Where You Can Still Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in London Today

It’s St Patrick’s Day on Tuesday 17 March 2020 and London’s pubs, clubs and restaurants are pulling out all the stops. Here’s where to dine on some of Ireland’s finest fare, toe tap to top folk music, or go all out at London’s biggest Irish bash – Paddy Fest 

Lead image: Paddy Fest at Clapham Grand 

ST PATRICK’S DAY EVENTS
that are STILL TAKING PLACE

1 Three Sheets x The Sun Tavern Paddy’s Day, Bethnal Green
17 March
STATUS: GOING AHEAD
The Sun Tavern is celebrating its Irish roots on 17 March with local legends, and Sun Tavern regulars, Three Sheets cocktail bar. Three Sheets will be putting together a five-strong Slane Irish Whiskey cocktail menu with a White Russian (coffee, Milk Washed Slane Irish Whiskey and miso), the Shamrock Gimlet (Slane Irish Whiskey, wood sorrel and white wine) and a twist on The Sun Tavern’s own Irish Coffee (Slane Irish Whiskey, salted coffee and Baileys). Get your cocktails from 6pm-9pm, and accompany them with oysters from Oyster Boy (free from 7pm-9pm), if you so please. There will also be Guinness on tap, obvs, a live Irish band during the day and guest DJ Drew McConnell once the sun sets. Doors 12pm-1am.
441 Bethnal Green Road E2 0AN; thesuntavern.co.uk 

2 Guinness Butler Services & Irish Whiskey Flights at Brigadiers
17 March
STATUS: GOING AHEAD
Brigadiers, the City restaurant inspired by the army mess bars of India, will honour the Emerald Isle in true Irish style for a St Patrick’s Day knees up. Celebrations will be an ode to all things Guinness and Irish Whiskey, with a bespoke Guinness Butler Service available, offering free-flow Guinness or Black Velvet cocktails for £25pp. Guests can also toast St Patrick with Irish Slammers to chase down with Guinness (£5), an Irish Whiskey Flight featuring drams from Green Spot, Roe & Co, and Feeling Single Malt (£25), or an Irish Coffee (£5). While you drink, indulge in signature dishes from the a la carte or four-course feast menu, featuring BBQ Butter Chicken Wings, Sikandari Kid Goat Shoulder and Afghani Lamb Cannon Kebab Skewer.
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade EC4N 8AR; brigadierslondon.com

3 Teeling Whiskey St Patrick’s Day Party at Milroy’s of Spitalfields
17 March
STATUS: CANCELLED BUT BAR STILL OPEN
Note: The Teeling Whiskey event has unfortunately been cancelled. However, Milroy’s will still be open for drinks though, with plenty of cocktails and delicious drams

This St Patrick’s Day, Teeling Whiskey is bringing the Spirit of Dublin to the capital with an exclusive night of Celtic treats and whiskey cocktails. Hosted at the recently opened Milroy’s of Spitalfields, each floor will be serving a special Teeling Whiskey menu of delicious drams, while the main party will be taking place on the ground floor Whisky Bar. Expect fiddlers, oysters from Carlingford Lough shucked in front of you by Mother Shuckers and plenty of really great Irish whiskey. Teeling, the first new distillery to open in Dublin in nearly 125 years, will be serving up the likes of Teeling Whiskey Ginger or Teeling Irish Coffee. Entry is free on a first-come basis, nibbles are complementary and cocktails start at £6.50. From 6pm.
76 Commercial Street, Spitalfields E1 6LY; @mwbspitalfields

4 Cahoots Underground Ceili, Soho
17 March
STATUS: GOING AHEAD (DEPENDING ON TODAY’S GOVERNMENT BRIEFING)
Cahoots, the immersive cocktail bar in Soho, is throwing a Celtic-inspired knees up, complete with whiskey cocktails, Guinness and live entertainment on Tuesday 17 March. Set in a disused tube station from the 1940s, you’ll be transported back in time for a Ceilidh knees-up and an illicit cocktail menu of Irish whiskey concoctions. The Molly Malones will get the party started with glorious Gaelic tunes, courtesy of Miss Alice Keys on the ‘Ol’ Joanna’ and Amiee Rigby on the fiddle. 9.30pm-11.30pm. St Patrick’s Day events are also taking place at fellow Inception Group sites, Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration (event info here) and Mrs Fogg’s Dockside Drinkery & Distillery (event info here).
13 Kingly Court, Carnaby W1B 5PW; cahoots-london.com 

