9 things to do this bank holiday Monday to remember the Queen


6. See the Superblooms

To commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee back in June, a staggering 20 million wild flowers were planted in the Tower of London’s 13th-century moat. Fatefully, this initial installation was always due to end on Sunday 18 September, after which the landscape will remain permanently, though without visitor access. Head there before Monday for quiet, fragrant reflection surrounded by bees and butterflies – only the slide will be closed. 

Price: Tickets must be booked: free from the Superbloom Public Viewing Path; £12 immersive walk through moat
When: Until the end of Sunday 18 September 2022
Where: Tower of London moat, London EC3N 4AB
Website: hrp.org.uk

7. Check out a fascinating royal photography exhibition 

‘Life through a Lens’ includes both iconic and never-seen-before portraits of the royal family, harking right back to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, in its examination of the relationship between Sovereign and camera. Look out for shots of Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton, as well as intimate works by Rankin, Annie Leibovitz, Norman Parkinson and David Bailey.

Price: £20, book ahead 
When: Until Sunday 30 October 2022; closed on Monday 19 September 2022
Where: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX
Website: hrp.org.uk

A image of Queen Elizabeth II lays among the flowers at a memorial site in Green Park, near Buckingham PalaceGetty Images

8. Have a horse riding lesson in Hyde Park 

It’s commonly known that one of the Queen’s number one passions in life was horse racing. While Ascot may be a trip out of the capital, there are places you can go to get in the saddle in her honour, even including a Royal Park. One of the final mews with horses in central London, Hyde Park Stables offers lessons whatever your experience level, enabling riders to trot beside the Serpentine and along the park’s Rotten Row, ‘the most famous equestrian venue in England for 300 years’. 

Price: From £115 per hour 
When: Monday to Sunday
Where: 63 Bathurst Mews, London W2 2SB
Website: hydeparkstables.com

9. Have royal afternoon tea overlooking Buckingham Palace

The aptly named Palace Lounge at Rubens Hotel looks out over the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace – and therefore seems a pretty perfect spot to partake in a royal afternoon tea. A new version of the hotel’s menu was launched on 1 September 2022 and includes strawberry jam and peanut butter sandwiches and raspberry ripple donuts as well as the more traditional cucumber sandwiches and fruit scones. 

Price: From £60 per person 
When: Daily, bookings can be made for Monday 19 September
Where: Rubens Hotel, 39 Buckingham Palace ROAd, London SW1W 0PS
Website: rubenshotel.com



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