Where to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in London

Ellie Goodman

6 May 2022

Old-fashioned street parties and plenty of Pimm's: here’s how to get involved with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

6 May 2022 | Ellie Goodman

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nless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll no doubt be aware that on 2 June 2022, Her Majesty the Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, commemorating a landmark 70 years of service to Great Britain and the Commonwealth. Brits have been given an extra bank holiday in order to allow for the celebrations, and with four days off work to look forward to (during which pubs will be allowed to open until 1am), we’re already making plans for how to spend the long weekend.

Aside from the official calendar of events taking place over the weekend – Trooping of the Colour on Thursday, the Party at the Palace on Saturday and the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday – the capital’s restaurants, bars and cultural institutions are busy hanging bunting, firing up the barbecues and perfecting their Pimms ahead of the biggest weekend of the year. From summer fetes and set menus, to art festivals and more, here’s our pick of where to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in London.

Mayfair Jubilee Street Party

When? 2-3 June 2022
Where? North Audley Street
What’s on? Banqueting, cocktails and live entertainement

Looking to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a good old-fashioned street party? Mayfair is throwing what promises to be the most epic one in town. For two days, the neighbourhood will be pedestrianising North Audley Street to host a communal feast on a 200-foot banqueting table decorated by Lay London. Festooned with wild flowers inspired by Britain's royal estates, the gorgeous tablescape will be accompanied by Jubilee-themed dishes from some of Mayfair's finest restaurants, special cocktails and a soundtrack of live jazz.

Visit mayfairldn.com

Annabel's, Mayfair

When? 23 May – 12 June 2022
Where? 46 Berkeley Square, W1J 5AT
What’s on? Floral installations, Joanna Lumley and special menus

Mayfair private member's club Annabel's can always be counted on to pull out all the stops for a special occasion and it's found a suitably spectacular way to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. As well as a series of floral installations dedicated to Her Majesty throughout the club and its garden, Annabel's will be hosting a special breakfast with Dame Joanna Lumley. Celebrating the release of her new book A Queen for All Seasons: A Celebration of Our One and Only Queen Elizabeth II on Her Platinum Jubilee, Lumley will be in conversation with writer and historian Tim Pleydell-Bouverie. Alongside the event, Annabel's will be offering a special gin martini inspired by the one the Queen opted for when she visited the nightclub in 2003, as well as a limited edition afternoon tea.

Visit annabels.co.uk

Maddox Gallery, Westbourne Grove

When? 21 April – 19 June 2022
Where? 112 Westbourne Grove, W2 5RU
What’s on? Best of British

If you’re craving culture this Bank Holiday weekend, indulge in some contemporary art history at Best of British, a retrospective exhibition examining the loosely-defined art collective, the YBAs, which emerged in the late 1980s, helmed by Damien Hirst. On display at Maddox Gallery’s Westbourne Grove outpost, with pieces by artists including Hirst, Tracey Emin, David Hockney and Yuki Aruga, the exhibition honours the work of the esteemed collective and the British artists whose work their legacy has inspired.

Visit maddoxgallery.com

The Cinnamon Club, Westminster

When? 2 May - 4 June 2022
Where? The Old Westminster Library, Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU
What’s on? Queen’s Jubilee Set Menu

Never one to pass up a celebration, the Cinnamon Club’s Vivek Singh has curated a fine-dining fusion feast fit for royalty to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. Kicking things off with canapés, including home-cured Shetland salmon carpaccio and jackfruit and lotus root skewers, the extravagant five-course £70 set menu then moves on to starters of lamb mille-feuille or Kadhai spiced asparagus with chickpea and yoghurt gnocchi.

For the main event, enjoy chargrilled Balmoral Estate venison with a smoky black stone flower reduction and masala mashed potatoes, or a selection of signature Cinnamon dishes if you’re not game for game. Desserts include sticky ginger toffee pudding topped with cinnamon ice cream, spiced date pancakes with banana and miso caramel sorbet, or a royal malai kulfi with caramelised quinoa and raspberry crisp. Raise a toast and wash things down in a fitting tribute to Her Maj with a refreshing Westminster Gin & Tonic, or indulge in petit fours and coffee after your meal in the Old Library Bar.

