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 hosts an epic St George's Festival in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens on Sunday 21 April. 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
This ornate market in the Square Mile 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.
St George's Day dragon walk
London Guided Walks runs a one-off tour in search of the dragons that surround the City of London. Learn about the different meanings of dragons in folklore from all over the world. The tour also covers Romans, the Great Fire of London, Dick Whittington, T.S. Eliot, Harry Potter, and the Tower of London.
Carradine's Cockney Singalong
What's more English than a good old Cockney knees-up? Vintage pianist Tom Carradine leads a Cockney singalong on 23 April, featuring ditties from both world wars, classic show tunes and other familiar songs.
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.
St George's Day at the Museum of Childhood
A music hall choir, Punch & Judy shows, folk music and a brass ensemble are just some of the entertainment at the Museum of Childhood's St George's Day festival on Saturday 27 April. As well as marking the patron saint's day, the event celebrates English traditions, and the diversity of people who live in London.