Jubilee events in London and Surrey
Jubilee events in London and Surrey
Fabulous fun to celebrate in style, from afternoon tea to the Epsom Derby
Cazoo Derby at Epsom Downs 3-4 June
Join the Royal Family as they head to Epsom for Derby Day on the Saturday. The Friday sees everyone decked out in their finest for Ladies Day.
Derby Day forms part of the official weekend of Platinum Jubilee celebrations. A maximum capacity crowd in the ticketed enclosures at the racecourse of more than 35,000 people is expected, with tens of thousands more expected to take their place in the free enclosures on what is known locally as The Hill.
A guard of honour of around 40 retired and current jockeys will be formed, all dressed in Her Majesty’s silks. Members of the local community and some local charities will support the guard of honour as flag bearers. There will be a display from the Red Devils and a military band’s performance of the National Anthem.
Other plans to mark the occasion include the unveiling of 15 special hats created by milliners in association with the British Hat Guild, which will be auctioned in aid of Brain Tumour Research.
The Queen’s Stand is being renamed The Queen Elizabeth II Stand and a plaque will be unveiled on a community night at the racecourse on Thursday 2nd June. A Community Beacon immediately adjacent to the racecourse will be lit at 9.45pm.
Main image: ME London
Garden Party at The Lensbury, Teddington, 3 June
A family-friendly garden party will be held at the lovely riverside hotel and health club with a street party style 3 course lunch, live music, decorations and flags, children’s inflatable games, and royal cheer.
Jubilee Afternoon Tea at The Chelsea Harbour Hotel & Spa
Stunning views, fragrant tea, and royally-inspired delicacies… The Chelsea Harbour Hotel & Spa offers a very special afternoon tea fit for a queen. Expect delicate finger sandwiches, miniature choux buns, lemon macarons and strawberry tartlets.
Southbank Centre’s Jubilee festivities
There’s a whole host of special events: LGBTQI+ club Duckie will present the daytime “Official” and late night “Alternative” Royal Command Performances. There will also be performances for all the family with Moxie Brawl’s Punk Alley, Half Moon’s Party and Folk Dance Remixed’s Step Hop House. And there will be a day exploring how punk exploded into popular culture in 1977, the year of the Silver Jubilee, including an exclusive screening and panel discussion with Danny Boyle on his new Sex Pistols series, Pistol.
images: Folk Dance Remixed / The “Official” Royal Command Performance / Queen Elizabeth and Duke Ellington
Celebration weekend at Petersham Nurseries 3 – 4 June
Petersham Nurseries is transforming into the ultimate summer fête to welcome all guests to fabulous food stalls, picking, live performances and heaps of stylish entertainment in beautiful surroundings.
Bring a Corgi, Stay Free at ME London
Luxe dog-friendly London hotel ME London celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a very special offer: Corgi owners can enjoy a night free of charge with every two nights booked.
images credit: Marta Lamosvek
Queen’s Jubilee Jazz in the Garden, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking 2 – 5 June
Bring a picnic or enjoy food from one of the many outlets, kick back and relax to the sounds of Chi Jazz. Playing smooth jazz, Chi Jazz will be performing in the garden from 12 – 3pm daily, 2–5 June. Normal garden entry applies.
St Raphael’s Street Party 2 – 5 June
Communities in Merton and Sutton are being encouraged to turn the streets purple in aid of the hospice and party for a worthy cause! Sign up to receive a free Street Party Fundraising Pack and organise a street party or garden party for the Jubilee weekend.
BTA Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Street Party 5 June
Headed up by Belgravia bar and dining room Ganymede, Belgravia Traders Association’s street party looks as fun as it gets – with delish food and fab entertainment and activities, including horse and carriage rides and Punch & Judy.
Life Through a Royal Lens, Kensington Palace Until 30 Oct
Spanning from the 19th century right up until the present day, this unique collection showcases iconic images and intimate portraits of the Royal Family – including photographs by Cecil Beaton, often credited with shaping royal image in the twentieth century.
Plant a Tree for the Jubilee in Kingston
Plant a tree to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in a truly eco-friendly style! The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique UK-wide tree-planting initiative – join it in the Royal Borough of Kingston.
The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace 19 May to 2 October
Head to The Royal Mews to see all the historic royal carriages just in time for the Jubilee. Check out other events organised by the Royal Collection Trust as well, for a full range of dedicated exhibitions and talks in London and beyond.
A Gallop Through History, Windsor Castle 12-15 May
See more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers in this spectacular 90-minute piece of arena theatre celebrating Her Majesty The Queen and the history of the Royal Family from her famous namesake to the present day.
Superbloom at the Tower of London 1 June-18 September
Colourful, vibrant flowers will fill the Tower’s moat to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee in a truly dramatic style, as the former defending mechanism for the famous fortress becomes a green haven for pollinators, insects and seed-eating birds.
WoW Embroidery Exhibition 5 June
Women of Wandsworth are celebrating the Platinum Jubilee by organising an Exhibition of Embroidery Art, so join them in True Brew Café to admire their gorgeous creations.
Jubilee Joust at Hampton Court Palace, 1 – 5 June
Don your colours, pick your favourites and cheer your boys on, we mean, cheer your knights on. Pomp, ceremony and splendour reign supreme in the historical residence of Henry VIII.
images credit: Historic Royal Palaces
United Response Jubilee Celebration Events – Richmond 3 June
The national disability charity United Response is hosting a wonderfully fun party to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen. Expect a little bit of everything: fun, food, and entertainment!
Polesden Lacey’s Platinum Jubilee celebration 2-3 June
Enjoy a picnic with live music on the historic terrace. Children can join in the Jubilee treasure hunt or enjoy a ride on the miniature train. Plus some gorgeous local artisan products to buy.
Central London’s big celebrations
There is a huge extravaganza taking shape, including The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour): Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together in the traditional Parade (2 June) and The Platinum Jubilee Pageant (5 June) with performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers will unite to tell the story of The Queen’s 70 year reign with street arts, theatre, music, circus, and the ‘River of Hope’ where two hundred silk flags which will process down The Mall, appearing like a moving river.