We’ve had Paddy, now it’s time for George.
Friday sees St George’s Day, and there are lots of events going on around the city to keep us entertained and bring out the patriots in us all. These are my pick of the best free events around London this weekend….
St George in Southwark
There’s loads going on in Southwark from the 22nd-25th, from the Southwark Mysteries, a St. George’s Day lunch and Morris Dancers!
Most of it’s free, but some things (like the lunch) have a small fee.
Find out more here
St George’s Day at Trafalgar Square
Lot’s of stuff going on at this free event, on Saturday the 24th. Events kick off at 1pm with music from young musicians, followed by traditional songs that you can get involved in by picking up a song sheet
The day ends with a free concert by Joe Brown and his band.
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross/Leicester Square
St George’s Day Pageant
The revival of a tradition not seen since 1585, this parade sees St. George ride through the city on horseback.
The pageant will start on Friday, April 23, at 11:45am at the Armourers’ Hall on Coleman Street. It goes a (sort of) circular route, passing St Paul’s Cathedral, before finishing back at Coleman Street.
St. George will be accompanied by the King and his daughter and a lamb led by a maiden. In addition, the Band of the Parachute Regiment, soldiers and armoured combat vehicles will be in the parade.
Nearest Tube: Moorgate
For Those in the North
Various events happening in Willesden and Kingsbury.
On Friday, there is story telling for adults and children alike (afternoon tea and cakes at the different events) at Kingsbury Library Plus (11am) and Willesden Green Library (from 2:15pm onwards).
Saturday sees Brent Archives open to the public at Willesden Green Library – to check out Medieval documents and experience some Medieval cooking.
See the website for full details. All events are free.
Nearest Tube: Kingsbury or Willesden Green
St. George’s Gardens
A traditional fete-style event, there’s lots on here at the Gardens on Saturday. From 2pm you can find Morris Dancers, music, food stalls, and, slightly randomly (although you can see the connection) a Chinese dragon dance.
Nearest Tube: Kings Cross/Russell Square.
For the best of the rest, try Time Out’s list of things to do, or View London’s guide.