Posted on April 20th, 2018
Let’s hear it for St George’s Day 2018!
Will you be flying the flag for St. George this year? If so, you’ll be joining the millions of people up and down the country who continue to pay homage to our nation’s patron saint. Many of them still believing the day should be made a public holiday.
In the past people used to commemorate St George’s Day by wearing a red rose on their lapel. This tradition has all but disappeared but there are still lots of ways to mark this significant day.
Over the weekend you can join in a host of celebratory activities across the capital, all dedicated to England’s first saint. Whether you fancy watching a joust, trying some traditional dishes – or simply want to enjoy plenty of English ale – there’s something for everyone! Here’s a few to check out.
Feast of St George
The main event is happening in Trafalgar Square at the Mayor of London’s party. Get yourself to the square to witness live demos from London’s top chefs, taste treats from an English farmer’s market, play family games and listen to brass bands. Starts at 12 pm Saturday 21st April – and best of all it’s free! Find out more here.
St George’s Day at Borough Market
You may not know it, but we share our patron saint with a host of other nations including Greece, Turkey, Ethiopia and Catalonia. Makes sense then – that Borough Market is hosting a celebration of the saint’s cultural heritage. Head here for stalls selling tasty treats from all across the world. There’s also be traditional entertainment with a twist (anyone for a spot of maypole hip hop?!) Sunday 22nd April. For more information click here.
Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens St George’s Day Festival
Head here for traditional fun and medieval mayhem on Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22nd April. Travel back in time to see knights in armour, jesters, falconers and wandering minstrels. The kids can enjoy Punch and Judy shows (this should show them how much fun can be had without a mobile phone!). There will also be a full on medieval tournament to entertain you, plus a hog roast, mead and ale to keep you fuelled. 12pm start – also free! Check out full information for the event here.
St George’s Day at the V&A Museum of Childhood
Expect a day of family-friendly activity at the museum on Saturday 21st April, where you can join in traditional songs and dancing, hear some old-fashioned English storytelling, as well as enjoy arts and crafts activities. For more information click here.
St George’s Day Concert Monday 23rd April, Cadogan Hall, Brompton
Join the Band of the Coldstream Guards, accompanied by Alan Thomas on trumpet and Sam Bailey (winner of the X Factor) on vocals and enjoy a journey through traditional English music. The annual event also features the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Proceeds go to the UK’s leading charity for veteran’s mental health (and one of our favourites) – Combat stress. Find out more here.
If you’re heading off to celebrate a St George’s Day event have a great time! If you’re planning your very own St George’s Day party, then make sure to order in some traditional English food. You could consider roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, fish and chips or – our personal favourite – pie and mash!
Why not pop into our shop on Westmoreland Road and celebrate St George’s Day with a plate of sizzling pie and mash. Or visit one of our Licensed Sellers. We’re sure St George would approve!