St George's Day in London

 
 
 
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St George's Day Feast
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Patriotic celebrations for St George's Day take place across London on 23rd April and the days preceding. Here, LondonTown.com outlines the events that are in recognition of England's dragon-slaying patron saint.

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Feast of St George

London's main celebrations take place in Trafalgar Square.

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 18th April 2020

 

Though St George's Day is always on 23rd April, in 2013 it falls on a Tuesday so the London celebrations in Trafalgar Square are taking place on the Saturday before the saint's day, on 20th April. Flag waving is encouraged at this free event held in recognition of England's dragon-slaying patron saint with live bands playing on the main stage and food stalls surrounding the square. This year's event focuses on British food and will serve a number of free tastings, a banqueting area, live cookery demonstrations and food workshops. William Shakespeare's birthday falls on the same date, and Shakespeare's Globe often hosts its own set of celebratory activities at the theatre to tie in with St George's Day. Workshops and interactive fun and games bring the Bard to life for all-comers, young and old. Sadly, despite tireless campaigning to make St George's day a national bank holiday, celebrations on the actual day itself will have to fit in with working hours.

 
 
 

St George's Day Feast

A suitably decadent celebration of St George's Day.

Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, St James's, London, W1A 1ER

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 23rd April 2013

 

Celebrating St George's Day in suitably sumptuous style, Fortnum and Mason will be hosting a St George's Day Feast, an evening of Englishness and a treat for the stomach and the senses. The celebrations will begin with and ode to St George and a baron of beef being drummed in by English pikemen, followed by a decadent meal. Diners will be treated to a menu of traditional dishes with a modern interpretation and plenty of wine, which will be used to toast Shakespeare and St George. Dishes include asparagus, pea & mint soup, rib eye with Yorkshire pudding, mushroom tart, rhubarb & elderflower fool, and spiced hot chocolate.

 
 
 

A Gala for St George

A musical celebration for the patron saint.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 21st April 2013

 

Head to the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 21st April to celebrate St George's Day with a superb selection of patriotic music. Presented by Chris Hollins, this Gala features the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the Royal Choral Society, with soprano Claire Moore and conducted by Anthony Inglis. Popular English classics include Rule, Britannia!, There'll Always be England, We'll Meet Again, Chariots of Fire Theme and Land of Hope and Glory. More highbrow offerings come from Adams (The Holy City), Walton (Crown Imperial), Elgar (Nimrod from Enigma Variations) and Handel (See The Conquering Hero Comes), while there is also poetry from Wordsworth and Betjeman.

 
 
 

Club De Fromage - Best of British

Classic British tunes and costumes.

O2 Academy Islington, N1 Centre, Parkfield Street, Islington, London, N1 0PS

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 27th April 2013

 

In honour of St George's Day, Club De Fromage will be hosting a Best of British evening. As well as decking the club out in red, white and blue, the evening will treat revellers to top British pop hits among the usual cheese. The likes of the Spice Girls, Elton John, The Who, Pulp, queen, David Bowie, Robbie Williams, Duran Duran, Take That and George Michael will blare from the speakers. Their regular raffle will also provide the chance to win a meat pie and a Golden Alfie award for the best fancy dress costume - the dress code is red, white and blue.

 
 
 

Toast to St George

Real ales, bunting and Morris dancing.

The Lamb Tavern, 10-12 Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, City, London, EC3V 1LR

Tube: Monument Station , Bank Station, Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: 23rd April 2013

 

Showing some national pride, the Lamb Tavern will be celebrating St George's Day with music, costumes, plenty of English ale and even some Morris dancing. The pub is likely to be transformed into a world of red, white and bunting and the staff will be dressed to the nines in red and white. There will also be the chance to win free beer in their competitions and a pop up bar to increase the flow of ale!

 
 
 

Shakespeare's Birthday

A whole weekend of celebrations in the theatre.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 19th April 2015

 

There is some debate over whether Shakespeare was born on St George's Day or not but it's all the excuse the Globe needs to host a whole weekend of events to celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday. With St George's Day/Shakespeare's Birthday falling on a Tuesday this year, the Globe's celebrations will take place on the prior weekend. Sign up for some Sonnet Walks on Saturday 20th April and you'll be beckoned back into Tudor times and 16th century London. Sonneteers entertain the walkers along the route which starts from either Westminster Abbey or the Shoreditch site of Shakespeare's (only recently uncovered) lost theatre, The Theatre, finishing at the Globe. The Sunday will be a free Open Day inviting people to come in and see the theatre for themselves with a whole range of activities and workshops to get to the heart of Shakespeare's craft and couplets. There will be games, magical mayhem, bubbling cauldrons, card trickery and mind-bending roaming magicians during the day, while the evening will see the launch of the 2013 Season of Plenty with an evening of music and magic.

 
 
 

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