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How to celebrate the King’s coronation in Chelsea

From afternoon tea to a street party, here are all the ways to mark the coronation around Sloane Street

21 April 2023

Image: Cadogan

London will be awash with celebrations during the weekend of 6-8 May as the coronation of King Charles III takes place. In Chelsea, the Royal Borough – just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace itself – there will be plenty going on to mark the occasion. Expect a joyful atmosphere, delicious food and drink, special installations and, of course, reams of bunting.

Here is our roundup of the best things to do over the weekend and beyond. And don’t forget to keep checking back until the big day, as we update this list with all the goings on.

Drink and dine al fresco in Sloane Square

Much loved throughout the neighbourhood, Summer on Sloane Square is back and will be in full swing for the coronation weekend. It’s the perfect place to refuel mid-party or on your way back from the Palace’s festivities.

Party on the King’s Road

…because where else?! Given its royal heritage, the neighbourhood will be going all out on Saturday 6 May with a street party, picnics, floral art and much more to ring in this joyful new era in British history. A stretch of the road will be pedestrianised and there will be a giant feasting table, a sustainable market and curated music and entertainment inspired by the King’s passions. What’s more, over 100 King Charles spaniels will parade down the King’s Road, and the Royal Hospital’s Chelsea Pensioners will march, too. It is certainly an occasion you won’t want to miss.

Celebrate at The LaLee

From 2-8 May, you can enjoy a special four-course dinner at The LaLee inspired by the King’s favourite foods. And as you’d expect, many of the ingredients are sourced from the British Isles. You’ll have chilled tomato consommé with pea and nasturtium to start, followed by Wye Valley asparagus and a poached hen’s egg in wild garlic and hollandaise sauce. Then there is a choice between Cornish roast lamb or morel and broad bean risotto, and finally an utterly delicious lemon meringue pie. Yum.


Toast His Majesty

Both Wulf & Lamb and Beaverbrook Town House have created special food and drink for the occasion. At Wulf & Lamb, you can raise a glass of King’s Punch mixed with pineapple, passionfruit, orange juice and rum, and enjoy the mango tiramisu that is (literally) crowned with strawberries. While, at the latter, there is The King Charles cocktail, inspired by His Majesty’s favoured 50/50 martini. At its restaurant, The Fuji Grill, there will be a Japanese twist to this most British of occasions with a Bento Box Fit for a King and a crown-topped lemon tart.;
The Fuji Grill's Bento Box Fit for a King

Take snaps on Royal Avenue

Just a short walk from Sloane Street and the festivities on the King’s Road, you’ll find a transformed, picture-ready Royal Avenue. Bring your camera and your best outfit to capture the significant moment in our history in perhaps the most apt location of all.

Get your own crown

Annoushka – who is practically royalty in the world of jewellery – has designed a very special, limited-edition 18-carat gold miniature replica of the St Edward’s Crown that King Charles III will wear for the coronation. The piece, which doubles as a locket, is embellished with glittering diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies with a central carved amethyst. There will only be 100, so be sure to place your order in-store soon.


Eat like the King

To honour our new monarch, Sloane Place and The Sloane Club, on Lower Sloane Street, will be cooking up one of King Charles III’s favourite dishes – a truffle and porcini risotto with wild garlic. This special dish is only on offer from 6-8 May.


Indulge in a coronation afternoon tea

Looking for a quintessentially London way to mark the coronation? How about a Harvey Nichols afternoon tea picnic in nearby Hyde Park? Between 6-8 May, you can collect a hat box from the store’s Fifth Floor Café filled with tea for two, with an optional chilled bottle of wine from English vineyard Chapel Down.

Among the treats are sandwiches (filled with coronation chicken and coriander cress, ploughman’s pickle and mustard cress, and cucumber and cream cheese with a herb aioli), scones and plum-jam financiers to finish. The tea is also available to enjoy in the Fifth Floor Café until 4 June, in case you miss the take-out opportunity.

£50 or £84 with Chapel Down wine;

Crown your heroes at the Saatchi Gallery

Crowns are symbolic of many things – in street art, for example, they denote a painter or writer at their highest level. So, as the Saatchi’s graffiti-inspired exhibition Beyond the Streets London draws to a close, the gallery is inviting guests to “crown” their own personal or public heroes by drawing images of them and bringing them along to the space. Invited artists will also be demonstrating graffiti motifs and artwork in action throughout the weekend.

Get a silk souvenir

Forget commemorative plates and tea towels and head to Burberry’s store at 1 Sloane Street, where you’ll find a beautiful silk scarf (£350) printed with an illustrated scene from Gloucester’s Highgrove House, His Majesty’s private residence. For men, Hackett has created a pocket square (£74) inspired by its founder’s own collection of vintage coronation ones. With their crown insignias and hand-rolled edges, these limited-edition accessories are certainly the most refined royal memorabilia to invest in.;
Burberry's Highgrove silk scarf, £350

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