London celebrates French Republic

This Sunday Londoners will join the French nation in celebrating Bastille Day (or « La Fête Nationale »).  The annual 14 July jamboree marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789. This and the subsequent Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen are seen as a symbol of the rise of the modern French nation.

Perhaps the celebrations are no surprise given that London has been described as “France’s sixth biggest city” due to the sheer number of French people who call it home.

Borough Market will be hosting francophile events supported no doubt by delicious food, as part of London’s Bastille Festival. Chef Hayley Edwards will host a special French-themed Demonstration Kitchen. There will also be bi-lingual storytelling, face painting, lotto and even snail racing in Jubilee Place from midday. The celebrations will continue into the night at the Bal Populaire, a traditional open air party with live music, theatrical spectacles, DJs, outdoor eating, drinking, dancing and singing.

Of course, London’s connection with France is not a recent development. Many locations have deep historical connections, as Londonist demonstrate with their round up of the top 10 addresses, “A Tour Of French London For Bastille Day”.