Pubs will stay open later for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Queen is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee this year (that’s 70 years on the throne), and with that, a number of events are happening across the UK all throughout the year to honour the milestone.

queen elizabeth II
Getty Images

Perhaps the most exciting one is the extra bank holiday we’re all getting this year in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Both Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June will count as bank holidays this year, meaning a four-day weekend for us all. Hoorah!

Of course, there’s one main way us Brits know how to collectively celebrate something, and that’s with booze. And so, it has been decided that pubs will be allowed to extend their closing hours from 11pm to 1am from Thursday 2 – Sunday 4 June, giving us all even more time to celebrate and party the weekend away (if you can stay up that long!).

Getty Images

In a statement outlining the temporary move to relax licensing hours, Home Office Minister Kit Malthouse, said: ‘The Order being laid before the House today, will apply to premises already licensed until 11pm for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises, for the provision of late-night refreshment (only where there is also the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises), and for the provision of regulated entertainment in England and Wales.’

queen figurine in pub
Getty Images

If hitting up your local pub isn’t really you thing, there’s plenty of other events and activities going on in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Why not have an old-fashioned knees-up by throwing a Platinum Jubilee street party? Or you could mark Her Majesty’s 70-year reign by entering Fortnum & Mason’s jubilee pudding competition?

Meanwhile, the Queen’s Birthday Parade, aka Trooping the Colour, will take place on the first day of the bank holiday (Thursday 2 June), and on Saturday night you can tune into the BBC’s Platinum Party At The Palace, a live concert featuring some of world’s biggest music stars being streamed straight from Buckingham Palace.