1911 in the United Kingdom
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- 3 January - In London, in what becomes known as the Siege of Sidney Street, the Metropolitan Police and the Scots Guards engage in a shootout with a criminal gang of Latvian anarchists holed up in a building in the East End.
- March–April - Eleven thousand workers at the Singer Manufacturing Co. sewing machine factory on Clydebank in Scotland go on strike in solidarity with twelve female colleagues protesting against work process reorganisation. Four hundred alleged ringleaders are dismissed.
- 2 April - The 1911 census is taken. One out of every seven employed persons is a domestic servant.
- 4 April - Work begins on construction of Castle Drogo, Devon, to the design of Edwin Lutyens.
- 12 May - Festival of Empire opens at The Crystal Palace, London, to celebrate the Coronation.
- 31 May - Launching of the ocean liner Template:RMS in Belfast. Her sister Template:RMS sails for Liverpool the same day to take up transatlantic service.
- 14 June - Liverpool General Transport Strike begins.
- 22 June
- July–September - Severe heat wave and associated drought.
- 13 July - The future Edward VIII is invested as Prince of Wales in a ceremony at Carnarvon Castle devised by David Lloyd George.
- 9 August - Raunds, Northamptonshire, records a temperature of 98°F (36.7°C), the highest UK temperature until 1990.
- 10 August - British MPs vote to receive salaries for the first time.
- 17 August - During a railway strike in Llanelli, two men are shot dead by police.
- 18 August - Official Secrets Act 1911 passed.
- 9–26 September - World's first scheduled airmail post service is flown between Hendon, North London, and Windsor, Berkshire.
- 20 September - The liner RMS Olympic, sister ship to the Titanic, collides with Royal Navy cruiser HMS Hawke off Southampton.
- 4 October - First electric escalators introduced, at Earl's Court tube station.
- 6 October - The British Seafarers' Union is formed in Southampton.
- 8 November - Newcastle upon Tyne: the first rugby league football Test of the 1911–12 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain is played between Australasia and Great Britain.
- 21 November - Suffragettes storm Parliament in London. All are arrested and choose prison terms.
- 24 November - An explosion on the eleventh floor of Bibby's Oil cake mill in Liverpool leaves five dead and almost one hundred injured.
- 11 December - King George V and Queen Mary are crowned as Emperor of India and Empress consort, respectively, in New Delhi.
- Camden Town Group of post-Impressionist artists established in London.
- English Folk Dance Society formed by Cecil Sharp.
- The University College of North Wales, Bangor, moves to new buildings.
- 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica
- 1st edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary.
- Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel The Secret Garden.
- G. K. Chesterton's short story collection The Innocence of Father Brown.
- Joseph Conrad's novel Under Western Eyes.
- 22 January - Mary Hayley Bell, actress and dramatist, wife of Sir John Mills (d 2005)
- 19 February - Merle Oberon, actress (died 1979)
- 15 March - Ursula Vaughan Williams, author (died 2007)
- 27 March - Erich Heller, philosopher (died 1990)
- 3 April - Michael Woodruff, pioneering transplant surgeon (died 2001)
- 23 April - Ronald Neame, film cinematographer, producer, screenwriter and director (died 2010)
- 10 June - Terence Rattigan, playwright (died 1977)
- 15 June - W.V. Awdry, children's writer (died 1997)
- 9 July - Mervyn Peake, writer and illustrator (died 1968)
- 14 July - Terry-Thomas, actor (died 1990)
- 17 July - Ted Anderson, footballer (died 1979)
- 27 August - Kay Walsh, actress (died 2005)
- 19 September - William Golding, writer, Nobel Prize laureate (died 1993)
- 3 October - Michael Hordern, actor (died 1995)
- 10 October - Clare Hollingworth, journalist
- 12 November - Chad Varah, priest and humanitarian (died 2007)
- 11 December - Val Guest, film director (died 2006)
- 27 December - Anna Russell, comedian and singer (died 2006)
- 17 January - Sir Francis Galton, explorer and biologist (born 1822)
- 8 February - Frederick Campbell, 3rd Earl Cawdor, politician, 63
- 3 March - Jacob Thomas, Victoria Cross recipient (born 1833)
- 21 May - Williamina Fleming, astronomer (born 1857)
- 29 May - W. S. Gilbert, dramatist (born 1836)
- 12 July - Harry Day, Wales international rugby player (born 1863)
- 13 August - Thomas Thomas, boxer (born 1880)
- 18 August - Henry James, 1st Baron James of Hereford, politician (born 1828)
- 28 August - Jack Williams, Wales international rugby player (born 1882)
- 16 September - Edward Whymper, explorer (born 1840)
- 7 October - John Hughlings Jackson, neurologist (born 1835)
- 10 December - Joseph Dalton Hooker, botanist (born 1817)
- 11 December - Rowland Ellis, bishop (born 1841)
- 20 December - William McGregor, founder of the English Football League (born 1846)
- William George Aston, consular official (born 1841)
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