Feast of St George
The official, Mayor sponsored event takes place Saturday 20 April in Trafalgar Square between 12-6pm, with all kinds of traditional English foods. A farmer’s market will have stalls selling homemade pies, fresh lemonade, chocolates and a hog roast; the Trafalgar Square cafe will be doing afternoon tea and there’ll be free tastings and demos from chefs Paul Merrett, Andy Bates and Rachel Davies who’ll be showing how to make treacle tart (2pm) and bread and butter pudding (3pm). With music and entertainment (dragon training for the kids, croquet and minstrels) it’s fun for all the family.
Museum of Childhood
There’s country dancing, a brass band, Punch and Judy, games, arts and crafts on Saturday between 11.30am and 4pm, all free.
Catalonia also has a special place in its heart for St George, which is why you can experience food, music and theatre from both cultures at Borough Market on Sunday 21 April 12-4pm. Demonstration kitchens will showcase English and Catalan dishes throughout the day.
St George in Southwark Festival
As well as events at Borough Market, there are dragon-and-maiden events at the Dragon Cafe on Monday 22 April and the Globe Theatre combines St George’s Day with Shakespeare’s birthday, offering up a day of festivities on Sunday.
Fortnum & Mason
A feast and celebration of Englishness at the posh people’s grocers on Tuesday 23 April. If we say a baron of beef will be drummed into the room by English pikemen, that probably sets the tone. Not cheap at £75, but what did you expect? 7.30pm start.
Old Queen’s Head, Islington
The pub is inviting customers to enjoy a 19 piece brass band, St. George’s day themed quiz with games including slay the dragon piñata and a Morris Dance off, plus complimentary tasting platters of their new menu, all on the day itself. From 7pm, tickets to the Duke Street Band £5, quiz entry £2 per person max 6 per team.
The Lamb Tavern, Leadenhall market
The pub will be decked out in red and white on Tuesday, with a pop up bar from 11am showcasing English ale. Also expect morris dancing and shire horses.