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St George's Day in London

Joust, slay and drink plenty of ale on St George's Day in London with these events in celebration of England's patron saint

Sharpen your jousting lance for St George's Day (Monday April 23 2018). The capital is putting its dragon-slaying skills to the test again and we've rounded up London's best St George's Day themed festivals, events and activities below. The best part is, many of them are free. How very English. 

When is St George's Day?

St George’s Day in London is one of the many events in April and this year falls on Monday April 23 2018

What is St George's Day?

St George's Day pays tribute to England’s 'dragon-slaying' patron saint and is recognised as the country's national day. St George's emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England and part of the British flag. Despite this, it’s actually believed that St G was born in Turkey, died in Israel and never actually visited England. No one is yet to confirm the dragon story either.

Where is St George's Day celebrated in London? 

There are St George's Day festivals across the city, but the main event is held in Trafalgar Square at the Mayor of London's party. Check out our highlights below for more details. 

The best St George's Day events in London

Eltham Palace

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The ‘Order of the Garter’ is dedicated to England’s patron saint and it’s said to have been founded by Edward III on the site of Eltham Palace in 1348. Get in touch with English history by paying a visit and get an eyeful of the building’s gorgeous Art Deco interiors.

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Matt D

Despite your claims, St George's Day is not a national holiday. As he is a Turk and is also the patron saint of Germany, why don't we switch to St Alban, who is English.  We can then claim a national holiday as it's the perfect time - 22nd June (the longest day!) to get the beers in.