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Top Things to do in London for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

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Celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
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Four day weekends don't happen often in England, so chances are you're going to want to make the most of the one coming up in June. The Queen will be celebrating her Platinum Jubilee this year she's been on the throne for a remarkable 70 years and the entire country will be getting Thursday 2nd June and Friday 3rd June off work. As the Platinum Jubilee is such a huge event, there will be special events going on all across the country, from street parties to afternoon teas to parades. Read on to find out the top things to do in London for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

1. Afternoon tea at The Goring Hotel

Located a stone's throw away from Buckingham Palace, The Goring Hotel is a regular choice for accommodation for the royal family. Kate Middleton spent the night there before her wedding to Prince William in 2011, and it also hosted the Queen's coronation in 1953. The hotel's Michelin-starred Dining Room has introduced a Jubilee Fizz cocktail just in time for the Platinum Jubilee it is made with one of the Queen's favourite champagnes and combined with Bollinger and peach and banana liqueurs. The pastry team at the hotel have curated a new menu to mark the occasion, with traditional sandwiches such as Coronation Chicken and a range of delicious cakes, like Her Majesty's Royal fruit cake. The afternoon tea is available until 1st September, so you have plenty of time to make a reservation.

2. Superbloom at the Tower of London

From 1st June to 18th September, the Tower of London will be adorned with a wildflower meadow. Millions of flowers will be planted in the moat to celebrate the Jubilee, with the display changing naturally throughout this period. Superbloom is designed to attract pollinators and add natural beauty to an urban space. Visitors can grab a mat and slide down into the moat, or simply walk around the display via the path. It's advisable to book in advance as it's set to be a popular event. Tickets for Superbloom itself cost 12.00 for adults and 6.00 for children. If you want to explore the Tower too, you'll have to pay 36.50 for adults and 18.20 for children.

3. Trooping the Colour Parade

Head to Buckingham Palace on the first day of the Bank Holiday for the Trooping of the Colour Parade. This event takes place every year, but will be even more memorable in June 2022. Streets in the centre of London will be lined with crowds of people waving flags as they watch a parade of over 1,400 military personnel, 200 horses, 400 musicians and members of the Royal Family make its way from the palace to Horse Guard's Parade. If you're unable to make it to Buckingham Palace, you can stream the ceremony on the BBC iPlayer.

4. Windsor Castle

Who said you have to stay in London during the Bank Holiday weekend? Venture just outside of the city to Windsor Castle, where you'll be able to see the Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate that Queen Elizabeth wore during her coronation on June 2nd 1953. The robe was made from purple silk velvet and apparently took more than 3,500 hours to complete. While you're in Windsor, take some time to explore the town and stroll around Windsor Great Park the Valley Gardens are particularly stunning at this time of year. Frogmore House & Gardens is also worth a visit if you're planning on staying in Windsor for a few days.

5. Zoobilee at London Zoo

London Zoo will be commemorating the Platinum Jubilee with a number of family-friendly events. Choose from a Teddy Bears' Picnic, bug hunting, face painting, storytelling and pond dipping sessions. Children will also enjoy creating their own crowns and pretending that they're the king or queen of the jungle. Parents can relax on summer deckchairs or picnic under colourful bunting the Zoo's Terrace Restaurant will have a selection of finger sandwiches, scones and cakes. Zoobilee runs during the May half term, from 28th May to 5th June.

6. Platinum Jubilee Pageant

Wrap up the weekend by attending the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. The Pageant will take place near Buckingham Palace and is highlights Her Majesty's duty and dedication to the Commonwealth. Watch theatre displays, listen to live music, and enjoy various street arts. There will also be a 'River of Hope' procession that comprises of two hundred silk flags, with artwork created by primary and secondary children from across the UK. The Platinum Jubilee Pageant is set to be a fun event for all the family.
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