Up to 50 million Brits plan to celebrate King's Coronation in the pub
A right royal knees up! Up to 50 million Britons are planning to celebrate the King’s Coronation in the pub and will sink a record 36m pints over three day weekend
- Pubs and bars will stay open for two extra hours over the Coronation weekend
- Experts are predicting a record-breaking number of pints will be consumed
Up to 50million Britons are planning to celebrate King Charles’ coronation in May by taking a trip to the pub, research suggests.
Experts believe up to three quarters of the entire population will sink a record 36 million pints during the extended weekend.
Pubs, clubs and bars will be allowed to stay open into the early hours between Friday May 5 and Sunday May 7 – with the coronation taking place on May 6.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman is allowing venues across England and Wales to continue serving customers until 1am rather than the normal 11pm, to allow people to ‘enjoy an extra pint or two’.
Even though some are not planning on a trip to a boozer for the big event, 70 per cent still say they will enter a pub at some point during that weekend.
An estimated 50million Brits are planning to celebrate King Charles’ coronation in May by taking a trip to the pub (pictured: Men outside a pub during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations last year)
The King (pictured with the Queen Consort at Clarence House in February) has reportedly set himself a 6pm curfew for the night before the coronation to ensure he is well rested for the ceremony on May 6
Pub bosses are dubbing the weekend a ‘Right Royal Knees Up’ – with record numbers of pints predicted to be sold as people celebrate with friends and family.
Research on behalf of Heineken suggests the event will be a huge boost for locals – because one in three says they will visit a pub near their home.
Meanwhile a fifth will head to the capital – where King Charles will be crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster Abbey.
The research has been carried out by Star Pubs & Bars, the pub business of Heineken.
It is the third largest pub company in the UK, has 2,400 pubs and is gearing up for record numbers of visitors.
Pete Marshall, landlord of The King’s Arms, Bexleyheath, says: ‘We will be celebrating the coronation with the nation locally and having a lot of fun along the way.
‘Over the four-day weekend, there will be plenty of music, barbecues, different activities for families and adults, and a sprinkling of national pride.’
Heineken predicts 36.1 million pints of beer will be enjoyed over the Bank Holiday weekend with one in two pub-goers saying that will be their choice.
Party goers in Leeds wave Union Jack flags while one dons popular face mask depicting the Queen during Jubilee celebrations last year
Opening hours of pubs were last extended for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend (pictured), when boozy Britons did not shy away from getting in the partying mood as they flocked to pubs
A group of friends are all smiles as they pose with Union Jack bunting in Leeds on June 1 last year
People made the most of the extended drinking hours last year for the jubilee, and are predicted to do the same for King Charles’ coronation
Wine is a close second, around a third of people say they’ll be sipping on cider, and one fifth will be opting for an alcohol-free option.
Lawson Mountstevens, MD, says: ‘May is going to be a bumper month for pubs with three bank holidays and a Coronation to boot.
‘It’s going to be a right royal knees up across the country, and our licensees are already planning some incredible activities.
‘From beer festivals to street parties, the pub is going to be the centrepiece of communities with people celebrating with family, friends and neighbours.’
The extended opening hours announced recently have been welcomed by pubs across the country.
Landlord Mr Marshall added: ‘This is a once in a generation event and we want it to be an event that the community never forgets.’
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