Since it's establishment as a traditional celebration back in the Tudor period, April 23rd marks the feast day of England's patron saint - Saint George. The saint's popularity around the time of the Hundred Years' War carried through into an expression of English culture, and although it saw a decline over the centuries there has been a conscious effort to preserve it as a cultural celebration over more recent years.
If you're planning on being around Central London on St George's Day, then it's well worth checking out this fantastic mini-festival. The Feast of St George is made up of market stalls selling delicious British dishes, stages with some amazing acts and tents to get your giggle on with some raucous comedy from The Poodle Club and sensational storytelling. The West End Musical Choir will be performing on the main stage alongside other contemporary acts playing some classic English tunes. You can also get up close and personal with British pop culture icons like the Robin Reliant from Only Fools and Horses and the TARDIS from Dr Who.
Over at St George's Church on Hanover Square, the Central Band from the Royal British Legion will be performing an evening of music and poetry as part of the overall festivities across London. The choir from St George's church will be joining the Legion's Flagship band in a number of recognisable renditions of classic orchestral numbers, enhancing the music experience to create some spellbinding moments. All the proceeds will be going towards the amazing work done by the British Legion to support the Armed Forces community, so celebrating St George's Day with them would be part of a worthy cause.
This day is also shared with the supposed birthday of the world's most well-known playwright across history - William Shakespeare. If you're curious to delve a little deeper into the life and times of Shakespeare, then take a trip over to Bankside where the Globe Theatre sits by the Thames and check out the Shakespeare within the Abbey tour or catch a performance of Henry IV Part 1 as a season of Shakespeare's works gets underway.
If you're prepared to go a little further afield for St George's Day, one of the most interactive experiences of the weekend is held over at Wrest Park with all manner of activities on offer which have been organised by English Heritage. Blending the historical with the entertaining, the whole family can get involved with the different periods of British history through the living history encampments where Romans, Elizabethans and the occasional knight can be see roaming the park. There's plenty of fun and games to be found around the park, with mini jousting and Fool School to keep the kids happy, battle re-enactments, and a dramatic showdown between St George and the dragon the round out the day's festivities.
Visit our new homes page to find out more about our newest range of available homes and apartments.