Bastille Celebrations

Get into the French spirit on Sunday 10th July with Bastille Festival, London’s largest Bastille Day celebrations in Bankside

With such a great French community of traders in Borough Market, Bastille Day is quite a cause for celebration. The Market will be full of joie de vivre as, for the ninth year running, the venue is hosting a free festival to celebrate the fabulous fête nationale, along with Better Bankside and Français Du Monde.

Why the 10th? The French national day falls on a Thursday, so to ensure the whole day is dedicated to celebrating all things Français, there will be festivities in and around the Market from 12-8pm.

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, 12:30-2pm and then again 2:30pm-4pm. Katherine will be treating us to a cassoulet d’escargot de Bourgogne, dauphinoise potatoes, canapé gougères and of course a classic tart tatin. It's sure to be très délicieux!

During the day, alongside our traders selling their French fancies, there’ll be traditional waiter’s races, bi-lingual storytelling, Parisian folk music, and petanque playing. Festivities continue into the evening with a live gypsy jazz and swing band, as well as street theatre, until 8pm.

C’est magnifique!