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Bastille Festival to Take Bankside by Storm on 14th July

Join in the fun and celebrations at Borough Market and its environs

For the sixth year, London’s largest free Bastille Day festival at Bankside will celebrate France’s national day with an extravaganza of all things French on Sunday 14th July in and around one of London’s most historic food markets, Borough Market.

Celebrating French food and culture, the festival will host a feast of culinary and creative delights. Throughout the day and evening the market will be at the heart of the celebrations with great food from their array of French traders, wandering performers and a French themed demonstration kitchen. A fun filled programme of activities including a traditional 14th July Waiters’ Race, Pétanque, an artisan craft market selling gifts and vintage ephemera and books, creative workshops, party games, bi-lingual story telling, face painting and gastronomic film screenings will ensure a memorable family day out.

In addition Axelle Lemaire, French MP for Northern Europe, will be in attendance at the event and making her first address to French citizens living in London. She will be joining in the Bastille Day celebrations at the family quarter and at the Bal.

Street entertainment including promenading performance artists and musicians promise to bring the streets to life in Bankside. Visitors can drop into a French Salon to find out about the French in London, enjoy classic dishes at a range of restaurants and Bastille Day discounts in several Bankside attractions.

The festival will be brought to a close with a traditional open air party around Borough Market until 10pm with live music, DJ, theatricalities, dancing and singing.

Peter Williams, CEO, 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.” For full festival programme details visit

Created Jun 24 2013