Diamond Jubilee travel advice and guide to events in London

13:17 30 May 2012

One of the Jubilee line London Underground trains decorated to celebrate the Queen

One of the Jubilee line London Underground trains decorated to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Archant

London celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this weekend with a plethora of events in the heart of the capital city.

Huge changes to Londons transport network kick in for the four-day-long extravaganza - not lifting until after the last parade at the end of the long bank holiday weekend.

Below is our guide to what is going on and also where to avoid if you're not joining in the celebrations.

Saturday

Key event: Jubilee Family Festival in Hyde Park (Saturday and Sunday). Lots of live music and entertainment will fill the air as celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee get under way. Youngsters can enjoy the headline show The Magic of Disney in Concert.

Travel advice: All London Underground services are expected to operate normally. There is no planned disruption to Docklands Light Railway or London Overground services.

Where to avoid: Hub Tube stations such as Hyde Park Corner, St James's Park and Green Park will be busier than usual.

Sunday

Key event: Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. More than 1,000 boats will muster on the Thames in a stunning display of one of the biggest flotillas ever assembled on the river. The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and other members of the royal family will take part.

Travel: Motorists are urged to avoid central London altogether, with roads and bridges closed between 7am and 10pm. These include Battersea Bridge, Albert Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge and Tower Bridge. In addition, Millennium and Jubilee footbridges will be shut.

Transport for London advises to come by bus and Tube.

Motor vehicles will be allowed on some bridges at certain times of day. Between 3pm and 5.30pm, road traffic can access Vauxhall Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Southwark Bridge and London Bridge.

Avoid: In a motor vehicle - the whole of central London. In order to see the Jubilee River Pageant avoid Battersea Bridge and Chelsea Bridge, from where it will not be visible.

Monday

Key event: The Queen's Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. Stars performing include Sir Paul McCartney, Will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Robbie Williams. A mystery performer will play on the roof of the Palace, but organiser Gary Barlow has remained tight-lipped about who it is. Tickets are no longer available, so don't bother going down; watch it on BBC One or tune in on Radio 2.

Travel: St James's Park, the Mall and Hyde Park will be very busy all day and into the evening. Tube, rail and bus services are set to be very crowded. All London Underground services are expected to operate as normal with no planned engineering works.

A normal service is expected on the Overground, except Richmond to Willesden Junction and South Tottenham to Barking where engineering works are taking place.

Avoid: If you are without a ticket for the Jubilee concert then the armchair really is the best option.

Tuesday

Key event: A carriage procession by the Queen to Buckingham Palace, after a service at St Paul's Cathedral.

Travel: Many roads in central London will be closed to traffic, with bus services diverted. Tube and DLR will operate Saturday services.

Avoid: Hyde Park, St James Park, Green Park and the Mall if you're not interested in the Jubilee.

More info can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/diamondjubilee

SHARE YOUR PICTURES: If you are out and about in London this weekend celebrating the Diamond Jubilee, sign up and send pictures to iwitness24.

You can get your photos published on the iwitness24 site and also here on London24.

So go to London.iwitness24.co.uk to share pictures of you and your friends enjoying the celebrations or photos of the big events taking place.

LONDON IN AN APP! Whatever you're planning to do in London and wherever you're going, the fantastic FREE MyCityWayLondon24 app for iPhone can help you during a day out.

The app contains more than 30 really useful mini-apps which can help with everything from finding somewhere to grab a coffee or lunch to checking the latest travel information and locating free places to visit.

The app is the ultimate mobile city guide, the essential tool to have in your pocket whenever you're out and about in London.

For more information and to download MyCityWayLondon24, search the Apple iTunes App Store for London24 or go to www.london24.com/app

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Monday, April 27, 2015
[Photograph by @TGE_LDNM]

Waterloo Station is standing room only as all routes in and out face sever delays after a person was killed by a train at Surbiton station.

Monday, April 27, 2015
Salah Mohammed was illegally touting for business near this carwash on Great Eastern Street when he picked up the victim [Image from Google StreetView]

A minicab driver has been jailed after picking up a woman in Shoreditch and taking to his friend’s house in Walthamstow, where she was raped.

Monday, April 27, 2015
@StevieJUk

A man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after he fell from a second-floor shop window in the Royal Exchange in the City.

Monday, April 27, 2015
There are severe delays on the Victoria Line

A woman died in the early hours of this morning after she was struck by a Victoria Line train.

Monday, April 27, 2015
The Reclaim Brixton protest march on Saturday. Pic: Reclaim Brixton

On Saturday hundreds of protesters marched in Brixton to campaign against gentrification “pushing locals out of the area”.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Two phones. Same phone case. Genius.

To celebrate the launch of the first luxury dual phone case, PearPeel, we are giving away two of the black leather Rocha cases, perfect for holding two iPhone 6 handsets.

Read more
We have censored part of this image

Keith Fraser, the UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for Hackney North and Stoke Newington has apologised after retweeting an Islamophobic cartoon which looks similar to Charlie Hebdo’s depictions of the Prophet yesterday morning.