Last updated 5 May 2023 – We will keep this page updated, so do check back for the latest information on big screens, Coronation events, access restrictions and road closures.
The Coronation of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen Consort promises to be an historic and spectacular day.
The Coronation is centred around a solemn religious ceremony and has remained largely unchanged for over a thousand years. The official Coronation service will be held on Saturday 6 May 2023 at Westminster Abbey and is expected to attract many spectators for the ceremonial procession, with many more following the events of the day from various screening locations within The Royal Parks and Central London.
Monday 8 May has been formally designated as a bank holiday and across the Coronation weekend, there will be further opportunities for people to come together in celebration of the historic occasion. On Sunday 7 May 2023, a special Coronation Concert will be staged and broadcast live at Windsor Castle by the BBC and BBC Studios. The Coronation Big Lunch, at which neighbours and communities are invited to share food and fun together, will take place across the country on the same date.
On Monday 8 May 2023, members of the public will be invited to take part in The Big Help Out, which will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas.
This page will cover:
- Street parties and local events
- Where to watch the Coronation on a big screen
- Transport, access restrictions and road closures
- Coronation Concert
- Big Lunches
- Big Help Out
- Licensing changes
- Council services
- Further links
Street parties and local events
- The Crown Springtime Party at Merchant Square, Thursday 4 May 5:30pm – 7:30pm: Visitors to The Crown Springtime Party will be entertained al fresco by a variety of acts including character clown Able Mable; Canapé Art Cabaret from Levantes Dance Theatre; plus singing and beatboxing from the Nick Howe Trio performing mash-ups of Game Of Thrones, Eminem, No Diggity and Avril Lavigne to name a few. There will be an outdoor bar and street food from trucks serving tasty Japanese food including gyoza dumplings, Bao and Xochi AKA Rainbo Foods.
- Connaught Village Street Party, Saturday 6 May: For the little ones, there will be royal crown-making workshops available from 11am-5pm, and for the adults, floral crown making workshop sessions at 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm. A fun day out for the whole family – bookable via email, walk-ins also welcome.
- Chilworth Mews Coronation Street Party, Saturday 6 May 2023
- Daventry Street & Bell Street Coronation Party, Saturday 6 May 2023
- Mayfair’s Coronation Garden Party, Grosvenor Square, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May 2023: This family-friendly party will see Grosvenor Square transformed into an enchanting garden wonderland. Mayfair’s Coronation Garden Party is free to attend and no ticket is required to enter. Find out more here.
- The Larrik’s Coronation Street Party, Shouldham Street, Sunday 7 May 2023 12-4pm: Local pub The Larrik will be serving its usual fare, with extra tables and chairs on Shouldham Street – with an invitation for local people to come together as a community and share food, drinks, celebrate and have a good time. Community-minded volunteers are welcome to help with decorations and bunting, setting-up tables and helping organise some fun and games for young and old.
- Community Street Party at St Mary’s Church, Sunday 7 May 2023: St Mary’s is an Anglican church actively involved in it’s community in Marylebone. On Sunday 7 May, the church will be celebrating King Charles III’s coronation by holding a community street party. There will be live music, a bring and share lunch, face painting and craft activities for kids – everyone is welcome. Find out more here.
- Wigmore Place Street Party, Sunday 7 May 2023
- Clarendon Gardens Coronation Street Party, Sunday 7 May 2023
- Coronation Celebration at the Royal Albert Hall, Sunday 7 May 2023: Join the Royal Choral Society, the choir formed for the opening of the Royal Albert Hall, for a choral music extravaganza as it celebrates the coronation and marks the choir’s own 150th anniversary. Find out more and book tickets here.
- Montagu Mews North Coronation Street Party, Monday 8 May 2023
Where to watch the Coronation on a big screen
Large screens will broadcast the coronation ceremony live at several locations near Marble Arch on Saturday 6 May:
- Hyde Park screening site
- Green Park and St James’s Park screening sites
- Grovesnor Square
- Paddington Recreation Ground
On Sunday 7 May, there will be a screening of the Coronation Concert in St. James’s Park.
