New Zealand High Commission London, United Kingdom
Anzac Day 2014 - London
Friday 25 April 2014
2014 marks 100 years since the outbreak of WWI, and the 99th anniversary since the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.
On Friday 25 April 2014, the New Zealand and Australian High Commissions will hold three joint commemorative ceremonies in London – a Dawn Service, a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph and a service at Westminster Abbey.
In preparation for Anzac Day 2015, the Dawn Service will be held in front of Wellington Arch (still at Hyde Park Corner) rather than at the Australian War Memorial or the New Zealand Memorial.
5.00am: Dawn Service, Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner
Arrival from 4.40am is recommended.
The main service will take place in front of Wellington Arch in Hyde Park Corner.
During the service, wreaths will be laid at both the New Zealand Memorial and Australian War Memorial. The service lasts approximately 45 minutes.
Tickets are not required for this service.
09.30am: Gallipoli Association Service and Wreath Laying ceremony, St Paul’s Cathedral
Arrival by 9.15am is requested.
The Gallipoli Association organise a short Service and Wreath Laying ceremony held in the Crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral at the Gallipoli Memorial.
For more information about attending please contact the Gallipoli Association via www.gallipoli-association.org.
Please note the High Commission is not involved with the organisation of this service.
11.00am: Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade, The Cenotaph, Whitehall
Arrival by 10.30am is recommended to see the parade onto Whitehall.
Following the march onto Whitehall, a requiem is read, and at 11.00am the High Commissioners for New Zealand and Australia lay the first wreaths. They are followed by representatives of other countries, as well as representatives from various service and ex-service organisations.
This ceremony will conclude at approx. 11.15am, allowing time for the short walk to Westminster Abbey for the Commemorative Service.
Complimentary are required to observe the wreath laying ceremony, and separate passes are required for those wishing to participate in the Parade.
The online application form for tickets and passes is now available here. Please note you will need to provide ID information when applying.
12.00 noon: Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving, Westminster Abbey
Guests need to be seated at the Abbey by 11.45 am.
The Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving to mark Anzac Day at Westminster Abbey will last approximately one hour.
Complimentary tickets will be required to attend this service, and demand for these is always high.
The online application form for tickets is available here. Please note you will need to provide ID information for all applicants when applying.
Tickets are restricted to four individuals per application. Tickets will be posted in early/mid April 2013. Security screening may be in operation at Westminster Abbey so you are requested to keep bags to an absolute minimum. Ticket holders must carry the photo identification they use for the application - passport or driver's licence.