Pubs set to stay open late to mark King Charles III’s coronation

Big bank holiday en route.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 19th December 2022

Pubs, clubs and bars across the UK may be able to extend their opening hours in honour of the king’s coronation this spring.

A bank holiday weekend has been confirmed for 5, 6 and 7 May to mark King Charles III’s coronation.

And the celebrations might now spill into extra hours in the pub, with the Home Office considering giving a ‘boost to local businesses’.

There are laws that allow the operating hours to be extended to mark occasions of ‘exceptional national significance’.

The Home Office said the change will give “an opportunity for our communities to come together and celebrate this historic moment, and support our hospitality industry”.


A similar extension was granted to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee earlier this summer.

Pubs may be able to stay open late for the coronation weekend. Credit: Unsplash, Josh Olalde

Home Secretary Suella Braverman said: “His Majesty the King’s coronation will be a historic moment that will see our great nation and the entire Commonwealth joined together in celebration.


“Our country, and in particular our hospitality industry, has faced many challenges in recent years and the King’s coronation is an opportunity to give a boost to our local businesses, and celebrate with our local communities.

“Over the Bank Holiday weekend we can raise a glass to our new monarch, and with our friends and families wish him a long and successful reign.”

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King Charles III will be coronated at Westminster Abbey, accompanied by foreign heads of state, peers, and members of parliament.


It’s expected that the monarch will travel from Buckingham Palace to the historic site with Queen Consort Camilla.

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