Celebrate St Andrew's Day – Scotland's national day – in London.
St Andrew's 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!
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.
30 November 2013
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