The Tower of London moat will be covered in a blanket of flowers from June to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. Historic Royal Palaces / Press photo

From June 2 to 5, the British capital will celebrate the 70 years of reign of Elizabeth II. All the information and our recommendations to attend this platinum jubilee.

June 2

  • Parade and Salute to the Flags

The historic festivities kick off on June 2, with a “Trooping the Colour” (or “salute to the flag”) parade. For the occasion, no less than 1400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will take part in the event. The parade will depart from Buckingham Palace and join the Horse Guard’s Parade, located at the other end of The Mall Avenue. The members of the royal family will then parade in carriages or on horseback. The whole will end with the flypast of the Royal Air Force.

Practical information : to attend the parade, there are still standing places, at 11.7 €, to be purchased on the British Army website.

Our advice: if you are going near Buckingham Palace that day, take the opportunity to then have Afternoon Tea at the Ritz London, located 8 min walk from the palace (from €78/pers), and celebrate the jubilee in the state of the art. Or, head for the iconic Fortnum&Mason store, where a whole line of giveaways was specially created for the occasion. At 4e floor of the store, in the Tea Salon, the “Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea” has also been designed for this celebration (from €82/pers).

The Ritz London. 150 Piccadilly, W1J 9BR. Such. : +44 20 7493 8181.

Fortnum & Mason. 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ST. Such. : +44 20 7734 8040.

A ‘jubilee beacon’ lit in front of Westminster Abbey in 2012, during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. SEAN GALLU / GETTY IMAGES

On the evening of June 2, this time it will be beacons (these large lanterns acting as a signal) that will be lit in honor of the Queen throughout the United Kingdom, but also in the British overseas territories. , as well as in each of the capitals of the Commonwealth countries. This tradition is called the Platinum Jubilee Beacons.

Our advice: on the evening of June 2, set sail for a London pub; from there, in communion with the British clients who are sure to be there too, you can follow the ceremony live on television and share their patriotic fervor with them. All washed down with a pint of beer, of course!

June 3

  • Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral

The Queen being the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, a Service of Thanksgiving (Service of Thanksgiving) will take place on the morning of June 3 at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Our advice: on the morning of D-Day, the cathedral will not be accessible to tourists, but it will be again in the afternoon. To visit it, buy your tickets online (cheaper) or on site (if there are tickets left). Web prices: adult €21, free for children until June 4, then €9 per child from 6 to 17 years old.

St. Paul’s Cathedral. London EC4M 8AD.

After your visit, head to the Sabine Rooftop Bar, a rooftop with a breathtaking view of the dome of St Paul. The spotlight is ideal for a drink al fresco over the rooftops of London. Mythical !

Sabine Rooftop Bar. 10 Godliman St, London EC4V 5AJ, at 7e floor of the Leonardo Royal Hotel.

June 4

An effigy of the Queen at a previous Epsom Derby. LEON NEAL / AFP
  • Horse racing and concert

With the tradition of horse racing firmly rooted in England, Elizabeth II will attend the Epsom Downs derby on June 4, accompanied by members of the royal family. The event promises to be as festive as it is unifying. In addition, on the evening of the same day, the BBC will broadcast a special concert, live from Buckingham Palace. If we do not yet know which stars will be part of the performers, the atmosphere promises to be electric, and the line-up, prestigious. To be continued…

Our advice: again, rather than following the events from your hotel television, set your sights on one of the many pubs that dot the capital, and immerse yourself in the lively and friendly atmosphere of these often warm establishments. They will be ideal to vibrate in heart with the British.

June 5

Act 3 of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant will show this astonishing moving structure. Photo press / Platinum Jubilee Pageant
  • Final in apotheosis with the parade-carnival

To end these four days of celebrations in style, the parade/parade of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant will take place on The Mall, with Buckingham Palace as a backdrop. This unique parade will combine street arts, music, circus acts, theatre, carnival and costumes. The whole will bring together more than 5000 people from all over the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Watch live on BBC One.

Our advice: plan to stay in London (at least) one more day after the celebrations, to be able to visit the capital more serenely, away from the crowds that the jubilee will displace. June is ideal for exploring the city in all directions, from Trafalgar Square to Leicester Square, via Westminster, Covent Garden, Notting Hill and Tower Bridge – where from 1er June to September 18, the Superbloom will see the moat of the Tower of London covered in a sea of ​​flowers in honor of the Jubilee. Also remember to visit the many parks in London, perfect for this season.

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