Visit cinnamonclub.com 

45 Park Lane, Mayfair

When? 4 May - 20 June 2022
Where? 45 Park Lane, W1K 1PN
What’s on? Presence by Rob Munday

See HM the Queen in a brand new light at Presence, the latest solo exhibition from preeminent British holographic artist Rob Munday, currently on display at 45 Park Lane. Alongside Munday’s series of large-scale light sculptures examining themes of entity, reality and the essence of existence, the show will feature a new, never-before-seen holographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth, titled Platinum Queen: Felicity.

Visit dorchestercollection.com

Sotheby’s, Mayfair

When? 28 May - 15 June 2022
Where? 34 - 35 New Bond Street, W1S 2RP
What’s on? Jubilee Arts Festival

For the Jubilee season, Sotheby’s is set to open its doors for an Arts Festival celebrating the alchemy of British creativity. Alongside rare opportunities to see artworks and jewellery on loan from some of the country’s finest private collections, the renowned auction house is presenting a series of cultural and historical talks, debates, panels and events including live music from Fantasia Orchestra, poetry workshops with Theresa Lola and RADA immersive performances. But the fun isn’t only for the grown-ups: on Saturday 4 June the auction house is hosting a family day, with events including a family-friendly ‘Battle of the Bears’ debate pitting Paddington against Pooh, and an appearance from acclaimed author Michael Morpurgo, reading from his new book, There Once Is A Queen, which recounts the story of Queen Elizabeth II’s life.

Visit sothebys.com 

The Little Yellow Door, Notting Hill

When? 2 June 2022
Where? 6-8 All Saints Road, W11 1HH
What’s on? British Icons House Party

Four-day weekend got you in the mood for a right royal knees-up without the hassle of the clean-up? Ring in the long weekend in style at Notting Hill’s favourite party palace, The Little Yellow Door. Dress code is British icons, so dig out your Union Jack mini dresses and Sergeant Pepper suits and get ready to get down to Britpop classics and sing-along anthems, spun well into the early hours of Friday morning as you dance the night away.

Visit thelittleyellowdoor.com 

Petersham Nurseries, Richmond

When? 3 - 4 June 2022
Where? Off Church Lane, Petersham Road, TW10 7AB
What’s on? Platinum Jubilee Summer Fete

For the Jubilee weekend, Petersham Nurseries’ picturesque Richmond home will play host to a traditional British summer fête on the banks of the River Thames. Expect classic street-party and village fete fare, with everything from finger food classics and prosecco-fuelled cream teas, to smoky barbecue favourites and Italian-inspired treats. And with live music, stalls and community competitions to keep you entertained as you sip away on a summer fruit cocktail or Haye Farm cider, all you need to bring is your picnic blanket.

Visit petershamnurseries.com 

ME London partners with Gone Rogue

When? 25 - 30 June
Where? ME London hotel, Strand, London WC2R 1HA
What’s on? A boldly coloured art exhibition from Gone Rogue, celebrating Her Majesty

ME London on the Strand has partnered with collaborative art curator Gone Rogue on a Queen of Arts exhibition. Her Majesty is depicted in neon-bright splashes and graffiti-style scrawls, by a selection of esteemed London artists including Heath Kane and Hannah Nijsten. Exclusive works are on display throughout the hotel’s Marconi Lobby Lounge from 25-30 June, as a fitting welcome to the modern London hotel. We encourage you to order a cocktail and admire the view.

gonerogueldn.com

The Stafford, St James

When? 5 June 2022
Where? 16 - 18 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NJ
What’s on? The Stafford Street Party

For those who fancy the excitement of a street party with all the comfort of a fine-dining restaurant, luxury hotel The Stafford will be commemorating the Platinum Jubilee with a decadent street party in its stunning St James courtyard. For £80 a head, guests will enjoy exceptional British party food including smoked salmon sandwiches, coronation chicken tarts, chargrilled Hope Farm lamb, a traditional Eton mess and a welcome drink courtesy of English vineyard, Nyetimber.

Visit thestaffordlondon.com 

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