Royal Coronation

London was abuzz with excitement this past weekend, as our new monarch was crowned in Westminster Abbey with the obligatory pomp and ceremony that we are known the world over for. Whether you are a monarchist or not, it was an incredibly well-organised event and an important moment for the nation to come together to soak up the atmosphere, relish the patriotic festivities and show off London at its very best.

It was of course especially crucial for our hospitality, leisure and retail businesses with the increased footfall expected, particularly following such a difficult few years.

This historic moment in British history has proven to be a magnet at home and abroad. The online travel agency Opodo say they saw a 121 per cent increase in searches for trips to the capital for the bank holiday weekend compared to the same period last year. Premier Inn said all its rooms in Westminster sold out in 15 minutes after the coronation date was announced in January, and across the country, a four per cent boost in retail footfall was predicted by experts MRI Springboard. Incredibly, Brewer Greene King expected to pull 1.8 million pints in its 1,600 pubs during the celebrations!

In readiness for the influx of visitors, the capital put on a world class show, with flags and decorations, picnics, art installations, special tea parties and much more, to entertain visitors and Londoners. Across London, I am proud to see how the public and private sectors are working together to showcase London at its very best, with Business Improvement Districts leading the way.

In Westminster, the focus of the ceremonial events, the London Heritage Quarter BIDs kicked off a Nature Trail to mark the King’s longstanding commitment to the environment. This trail features sculptures of a Squirrel, Hare and Badger, found in Christchurch, Lower Grosvenor and Whitehall Gardens, enabling visitors to experience the processional route in a different way. The trail launched for the coronation, will expand and continue right through until August. The BIDs also worked with local business volunteers to ‘Smarten and Sparkle’ key locations throughout the footprint in advance of the influx of visitors over the weekend.

The experience of visiting our great city matters – it matters to workers, tourists and residents alike. The better the experience, the more likely it is to be vibrant and prosperous. Moments such as the coronation are of course an opportunity to put a spotlight on the capital, but the real opportunity is to create world class experiences all year-round. I know from seeing the work of BIDs across the city that there are exciting plans in the pipeline, from public realm improvements to high profile cultural events, all aiming to make London the best city in the world to visit and do business in.

So, having enjoyed the celebrations of the past few days, let’s also celebrate the reawakening of our capital and the role we are all playing in its resurgence. The last few years have been challenging, but together we are pulling together to support our businesses, attract new investment and welcome tourists back once again.

Terms and Conditions – King’s Coronation

Terms & Conditions – #KingOfNature Instagram Competition

Promoters: The Northbank Business Improvement District (Registered office address: 22a St. James’ Square, London, SW1Y 4JH) & Victoria Business Improvement District (Registered office address: 22a St. James’ Square, London, SW1Y 4JH)

1. To participate in this competition, users must share a photo on their Instagram channel of a picture of one of the nature trail installations and tag @TheNorthbankBID and @VictoriaBID with #KingOfNature in their post.  

By using the hashtag #KingofNature when resharing our image to Instagram, you consent to your image or video being reshared on the @thenorthbankbid & @VictoriaBID social accounts.

This competition will run from 00:00 on Monday 1st May 2023 until 23:59 Sunday 6th August 2023 Entries made by direct reply to this T&C page will not be accepted.

2. There will be 1 winner who will be selected at random, after the competition deadline of 23:59 Sunday 6th August 2023 on, who has fulfilled the criteria in 1) above. Entries made after this point will not be counted.

3. The contest is open to residents of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) over except for the Promoters employees, all contractors and families or anyone directly connected with the organisation, and operators of its brands and concessions.

4. The prize gift will be a 4 ticket family prize to see Wicked at The Apollo Victoria Theatre, London

5. If you are the lucky winner, you will need to provide your full name, email address and contact phone number as instructed at the time of being announced as our winner. Further details will then be provided by the promoters as to how you claim your prize.

6. We reserve the right to provide an alternative prize of equal or greater value in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

7. Only one entry per person will be accepted. In the event of multiple entries being received from the same Instagram account, the first entry only will be accepted.

8. No purchase is necessary; however, you will need an internet connection and access to Instagram. No refund may be claimed for expenses incurred in participating in the promotion, including in relation to the use of the internet.

9. We reserve the right to exclude any entries which we believe to be inappropriate, fraudulent, or based on misconduct.

10. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for any cash alternatives in whole or in part.

11. The prize tickets are subject to availability and are valid for a Sunday to Friday 7.30pm or Wednesday 2:30pm performance until 7 January 2024 excluding 4 July – 3 September, 24 – 29 October and 18 – 31 December 2023 (no performances Mondays). The date and time are not confirmed until a booking reference number has been received.

12. Prize is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.

13. Transport and accommodation not included. Recommended age is 7+. Anyone under the age of 3 years of age will not be admitted, under any circumstance. Everyone entering the theatre will require a ticket. .

14. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize from the date that they are announced as a winner. After this time, we reserve the right to select a new winner.

15. The decisions of the promoters are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

16. By taking part in this promotion, all participants consent to us collecting, storing and using their personal data submitted with their entry for the purposes of this promotion.

17. Any personal data relating to participants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be used for marketing purposes without the individual’s prior consent.

18. The winner’s name can be obtained by sending an SAE and covering letter to: The Northbank Business Improvement District, 22a St. James’ Square, London, SW1Y 4JH, after closure of the promotion.

19. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. You are providing your information to The Northbank Business Improvement District and not to Instagram. By participating in this promotion, you agree to a complete release of Instagram from any claims.

20. The promoters do not accept responsibility for entries that are lost, damaged or delayed. For example, as a result of network, system development, computer or telecommunications failures or fault of any kind – including any hardware, programming code, databases or software used in the promotion.

21. Winners may be required to participate in related publicity without further reward. E.g.: be photographed for website/newspaper stories, provide a short statement about their win.

22. The promoters reserve the right to withdraw or amend without notice this promotion in the event of any unforeseen circumstances outside of its reasonable control.

24. This promotion and these terms and conditions are governed by English law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

25. This promotion is subject to Instagram’s terms of services which can be found at: