In London locals like to celebrate the patron saint of England with a vast array of feasts and street parties. Although the official St George’s Day is on 23rd April, many of the major events occurring in and around the city are scheduled to take place afterwards. If you’re looking for something to do, check out these five events:
The Feast of St George
Of all the St George’s Day events in London, none of them compare to the Feast of St George. Hosted in Trafalgar Square, this street party will include free activities, food stalls, Shakespeare plays, children’s games and plenty more. Here you will get to explore traditional British markets selling mouth-watering dishes, such as homemade pies and hearty stews. The event itself is organised by the Mayor of London, who makes a yearly appearance to honour the tradition.
The Museum of Childhood
Every year the Victoria and Albert Museum hosts a special exhibition to honour St George’s Day. On 26th April between 11.30am and 4pm there will be a range of free events taking place at the V&A Museum of Childhood, which is situated in Bethnal Green. Here you can take part in dancing, arts and crafts, and plenty of other artsy activities, making it the perfect day out if you have kids in tow.
St George’s Day Bloody British Pub Crawl
This is where all of the rowdy party goers will be heading during the evening. If you want to enjoy some drinking, dancing and socialising, head over to Central London to enjoy the procession known as the 1 Big Night Out Pub Crawl. Tickets are £15 and include five free shots in five different bars. In addition, you’ll have the added bonus of jumping the queue to the clubs and receiving a discount in every venue – this leads to an average saving of £20-£40 per person.
Royal Albert Hall Gala
For an event that’s quintessentially British, visit the Royal Albert Hall and watch the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra perform a set of classic English music on 27th April at 3pm. The Gala will feature pieces from Walton, Handel, Elgar, Adams and Vaughn Williams. In addition, there will be readings from the works of Wordsworth and John Betjeman. Tickets are available for between £14 and £46.50.
On 23rd April at 1pm Go To Midtown will be hosting a St George themed guided walk covering areas in Bloosbury, Holborn and St Giles. Here you’ll get to visit some of the most patriotic places in the United Kingdom, such as the spot where the national anthem was first performed and the final resting place of Rule Britannia composer Thomas Arne. The guided walk is completely free of charge; all you have to do is turn up at the meeting spot outside Holborn station.
If you’re not one for crowds or would prefer to do something a little more original for St George’s Day, take a trip on the London Helicopter. Here you’ll get to watch the festivities from above among the picturesque skyline of Central London.