In case you hadn’t noticed (it’s never been as outlandish as, say, Paddy’s Day) it’s St George’s Day. Like any other national holiday, it’s an excuse to party, however English you may or may not be. If you’re scratching your head on how to toast our patron saint on this sunny Tuesday, look no further – we’ve a whole platter of delights to tempt you with.
1. St George’s Day Feast at Fortnum and Mason
You really couldn’t get any more British then a decadent English dinner at this famous Piccadilly store. The restaurant at Fortnum’s is holding a £75 tailored English menu that promises to be a little bit more flamboyant then your mum’s Sunday roast. For info, see fortnumandmason.com.
Or if that is too pricey, try the Old Queen’s Head on Essex Road for an English menu, quiz and 19 piece brass band.
2. St George at the Southwark Festival
If you really want to celebrate the history of the big man himself, head over to the Southwark Festival today. There are free tours of the St George’s Roman Catholic Church in Southwark, or to experience what it might have been like to be a bawdy medieval Londoner, the musical theatre group ‘The Lion’s Part’ are performing their very own ode to the saint, ‘Ballad of St George & the Dragon’ throughout Southwark today. For more details on where to see ‘The Lion’s Part’ performance, see thelionspart.co.uk.
3. Morris Dancing Classes
The most British activity you can ever take part in is surely Morris Dancing, and St George’s Day is your opportunity to show your patriotism through the rhythm of dance and flailing of sticks. The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) are putting on classes for all abilities at Regents Park Road; let’s be honest, you’re not a true Brit until you’ve shaken your bells and waved your handkerchief like you just don’t care. For more info, see efdss.org.
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