If I were to camp out for the king's coronation, this is the tent I would use

I'm not going to, and I don't advise anyone to do it either, but if I had to, this is the tent I'd use to check out King Charles III's coronation

Aerial view of people in a city park on a spring day
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I was idly browsing Apple News the other day and noticed that people started camping out on the streets of London to get a good spot in hopes of catching a glimpse of King Charles III's coronation on Saturday, 6 May. And while I would never do such a thing and wouldn't advise others to do it either, it made me think: what tent would I use to camp out for the king's coronation?

You might think the answer to that question is 'any tent', but you'd be wrong – tents come in many shapes and sizes. We have five tent guides on T3: best tents overall, best backpacking tents with lighter options, best inflatable tents with large tents that pack down into a small size, best pop-up tents that are super-easy to assemble and best festival tents for, well, festivals.

The perfect coronation tent

What would be the qualities of the perfect coronation tent (not a tent the king would have his coronation; that would need to be a huge tent)? First, it needs to be compact and light so that you can carry it around in your backpack or hand. Secondly, you would need the tent to be pitched and broken down easily – you might have to move position quickly.

Thirdly, considering you'll spend days on the busy streets of London, it wouldn't be a terrible idea for the tent to provide a little privacy (e.g. blackout function; so no bivvy tents). Finally, looking at the weather forecast, our imaginary coronation tent should also be weather-proof – you wouldn't want to sit around in a soggy tent for days.

With hundreds of different options available, finding a tent that ticks all the boxes might feel like an impossible task. However, we tested dozens of the best tents, and I looked at all the reviews we had, checked all the specs and spoke to all the experts, and I can safely say I found The One.

Quecha 2 Seconds Easy Fresh & Black popup tent

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It's the five-star rated Quechua 2 Seconds Easy Fresh & Black Popup Tent. As the name suggests, it's incredibly easy to pitch and pack up, the design is functional and well thought-out (and includes that all-important blackout fabric), and it's extremely reasonably priced, too.

Better still, you aren't sacrificing comfort, either; the inside of the tent is very functional, with handy porches, a mesh vent and even a camping lantern hook. The whole thing weighs a mere 4.7kg (approx. 10 lbs) and packs down to a very compact size.

In the review linked above, Ruth explains how to put up and dismantle this tent, and if her words are anything to go by – they really are – you can pitch it in a matter of minutes. Plus, it's super cheap, so you wouldn't have to remortgage the house to buy one from Decathlon (retailer).

Matt Kollat
Section Editor | Active

Matt Kollat is a journalist and content creator who works for T3.com and its magazine counterpart as an Active Editor. His areas of expertise include wearables, drones, fitness equipment, nutrition and outdoor gear. He joined T3 in 2019. His byline appears in several publications, including Techradar and Fit&Well, and more. Matt also collaborated with other content creators (e.g. Garage Gym Reviews) and judged many awards, such as the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance's ESSNawards. When he isn't working out, running or cycling, you'll find him roaming the countryside and trying out new podcasting and content creation equipment.