10 British Things About Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, MO was included on Frommer’s 2012 “Top Destinations” list based on the city’s plethora of cultural offerings including the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the National World War I Museum and the contemporary wing of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Let’s add to that list of must-see attractions with the 10 British things going on below:

1. British Gala

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Don’t forget to order your Cornish pasty lunch in advance here. (BIS)

The British Gala is an all-day event brought to you by the British meetup group Brit’s International and local livery London’s Carriage. The Gala takes place on May 17, 2014 from 10am-4pm, at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, located at 415 West 13th Street. You’re invited to shop for an array of British items, learn about British businesses, services and social groups. There will be a mix of food and entertainment.

2. London’s Carriage

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British-made, British-driven. (LC)

Why not British up your event with London’s Carriage. An authentic British black cab will pick you up and drop you off at your home. Who needs an event—how about a spin around the town? You can check out rates and availability here.

2. Kansas City All British Car & Cycle Show

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Follow the Union Jack arrow. (Flickr)

The Kansas City All British Car and Cycle Show takes place Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Zona Rosa, located at 8640 N. Dixson Avenue. You can stay in the loop with the group’s newsletter here.

4. British Traditions Wood Products

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The detailed craftsmanship is considered artistry. (BT)

British Traditions Wood Products, located at 12901 2nd Street in Grandview, MO (21 minute drive), has been in business since 1988. The folks at British Traditions pride themselves in the manufacture of antique reproduction furniture.

5. The White Horse Pub

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The White Horse Pub is family owned and operated. (US)

The White Horse Pub, located at 10221 N Oak Trafficway, welcomes customers with a Queen’s Guard next to the hostess stand. The menu offers both American and British food with “Pub Mains” including dishes like fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and fish pie. The dessert menu includes pudding and a trifle. The walls are decked out with British decor with photos ranging from Twiggy to the Queen and authentic British newspapers from the 1930s.

6. Daughters of the British Empire

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Group members gather together to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. (FB)

The Daughters of the British Empire is an international nonprofit group, with a chapter in Kansas City. DBE in Kansas has six chapters, with the goal to raise funds for The British Home Community in Brookfield, IL, est. 1924. You can find out more about the group and upcoming events through their Facebook page here.

7. Kansas City Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Festival

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“Come be a Scot, even if you’re not.” (KCSHG)

The Kansas City Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Festival takes place on June 13-15, 2014 at E. H. Young Park on N.W. Argosy Pkwy in Riverside, MO (12-minute drive). The three-day event consists of world-class bagpiping, sanctioned highland dancing and Scottish heavy athletics competitions. You can find out more about the Games at their Facebook page here.

8. Kansas City Highland Dancers

The Kansas City Highland Dancers is a social and competitive dance group. Members are invited to take part in workshops, medals testing and performance opportunities. Here’s a list of upcoming competitions in 2014, which the Kansas City Highland Dancers are expected to participate in. You can check out the group’s list of events and practices here

9. St. David’s Welsh Society of Greater Kansas City

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The daffodil is the Welsh national flower. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

St. David’s Welsh Society got its start in 1837, helping Welsh immigrants settle in Kansas City. Fast-forwarding to modern day, the organization is about embracing the Welsh heritage. Members and their families gather at least four times a year for quarterly meetings. You can find out about special events like dinners and summer picnics here.

10. Heart of America Shakespeare Festival

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William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday is being celebrated this year in April. (KCYA)

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 season runs from June 17-July 6, featuring Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. The group performs at Southmoreland Park, located at NE 47th S. In addition to performances the festival offers Camp Shakespeare and the Shakespeare Studio year-round. You can sign up for the newsletter here.

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