London’s Pearly Kings and Queens return for annual festivals

Culture vultures staying in luxury London hotels this September may want to take in the Harvest Festival organised by London's Pearly Kings and Queens.

Known for their distinctive, pearl button covered jackets, which date back 150 years, the Pearly Society's event will deliver dancing and marching bands.

The group parade will be joined by 20 mayors from around the capital and funds will be raised for the Whitechapel Mission for the homeless.

Taking place on September 25th, the event starts at Guildhall with traditional entertainment provided before marching to St Mary-le-Bow Church for a service at 15:00 GMT.

Each London borough has a Pearly King and Queen, as do the city of London and the city of Westminster, in a colourful tradition that is aimed at raising money for various charities.

This event will be followed up on October 9th with another festival outside of St Paul's church.

Visitors to Covent Garden will catch colourful members of the group raising funds for charities on September 17th and 18th, as well as on October 15th and 16th, November 19th and 20th and December 17th and 19th.

The Pearly Kings and Queens are made up of 40 families, with some dating their involvement with the group back 150 years to the costermongers of Somers Town who originally wore their white buttons to stand out.

Ideally located for guests staying at The Montcalm hotel, the Pearly Society's events take place in the heart of London, only a short ride away from Marble Arch Tube station.

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