Do you plan on attending the King CharlesFans of the British royal family in the United States are expected to flock to the United Kingdom next week to witness the coronation of King Charles III.
The ceremony on May 6 in Westminster Abbey is a formal state event, and participation is by invitation only. However, through visits to royal residences, commoners can still feel a part of the pomp and circumstance.
One in six local businesses reported an increase in bookings or inquiries from foreign visitors in connection with the King’s coronation and the Eurovision Contest, an international song contest scheduled to take place in Liverpool from May 9-13, according to a recent survey by UK Inbound, a trade association focused on tourism.
Tours International, a company based in the United Kingdom, has already reached capacity on its “King Charles III Coronation Tour,” which features afternoon tea, visits to royal family landmarks, and a viewing of the coronation procession along London’s The Mall. An “etiquette” class on tea sipping is included in the bundle. An example subject: When making tea, do you pour the milk in first or last?
Travellers must first make their way to England.
Many people will travel from all over Europe to attend. Travel plans to London by rail for the weekend of the coronation increased by 73%, according to data from European train booking site Trainline.
Some people are willing to go quite a ways. Flight searches from the United States to London for coronation weekend are up 40% from the same weekend last year, according to data from travel booking site Kayak. Hopper, a travel app, had 14% more bookings to London on May 6 than on the same weekend a year ago.
The average cost of a one-way flight to London over coronation weekend is now $786, which is almost 7% more than the same weekend in 2022.
Going CEO Scott Keyes told CBS MoneyWatch, “without a doubt, there’s an increased demand for flights to the U.K. for King Charles’ coronation.” As a result of the royal wedding, “air traffic to London Heathrow in the first quarter of 2023 had already recovered to 95% of 2019 levels.”The crowning of s? Take a look at the prices below.
Hotels in London are charging an average of $313 per night, up from $222 in the same period last year, as Hopper reports that public excitement in the coronation is also driving up the cost of lodging.
Expedia reports a 64% increase in hotel reservations in London for the weekend of May 5-7, the weekend of the coronation. The demand is mostly driven by foreign tourists from the United States, followed by residents of the United Kingdom and tourists from Canada, Germany, France, and Australia.
To have a good view of the procession, stay at the Conrad London St. James, which is conveniently positioned near Westminster Abbey. The cheapest nightly rate for two individuals is $326.
Near Buckingham Palace, at the Mayfair Townhouse, guests will find royal-themed delights, welcome drinks, and souvenirs for sale. Prices for a room for two start at $374 per night.