5 St Patrick’s Week at Homeboy, Islington
11-18 March
STATUS: NO UPDATES – CHECK WITH VENUE BEFORE TRAVEL

Homeboy, the home of modern Irish hospitality in London, is hosting a week-long celebration for St Patrick’s Day this year. The bar’s co-founders, Ciaran Smith and Aaron Wall, are teaming up with some of Ireland’s best-loved whiskey brands throughout the week. Each night there will be three special Irish whiskey cocktails on the menu, live music from 8pm-10pm, as well as late night DJs on the weekend. Homeboy will also be welcoming the Irish whiskey Brand Ambassadors to lead whiskey tastings in the hidden speakeasy at the back of the bar – London’s smallest Irish pub. On St Patrick’s Day itself, the Homeboy team will be collaborating with Irish Whiskey Brand Roe & Co to pull out all the stops for its Irish House Party with spoken word from 6pm-7pm, live music from 8pm-10pm and Roe & Co cocktails in the main bar.
108 Essex Road, Islington N1 8LX; homeboybar.com

6 Guinness Takeover at Taproom Brixton Village
12-17 March
STATUS: NO UPDATES – CHECK WITH VENUE BEFORE TRAVEL
Brixton Village’s Taproom will be putting an Irish twist on their line-up of south London craft beers as they get set to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a five-day Guinness takeover. Running alongside their roster of beers from suppliers within the local community, the takeover will feature samplings of Roe and Co Irish Whiskey, Hop House 13 Irish lager, and of course, plenty of Guinness. TableSnappr will also be on hand to deliver food from the global range of restaurants around the market, including Jalisco, Fish, Wings & Tings, and an exclusive St Patrick’s Day special from Black Bear Burger. Plus, on Saturday 14 March, the first and last 15 people to be at Taproom will be the lucky recipients of a free pint of Guinness each, with trad band Newick Folk on hand to lead the party into the evening. 12pm-11pm.
Unit 43-44 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8PR; wearetaproom.co.uk

7 St Patrick’s Day at The Bloomsbury Club Bar
17 March
STATUS: GOING AHEAD

Gelston’s Old Irish Whiskey is inviting guests to get into the spirit of St Patrick’s Day at The Bloomsbury Club Bar with the launch of an exclusive, one-night only, scratch-card-style cocktail menu. Guests will select their cocktails of choice from the specially designed menu and discover the individual price by scratching off a silver circle next to each drink. Discounts will range from 0-100% – meaning some lucky guests will receive their chosen cocktail for free! The main prize available on the night will include the chance to win an overnight stay at The Bloomsbury hotel, part of The Doyle Collection, housed in a stunning 1930’s listed neo-Georgian building in London’s literary heartland. Four Gelston’s Old Irish Whiskey cocktails will be on offer featuring Gelston’s 5 year single malt, 10 year single malt and Gelston’s Bourbon cask finish, a three year single malt. All cocktails priced £14.
16-22 Great Russell Street WC1B 3NN; thebloomsburyclub.com

8 St Patrick’s Day at M Threadneedle Street
17 March
STATUS: NO UPDATES – CHECK WITH VENUE BEFORE TRAVEL

M Threadneedle St is hosting a Big Paddy’s Day Lunch on 17 March. M Ambassador and Lions and England Legend, Simon ‘Shawsey’ Shaw, has teamed up with Guinness to create a marvellous Irish-inspired menu whereby guests can indulge in Irish Tomahawk steaks, served with colcannon, black and white pudding and a Guinness chocolate mousse to finish. The lunch will begin with an Guinness reception to get the crowds going, before moving on to the show-stopping meal. Join Shawsey and some Irish rugby legends for a re-run of the six nations France vs Ireland game, post-match analysis, gallons of Guinness and delicious food. 1.30pm-4.30pm. £65pp. Reservations via tnsreservations@mrestaurants.co.uk.
Unit 2-3, 60 Threadneedle Street EC2R 8HP; mrestaurants.co.uk

