The crime drama The Wire starring British actors Dominic West (Burton & Taylor) and Idris Elba (Luther) was set and filmed in Baltimore, MD from 2002 to 2008. These guys aren’t the only British arrival to “Charm City” as its affectionately called. Check out 10 British things going on in Baltimore:
1. Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel, Brightons
Get the royal treatment at this four-star hotel, located at 550 Light St. The daily breakfast restaurant at the hotel, called Brightons, offers a traditional high tea on Friday and Saturday afternoons.
2. The Abbey Burger Bistro
If you’d like to go somewhere packed with elbow-to-elbow Arsenal supporters and have a tasty hamburger while you’re there, then The Abbey Burger Bistro, located at 1041 Marshall St., is the place to be,
3. Slainte Irish Pub & Restaurant
As we’ve said before and we’ll say it again, Irish pubs are some of the best places to catch the English Premier League. Pull up a stool, a table or park it outside at Slainte Irish Pub located 1700 Thames St. The pub provides a TV watching schedule on their site here.
4. Baltimore Blast
While sitting next to soccer fans, watching the game on the telly is nice and all … watching real, live soccer is even better. Baltimore has its own professional indoor soccer team called the Baltimore Blast, who have their home games at the Baltimore Arena, located at 201 W Baltimore St. Founded in 1992, the team plays in the Major Indoor Soccer League. Check out their schedule here. The team is made up American, Italian, Jamaican players and one lone Englishman by the name of Jamie Darvill, 25, who attended Loyola University Marlyand before going pro.
5. British in Maryland
This Britcentric meetup group has 74 members and an active calendar with fun events coming up like EU Night at the French Embassy (tickets required); a trip to Vienna, VA to pick up some savory pasties from Pure Pasty; a bonfire night. You can find more details on the upcoming events here.
6. The Brumbies
Established in 1960, The Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies Rugby Football Club is a Men’s Division 1 rugby team, which competes in the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union (MARFU). BCRFC is Baltimore’s only premier rugby team. The Brumbies are one of the top teams in the country making the National Round of 16 in 2006 and 2007. Their home games are held at the Potomac Athletic Club, located at 1500 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC, the entire schedule can be found here.
7. The British Players
Established in 1964, The British Players delight audiences with humor, music, dance and dialogue, acting out material from Victorian England to modern day. The group performs three to four productions each season, starting in the fall and ending in late spring, with all of the productions written by British playwrights or are British in content. The upcoming production will be a pantomime of the classic fairy tale Cinderella, Dec. 6-22, leading up to the holidays. Since 2005, performances are held at Kensington Town Hall at 3710 Mitchell St., in Kensington, MD (45 minutes outside Baltimore).
8. Baltimore Cricket and Social Club
The BCSC has been a member of the Washington Cricket League since 1975, made up of members from various cricket-playing cultures, with the founding members coming from the Caribbean and additions from England, South Africa, Australia, India and Pakistan. The team has enjoyed successes with several players being selected to the U.S. national team and has won championships over the years. The team plays its home games at the field located at Woodmoor Elementary School, located at 3200 Elba Dr. in Lochearn, MD (about 20 minutes outside of Baltimore). You can find the schedule here.
9. Baltimore Museum of Art
The Baltimore Museum of Art (BAM), located at 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore, MD 21218, is currently exhibiting Front Room, featuring British artist Nathaniel Mellors’s video series Ourhouse, which features a cast of misfit characters enacting the decline of an eccentric British family; and The Saprophage, which examines the literal and metaphoric waste produced by contemporary society. Irish artist Gerard Byrne’s upcoming exhibit, Black Box, will be showing selections from his on-going project, Case Study: Loch Ness October 23, 2013—February 16, 2014. In addition to the exhibits, William Woodward’s collection of English sporting art is permanently on display.
10. The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory
The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory is just that, a theater group churning out the Bard’s most famous plays to Baltimoreans. The group puts a lot of effort into making Shakespeare’s work accessible, entertaining and easy for the audience to understand without compromising the original language. BSF will be performing Shakespeare’s final masterpiece The Tempest — a story of sorcery, revenge and forgiveness — from November 8 to November 17.
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