games, street food and bars, there’s plenty to keep you entertained – not a bad way to spend a Thursday.
Thurs 2nd June 2022
Brockwell Park, London SE24 9BJ
Vinegar Yard in London Bridge is decking out its garden, street party-style, for the Jubilee weekend and its brought in East London bakery The Proof to supply the puddings. You’ll be able to tuck into Union Jack shag cakes, strawberry Eton Mess, Proofiteroles, and Lizzie Sponges with buttercream, strawberry jam & raspberries, with spesh Jubilee cocktials available acorss the four days too.
Thurs 2nd – Sun 5th June 2022
72-82 St Thomas St, London SE1 3QX
Over the Bank Holiday, the streets of Seven Dials will be taken over for four days of live music, entertainment, masterclasses, afternoon teas and more. Everything will be the 1950s themed in celebration of the decade of the Queen’s coronation so you can take a burlesque masterclass before heading to Royal Afternoon Tea at the Covent Garden Hotel, or make flower crowns while enjoying some sparkling English wine.
Thurs 2nd – Sun 5th June 2022
The Southbank Centre’s programme of events will play out over five days with live music, cabaret, theatre, dance and more. Some highlights include musical celebrations from Nu Civilisation Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, an exclusive screening and panel discussion with Danny Boyle on his new Sex Pistols series, Pistol and LGBTQI+ club Duckie presenting the daytime ‘Official’ and late-night ‘Alternative’ Royal Command Performances.
Wed 1st – Sun 5th June 2022
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Truman’s Social Club
Truman’s Social Club are recreating The Mall, lined with trees, Union Jack flags and with a projection of Buckham Palace at the end, as the venue gears up for a four-day Jubilee celebration. There’ll be a classic village fete, live music, a group feast for the community, a baking competition judged by GBBO competitor Dan Beasley-Harling, and more.
Thurs 2nd – Sun 5th June
1 Priestley Way, London, E17 6AL
Seven Dials Market
KERB’s Seven Dials Market will be erupting with free foodie activities in celebration of the Jubilee. All seventeen of the market’s food traders will be serving up signature dishes and battling it out to see who will win “the crown jewels” award for the best dish of the weekend, there’ll be one-off cocktails by the KERB bar and East London Liquor Co., live music, sets from London-based DJs, and even face painting and balloon animals for the kids.
Thurs 2nd – Sun 5th June
35 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LD
Roof East, in collaboration with Cheeky Burger’s new venture Naughty Burger, is going to be holding a lunchathon in classic British street party style. Expect festive bunting, cake, corgis and themed cocktails, while London-based drag queens Kyran Thrax and Polka Dot perform and host games like Trashbag Couture, Lipsync For Your Life and the Sexy Dad Contest. Tickets will get your choice of three drinks (including their special cocktail, Platinum Garden Punch), food from Naughty Burger, access to the drag show and plenty of cake.
Fri 3rd June 2022, 2pm – 5pm
Roof East, 45a Broadway, London, E15 1XD
One of the pods on the London Eye is turning back time to the coronation in honour of Her Maj’s milestone. The 1950s Queen’s Head pub will be decked out with bunting, royal memorabilia, photos showing the Queen’s years in service and a dartboard, because it’s just not a proper pub without some darts. The drinks menu will feature two takes on her fave tipple, gin & Dubonnet, so you can raise a glass as you wheel your way round. And you’ve got plenty of time to head up there as this pub pod will be in place right through to September.
Fri 27th May – Sun 4th September 2022
Riverside Building, County Hall, London SE1 7PB
Have tea with the queen – ok not the Queen but drag queen Miss Demeanour – to celebrate the Jubilee. Mama Shelter will be hosting dinner with bottomless bubbles for the occasion, with a three-course sharing menu featring whole garlic roast chicken with truffle pomme puree & hispie cabbage and chocolate & sea salt tart with blood orange sorbet, and entertainment courtesy of Miss Demeanour, Tomara Thomas and Camille Leon – expect lots of lip-syncing and lots of regal attire.
Fri 3rd June 2022
437 Hackney Road, London, E2 8PP
It doesn’t get more quintessentially British than afternoon tea so it’s no surprise that a whole load of special ones are being put on for the Jubilee. APan Pacific’s Orchid Lounge, you can have Superbloom-inspired afternoon tea complete with brightly coloured pastries, candy floss and a corgi shortbread, and sachets of wildflower seeds. Rotunda Bar and Lounge at Four Seasons Trinity Square (just over the road from the Tower of London) is also running with the Superbloom theme – theirs includes traditional finger sarnies, exclusive new jams for the scones, and floral pastries. The Biltmore is letting the dogs out with a corgi afternoon tea with Jubilee-themed treats for humans and spesh dog treats for the four-legged attendees. Fortnum & Mason will be celebrating the Queen’s 70 year reign with a Platinum Jubilee menu featuring classic British flavours (yes there will be coronation chicken sarnies) and choux swan and chocolate orb pastries. Holy Carrot and Amelia Windsor will be doing a plant-based, gluten-free and refined sugar-free take on tea, featuring smoked ‘salmon’ carrot sarnies, scones with vanilla sour ‘cream’ & cherry jelly, mini lemon tarts with vegan meringue, and miso caramel trifles.
In classic royal celebration style, London will break out with street parties over the Jubilee Bank Hols. Kicking them off is North Audley Street in Mayfair with their street-wide communal feast and fete on 2nd and 3rd June. Then just around Grosvenor Square, The Connaught’s street party will go traditional with bunting, long tables, a brass band, and afternoon tea sandwiches. Over at Regent Street and St James’s, there’ll be a best of British art, food and music fete on Saturday 4th June. The Stafford will also be hosting a party in the courtyard of the American Bar on 5th June, with classic British sarnies, a BBQ and trifle for pudding. Meanwhile, Wembley Park will host a free all-day dance party on the streets with five stages of live music and dance. Petersham Nurseries will be holding a summer fete at its Richmond home on the 3rd and 4th June, complete with street food, drinks, live performances and, of course, lots of flowers. Head up to the rooftop at The Standard for a sky-high street party on 2nd June, where there’ll be cocktails on tap and soul, dub and house music from the DJs.