Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival

16th Sep, 2018
Photo by Smudge 9000 used under CC

Even most Londoners could be forgiven for thinking Pearly Kings and Queens were a thing of the past, but ‘pearlies’ (as they’re also known) are merrily strutting through our capital in their button-clad splendour.

So-called because of their dark suits which are covered in white mother-of-pearl buttons, the Pearly Kings and Queens tradition dates back to the 19th century. It was started by an orphan called Henry Croft who swept the street of Somers Town, and he wore a suit covered in pearly buttons to collect money from the Costermongers (community of market traders) for charity.

Croft’s charitable act continues on through today’s pearlies. The festival is a celebration of this tradition, where along with Pearly King’s and Queens there will be morris dancing and marching bands and a parade to commemorate harvest festival.

Dates: 16th Sep, 2018
Venue: Guildhall Yard
Entry: Free
Typical weather at this time
High: 23 ℃Low: 13 ℃
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Access: 296 m from Bank Central LineNorthern LineWaterloo & City Line
371 m from St. Paul's Central Line
388 m from Mansion House District LineCircle Line
Web: https://www.pearlysociety....
Area: Moorgate, St Paul's
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