You don’t need to go to Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – whether you’re Irish or not, we all love to celebrate this holiday! It’s the best holiday to spend with your friends, having a laugh and a drink or two! So, join the rest of the capital by taking part in one of the many festivities that London has going on to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland. To make it that bit easier we’ve selected what we think are the best ways to have a great time in the city this St. Patrick’s Day.
Image: St. Patrick or the Pagans
St Patrick or the Pagans
Round Chapel, 1D Glenarm Road, London, E5 0LY
17 March, 2-9pm
Why not celebrate this year by getting to know a bit more about the history of St. Patrick in this immersive show put on by Dila V Productions, Front Room Songs and Two For Joy. Enjoy a brilliant evening of comedic storytelling and dine on a 3-course Irish banquet, designed and cooked by Masterchef quarter-finalist Ingrid Wakeling. The menu is anticipated to be a real treat on this special day of feasting, followed by a hoe-down-in-an-Irish-town party with live music from the legendary Honeyfeet. Tickets are available from £13.33.
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The Beer Edit
29-32 The Oval, London, E2 9DT
16 – 18 March
Thu-Fri 6pm-11pm, Sat Midday-5pm & 6pm-11pm
Another festivity in the city that you may not be aware of is London Beer Week from 13th – 19th March – which coincides perfectly with the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day! This week turns London into a celebration of beers, ales, lagers and ciders that will see the city jam-packed full of pop-ups, parties, suppers and brewery tours. In particular, you will want to catch The Beer Edit taking place on the 16th – 18th March – it promises to be the highlight of the week. The beer-loving festival is taking over the entire Oval Space in East London by creating an incredible beer village, which will cater to your every beer request. They will also be hosting some of the best beer parties – including a special St. Patrick’s Day Party in The Pickle Factory. So, what are you waiting for? Book here for tickets to The Beer Edit events.
St Patrick’s Day Parade
Trafalgar Square and surrounding areas
Join the rest of the capital on Sunday 19th March to celebrate in the heart of the city at the annual St Patrick’s Day festival and parade. The parade will start at 12pm from Piccadilly, lacing down Regent Street and heading onto Whitehall past the festival in Trafalgar Square. So, pick your spot wisely! Whether you want to follow the parade from Piccadilly or head straight to Trafalgar, you’ll want to find a good spot to see all the flamboyant pageantry, elaborate floats, marching bands, sports clubs and Irish dancers. A highlight of the parade is sure to be Macnas, amazing theatrical storytellers who created a large giant and other mystical creatures in last years parade. You won’t want to miss it!
Don’t forget to hang out at the festival in Trafalgar Square after the parade. The square will be buzzing with activities and is guaranteed to have a large turn out of fellow Londoners to celebrate the festivities with. The main stage will feature live music, irish dancing, a special showcase of Irish West End performers, as well as Irish stand-up comedian Jarlath Regan who will be hosting the show. There will also be a whole range of free activities available during the day to keep you entertained. Amongst all the drinking that is inevitable on St Patrick’s weekend, there will be a special street food market serving a range of Irish treats, on what is actually the day of feasting (not drinking!). It is sure to be a great day that is worth being involved in.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure it’s in the spirit of St. Patrick and have fun! Let us know how you ended up celebrating your St. Patrick’s Day in the comments below!