08 May VE Day Celebrations
The General Election is done, Huzzar. Whether your chosen party won or not it’s time for us to unite as a nation and remember all those that fought for the democracy we have today. It’s a fantastic day of celebration for all the family and we’ve picked our top 3 London Activities:
VE Day 70: A Party to Remember
A host of the biggest names in pop music will descend upon St James’s Park this Saturday. Chris Evans hosts, while Katherine Jenkins, Pixie Lott, Gregory Porter, Status Quo and many more will take to the stage to perform songs from the war-time era, while actors Honeysuckle Weeks, John Simm, Julia Sawalha and Laurence Fox will be delivering live readings. If you can’t make the event, the whole thing will be broadcast that night on BBC One and BBC Radio 2.
Find it: Horse Guards Parade, St James’s Park, SW1, May 9. Tickets cost £37.50, visit livenation.co.uk or ticketmaster.co.uk
VE Day at 70 – Live at The Royal Albert Hall
The world-renowned Royal Philarmonic Concert Orchestra is set to mark the anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall. Guest performers will include Katherine Jenkins, Rebecca Ferguson and Wynne Evans, with a special appearance from the members of Sir Winston Churchill’s family. There will be renditions of the work of great British composers, as well as favourites from the war-time period, such as We’ll Meet Again.
Find it: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7, May 10, royalalberthall.com
As well as remembering all that went before 1945, the VE Day celebrations are also about remembering Britain’s optimistic post-war spirit. There are few better places to do that than at Cahoots, the bar which inhabits a former air raid shelter. It’s firmly set in 1946 London and is a lighter way to commemorate the past.
Find it: 13 Kingly Court, W1, cahoots-london.com