Feast of St George 2014

Monday, 21 April 2014 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

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We celebrated St George’s Day in Trafalgar Square on bank holiday Monday 21 April from noon to 6pm, with a feast of traditional English fare and free fun for everyone!

Feast of St George's motif

Despite an early short shower visitors turned out in their thousands with families and friends to enjoy the celebrations, and were rewarded with the sun shining brightly across Trafalgar Square for the rest of the day. 

Organised by the Mayor of London, the Feast of St George is inspired by St George’s Day’s 13th century origins as a national day of feasting. There was an English farmers' market with stalls selling mouth-watering treats like hog roast, homemade pies, cakes and all enjoyed in a splendid banqueting area seating 250 people between Trafalgar Square's iconic fountains. 

In Cooks' Corner, supported by The Northbank, there were live demonstrations from leading London chefs such as Andy Bates from Eat My Pies, Chef of The Year 2013 Hayden Groves, Charing Cross Hotel's very own Dean Crews and James Smart from Proud Archvist who all cooked up English dishes from past and present.

The afternoon’s soundtrack came courtesy of the Music Medley Bandstand with talented young musicians and singers from GIGS, the Mayor’s busking competition. Plus headline act Ruth Theodore a London musician inspired by English folk traditions.

Victoria Borwick, The Deputy Mayor of London, spoke at the event welcoming all to The Feast of St George, noting how great it was too seeing so many people attend for the celebration of St George's Day and wishing everyone a great day. 

There were plenty of activities for the kids too with a marquee full of family activities and an outdoor games area where visitors enjoyed a range of traditional garden games and swingboats. 

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson says: "Our Feast of St George is set to be a day of revelry and merriment for all the family, with delicious food and a whole host of activities for all ages. London is one of the foodie capitals of the world and this banquet is the perfect showcase for some of our superb English fare. Happy St George's Day."

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Travel and access

Accessible transport

You can plan your journey at Transport for London's Journey Planner.

National Rail Train

The nearest mainline railway station to Trafalgar Square is Charing Cross which is only 325m or approximately 3 minute walk from Trafalgar Square. Charing Cross Railway Station has step-free access and a step-free route to Trafalgar Square.

Tube

The nearest Underground Station with step-free access from platform to street level is Westminster Underground Station served by the Jubilee, District and Circle lines. Outside Westminster station buses 12, 24, 88 or 453 have low-floor buses and going north along Whitehall will stop at a bus stop within 150m of Trafalgar Square.

Charing Cross Underground Station is served by the Northern and Bakerloo lines, and is the closest Underground Station to Trafalgar Square. However Charing Cross Underground Station does not offer step-free access.

Visit the Transport for London website for accessible tube maps.

Bus

Routes 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176 and 453.

All these routes lead to Trafalgar Square, but please note that 9 and 15 are heritage buses and do not have a low-floor.

Visit the Transport for London website for comprehensive bus information.

Dial-a-ride

Find out about registering and pre-booking Dial-a-ride services.

Accessible parking

The nearest Blue Badge parking spaces to Trafalgar Square are as follows:

  • St Martin’s Street – 5 allocated spaces
  • Outside Canada House – 1 space
  • Suffolk Street – 1 space
  • Spring Gardens – 1 space

To find other nearby disabled blue badge parking bays, use the postcode WC2N 5DN and search the City of Westminster website for a blue badge parking bay. To view the location of the bays, click the "View results on a map" button on the search results page.

Please note: Disabled drop-off bays will be available from 12:00 - 18:00 on 21st April 2014. Bays will be on Pall Mall East facing end of Whitecomb Street to the right of Canada House main entrance. View map below to see where the drop-off bay is located.

Accessible facilities at Trafalgar Square

Lift - Wheelchair accessible lift on the north west corner of Trafalgar Square. Please note this lift is currently out of use due to maintenance. Event stewards can advise wheelchair users travelling between ground level and North terrace level of Trafalgar Square.

Toilets - Wheelchair accessible public toilets on the ground level of Trafalgar Square situated on the west side of the square at the base of the central staircase. These are open daily from 8am to 8pm.

