Celebrate St George’s Day with one of these events in London, which offer something to suit every taste.
Walking around London, it’s easy to spot references to St George. His distinctive red and white flag is on The City’s coat of arms, there’s a church dedicated to him in Southwark and that’s before you start noticing the likes of St George’s Road, St George’s Fields and even St George’s Circus. It seems like England’s patron saint is quite a big deal in the capital, so be sure to mark his official day in style.
Somewhat helpfully, St George was both born and died on April 23rd, making it the obvious date to hold celebrations in his honour. If you happen to be staying at a serviced apartment in London this weekend, then here are some of the St George’s Day events you can get involved in.
Leadenhall Market – from 12 noon
There’s always plenty going on in Leadenhall Market for St George’s Day and this year will be no exception. Celebrating the best of British food and traditional entertainment, including military bands and morris dancing, visitors can get a real taste of how London throws a party. Expect the market to be decked out in bunting and even some people dressed up in costumes.
Trafalgar Square – from 12 noon to 6pm
Back in the 13th century when St George’s Day first came about, it was marked as a national day of feasting. Taking on this tradition, stalls are set up around Trafalgar Square, which is decorated in red and white, for people to buy delicious food and join in the fun. Themed activities, ranging from performances to cooking demonstrations, will also take place.
Borough Market – 12 noon to 4pm
It’s a well-known fact that St George is the patron saint of England, but he also has responsibilities to the Spanish region of Catalonia too. This has provided the perfect opportunity for Borough Market to add a splash of Catalan culture to its St George’s Day celebrations, bringing you the best of both worlds. As well as produce and dishes from Spain and England, there will be a human tower created by the Castellers of London.
Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens – 12 noon to 6pm
Things take something of a medieval turn at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens with a tournament between knights in full armour for the St George’s Day Festival. A firm family favourite, the saint himself wouldn’t seem out of place if he turned up at this event in his honour. As well as the tournament, there’s a bonfire, hog roast, jesters, Punch and Judy Show and even wandering minstrels.
Southwark – 11.15am – April 17th, 21st and 22nd
St George famously slayed the dragon, which leads to the theme of an alternative St George’s Day event in Southwark. You’re invited on a Dragon Quest, where you’ll follow clues to find these magnificent creatures and hear their many tales. It’s a great opportunity for a fun day out with the kids while getting to know this part of London better. Secure your spot in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets for children are free, while adults pay £3.