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Cheers, St George! Celebrate in pubs in London

If you’re in London over Easter, there’s another reason to celebrate and get involved in the longstanding British traditions over the holy weekend. A few days after the Easter buzz has died down, England celebrates the day of its Patron Saint, St George. As it officially falls on the 23rd April, this year celebrations will be held the Saturday before, 19th April so plenty of time to recover from a bit of over indulgence. Happily coinciding with Easter you can go from one celebration to the other, filling both your Saturday and Sunday with feasts and fun, fairs and face paints. Join the big festivities at Trafalgar Square where they host an annual festival for St George with food stalls, parades and people dressed up in old English costumes (which is a sight if nothing else!) For something a little more sedate (and adult-only) but definitely as traditional, why not visit one of London’s best pubs and raise a toast to the English Patron. In no particular order, we think some of London’s best pubs are... Dog and Duck, Soho If you’re in central London and fancy a cool pint or British ale then the Dog and Duck is just the place. With its etched mirrors and antique décor - including original tiled walls - it’s a Soho landmark and is famed for being George Orwell's preferred watering hole back in his day... Take a break from the hustle and bustle of vibrant China Town and while away the hours in one of London’s most traditional establishments. Carpenters Arms, Goodge Street This homely pub is one of the best rated pubs in London. With 14 ales, beers and lagers on tap to choose from – not to mention ciders – it’s a popular haunt for locals and after-work drinkers alike. Snap up a spot on the roof terrace when the sun shines and sample some of the pub’s tasty bar food, from traditional fish and chips to hearty sausage rolls. Yum! The Anchor, London Bridge Did you know the 23rd April is also Shakespeare’s birthday as well as St George’s Day? Down on the south bank of the river Thames is The Anchor, a red brick pub next door to the Globe Theatre that promises both views and vino. With a good selection of wines and beers, as well as tasty bites to eat, it’s one of London’s best traditional pubs. Walk off your drinks/dinner afterwards and take in the sights, from Tate Modern and HMS Belfast along the promenade... The Lock Tavern, Camden If you’ve had a fun day exploring the Market and canals of Camden there’s no better way to celebrate St George’s Day and the true English traditions than to set up camp in the Lock Tavern, one of Camden’s most popular establishments. With a wealth of outdoor seating areas it’s a great beer garden and one of the best spots for the warmer weather. Sit back and enjoy a more modern pub feel and spot the hipsters as they come in the hordes. If you stay late, you’ll be entertained by some live music and a DJ, too. Gipsy Moth, Greenwich Head South East of the river for a nautical nugget of London life. Greenwich is a picturesque and quirky borough of the capital which tourists often miss out. Full of eateries, a farmers market and a wonderful park, it’s also home to the Gipsy Moth pub. Sat on the bank of the Thames off a cobbled street it overlooks the historic Cutty Sark – probably one of the best pubs with a view in London. With a quiet atmosphere and its original potato vodka (we dare you...) it’s a safe bet for a cosy celebration. Discover more of London with The London Pass and make your trip that bit easier. Save time and money – and even get the added value of a travelcard to take you all across London... Learn more, here.

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