23 April is St George's Day, the day of England's patron saint (it's worth noting he's also patron saint of Catalonia, Ethiopia and various other regions worldwide). Legend has it that he slayed a dragon, although let's face it, he didn't. Take a look at these St George's Day 2022 events in London.
St George's Day Festival, Trafalgar Square
Known in previous years as the Feast of St George, there's a free St George's Day festival on Saturday 23 April — the first time the event has taken place since 2019. The annual shindig usually brings live entertainment — both traditional and modern — to Trafalgar Square. Keep your eyes open for everything from Morris dancers to acoustic music sets.
Keep an eye on the Mayor of London website for further details as they're announced.
Trafalgar Square, 23 April 2022.
St George's Day concert, Wellington Barracks
Join the Band of the Coldstream Guards for a free St George's Day concert inside The Guard's Chapel at Wellington Barracks. They perform a programme of music by the likes of Sir Edward Elgar, Sir William Walton and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
The Guard's Chapel, Wellington Barracks, 21 April 2022. Entry is free, but ticket required.
English Whisky tasting, Ignition Brewery
It may still have a way to go to catch up with Scotch, but English whisky is very much a thing these days, with some worthy malts on offer. Sip your way through five of them at this special tasting session.
Ignition Brewery (Sydenham), 21 April 2022. £25, book ahead
St George's Day crafts, Wood Street Library
Introduce little Londoners to the story of St George at a free craft session, where they can make their own flag to wave.
Wood Street Library (Walthamstow), 23 April 2022.
Ceilidh jam workshops & social dance, Redbridge Town Hall
When you think of St George's Day, ceilidh might not be the first thing that springs to mind, but Folkdance Remixed are inspiring people to dance away the day in style, with short workshops following by social dancing, set to a soundtrack of funky folk. Sessions are free.
Redbridge Town Hall, 23 April 2022.
St George's Day Street Party, The Wonder
A BBQ, bouncy castle, morris men, raffle, beat the goalie and ice cream van are part of the St George's Day celebrations at The Wonder pub in Enfield.
The Wonder (Enfield), 24 April 2022, free entry.
St George's Day at Leadenhall Market
This ornate Victorian market in the Square Mile usually goes all out for St George's Day, with morris men jigging about, and a brass quartet. Some of the stalls and shops have special events going on too. Keep an eye on the website for 2022 events.