The Draycott Hotel: Proud to Honour British Traditions and Customs

As a hotel that has been converted from a Georgian townhouse, set in the quintessentially British area of Kensington and Chelsea, here at The Draycott Hotel, we’re very proud of the heritage of the hotel and the British traditions that we continue to uphold. From our classically decorated bedrooms and stylish surroundings, to afternoon tea in our drawing room, we fully embrace the customs that make up our special capital city.

November in London sees two very important British traditions that form part of our national identity and have great significance the nation’s calendar; The Lord Mayor’s Show on 10th November followed by the national honouring of all those who died or were injured in the World Wars and subsequent conflicts; Armistice Day on 11th November.

The Lord Mayor’s Show

In existence since 1215, The Lord Mayor’s Show has been has been running for 477 years in its current format and remains largely unchanged for this period, following almost all of the original customs and rituals. The traditional and vibrant event celebrates the appointment of the new Lord Mayor of London and their swearing loyalty to the Crown at the beginning of their year in office.

The procession that joins the Lord Mayor is a diverse collection of military personnel, charities, local and national businesses, education institutes, and many more. The route follows some iconic locations in the capital, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Royal Courts of Justice and Mansion House. Beginning at 11:00 and usually concluding close to 15:30 with a fly past from the RAF, this year’s show will be on the 10th November and is a highlight in London’s traditional calendar.

Armistice Day Centenary

This year, the 11th November 2018 marks 100 years since the First World War ended at 11am on the same date in 1918. Every year, London joins the entire world in paying respect to all those who lost their lives and those injured in this conflict and all subsequent conflicts. With this year marking the centenary, The Draycott Hotel fully supports the recognition shown, which is why we want to share some of the city’s key events that mark the commemoration:

Armistice Commemoration at the National Army Museum

From 26th October – 17th November, our neighbour, the National Army Museum, will be hosting a large variety of thought-provoking and engaging events, workshops, and talks to commemorate the centenary, for all ages. If you are visiting with little ones, you may want to consider the one of the poppy-making craft sessions, or for older children, immerse them in the world of poets such as Siegfried Sassoon, John McRae and Wilfred Owen with a poetry writing workshop; an important medium for truth and realism in the face of patriot propaganda.

View the full schedule here.

Remembrance at the Cenotaph

Whilst strictly speaking, this event is a formal affair with Heads of State joining military personnel to pay their respects and lay poppy wreaths at national war memorial; members of the public are encouraged to attend to observe this year’s centenary commemoration as the People’s Procession – made up of 10,000 members of the public – marches to the Cenotaph in honour of those who served and those who sadly never came home. The event takes place on Sunday 11th November beginning with two minute’s silence at the cenotaph at the stroke of 11:00, followed by the Royal British Legion and ‘People’s Procession’ marches, which concludes at 13:30.

If you are staying at The Draycott Hotel this November and would like to embrace these British traditions, visit the pages for The Lord Mayor’s Show or the Armistice centenary.

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