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Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square

Pearly Kings and Queens at the Feast of St George. Image courtesy of Greater London Authority
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Celebrate St George's Day, England's national day, with free activities, food stalls and children's games at the annual festival in Trafalgar Square. Read More

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Join the St George's Day celebrations at the Mayor of London's annual Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square.

Decorated in red and white for England's national day, the square is lined with stalls selling traditional English food, inspired by St George’s Day’s 13th-century origins as a national day of feasting. There are also free children's art workshops, stilt walkers, Pearly Kings and Queens, and a mixture of traditional and contemporary live music from 12pm.

In celebration of the centenary of the women’s right to vote, a Victorian music hall show also features tributes to popular female artists from London’s past.

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History of St George and the Dragon

St George is the patron saint of England and St George's Day falls on 23 April. His name is most commonly associated with the legend of St George and the Dragon.

In the mythical tale, George obtains glory by slaying a dragon that is terrorising the countryside and is about to eat a beautiful princess. This story is loosely based on a real-life George who was born around 280AD and grew up to become a Christian soldier of the Roman Empire.

The myth of St George and the Dragon in England was known prior to the Norman conquest in 1066, but the idea of George as the nation's patron saint probably caught on around William Shakespeare's time. In Shakespeare's play Henry V, the English troops are famously rallied with the cry "God for Harry, England and St George!".

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Trafalgar Square

Address
Trafalgar Square
London
WC2N 5DN
Telephone:
+44 (0)207 983 4000

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