Visit London Blog » st georges day Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What’s On This Weekend: 19-21 April 2013 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:30:39 +0000 It’s another action-packed weekend in London, particularly for the 30,000 people who’ll be running past the city’s major landmarks during the London Marathon!

Orpheus at Battersea Arts Centre

See an innovative take on the Orpheus myth at Battersea Arts Centre, staged by award-winning company Little Bulb Theatre. The haunting tale has been transposed to 1930s Paris, where Orpehus and Eurydice play out their doomed love story to a Hot Club jazz soundtrack. Performances will be accompanied by live musical interludes and late night dancing on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are £10. 16 Apr-11 May

The Mayor of London’s Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square

In celebration of St George’s Day, the commemoration of England’s patron saint which takes place on 23 April, the Mayor of London is laying on traditional entertainment and cuisine in Trafalgar Square. Given St George’s Day’s 13th century origins as a day

of feasting, the main attraction of this fun family event will be food: you can enjoy delicious free tastings, purchase a variety of treats to nibble in the banqueting area and watch live cookery demonstrations. There will also be a packed programme of entertainment provided by top London performers. 20 Apr

2013 Virgin London Marathon

Catch the incredible atmosphere of the Virgin London Marathon this Sunday, when more than 30,000 people will be running 26.2 miles through London. Participants, many of whom are raising money for their favourite charity, will race from Greenwich Park to Buckingham Palace, taking in sights such as the London Eye, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf along the way. Spectators watch at all points of the route and can enjoy the colourful costumes of many runners as well as the bonhomie among the crowd. 21 Apr

Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Festival at Somerset House

Returning for a fourth year, the Pick Me Up festival brings the best of the graphic arts to the Embankment Galleries of Somerset House. Not only can you see – and purchase – a diverse mix of works by top artists, but there are also lots of events and workshops to entertain and inspire. This weekend it’s Children’s Choice Weekend, wherein kids can model Shaun the Sheep with Aardman animators, attend a Gruffalo illustration workshop with Axel Scheffler and much more. Tickets start at £8. 18-28 Apr

Floriculture – Flowers, Love and Money at the Garden Museum

Head to one of London’s best small museums for this fascinating exhibition on the art of floristry. Exploring the inspiration of cut flowers to painters and their symbolism in many aspects of life, it stretches from the origins of the Covent Garden flower market to the present day. Admission is £7.50 for adults. Until Apr 28

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Video of the Week: Happy St George’s Day from Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London Fri, 22 Apr 2011 11:00:03 +0000

It’s a packed weekend: along with it being Easter Saturday tomorrow, it’s also St George’s Day AND Shakespeare’s birthday.

Here’s a quick video of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson wishing you a happy St George’s Day and inviting you down to witness a free musical feast in Trafalgar Square in celebration.

  • Opera singer, West End star and Top 10 recording artist Alfie Boe is headlining the free event this Saturday (23 April) which includes a celebration of the unbeatable musical theatre on in London
  • See an exclusive preview of platinum-selling musician Newton Faulkner before his summer festivals tour
  • Rhythm of London showcase offers the opportunity to hear new and emerging talent, and potential stars of the future

If you pop down and take any photos, don’t forget to add them to our flickrpool here

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Happy St George’s Day from Visit London Fri, 23 Apr 2010 15:16:31 +0000 Visit London would like to wish everyone in the English capital (and beyond) a happy St George’s Day today. It’s also Shakespeare’s Birthday and with this lovely spring sunshine, what’s not to celebrate.

Here’s a few weekend ideas to get you started:

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What’s Your Favourite Eccentric London Event? Tue, 23 Feb 2010 10:56:42 +0000

This year’s Enjoy England Awards for Excellence are asking for your favourite quirky event that’s unique to England.

The winner will be announced in a ceremony on St George’s Day (24 April).

Visit London will shortly be submitting some of our favourite quirky London experiences in a bid to claim the top “Where Else but England” prize for the capital!

Here are some of our favourite unconventional London traditions:

The Christmas Day Peter Pan Swim in the Serpentine: brave members of the Serpentine Swimming Club take to near-freezing waters for this annual event in Hyde Park.

The IWA Canalway Cavalcade: hundreds of narrowboats fill the waters of Little Venice with colour, character and quintessential English on May bank holiday

The MP vs Media Parliamentary Pancake Race gives the two opposing teams the opportunity to battle it out in Victoria Tower Gardens carrying frying pans and pancakes

Horseman’s Sunday: the vicar of St. John’s Church in Hyde Park leads more than 100 horses and riders to the church in a celebration of horse riding in the capital.

A much-loved cockney tradition, Pearly Kings & Queens: dating from the 19th century when a young boy covered a suit with shiny buttons to attract attention in an effort to raise money for the poor. The tradition thrives to this day; particularly at the annual festival at St Martin-in-the Fields.

Twelfth Night: mixing ancient midwinter traditions with contemporary festivity, the Twelfth Night celebration on Bankside includes the extraordinary, pagan Holly Man, who, decked in evergreen foliage, appears from the Thames…

Do you have your own favourite quirky London event? Add your suggestions to the comments below for other top contenders!

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