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10 July - Bastille Festival

Celebrate the very best of French culture right here in Bankside as our annual Bastille Festival returns to Borough Market
Time and details: 
12pm - 8pm
RSVP by: 
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Josephine Clarke
Marketing Officer

Borough Market

Borough High Street
London SE1 9AH

London’s largest official Bastille celebration is back at Borough Market and this year's festival will be typically bursting with French flavour.

Now in its ninth year, Better Bankside produce this free festival in partnership with Français Du Monde and Borough Market to celebrate the fabulous Fête Nationale.

As Bastille Day falls on a Thursday this year, we'll be hosting the event on Sunday 10 July from 12pm - 8pm to ensure the whole day is dedicated to celebrating all things French.

With a range of festivities in and around the historic food market, take a look below and see what you can expect this year.


No French party would be complete without delicious food, and visitors will be in for a gastronomic treat with a host of French fancies on offer. Borough Market will be opening its doors especially for the celebration and will be full of traders and stalls selling French delicacies. From red, white and blue macarons to crepes and croissants, the market will be bursting with traditional treats. There will also be a special French themed free Demonstration Kitchen with Borough Market’s demo chef, Katherine Frelon.

Popular Borough Market trader Bread Ahead will be marking this special day with cheese and ham croissants, praline, vanilla and framboise doughnuts, and garlic sausage focaccias.

Outside Borough Market, Laithwaite’s Wine, located in a Stoney Street railway arch, will be opening its doors on Sunday evening to showcase a variety of French wines, from classics to the more esoteric. Bring your friends to raise a glass, Santé! Tickets £10, email

On the theme of wine, Bedales Borough Market are offering a Flight of France, tasting of three wines from French wine producing areas for £8.


Artists, musicians and performers will be entertaining throughout the day, including Parisian folk music from Oh La La, and French Radio London in residence. Bankside will come alive with la belle langue.

For one day only, Borough Market will have its own Pétanque (or Boules) court, so visitors can enjoy this quintessentially French game. Why not celebrate the last day of Euro 2016 with some table football? Last year’s popular Hula Hoop show will also return, as well as a caricaturist, of course. The Market Hall will be full of children’s activities and stalls, with French nursery rhymes, dancing and story-telling.

Festivities continue into the evening with a live Gypsy Jazz and Swing band, as well as street theatre, until 8pm.

Visitors will also be able to party at French bar and restaurant Boro Bistro from 1pm until late.


Jun 29 2016