Bastille Day will be celebrated in London with a free festival featuring all things French.
The national day of France will be celebrated in Bankside, in and around Borough Market at the Bastille Festival on July 14. Celebrating French food and culture, the festival will host a feast of culinary and creative delights. The market will be at the heart of the celebrations with great food from an array of French traders, wandering performers and a French themed demonstration kitchen.
Activities on the day include a traditional July 14 Waiters’ Race, Pétanque, an artisan craft market selling gifts, vintage ephemera and books, creative workshops, party games, bilingual story telling, face painting and gastronomic film screenings.
Axelle Lemaire, French MP for Northern Europe, will attend. The festival will close with a traditional open air party around Borough Market until 10pm with live music, DJ, theatricalities, dancing and singing.
Peter Williams, CEO of Better Bankside, co-organisers of the event, said: “The Bastille Festival promises to be an unforgettable celebration bringing together families and food lovers alongside London’s French-speaking communities and Francophiles for a great day out.”