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For the coronation of King Charles: A royal weekend in London

In May 2023, the British royal family will officially have a new head of state. If you don't want to miss the coronation of King Charles III, you should plan your trip to London early.

April 20, 2023

Golden glamor and a magnificent royal ambience that hardly anyone is likely to forget - the year 2023 will almost certainly go down in history. When King Charles III is awarded the crown and takes his official title in an epic ceremony on May 6, Great Britain and the rest of the world will be upside down. 

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Royal fans have had to wait a long time for this moment; after all, the last British coronation, that of Charles' mother Queen Elizabeth II, took place in 1953 (exactly 70 years ago). We have the best insider tips if you want to experience the historic moment up close. 

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The coronation of King Charles III will take place on May 6, 2023, at Westminster Abbey, presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The abbey, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is located in the heart of the British capital, London, between Westminster Palace and St. James's Park. And it's not the only venue on Coronation weekend.

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Around the probably most important royal event, various other events take place, such as the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle, which you can listen to on May 7. The concert can be watched either live (with a little luck) or at one of the many public viewings throughout the city. At the same time, by the way, the most famous places in London will be decorated in light installations as part of Lighting up the Nation. It's going to be huge spectacle.

Bars and clubs also use the coronation weekend for special parties and events. Street festivals are held all over the country. Here, the rule is to discover and drift. 

Where to stay

Bulgari Hotel

Just under 40 minutes from Westminster Abbey, south of Hyde Park, lies the luxurious 5-star Hotel Bulgari. Somewhat far from the hustle and bustle, here you can retreat after an exciting day of Royal fever, sip a glass and toast to the new king in the elegant bar or lounge.

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Bulgari Hotel
171 Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW London, United Kingdom
Web: bulgarihotels.com
Tel: +44 (0)207 151 1010
Price: from € 2,214

Corinthia Hotel

The Corinthia Hotel is quite centrally located; it takes just fifteen minutes to walk from here to the church where Charles is crowned. You are right in the middle of the action and can join the many parties and events on your doorstep. In between, you can retreat to the hotel's large and luxurious wellness area.

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Corinthia Hotel
Whitehall Pl, London SW1A 2BD, United Kingdom
Web: corinthia.com
Tel: +44 20 7930 8181
Price: Doubles from € 1,614

The Ned

The luxury hotel The Ned is almost royal. The interior resembles a palace, and from the roof terrace you have a magnificent view over the city and the many attractions of London. The way to Westminster Abbey leads past all the sights, such as London Bridge, the Tate Modern Museum, the London Eye and Big Ben.

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The Ned
27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ, United Kingdom
Web: thened.com
Tel.: +44 20 3828 2000
Price: from € 412

Where to eat


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A little bit of Italy in England - at manteca, guests can enjoy the finest Mediterranean specialties. Handmade pasta, meat and fish are prepared on an open fire and are served here, as well as sweet creations.

Web: mantecarestaurant.co.uk

Ekstedt at the Yard

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The name says it all: Ekstedt at the Yard serves Scandinavian specialties. The select, pared-down menu ranges from oysters and seaweed to caviar and mushroom compositions.

Web: ekstedtattheyard.com

Dim Sum Duck

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If you prefer Chinese food, you should stop by Dim Sum Duck. Here, soups, grilled meat, noodles or dumplings are served in a snack style on the plate or directly to go. Simple, but sooooo delicious.

Web: dimsum-duck.business.site

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