April 23 honours St. George’s Day, the patron saint of England. Interestingly enough, nearly twice as many Englanders can identify the American Independence Day as July 4 than can identify April 23 as St. George’s Day. Accordingly, you probably won’t see any huge parades or frivolities today, but that isn’t to say you can’t give a nod to the dragon-slaying saint who gave his emblem to the English flag!
- Be on the look-out for pubs flying the English flag or red roses, a national symbol. These are good indications that you may be able to snag a St. George’s Day deal, or if nothing else have a celebratory pint. If there you happen to be named George or Georgina, there’s a free pint of Bombardier waiting for you at any Taylor Walker pub!
- Head to Leadenhall Market between 11:00-13:30 for food, Morris men (men who do Morris dancing), live music, St. George himself wandering around the market and much more.
- This weekend The Royal Albert Hall is hosting a Gala for St. George with music and dramatic readings that goes all out.
- Dance! Plenty of venues have special events to teach folk dancing and Morris dancing to commemorate St. George’s Day. The sessions have differing prices but if you have a gander the English Folk Dance and Song Society and many others would be happy to show you the ropes to traditional English song and dance.
- Feast! While the main feast in Trafalgar Square has passed, Fortnum and Mason will host a grand feast this evening.
No matter what you decide to do or not do, we wish you a Happy St. George’s Day!
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