Join the St George's Day celebrations at the Feast of St George event.
Details of the 2017 event have yet to be released, but celebrations usually take place in Trafalgar Square with the Mayor of London's annual Feast of St George, on or around St George's Day (23 April).
Every year the square is decorated in red and white for England's national day, and lined with stalls selling traditional English food, inspired by St George’s Day’s 13th-century origins as a national day of feasting. Plus, there's usually free themed activities and performances for all the family.
Check back nearer the time for event dates and a full programme of activities.
History of St George and the Dragon
St George is the patron saint of England. 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. George survives the ordeal by invoking the sign of the cross. As a mark of their gratitude, the local citizens all convert to Christianity and seek to copy George's chivalrous, princess-saving behaviour.
The 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!".