It is expected that the King’s Coronation in May 2023 will drive visitor numbers skywards during the long Bank Holiday weekend, with visitors and tourists making the most of London hotels special offers, exclusive events, and all the different attractions and celebrations which will come to life throughout the city.
For many, the coronation of King Charles marks the first coronation of a British monarch that they will experience in their life, owing to the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II. For those who are old enough to remember Queen Elizabeth II’s own coronation, the focus will be on what King Charles chooses to retain and what he changes in terms of the ceremony and various celebrations.
Regardless of what you are looking forward to about the coronation most, however, where exactly can you see the coronation from and how close can you get as a visitor to London during the coronation weekend?
The details of the coronation event
The coronation ceremony itself will take place in Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6th May 2023, with the following Monday 8th May marked as a bank Holiday for locals and visitors alike to get together and celebrate with their local community. King Charles and Camilla have dubbed the Bank Holiday Monday as the day for a ‘big help out’ – encouraging people from all areas of London to get out and about and engage with people in their local area.
In terms of witnessing the coronation, only those with invites will be allowed to attend – however, it is expected that the event will be televised and screened across London venues, west end restaurants, hotels, and more. The Mall is also likely to be packed full of visitors who head there to see King Charles’ official first royal wave from the balcony.
Interestingly, King Charles has made a number of amendments to the order of the ceremony as well as to the invite list, and is keen for his coronation ceremony to showcase the diversity of the British nation as well as the relationship between Britain and international communities. There are likely to be performances from all over the world both during the ceremony and later at the coronation concert, and King Charles is even inviting people who played a role in Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation to take part in his via an exclusive online application.
Is the coronation a good time to visit London?
The atmosphere across London during the coronation weekend is likely to be electric. Whether you’re looking to get involved or remove yourself from the action and enjoy a spa break in London, it’s worth noting that most of the central hotels will be booked well in advance and so you need to act fast if you haven’t already secured a room at your chosen hotel.
The Montcalm Club is just one location which boasts both excellent facilities and great proximity to the centre of much of the anticipated celebration – with our current offers including great deals for multi-night stays.