New Zealand High Commission London, United Kingdom
Anzac Day 2015 - London
Saturday 25 April 2015
2015 marks the 100th anniversary since the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. On Saturday 25 April 2015, there will be three commemorative ceremonies in London – a Dawn Service, a wreath laying ceremony at The Cenotaph and a service at Westminster Abbey. We anticipate that the interest in these services will be high, and are currently working through arrangements such as how and when tickets will be made available. Please check back regularly on our website for further updates.
5.00am: Dawn Service, Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner
The service will last approximately an hour and tickets are not required. We recommend you allow plenty of time and arrive early (though not before 2:30am), rather than just prior to the start of the service. Be aware that if you are unable to gain entry to Hyde Park Corner before the event starts then you may be denied entry. Much higher than usual numbers are expected this year and guests will be subject to a search regime before being allowed access to the site – both of these factors will affect access to the site. Please keep bags to a minimum, anyone carrying large bags can be expected to be turned away. Please also carry photo ID as you may be asked to present it. There is only one entry point 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. We encourage you all to remain and join us in paying our respects at the New Zealand Memorial. We're looking for as many people as possible to join in. Find out more here.
10.00am: New Zealand Society (UK) ANZAC Day reception, Penthouse, New Zealand House
Doors will open at 10am for light refreshments of tea, coffee and ANZAC biscuits, BBC coverage of the Cenotaph Ceremony will be screened from 11am, followed by contributions from the community and lastly a light luncheon.
As a celebration of New Zealand in England, this is also a social event. Bringing friends and family together on this most special of occasions. A cash bar stocked full of New Zealand wines and beers will be available from 12.30pm. Please note this event is ticketed.
For more information please visit the New Zealand Society's website.
11.00am: Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade, The Cenotaph, Whitehall
The wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall has been designated as a United Kingdom National Commemoration for 2015. An announcement regarding this was made by Prime Minister Cameron on 14 November.
This means that in 2015 the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will lead on the organisation of the event. For information on attending and/or participating in the service, you will need to contact DCMS.
Descendants of those who fought in the Gallipoli campaign are invited to participate in the Cenotaph service, either by marching or viewing the service from a reserved area. Others who are interested in participating in the March Past are also invited to register.
Members of the public who wish to attend but not participate do not require tickets. Further details will be available from DCMS in March.
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SECURITY CONSTAINTS IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND BOTH THE CENOTAPH AND WESTMINSTER ABBEY. PLEASE ADVISE SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THE CENTOTAPH SERVICE AND THEREFORE WILL NOT REQUIRE YOUR WESTMINISTER ABBEY TICKET.
1.00pm: Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving, Westminster Abbey
Please note that all tickets to attend the Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey have been allocated. Because of the significant nature of the Centenary year, there was an extraordinary level of interest in tickets for the service.
Tickets for Westminster Abbey were posted in mid-April. All tickets are strictly non-transferable: they are individually named, and on the day you MUST carry the photographic ID you used when applying. If you do not have photographic ID with you, you will not be allowed entry.
All guests will be subject to a search regime on arrival. Please allow plenty of time to clear security before being seated for the service. Please check your planned travel route as there will be extensive road closures in place on the day. If at all possible arrive via the St James/Victoria direction, and not via Westminster tube station. Doors will open at 11.30am, and we recommend arrival from 11.00am onwards.
The service will finish at approximately 2pm.