Anzac Day in London is a solemn affair for New Zealander and Australian expats, and 2015 is a significant year with the 100th centenary since Gallipoli. As visitors on foreign shores, far away from home, it is particularly poignant to remember the brave young Kiwis and Aussies who went ashore at Gallipoli, so many of them lost.
There will be three commemorative ceremonies in London on 25 April – a Dawn Service, a wreath laying ceremony at The Cenotaph and a service at Westminster Abbey.
5am: Dawn Service
Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner
The service will be an hour long and tickets are not required. Arrive early as if you are unable to gain entry to Hyde Park Corner before the event starts, you may be denied entry. Be sure to carry photo ID as you may need to present it. The only point of entry for the public, it is just off Apsley Way on the Hyde Park Corner side.
At the end of the Dawn Service there will be a special Commemorative Waiata and a perfromance from Ngati Ranana. Kiwis are encouraged to remain and join in paying respects at the New Zealand Memorial.
10am: New Zealand Society (UK) ANZAC Day reception
Penthouse, New Zealand House
The New Zealand Society doors will be open at 10am for tea, coffee and ANZAC biscuits. At 11am the Cenotaph Ceremony will be screened, followed by contributions from the community and a bite to eat.
There will be a cash bar stocked with New Zealand wines and beers available from 12.30pm. Bring family and friends and celebrate New Zealand in England!
11am: Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade
The Cenotaph, Whitehall
Descendants of those who fought in the Gallipoli campaign can march in, or view, the Cenotaph service. Those interested in taking part in the march can register to do so. Registration is not require for those who wish to attend but not participate.
It will not be possible to attend both the Cenotaph and Westminster Abbey.
1pm: Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving
There are no tickets left to attend the Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey and tickets are strictly non-transferable. If you already have a ticket you must carry your photographic ID in order to be allowed entry.
The service will finish at around 2pm.
Information courtesy of the New Zealand High Commission in London.