Anyone outside England may be wondering what St. George’s Day is all about. To English natives however, it is a national day of celebration; to eat drink and be merry! Saint George was a Christian martyr and Roman soldier who, according to lore, fought a dragon to save a princess (sound familiar?). He also inadvertently graced the entirety of the U.K. with an excuse to drink and party on April 23rd every year.
Honour St George and join the festivities this week in London! There’s a lot going on...
On the 29th April, the Big London Flea (Market) will open with over 50 market stalls. Selling everything from kitchenware to vintage clothes, you’ll be sure to bag yourself a bargain at this huge flea market, located in the old ABC cinema in Dalston, London. Entrance is FREE.
Where to eat and drink in Dalston?
Once you've filled your shapping bags, food & wine lovers will enjoy Furanxo, a cheese, charcuterie and wine shop by day and mini wine bar at night. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped straight into a Spanish bodega with authentic spanish tapas and treats made by Manuel and the team.
There’s nowhere like Greenwich, London on a warm spring day and as part of your visit, why not head out to the Greenwich peninsula for a spot of colour therapy at the NOW Gallery? Artist Fred Butler has currently taken over here and his latest works explores the healing power of light and colour in this exhibition entitled ‘Harmonics in Space’. On now until Sunday 29th April but tickets are going fast!
Photo credit: Now Gallery
Where to eat and drink in Greenwich?
If you’re feeling peckish after the exhibition, lovers of Italian food and wine won’t want to miss Vini Italiani, just down the road. Here, you’ll be greeted with all the classics alongside lesser known, but delicious wine choices. It’s the real Italian deal.
If stimulating your senses is a theme you’d like to continue, hop on the tube to Moorgate to experiences ‘Sense of Space’; a free, multi-sensory pop-up installation designed to calm and engage your key senses. Don’t miss the ‘infinity garden’ and its beautiful display of pink blossoms.
Photo credit: Broadgate.co.uk
Where to eat and drink in Moorgate?
If you’re in Moorgate, wine lovers simply must stop by at Fox Fine Wine & Spirits. Located in an old umbrella shop in an iconic building on the corner of Moorgate and London Wall, you will find an enormous wine list spanning both the Old World and the New World as well as a fantastic international menu. You can also hire rooms here for private celebrations.
When in London’s theatreland, it would be a travesty not to go and see a show. One that’s getting a lot of attention right now is Strictly Ballroom, the Musical. Based on the original screenplay by Baz Luhrmann, this stage version is taking London by storm! Book a matinée or an evening performance here.
Photo Credit: Piccadily Theatre
Where to eat and drink in Soho?
While you’re swanning around Soho, what better way to honor St George’s legacy than at a pop-up gin bar inside a luxurious Soho restaurant? Esteemed French restaurant L’Escargot has partnered up with Fishers Gin to host a pop-up gin bar in honour of St. George’s Day. The gin bar will be inside L’Escargot’s recently refurbished library for only one week, April 23-27th. Tourists interested in the weeklong gin bar will have the unique opportunity to savour these historic recipes within the confines of an ornate, historical building embellished with high-class artwork by the likes of Picasso and Warhol.
If these quintessentially English events have inspired you to see more of the city, why not check out our pick of London's rooftop bars or take a side car tour of the city? Happy St George's Day! May you celebrate ALL WEEK LONG!