St George's Day 2020 Events In London

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St George's Day 2020 Events In London
St George's Day 2019 events London
St George's Day in Trafalgar Square. Image: Shutterstock

23 April is St George's Day, the day of England's patron saint. Legend has it that he slayed a dragon, although where he found one here in Blighty remains a mystery (although it's worth noting that he's also patron saint of Catalonia, Ethiopia and various other regions worldwide). Take a look at these St George's Day 2020 events in London:

Feast of St George, Trafalgar Square

St George's Day 2019 events London
The Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square. Image: Shutterstock

Known in previous years as the Feast of St George, there's a free St George's Day festival on Saturday 18 April. The annual shindig brings live entertainment — both traditional and modern — to Trafalgar Square, so keep your eyes open for everything from Morris dancers to acoustic music sets.

It's a family-friendly event, with plenty of crafts and other themed activities to take part in. The food market showcases traditional English fare — including the nation's favourite dish, chicken tikka masala — and stallholders sell their wares at the artisan market.

St George's Festival, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens

St George's Day 2019 events London
Image: Vauxhall Trust

The Vauxhall Trust usually hosts an epic St George's Festival in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens — keep an eye on the website to see whether it's taking place this year.

The focal point is the jousting tournament, with plenty of armour, shields and drama — if your kids are going through a 'knights' phase, they'll be entranced. Elsewhere, entertainment comes in the form of Morris dancers, Punch & Judy shows, archery, falconry and food and drinks stalls, and a dog show is new for this year.

St George's Day at Leadenhall Market

St George's Day 2019 events London
St George's Day 2018 celebrations at Leadenhall Market

This ornate market in the Square Mile usually goes all out for St George's Day, with Morris Men performing from 1.30pm, along with a brass quartet. Some of the stalls and shops have events going on too. Keep an eye on the website for 2020 events

St George's Day at the Museum of Childhood

A lively ceilidh and maypole dancing  are just some of the entertainment at the Museum of Childhood's St George's Day festival on Sunday 19 April. As well as marking the patron saint's day, the event celebrates English traditions, and the diversity of people who live in London. It's one of your last chances to visit the museum before it closes for two years.

Last Updated 09 March 2020