CELEBRATE COMMONWEALTH DAY
You may not have heard of it, but Commonwealth Day is celebrated across the world and countries from around the globe come together to look at the ways they can achieve the goals of the group. London, as the heart of the monarchy, is a fantastic place to mark this special international event with your other half.
Some 52 countries from the Caribbean, Africa, Asia-Pacific and North America will come together to celebrate under this year's theme: ‘a peace-building Commonwealth’.
As always, the Queen will attend a special multi-faith service at the Palace of Westminster on the day itself (March 13th). There will be speakers discussing topics related to the theme, including Professor Alan Smith from the UNESCO Centre University of Ulster.
Guests at the event will include children from local schools and youth groups, but anyone can watch the ceremony as it will be broadcast on TV. However, there are many other ways that you can get involved in Commonwealth Day and spread the message of ‘a peace-building Commonwealth’.
Celebrate global cuisine
London is a fantastic place to sample cuisines from countries in the Commonwealth, as there are a variety of eateries all over the capital that celebrate dishes from around the world.
Cinnamon Kitchen serves up some of the best dishes from one of the oldest countries in the Commonwealth - India. The high-class restaurant in Westminster has won awards for its innovative take on Indian cuisine and is the perfect place to take your other half if you want to experience some of the best contemporary dishes.
Australian restaurants are becoming incredibly popular across London, and Commonwealth Day is the ideal time to get in on this brand new foodie trend. Dickie Fitz is a modern brasserie that combines an Asian-inspired drinks list with big Pacific flavours. Here you can expect healthy but filling meals, such as lobster cooked in wild garlic and chilli and slow-cooked pork belly in bacon-dashi broth with spicy fennel.
When many people think of the countries in the Commonwealth, they often think of the Caribbean and there's plenty of restaurants that celebrate the cuisine from this part of the world. Just a stone's throw away from Regent's Park is the self-proclaimed 'rhum shack', Cotton's. As well as holding the current World Record for the most amount of rums on sale, this London institution serves authentic dishes from the Caribbean, which has made it a firm favourite with the locals.
No matter what cuisine it is you fancy, London's restaurants can deliver you a range of delicious dishes to suit your budget from almost anywhere in the world.
Join the online conversation
People all around the world are being encouraged to share photos of themselves holding hands with friends, colleagues or loved ones to mark the occasion. Many will be taking to the streets of London to snap these photos in front of or next to some of the world's most famous landmarks. Once you've got your picture, you'll be able to use #Commonwealth4Peace to connect with others doing the same in other countries.
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