London Celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

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Seventy years ago this summer, the first Luftwaffe bombers attacked London beginning what became known as the Battle of Britain.

Over the next few weeks, there are plenty of events in memory of this incredible period of London’s history during World War II. If you want to revisit the Battle of Britain in London, check out the following events:

BBC Big Band: Hits from the Blitz, Cadogan Hall, 12 Aug
Hits from the Blitz is a celebration of the greatest music from the war-time era, including nostalgic classics like We’ll Meet Again, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, and White Cliffs of Dover.

Battle of Britain at Churchill War Rooms, 17 Aug-31 Aug
Throughout the second half of August, there will be a number of exciting and unique events at Churchill War Rooms to remember the Battle of Britain.

Battle of Britain Fly-Past, Whitehall, 20 Aug
A Spitfire and a Hurricane will fly over Whitehall to commemorate the Battle of Britain on 20 August, after Winston Churchill’s speech referring to “the few” is played at the Churchill War Rooms.

Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary Concert, Chartwell, 4 Sep
Just outside London, National Trust’s Chartwell is Churchill’s former home. The Central Band of the Royal Air Force will take centre stage for a twilight concert commemorating the Battle of Britain. The band will be supported by period aircraft, archive film, special effects and narration. Visit for more info.

Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary Living History Weekend, Royal Air Force Museum, 11-12 Sep
Bring the whole family to the RAF Battle of Britain Living History Weekend at the Royal Air Force Museum to watch re-enactments and learn more about life during the battle.

Battle of Britain, Royal Festival Hall, 11 Sep
Get in the mood with a nostalgic blend of swing hits and wartime favourites at this Royal Festival Hall concert. With readings from High Flight and speeches from Churchill. Plus a traditional singalong to 1940s favourites Underneath the Arches, Run Rabbit Run, Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line

Battle of Britain Concert – A Musical Commemoration, Royal Albert Hall, 3 Oct
Timothy West introduces a stirring programme to commemorate and honour the Royal Air Force. The program features wartime favourites with readings from High Flight and speeches from Churchill and Henry V. Plus a ukulele tribute to George Formby.

The RAF in Concert, Barbican, 24 Nov
This year’s prestigious Royal Air Force in Concert officially commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with an exciting and nostalgic programme of music that will conjure up the atmosphere surrounding Britain’s “finest hour”.

Are you going to an event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain? Let us know in the comments below.


  1. Nick Ross says:

    Sounds of the Glenn Miller Era – 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain Concert at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London. Sunday 3rd October 2010 at 5.30pm

  2. I saw a Glen Miller tribute band performing in Liverpool on Sunday – a small world eh? Thanks for the update on the celebrations – I’ll be sure to pop along to one of them :)