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5 ways to celebrate St George's Day

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19 April 2018 | Lifestyle

Next Monday (23rd April) is the day of England's patron saint.

Here are our 5 suggestions for how to celebrate St George's Day in London.

 

Feast for England

Tuck into some classic English fare at the annual Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square.

Taking place on Saturday 21st April, the event will feature a wide variety of food stalls with a central banqueting area from which to enjoy the afternoon’s entertainment.

Foodies are also in for a treat the following day, when Borough Market hosts a series of free cookery demonstrations as part of its St George’s Day celebrations.

 

Raise a glass to St George

Propose a toast to England’s patron saint with a pint in one of the capital’s traditional watering holes.

The Lyric in Soho, and the Cross Keys and The Harp in Covent Garden are among the favoured spots for ale aficionados, while the Lamb Tavern in Leadenhall Market is famous for its annual St George’s Day festivities.

 

Take afternoon tea

First introduced by a hungry Duchess in the 1800s, taking afternoon tea is the most quintessential of English traditions.

The Ritz and Town House at The Kensington are among the venues renowned for serving up sandwiches, scones and cakes in opulent surroundings, while for something a little different you could try the Science Afternoon Tea at the Ampersand Hotel.

 

Watch knights in battle

Enjoy the spectacle of full contact medieval combat as knights in armour cross swords in honour of England’s dragon-slaying patron saint.

The London Tournament will take centre stage at this year’s Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens St George’s Festival, which takes place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April.

The annual event also features falconry, archery, morris dancers and a Punch and Judy show.

 

Follow in the footsteps of England’s Bard

As well as being St George’s Day, 23rd April is also the anniversary of the death of England’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare.

And you can follow in the footsteps of the Bard by joining the Shakespeare Anniversary Walk run by London Walks.

It starts at 2pm from London Bridge tube station and takes in various landmarks and locations associated with the poet, including the Globe Theatre on the South Bank.

 

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