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 2019 events in London:
Feast of St George, Trafalgar Square
Celebrate England's patron saint at the Feast of St George, a free festival on Saturday 20 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
The Vauxhall Trust usually hosts an epic St George's Festival in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. 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. We're awaiting confirmation that it's going ahead in 2019 — watch this space.
St George's Day at Leadenhall Market
This ornate market in the Square Mile is another venue that usually goes all out for St George's Day. Past years, we've seen Morris Men, brass quartets, and actors dressed up as Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine. They all mingle among the market crowds, and some of the stalls and shops have events going on too. Watch this space to see what's planned for St George's Day 2019.
Alan Titchmarsh at Southbank Centre
What could be more English than national treasure Alan Titchmarsh presenting a musical evening of Great English Classics?
The Philharmonia Orchestra and the City of London Choir plus several soloists perform tracks including Walton's Coronation March, Butterworth's The Banks of Green Willow, and Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No.4.
It's not specifically marked out as a St George's Day event, but heck, Jerusalem's the finale — you don't get much more patriotic than that.