Street parties, parades, processions and a flotilla will take over London this weekend, but in celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee the arts are also have a party of their own. Scout London has selected some of the best cultural entertainment for the Jubilee.
The Queen: Art and Image features some of the most remarkable images of Elizabeth II made during her reign, from formal portraits to works of art by contemporary artists. We asked curator Paul Moorhouse to pick his favourites. Read more here
This exhibition explores the relationship between the Queen, the City of London and the River Thames. Guest curated by David Starkey the exhibition brings together a wealth of paintings, manuscripts and rare and beautiful objects recording the history of the Thames.
This exhibition shows just how much Londoners love the Queen. It features photographic portraits of Londoners in their own homes with their cherished souvenirs. Be prepared for lots of royal memorabilia, tea cups and crowns.
You’ll actually have to wait until after the Diamond Jubilee for this one, but this sparkling display of diamonds used and worn by British monarchs during the last 200 years is worth the wait. Among the treasures are Queen Victoria’s beautiful miniature crown and the Girls of Great Britain tiara, frequently worn by the Queen. And don’t forget that you’ll get to explore Buckingham Palace too!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is giving free entry for those celebrating the Big 60 over the bank holiday weekend from June 2-5. There will be stacks of Royal-themed exhibits including a picture of The Queen made out of 5,400 English pennies, a portrait of Princess Diana created with lint from a tumble dryer, and a kissing portrait of Kate Middleton made entirely from lipstick which the artist applied by repeatedly kissing the canvas.
June 2- 5
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
The London Pavilion, 1 Piccadilly Circus, W1J 0DA
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
Free for those celebrating their 60th birthday between June 2 and June 5, £22.91, Cons £21.21
And now for something completely different…
Giant Photo of Royal Family on the Southbank
To put it simply this huge photograph is just a wrap covering a building site, but still, it is the largest ever photograph of the royal family. The huge image is being displayed at Sea Containers, by Blackfriars Bridge and measures 100m by 70m and weighs in at nearly two tons. The chosen photograph is one of the most famous photographs ever taken of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and their children. It was snapped by an unknown photographer during the Silver Jubilee in 1977.
Until the end of June
Nearest tube: Blackfriars