Café - Cafe on the ground level of Trafalgar Square. The café can be accessed via the lower part of Trafalgar Square and is situated under the North Terrace on the east side. The cafe is wheelchair accessible, and has a low-level counter and induction loop.

Cooks' Corner

Sponsored by The Northbank, there were cooking demonstrations from leading London cooks showing how to make a range of delicious English dishes.

Come along and get some top cookery tips from Andy Bates (Eat My Pies, Food Network UK),  Dean Crews (Head Chef at Charing Cross Hotel), Hayden Groves (Winner - National Chef of the Year 2013) and James Smart (Archival Chef at The Proud Archivist).

1.00 – 1.45 Andy Bates demonstrated a custard tart with rhubarb compote and strawberry cream

2.00 – 2.45 Dean Crews demonstrated Kentish Pudding with pickled walnuts, and cumin carrots

3.00 – 3.45 Hayden Groves cooked  an asparagus starter with crispy pheasant egg and rapeseed mayonnaise, and spring lamb with wild garlic and St George's mushrooms

4.00 – 4.45 Dean Crews made a fantastic London Particular Soup

5.00 – 5.45 James Smart made the famous revived Hackney Bun, as it won the online vote for the Great London Bun Fight: Hackney vs Chelsea.

Food markets

The English Food Markets returned with  a wide range of delicious traditional English dishes to enjoy.

English Food markets; stalls which included:

  • ScoffandNosh (pork, brisket and ploughman's)
  • The Jolly Hog (hog roast)
  • The Pie Cart (English pies and scotch eggs)
  • Popina (biscuits and cakes)
  • Peyton & Byrne (breads, cakes and biscuits)
  • London Farmers’ Markets 
  • HECK Sausages (traditional English sausages)
  • Meringue Girls (eton mess)
  • Flat Cap Coffee
  • The Flour Station
  • Neal's Yard (English cheeses)
  • Hix’s Fishdog (leading London chef Mark Hix combines sustainable fish and fast food)
  • English Ice cream cart

Also, our own Cafe On The Square will be serving up a special menu  including:

  • Fresh strawberries and cream
  • Afternoon tea & scones 
  • Pimms
  • Traditional soft drinks

Live music

Tyler Rix

In front of Nelson's Column you could find the Music Medley Bandstand showcasing a range of London's up and coming talent from the Mayor's GIGS competition for young buskers. Plus London musician Ruth Theodore, who's music is inspired by English folk traditions. 

The line up includes:

  • Sam Barnett, 12:00 - 12:25 (GIGS 2013 Youth category Winner)  
  • The King's Parade, 12:35 - 13:15 (GIGS 2013 Group category finalist & Eurostar Prize Winners)
  • Natalie Shay & Band, 13:30 - 14:10 (GIGS 2012 Youth category Winner and 2013 Young category Finalist)
  • Battle of You, 14:25 - 15:05 (GIGS 2013 Groups category Finalist)
  • Stella & The Shakes, 15:40 - 16:15 (GIGS 2013 Groups category Winner)  
  • Tyler Rix & Rix & Band, 16:30 - 17:05 (GIGS special guest artist)
  • Ruth Theodore, 17:20 - 18:00 (Headline Act)

Entertainment

Entertainment

Throughout the day performances from juggler Jason Maverick and beautiful harlequins stilt walkers entertaining the visitors with their amazing skills.

Visitors also tried their hand at traditional English garden games, including darts and ball in the bucket, took a ride in a swing boat, and enjoyed performances of maypoles street dance from Folk Dance Remixed. 

 

Family activities

In Knight's Quest area we had all day workshops which where children undertook a range of activities to complete a Sheild of Loyalty. Once completed participants were knighted, and then presented themselves at a roaring, smoking dragon to collect their treasure prize. Children could also take part in circus workshops where they could work with two professional circus instructors and try! 

  • Juggling - beanbags balls and clubs
  • Spinning plates
  • Diablos
  • Devilsticks
  • Poi
  • Hula Hoops
  • Pot stilts and pedal goers

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square
Nearest underground station is Charing Cross or Embankment. Waterloo station is 5 mins away by public transport or 15 mins walk. Victoria Station 10 mins and 45 mins from both Gatwick & Heathrow
Westminster
London
WC2N 5DS
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