Transport, access restrictions and road closures
The official Coronation service will be held at Westminster Abbey at 11:00 on 6 May. The King’s Procession will take Their Majesties from Buckingham Palace, along The Mall, through Admiralty Arch, south of King Charles I Island and Trafalgar Square, down Whitehall, Parliament Street, to the east and south side of Parliament Square and into Broad Sanctuary before arriving at the Westminster Abbey. Following the Coronation service, the Coronation Procession will travel back to Buckingham Palace, via the reverse of the above route.
Considering the events of 2022 there will be a significant impact to the local area. These impacts include increased business in Central London as this is likely to be a very popular and well-attended event. Road closures and suspensions will be in place in the run up to the Coronation, as well as the days following the event. Restrictions are fluid and likely to change daily.
There will be an increased police and security presence across Central London on the days leading up to and including 6 May. Police, security, stewarding personnel and barriers will be deployed in areas where restrictions are required.
This letter, dated 26 April 2023, contains essential information about how plans for the Coronation might affect local businesses and residents.
You can find up-to-date travel advice on the Transport for London website.
We will keep this page updated, so do check back here for maps and the latest information on access restrictions and road closures.
General restrictions: 3 April – 15 May (excluding 2 – 3 May and 5 – 6 May)
To support the delivery of infrastructure and preparations for the event, localised temporary vehicle restrictions will be implemented within the pink area highlighted on the map below.
Pedestrian access to businesses and residents will be maintained throughout.
To support public safety some pedestrian paths will be closed during this period, please follow diversions and signage where appropriate.
There will be temporary changes to the operation of Cycleway 3 around Buckingham Palace and Constitution Hill.
Between Wellington Arch and Birdcage Walk, certain sections of Cycleway 3 will have changes to the layout and operation. Full segregation will be maintained but cyclists may
need to follow guidance on signage and from security and stewarding personnel located nearby. Please visit www.tfl.gov.uk/coronation for more information.
Event restrictions: 2 – 3 May
From 16:00 on 2 May until 09:00 on 3 May vehicle restrictions within the blue and red areas highlighted on the map below will be implemented to support with essential preparations for the event.
- Pedestrian paths will not be affected. However, some crossing points may be closed temporarily and cycle paths will be restricted whilst the closures are in place.
- Works and activities including the playing of military music may be audible at various times, including overnight. Every effort will be taken to minimise any disturbance to you.
Details of how vehicle restrictions and parking suspensions may affect you is included below.
Event restrictions: 5 – 6 May
From 19:00 on 5 May until no later than 21:00 on 6 May, vehicle restrictions within the grey area highlighted on the map below will be implemented to support with the safe delivery of the event.
Cycleway 3 will be closed between Wellington Arch and Birdcage Walk on 5 and 6 May.
Additionally, pedestrian restrictions within the event footprint, as highlighted by the black line on the map below, will come into effect from as early 05:00 until no later than 17:00 on 6 May in order to help ensure a safe and successful event for all.
Please note, on the morning of the 6 May the area around the footprint will be extremely busy with spectators.
Businesses and residents are strongly advised to travel with a proof of address, a staff pass or an official invite to their property, to ensure access is facilitated at all times.
Event restrictions: 7 May
To support with the concert hosted at Windsor Castle on Sunday, 7 May evening, a screening of the concert will be held in St. James’s Park. Some parks roads may be closed to vehicles during this time. Although, access to the park will remain open to pedestrians.
Police, security personnel, stewards, and barriers will be deployed in this area to support with the safe delivery of the event. They will also support with access to your property.
The pink zone on the map below will be closed to members of the public from 05:00 on 6 May to support with the safe delivery of the event.
Vehicle restrictions will come into effect in some areas of the event footprint from as early as 19:00 on 5 May, in order to ensure a safe and successful event.
Deliveries and collections, including commercial and residential waste collections, will not be possible when roads are closed. We ask for your assistance by rescheduling any deliveries, commercial waste collections, and by not placing your waste on the street during event restrictions.
