20 Things To Do To Celebrate Jubilee

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The countdown is on! Here’s our pick of things to do to celebrate Jubilee 2022.

There is SO MUCH to see and do this June in London. We’ve tracked down 20 of the best things to do to celebrate Jubilee. First up:

There are few things more royal than Trooping The Colour. Seated tickets went ages ago, but if you get close you may well see some of the guards coming and going on their horses.

Cheer on the country’s finest Knights at the Jubilee Joust at Hampton Court Palace as they battle to be crowned champions of the coveted Jubilee Cup.

Fancy a quintessential Summer Fete? Head to Mayfair for Let’s Mayfair’ on 2nd and 3rd and find wild flowers, topiary trees, festoon lighting and lots and lots of one-off Jubilee bunting, stretching from Grosvenor Square to Oxford Street all along North Audley Street.

See a dazzling field of flowers fill the Tower of London’s moat at Superbloom, created to celebrate the Queen and become a welcoming new habitat for insects and birds.

There are of course afternoon teas a plenty with a Jubilee theme. You may not be lucky enough to book in over Jubliee, but they’ll be Jubilee inspired for weeks to come. Try Ting at the Shangri-la, Pan Pacific or Dotty’s Teahouse in Carshalton for a bit of vintage glamour.

Bring your favourite teddy to London zoo for Zoobilee, with a wild Teddy Bear’s Picnic, animal crown-making, bug hunting and pond dipping on the agenda. And try to spot as many of the zoo’s 150,000 animals as you can.

Whipsnade Zoo is also hosting a Zoobilee, if you prefer a day out of London at the safari park.

If you’re prepared to camp out on The Mall you may get a spot to see the Platinum Jubilee Pageant as dancers, musicians and performers make their way along The Mall.

Get up nice and early to see the Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta when you’ll see great numbers of hot air balloons floating across the skyline for charity. They take off from Battersea Park at 5.30am on Sunday.

In Ealing you can enjoy a free Prom in the Park at Walpole Park. Reserve your picnic blanket spot to hear Ealing Symphony Orchestra’s musicians serving up a unique programme, combining Last Night of the Proms favourites alongside allusions to Ealing’s history and culture. Sunday 5th.

There’s a picnic and pudding Jubilee picnic event at Marble Hill on Sat 4th.

Join a Jubilee Garden Party at Westminster Abbey, the place where the Queen was crowned (currently fully booked but more places are being added so get on the waiting list). 

See how the Royal family has influenced household brands at the Museum of Brands’ exhibition Jubilation: 200 Years of Royal Souvenirs, with royal-themed family craft sessions, object handling for kids and a Royal trail.

How about family-friendly royal Drag Queen Bingo as an alternative celebration? There will be singing, dancing and lots of fun at the Horniman Museum party.

Afro Hair & Beauty Live will celebrate the Jubilee with some amazing hair demos as well as a huge opening, featuring Carnival Queens, steel pans, grand costumes and a town crier. Visitors will also be able to witness the Queen’s crown jewels and the royal warrant jewellery on display.

Explore the Royal family’s role in conflict and trace the Queen’s personal experience of war at Imperial War Museum’s new exhibition.

Learn how to be a royal at Eltham Palace and Gardens’ Kids Rule event. Try out jousting and take part in a reimagined hunt (with your grown ups as prey!)

Go on a musical celebration of the Queen’s reign with the Royal Albert Hall’s own Engagement ensemble, Albert’s Band

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More Jubilee events:

The Southbank Centre is marking the occasion with a full programme of events, including family shows Moxie Brawl’s Punk Alley, Half Moon’s Party and Folk Dance Remixed’s Step Hop House. 

Syon Park Foodies Festival will be Jubilee-themed this year, with top chefs, live music, tasty treats and plenty on offer for children at The Kids Cookery Theatre.

Go on a scavenger hunt, get crafty and join in storytelling at the London Museum of Water & Steam’s Jubilee Garden Party.

Make some Superhero Jubilee Bunting at the Foundling Museum, inspired by their Superheroes, Orphans and Origins exhibition (which is well worth checking out while you’re here). 

Create a nature crown, plant seeds and enjoy a storytelling session about the royal history of London’s parks and their connection to the Queen at Hyde Park’s Discovery Day: Royal Celebration

Decorate your own handmade biscuits fit for a Queen at The National Army Museum’s Royal Rations workshops. 

Get your dancing shoes on and head to Wembley Park for a Jubilee Dance Party. There will be live music, circus acts, wild entertainment, Guinness World Record setting activities and, of course, lots of dancing.

Make your own collages at Jubilant Jubilee, a family workshop inspired by a crowd-sourced exhibition of Royal memorabilia at Sir John Soane’s Museum.

Hever Castle, home to two former queens of England, hosts celebratory activities in their stunning grounds including a jewel hunt, royal trail and a street-party-style picnic.

And, for all the royal goings on, official schedule and even more events, take a look at our weekend Jubilee guide and the Jubilee’s own website

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