St Andrew's Day in London


Celebrate St Andrew's Day - Scotland's official national day - in London.

St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and St Andrew's Day is Scotland's official national day. It's a bank holiday in Scotland (but not in London).

On St Andrew's Day many people in London devote themselves to a celebration of all things Scottish. Expect bagpipes, tartan, golf, whisky and, of course, haggis! 

Enjoy a wee dram in one of London's best whisky bars, or celebrate in a British restaurant.

History of St Andrew and Scotland

St Andrew was the brother of St Peter and was Christ's first disciple. He spent his life spreading the word of Jesus and died as a martyr on a diagonal cross (the St Andrew's flag shows a white diagonal cross on a blue background).

His ties to Scotland stem from a traditional tale that St Andrew's bones were housed there for several hundred years up until the Reformation.

As well as Scotland, St Andrew is the patron saint of Russia, Greece and Romania.

The St Andrew's cross flag of Scotland was incorporated into the Union Jack of Great Britain today.

For more Scottish celebrations head to London for Burns Night, which celebrates the birthday of native poet Robert Burns every January.

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