Author: Ellena Schuster-Farrell
Author: Ellena Schuster-Farrell
There are plenty of Jubilee festivities happening right across Aldgate and the City of London this month. Plan your visit now with our Royal City map!
Crowns, Coronations, Executions and More: Queens and the City of London
Join Six in the City for a tour exploring the Queens of England and the City of London. Discover the processional route of Anne Boleyn; hear the tale of Lady Jane Grey, and learn about Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni.
Superbloom at the Tower of London
Celebrate at the Tower of London, where a spectacular, colourful, vibrant field of flowers will fill and transform the Tower’s moat. ‘Superbloom’ will bring natural beauty to the urban space and introduce a new biodiverse habitat for wildlife.
Royal connections at Aldgate Station
Her Majesty the Queen visited the station in 2010, where she was given her very own London Underground sign for Buckingham Palace.
Jubilee Brunch at Barcelona Tapas Bar
Enjoy a special Jubilee Bottomless Brunch at Barcelona Tapas Bar on Middlesex Street. Explore a world of flavours in the Petticoat Lane Dining Quarter. Try independent Italian, Indian, Argentinian and Japanese restaurants.
‘Jubilant Jubilee’ Exhibition at Brady Arts Centre
Head to 192-196 Hanbury Street for a Jubilee-inspired exhibition by local people in Tower Hamlets. Work in this exhibition hails from a variety of classes run by local art tutor Virginia Hawke, and has been created in response to the wider theme of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
London Stone, Cannon Street
Historic landmark, the London Stone, has an interesting royal connection. In 1450, an armed revolt rose against the unpopular King Henry VI. Legend has it that the revolt’s leader, Jack Cade, placed his sword upon the London Stone and declared himself ‘Lord of London’.
Corgi Photo Studio and Royal Walks at Leadenhall Market
Recreate the Queen’s love of Corgis with Leadenhall Market’s Corgi Cam pop-up photo studio! Or take a Royal Walk around the City, to hear about Leadenhall’s links with the monarchy.
The Superbloom Afternoon Tea at The Orchid Lounge, Pan Pacific London
Guests will be treated to wine or a selection of teas, followed by British dishes including golden raisin and plain scones served with Cornish clotted cream, smoked salmon with mustard butter on brown bread and much more.
Jubilee Champagne Experience Dinner at Searcys at The Gherkin
Enjoy a special Champagne Experience Dinner at the Gherkin. Leading the experience is Martin Dibben, Consul of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne de Grande Brittanie and former employee of the Queen.
Visit Temple Bar Gate
Once the ceremonial entrance to the City of London, you can now find Temple Bar to the north-west Tower of St Paul’s Cathedral, where it forms a pedestrian gateway into Paternoster Square. In a 400-year-old tradition, this is where the Lord Mayor presents the Sovereign with the keys of the City.
‘Jubilee: St Paul’s, the Monarch and the Changing World’
Using objects from St Paul’s Archive and Collections, the exhibition at St Paul’s Cathedral tells the stories of Jubilee celebrations for four monarchs: King George III, Queen Victoria, King George V and HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Jubilee Afternoon Tea at Millie’s Lounge, The Ned
On June 4, join The Ned for Afternoon Tea. Choose from a selection of cakes, scones, savoury bites and sandwiches, with a choice of tea and a glass of Nyetimber Classic Cuvée on arrival.
Jubilee Souvenirs at Fortnum & Mason, The Royal Exchange
Fortnum & Mason will be marking the historic milestone of the Platinum Jubilee with a range of exciting products.
The Three Queens of Fleet Street
Find a statue of Queen Elizabeth I tucked away in a recess of St Dunstan-in-the-West, track down Mary Queen of Scots at a building next to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese and head to the Temple Bar memorial for a carving of Queen Victoria.
‘Right Royal City’ – City Guides Tour departing from St Paul’s Churchyard
‘A Right Royal City’ will showcase the City’s rich royal history, allowing you to explore the streets that witnessed these events on a guided walking tour by the City Guides.
Jubilee Cocktails at The Refinery, New Street Square
Toast to the Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year at The Refinery, New Street Square. Enjoy six royally special cocktails, including two popular drinks from the 1950s.
More Jubilee events are being confirmed across the area. Check the BID websites and social media channels for more information.