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How to spend National Yorkshire Day… in London

Posted at 5:00 pm, August 1, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London

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Eeh by gum, National Yorkshire Day is upon us! Here’s our official how-to on marking it with true Tyke style.

If you’re feeling cultural, drop by the National Portrait Gallery to check out literary legends the Brontë Sisters, (as painted by their brother Patrick). Or, if you’d prefer to make the most of the sunshine, you could simply stroll through Battersea Park and spot the organic sculptures by Yorkshire lass, Barbara Hepworth.

Perhaps you didn’t know that the humble mousetrap was invented by Yorkshireman James Atkinson? Why not head to the St Martin’s Theatre to catch a performance of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunnit in his honour?

As evening sets in we suggest you dress as Dracula to commemorate Stoker’s ghoulish novel (inspired by the castles of the north and craggy Whitby coastlines) and stop at the London Stone Pub for a gothic-themed cocktail. You could even hold out until the end of the month and catch a screening of Terence Fisher’s fifties classic at The British Museum. Or just head to a trusty Sam Smith’s pub.

Alternatively, you could head to the Harlequin Pub in Islington for a pint of Timothy Taylors and a wedge of Wensleydale from their cheese board (that is if you haven’t already grabbed your own Richard III blend from La Fromagerie), and pop round the corner to The Lexington, for a night of post punk hits from New Weirdo DJs. Request only Yorkshire bands (Pulp, Soft Cell, The Human League… the list goes on).

Time Out’s Time In suggestion: brew a Yorkshire tea, plate up a pile of Yorkshire puds, pop on the box set of Downton Abbey and all will be grand.

Kitty Knowles

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