Sun, Sep
16

Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival

Free

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.

Get all the info on what's on in London direct to your inbox.

Related Events
  • punch_and_judy
    Sun, May
    09

    Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival

    This is the 45th anniversary of this annual event. It’s a celebration of London’s most old-school wooden puppet show. Punch and Judy will be joined by other wooden (and human) friends, including a brass band procession, workshops, clowns, folk music […]

    11:00am – 5:30pm
    Free
  • New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival
    May 1
    ~
    May 10

    New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival

    Cancelled

    The South London community-led festival is back for another year of over 30 free screenings at various venues across New Cross and Deptford. The programme is an eclectic mix of independent, art-house and mainstream fayre that also highlights local film-making talent. All […]

    12:00pm – 11:00pm
    Free
  • Mid
    May

    MCM Comic Con May

    Cancelled

    Part one of the biannual London edition of the UK’s biggest pop culture event—the second takes place at the end of October. Cosplayers, film geeks, and graphic novel fans gather under one colourful roof in to pledge their pop cultural […]

    £17.50 – £68.50
  • London FreeCycle
    Late
    May

    Ride London FreeCycle

    Cancelled

    Part of the annual Prudential Ride London three-day festival. Get on your bike and see London’s top sights, free from traffic on an eight-mile circuit, which can be entered at any point. The whole route starts and ends on the corner […]

    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Free

Recommended hotels located nearby