Maslentisa Russian Festival, Trafalgar Square

A Russian version of Lent, but with more booze and sillier hats. The festival’s pagan roots are evidenced by the ubiquitous Russian dolls and the curious soundtrack of old folk songs fused with modern beats.

It’s all about the food, really. The Russians love their borscht and their blinis, which are basically pancakes with twice as much butter, and you’re unlikely to have a better chance to load up on caviar.

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
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March 6, 2011