Traditionally, in June Londoners celebrate the Day of Peter the Great to mark the birthday of the Russian monarch, who studied shipbuilding in London.
To commemorate the visit of the Russian Tsar, in 2000 a sculpture was installed not far from the docks where Peter the Great studied and lived in 1698. Sculptor Mikhail Shemyakin was commissioned to complete the monument; the architectural appearance of the monument was developed by architect Vyacheslav Bukhayev.
Since the monument’s erection, the founder, director and producer of GOODGE STREET Russian Drama Theatre Tatyana Dittrich has been conducting tours, theatrical performances and laying flowers at the monument. Also, a literary competition for adults and children, which invited contemporaries to express their views on Peter's reforms and imagine how Russia would have developed without them, was announced on the tsar’s birthday. The Russian Heritage in the UK Society held an online campaign, which involved a virtual laying of flowers at the monument.
The campaigns are supported by the Russian Embassy and the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK and Northern Ireland.