With the upcoming coronation of King Charles III set for May this year, many people are planning to travel to London for the event.
Locals and visitors will line the streets between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey to watch the Royal Processions.
Others will wait by the Victoria Memorial to see the new King and Queen Consort wave from the Buckingham Palace balcony afterward.
If you are planning to visit during the coronation weekend, or at any time before or after, there are many royal attractions in London to explore. We’ve put together this guide to all the best historic attractions in London (with royal links!) so that you can plan your own illustrious tour of the most beautiful castles, palaces, and other impressive locations.
Read on to find out all the details of King Charles III’s upcoming coronation, as well as the London must-see attractions to combine on your visit.
King Charles III’s Coronation – what you need to know
When will King Charles III’s coronation take place?
The coronation of King Charles III will take place on Saturday the 6th of May, 2023. Precise times for the different parts of the coronation have not been released yet, but based on Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, it will probably start around 11 in the morning.
Where will King Charles III’s coronation take place?
The King Charles coronation will take place at Westminster Abbey. King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla will travel to Westminster Abbey from Buckingham Palace in the King’s Procession. After they have been crowned, they will join the Coronation Procession from the Abbey to Buckingham Palace where they will appear on the Royal Balcony along with other members of the royal family.
Can I attend King Charles III’s coronation?
Unless you are a foreign dignitary, head of state, or member of the royal family, you will not be able to attend the coronation! However, many people will travel from around the city, country, and world to line the streets between Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace to see the royal processions first-hand. The coronation ceremony will be televised and streamed worldwide as well.
Will there be any related events during King Charles III’s coronation?
Yes! Buckingham Palace has announced a number of events that will take place over the coronation weekend and following Bank Holiday Monday. For example, the Coronation Concert at Windsor Palace on Sunday the 7th of May. This will be streamed and broadcast live, plus tickets will be available for attendees via a public ballot. There will also be The Coronation Big Lunch on the same day and on Monday The Big Help Out will encourage people to volunteer in their communities. Keep an eye on the official website for more details as they become available.
How to get around London
Around King Charles' coronation, the weather will be good enough to take a bus tour and see the city
Looking for something convenient to get around London? Use the Hop-on Hop-off bus!
Central London is relatively easy to get around, with most of the royal attractions within walking distance or a short tube ride. However, since the tube mostly runs underground, you won’t get to see too much along the way! There are always the famous red double-decker buses, but the timetables and routes can be intimidating for visitors.
A much more scenic option is to purchase one of our discovery passes, where you can use the Hop-on Hop-off bus to get your bearings and sightsee. For a little extra, you can add on to the regular bus pass with a Thames River Cruise, or a combination of the bus pass, river cruise, AND a walking tour!
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