A national day of remembrance for the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War, Anzac Day is traditionally celebrated on 25 April every year.
In recent years, the day has been broadened to commemorate all who have died in military service, and with a huge Australian and New Zealand community in the London, it is unsurprising that there are a range of Anzac Day events held across the capital every year. We’ve picked out our top five Anzac Day events for London 2013.
1. Dawn Service, Hyde Park Corner – 5am
The traditional Anzac Day service will take place at the Australian War Memorial in Hyde Park, complete with a beautiful dawn backdrop. When the service has been completed, attendees will have the opportunity to lay wreaths in a short ceremony at the New Zealand Memorial. This is a free, non-ticketed event and is open to all.
2. Anzac Day BBQ, Elk Bar, Fulham Road – 12pm onwards
Why not get into the true spirit of Down Under with a traditional barbecue? You can commemorate this special day and enjoy some delicious food. The event even includes special Australian Football League screenings to give you an authentic Aussie experience. With live music from Mike Gill from 6pm and DJs in attendance all night, why not make a day of it?
3. Gallipoli Association Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony, St Paul’s Cathedral – 9.30am
A commemoration event for the not-so-early risers, this short service is held in the beautiful crypt at St. Paul’s Cathedral. When the service is over, everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to lay wreaths at the Gallipoli Memorial. It’s the perfect opportunity to commemorate Anzac Day and take in the beautiful architecture of St. Paul’s.
4. Anzac Day Event, Walkabout, Shepherd’s Bush – All day
Raise a glass for the Anzac’s at Walkabout’s fantastic all day event. Open at 5.30am for breakfast rolls and fantastic deals on Aussie beers,you won’t go hungry. There will be live music from 6pm from the Bondi Beach Bums and a DJ playing till late. The event also features Anzac readings and a minute’s silence. All money raised will be donated to the Australian and New Zealand War Museums.
5. Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade, The Cenotaph, Whitehall – 11am
The parade marches on to Whitehall and a requiem is read. At 11am the High Commissioners for Australia and New Zealand lay the first wreaths, followed by representatives of other countries in a display of commemoration from across the globe. Everyone is welcome to attend the service, and arrival on foot from the Trafalgar Square or Parliament Square ends of Whitehall are recommended.Go to www.anzacdaylondon.com for full details of all the parade, service and wreath laying events.