Update: A comprehensive London travel guide to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II
Around the world, millions of people are mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
The tributes have pour into from all corners of the globe, from New Zealand to New York.
But London – the city where the monarch spent the Blitz and lived much of her life – will undoubtedly be the center of the commemoration. As of Wednesday morning, more than 2,000 people were already queuing to see the queen in state.
With hundreds of thousands of others mourners expected, the cabinet office urges travelers to plan ahead.
“We recognize that many people will visit Buckingham Palace and other royal residences as a sign of respect,” a spokesperson said.
“We expect large crowds, which may pose public safety risks. Those traveling are asked to follow the instructions given to them by the stewards and the police.
If you want to visit the capital to pay homage to him, here is everything you need to know.
Key timeline of events
If you are visiting London, you will want to align your visit with major commemoration events. The UK is in an official period of mourning for up to seven days after the Queen’s funeral. But the big events will take place in the next ten days.
When and where will the queen be in state?
The Queen’s coffin arrived at London.
Starting at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday September 14, the Queen will “be in state” for four full days, until the morning of Monday September 19. It will be mounted atop a raised platform at Westminster Hall.
On Tuesday evening the route for people queuing was released last night by the UK government.
The line will start at Albert Embankment near Lambeth Bridge and could extend to Southwark Park in south east London.
Expect long queues – many mourners line up for hours to catch a glimpse of the Queen The mother’s coffin in 2002.
To get to Westminster Hall, take an underground to Westminster, St James’ Park or Embankment station, all of which are less than a five-minute walk away.
When is the Queen’s funeral – and can you go?
The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II is confirmed for 11 a.m. on Monday September 19.
The day has been confirmed to be a bank holiday in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Where will the Queen’s funeral take place?
The funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey. It’s a huge church near Westminster tube station, and is where the Queen married Prince Philip in 1947 and was crowned in 1953. The funeral will begin at 11am. At noon, the UK will observe a two-minute silence.
Prior to the event, there will be a short procession between Westminster Hall and Westminster Abbey. The service itself will be closed to the public; only 2,000 dignitaries and notables will be invited, including high-ranking British politicians and heads of state from around the world.
The funeral will be televised on all major television channels. Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 remains the most watched live TV event of all time.
Can I attend the Queen’s funeral procession?
After the hour-long funeral service at Westminster Abbey, the The queen’s coffin will travel to Wellington Arch, London’s Hyde Park Corner.
The large ceremonial procession will contain members of the royal family and hundreds of soldiers. To join the crowd, head to The Mall – the grand avenue that stretches all the way to Buckingham Palace. The nearest tube stations are Hyde Park Corner, Charing Cross, St James’ Park and Green Park – however authorities have asked people to avoid Green Park if possible.
It’s likely to get crowded very early, so to secure a good spot, such as near the railings, you’ll need to arrive very early. For previous royal processions, onlookers have camped out overnight to secure the best spots, or gathered at first light.
Have concerts and other major events in London been cancelled?
If you are traveling to London for a different event, check before you leave home – this may have been cancelled.
The last two nights of the BBC Proms on Friday September 9 and Saturday September 10 did not take place. Several local football games and community events have also been canceled.
Where can you go in London to pay your respects?
Many have left floral tributes at Buckingham Palace itself – but the floral tributes will be removed every 12 hours and placed in the nearby Green Park ‘Tribute Zone’. Members of the public can also drop flowers directly on these sites.
The nearest underground stations to Buckingham Palace are Hyde Park Corner, Charing Cross, St James’s Park and Green Park.
Mourners can also lay flowers at Windsor Castle, a short journey from London, a longtime royal residence. Tributes will be brought inside the castle each evening and placed on the grass of the castle chapter.
The Royal Family’s website has added a “book of condolences” for people to pay their respects to the Queen.
How to get to London for the Queen’s funeral
If you are traveling to London from other parts of the UK, trains are a good option. As a sign of “respect”, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) canceled a planned rail strike September 15 and 17.
There are no strikes or disruptions planned for planes or trains to the UK from other parts of Europe. However, there have been recent disruptions at UK airports, so check with your airline and airport before travelling.
Are London trains and tubes running normally?
The UK government expects delays to some services following the Queen’s death. Access to certain areas of central London will be restricted, with road closures and diversions, these will be announced shortly.
“Customers are encouraged to avoid Green Park tube station if possible, due to the high number of customers passing through, and to retain capacity for customers who require step-free access,” advises a statement from Transport. for London.
“Other tube stations such as Victoria, Piccadilly Circus and St James’s Park are within easy walking distance of Buckingham Palace.”
However, the metro, buses and trains will probably be your best bet.
The Elizabeth line will operate a special service with 12 trains per hour on the central section (Paddington-Abbey Wood) on Sunday 18 September to provide more transport options for customers.
Other stations expected to be busier than usual include: Westminster, Charing Cross, Embankment, Victoria, Waterloo, St James’s Park, Lancaster Gate, Hyde Park Corner and Marble Arch
Due to road closures, some buses will stop before their destination or be diverted until after the events. They can also operate at a reduced frequency.
Are the flights operating normally?
Flights will mostly go ahead as planned, but there will be some disruption so that aircraft noise does not disturb the Queen’s funeral procession.
In a statement, Heathrow Airport said it would make “appropriate changes to our operation ‘out of respect’ for the period of mourning.
On Wednesday, some flights will be delayed between 1.50pm and 3.40pm to “ensure silence over central London as the ceremonial procession moves from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall”.
“We anticipate further changes to Heathrow’s operation on Monday September 19, when Her Majesty’s funeral is due to take place, and will communicate these in more detail over the coming days,” a spokesperson for the agency said. ‘airport.
Where to stay in London near The Mall, Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park
In 2021, the political news site Politico obtained notes warning that London could become ‘full’ after the death of the Queen.
Central London accommodation is likely to be busy, so book as soon as possible if you are planning to travel.
Options include the Royal Lancaster London, a luxury hotel near Hyde Park, with chic double rooms from around £400 (€460) a night.
The boutique hotel The Guardsman in Westminster is also nearby, with double rooms from £280 (€320).
Sloane Place has a long history of royal patronage. The Chelsea Hotel is connected to the Sloane Club, a private establishment founded in 1922 by Princess Helena, daughter of Queen Victoria. Nightly rates at Sloane Place start from £200 (€234) on a B&B basis.
The Hotel Hux offers boutique accommodation just off Kensington Gardens, immediately west of Hyde Park. Double rooms start from £360 (€415) per night. The nearby Milestone Hotel & Residences also overlooks the gardens, with rooms from £480 (€550) a night.
Right next to Piccadilly Circus, the Dilly Hotel is another option for those looking for a place to stay close to the commemorations. Double prices vary greatly depending on the day, but start from £280 (€320).
If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the new monarch, perhaps try The Rubens at the Palace. The hotel is directly opposite the Royal Mews, the entrance to Buckingham Palace used by the Royal Family. Double rooms start at £480 (€550) per night.
For cheaper options, try Zedwell (£89/€105 per night for a double). The chain offers quiet, windowless, clean-air cocoons near Piccadilly Circus.
If you want to pay homage outside of the city center, you can try Le Boat self-driving boat holidays. Mooring is possible in Windsor, where the Queen will finally be buried.
A four-night self-catering trip on the Thames, starting and ending at Le Boat’s base in Chertsey and arriving on September 17, 2022, is priced at £829 per six-person boat.
If you want to book a host family or apartments, try one of the ethical alternatives at Airbnb.