It’s England’s National Saint’s Day on 23 April and there are plenty of things to do to celebrate: expect dragons, morris men and lots of eating.
Feast of St George
This is the big, free one in Trafalgar Square, organised by City Hall. Get down there between noon and 6pm on Monday 21 April for 20 stalls selling mouthwatering foods like hog roast, pies and freshly made lemonade, plus a Cook’s Corner with chefs demonstrating how to make traditional English dishes. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite London bun — Hackney or Chelsea? — and see the winner made in front of you. There’ll also be free music, activities for the kids and an outdoor games area.
Lunchtime in the City on 23 April will be enlivened by morris men and live music, plus St George touring the market. Get to Leadenhall Market between 11am-1.30pm to catch the entertainment, or there’s more music on Thursday 12-2pm. Free.
GoToMidtown Walks has organised a themed walk for 23 April taking in the place where the national anthem was first sung publicly, and the former home and final resting place of the composer of Rule Britannia. Meeting at the orange kiosk outside Holborn station at 1pm. Free.
Museum of Childhood
There’s youngster-friendly fun at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green on Saturday 26 April. Round off the Easter school holidays with Punch and Judy, storytelling, games, crafts, live music and a brass band. Free, 11.30am-4pm
More food can be found on Sunday 27 April at Borough Market, as the now traditional link-up between the market and traders in Catalonia (who also have St George as their patron saint) for cookery demos, entertainment and more grub to stuff your face with. Free entry, 12-4pm.
A Gala for St George
The Royal Albert Hall‘s outdone itself with this patriotic, flag-waving-inducing bill: Brian Blessed
bellows introduces performances of classics by Elgar, Handel and Holst, rousing wartime favourites and a reading of Shakespeare’s St Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V. Sunday 27 April, £17.29-£55.54, 3pm
Go to the pub
Drinking: that’s a traditional English activity, right? Sink a pint of ale at The George Inn in Southwark and marvel at London’s history all around you.
Photo by Robbie Ewing from the Londonist Flickr pool