Vehicles (buses, coaches, cars, vans, trucks, motorbike or bicycles) will not be allowed into the restricted event area, once closures are in place.
Vehicle parking will be suspended at some locations within the event footprint. Those with resident parking permits will be notified and made aware of alternative arrangements.
Please follow the yellow parking suspension signage for further information. Any vehicles in this area after 19:00 on 5 May will be removed.
If your parking is not suspended but you usually park within the event footprint and need to use your vehicle during the restrictions, please move your vehicle outside the event footprint prior to the vehicle restrictions.
Vehicle and pedestrian restrictions will remain in place until it is deemed safe to remove them, once crowds have dispersed post event on 6 May.
Getting around London
If you live or work within the event footprint please remember (and remind your guests and staff) that there will be large crowds in London on 6 May. You should plan ahead and allow plenty of time to get to and from your destination.
- Anyone wishing to travel to central London is strongly advised to use public transport, avoiding travelling by road, and should consider that they may need to take alternative routes.
- Roads and public transport services within the event footprint will be very busy.
- Some stations may be subject to temporary closures at short notice, for safety reasons.
- Pedestrian crossings may also be affected.
- Some bus routes will also be on diversion, due to road closures.
- Roads and public transport services located within the immediate vicinity of the event footprint are also expected to be very busy.
- Some stations are expected to be very busy, including Westminster, Green Park, Charing Cross, Embankment, Victoria, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Temple and Marble Arch stations.
- St James’s Park station will be closed on 6 May – it will re-open when it is safe to do so.
- Hyde Park Corner will be exit-only on 6 May – it will fully open when it is safe to do so.
- On the tube, short-term safety measures such as queuing, closures, trains non-stopping or changes to the way people enter or exit a station are likely to be necessary, especially in central London.
Taking place on the evening of Sunday 7 May in the grounds of Windsor Castle, the Coronation Concert will bring together music icons, contemporary stars, a world-class orchestra and art performances.
Attended by a public audience including volunteers from The King and The Queen Consort’s many charity affiliations, the concert will see a world-class orchestra play interpretations of musical favourites fronted by fantastic entertainers, alongside performers from the world of dance and the arts. The performances will be supported by staging and effects located on the Castle’s East Lawn and will also feature a selection of spoken word sequences delivered by stars of stage and screen.
The Ticket Ballot for the Coronation Concert is now closed. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.
On Sunday 7 May, there will be a screening of the Coronation Concert in St. James’s Park.
Coronation Big Lunches
The Coronation Big Lunch (6-8 May) brings neighbours and communities together to share friendship, food and fun. Be part of history by joining millions across the UK with a Coronation Big Lunch celebration in your community.
Sign up to receive your Coronation Big Lunch pack for all you need to get started with ideas, top tips, practical advice and loads more.
The Big Help Out
To mark His Majesty The King’s Coronation thousands of organisations across the country are getting together on Monday 8 May 2023 to give us all the chance to help out in our own local communities.
No matter what you are good at, there’ll be something to suit helping hands of all shapes and sizes! From checking in on someone who’d like a bit of company or volunteering for a charity the more of us who join in, the bigger help we will be.
You can find a list of local volunteering opportunities on The Big Help Out website.
The government will be going ahead with the proposal to make a Licensing Hours Order under section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003 to relax licensing hours in England and Wales to mark His Majesty the King’s coronation.
The order aims to allow people in England and Wales to celebrate the constitutional and historic significance of the coronation of the King and the beginning of his reign.
The order will apply to premises already licensed until 11pm for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises, for the provision of late-night refreshment (only where there is also the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises), and for the provision of regulated entertainment in England and Wales.
The order will extend the licensing hours for such premises from 11pm to 1am the following day, on Friday 5 May, Saturday 6 May, and Sunday 7 May.
There will no doubt be increased demands upon Westminster Council services as large numbers of people travel to London.
Services such as parking, waste and recycling collections may be amended to accommodate processions and cordons.
Updates from Westminster City Council can be found here. This website is regularly being updated with information.