St George: he slew a dragon; he’s England’s patron saint; and his day falls on 23rd April each year. Those are the fundamentals most are familiar with. Far fewer know, however, that the saint was a Byzantine soldier-martyr (dying in AD 303), whose principal shrine lies in Lod, Israel, and who also happens to be the patron saint of Ethiopia, Georgia and Portugal, too! Whatever the history, however, his date is perfectly placed in the British calendar. Late April is when London really kicks into gear with warmer weather, marathons, Easter eggs and bank-holidays. Make the most of both Britain’s religious heritage by attending these St George’s Day events in London, which are all a short drive away from our fantastic collection of London hotels.
The world’s largest cake-decorating show falls on St George’s Day this year. Located in Alexandra Palace, there’ll be delicate displays of sugarcraft, as well as lots of opportunities to buy your own tools and ingredients to bake a St George’s Day cake at home.
Some of the biggest brand names in cycling will descend on the Lee Valley VeloPark, home of the London Olympics, this St George’s Day. If 2017 is the year you want to buy a new bike, or perhaps just want to go for a whizz around a professional track, the VeloPark’s the perfect place to visit.
Watch everybody from fun, charity-costumed runners to some of the top athletes in the world run the London Marathon’s 26.2 miles. Winding their way round some of the capital’s top landmarks, from Greenwich to Buckingham Palace (via Tower Bridge), there’s always a sense of elation for both the physical achievement and the sums raised for a good cause.
Celebrate St George’s Day by listening to the best music England has produced in the last few centuries, from Elgar’s Nimrod to Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. As well a few tunes that the nation just loves to hear, like Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory!
Decorated in red and white for England’s national day, Trafalgar Square remembers St George with plenty of stalls selling traditional food, from giant pork pies to jars of piccalilli, as well as games, celebrity-chef performances and lots of live music. Moreover, if you want to keep going as the evening winds down, head off on one of the pub crawls that starts in the square.
If you’d like to attend one of these events but don’t know where to stay, our London hotels all offer luxury combined with the feeling of a homely private residence.