The anticipation is palpable as the city prepares for a momentous occasion - the royal coronation. As one of the most significant events in the country's history, this regal affair is sure to captivate and inspire people from all walks of life.
If you're looking for a unique and unforgettable way to experience the royal coronation, look no further than the river. The Thames has played a significant role in the country's history and is a fitting backdrop for this majestic event. From historic and royally relevant landmarks to vantage points and lively celebrations, there's no shortage of ways to soak up the atmosphere and join in the festivities.
Join us as we explore the best places to see and be seen along the river, and discover the many ways to celebrate this memorable occasion. Whether you're a seasoned royal watcher or just looking to enjoy the excitement, get on board London’s River Bus to enjoy a royal journey through the capital.
Royally significant London landmarks
Certain London landmarks have longstanding historic ties to Royalty, dating back centuries. From regal palaces to iconic landmarks, London has played a significant role in the country's royal history. In this section, we'll take a closer look at some of the most royally relevant places of interest located along the Thames (or within close proximity to it).
Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace
Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace are two of London's most iconic landmarks with significant roles in the country's royal history. Westminster Abbey has been the site of coronations and royal weddings for centuries and is also the final resting place for numerous monarchs and notable figures. The late Queen Elizabeth II's wedding (1947), coronation (1953) and funeral (2022) took place in the Abbey. King Charles III will be the 40th reigning monarch to be crowned there on Saturday 6 May 2023.
Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the British monarch, is known for its stunning architecture and beautiful garden, and it serves as an important venue for many official royal events, such as state banquets and receptions. The balcony of Buckingham Palace is also where the British royal family makes their public appearances, such as during the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony.
You can explore the magnificent State Rooms on selected dates during winter and spring, and for 10 weeks each summer.
Nearest Pier: Westminster
St. Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul's Cathedral is a must-visit for anyone interested in British history and royal traditions. Located on the north bank of the River Thames, near Bankside Pier, this iconic landmark has played an important role in the country's cultural heritage for centuries.
The cathedral was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1710, following the Great Fire of London. It has been the site of many royal events in British history, including the Royal Wedding between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012.
Nearest Pier: Bankside
Tower of London
The Tower of London has been a significant site in British royal history for over 900 years. Originally built by William the Conqueror in 1078, the tower has served as a royal palace, prison, and execution site. The Tower has been the location of many important royal events, including coronations, royal weddings, and funerals. Today, visitors can explore the Tower's rich history by taking a guided tour or admiring its many exhibits, including The Crown Jewels and the famous ravens.
The Crown Jewels have been stored and displayed at the Tower of London since 1661. The collection contains 23,578 gemstones, part of the Royal Collection, and boasts items still used in royal ceremonies like St Edward’s Crown, the Imperial State Crown and Queen Mary’s Crown that will be used in the Coronation Service of King Charles III and his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, on 6 May 2023.
Nearest Pier: Tower Pier
The Royal Borough of Greenwich is an important site in British royal history. It was the birthplace of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, and both monarchs grew up in the area. The borough is home to many historic sites, museums, and parks, including The Queen's House, which was built for Anne of Denmark, wife of King James I, and now houses a collection of art from the 17th century to the present day.
Another must-see attraction in Greenwich is the National Maritime Museum, which features exhibits on Britain's naval history, including Prince Frederick's Royal Barge.
The borough is also home to the Royal Observatory, which is famous for its role in the development of modern astronomy and for being the home of the Prime Meridian.
Last but not least, right by the river you have the Old Royal Naval College on the site of the Greenwich Palace, one of the most important Tudor residences. The building as we know it today, was originally constructed to serve as the Royal Hospital for Seamen and it was designed by Christopher Wren, just like St Paul’s. Between 1873-1997 it served as the Royal Naval College, one of the most prestigious in Europe. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, attended the Royal Naval Staff College for training in October 1948, and he played a central role to Greenwich becoming a Royal Borough in 2012.
It’s easy to glide to Greenwich Pier with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers.
Nearest Pier: Greenwich
Attend the Battersea Power Station Coronation Party
Experience the joy and excitement of Battersea Power Station's Coronation Party, where you can immerse yourself in true British style with festive red, white, and blue decorations, live performances, and family-friendly activities, all while soaking in the scenic views of the River Thames. There will also be a big screen for you to watch the Coronation Service and Procession as well as the concert.
It’s easy to find, just head to Battersea Power Station Pier!
Celebrate with us aboard the River Bus
Join in on the royal fun and travel in style with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers during the coronation celebrations. Kids will love being treated like royalty as they wear their very own crown while traveling along the Thames. And remember, kids go free with a Family River Roamer!
Plus, don't miss out on our special coronation cupcakes and beer buckets to sweeten the occasion. With Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, you'll have a comfortable and convenient way to navigate the river and take in all the excitement of the festivities.