9 St Patrick’s Day at Borough Market
17 
March
STATUS: GOING AHEAD

The Northern Ireland produce showcase at Borough Market, scheduled for 18-21 March, has unfortunately been postponed by Food Northern Ireland until later in the year. Instead, Borough Market will still be celebrating St Patrick’s Day for food lovers with an event taking place on the Saint’s Day itself – complete with Irish dancers and musicians to ensure a truly authentic atmosphere. Northern Ireland celebrity chef and board director for Slow Food Northern Ireland, Paula McIntyre will be in Borough Market’s glass-fronted Market Hall from 1pm-2.30pm cooking up traditional Irish dishes using products available from traders in the market, including a soda farl ‘steak sandwich’ with grilled leeks and cashel blue. Irish dancers and musicians will be performing in the Market Hall from 11am-1pm. Admission to the event is free.
8 Southwark Street SE1 1TL; boroughmarket.org.uk 

10 Unmasking Irish Whiskey at The Library Bar at The Lanesborough
13-31 March
STATUS: GOING AHEAD
The Lanesborough, one of the masterpiece properties in the Oetker Collection, overlooking Hyde Park Corner, is celebrating St Patrick’s Day in partnership with the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, Bushmills. Irish whiskey reigned supreme over its Scottish rival during the first part of the 19th century, and the Bushmills distillery has continued its tradition of crafting superior whiskey since 1608 using 100% malted barley. The Library Bar is letting the taste do the talking by giving its well-heeled guests the opportunity to compare Bushmills single malts against similar famous Scottish expressions with three blind tastings throughout the month, priced £12, £30 and £40 depending on the age and quality of the whiskey. Open 11am-1am Mon-Sat & 12pm-12am Sun.
Hyde Park Corner SW1X 7TA; oetkercollection.com


ST PATRICK’S DAY EVENTS
THAT HAVE BEEN CANCELLED

London’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, Trafalgar Square
15 March
*Sadly this event has been cancelled due to Coronavirus*
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is encouraging Londoners to celebrate the best of Irish arts, culture, food and music – and the significant contribution Irish people have made to the city – in a capital-wide St Patrick’s Day Festival. Women in sport will be the theme of this year’s festival in support of the Federation of Irish Sports 20×20 campaign to improve coverage of women’s sport, and so The Grand Marshall for the parade on Sunday will be Dublin Camogie player, Laura Twomey. The parade, which attracts more than 50,000 people for a colourful procession of Irish marching bands, dance troupes and pageantry, as well as a Giant St Patrick, starts at Hyde Park Corner at 12pm, then travels through Piccadilly, St James’s Street, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street and Whitehall. At Trafalgar Square there will be a world-class line-up of Irish culture and music, compered by Derry Girls actor Siobhan McSweeney, with performances by Imelda May, KILA and a singalong finale. There will also be food demonstrations from International Chef of the Year 2019, Anna Haugh, a replica Irish cottage, children’s workshops featuring Camogie games, face painting, community choirs and more.
Full line-up here: london.gov.uk

St Patrick’s Day Ceili at Cutty Sark, Greenwich
17 March
*Sadly this event has been cancelled due to Coronavirus*
There’s no finer spot for a ceili than the dry dock beneath the magnificent Cutty Sark [note: ‘ceilidh’ is the Scottish spelling, while ‘ceili’ is the Irish spelling, and of course we’ve always known this and certainly have not just Googled it]. Dance to a live band beneath the copper hull of the last remaining Tea Clipper, all in honour of the patron saint of Ireland. Enjoy a dram of Irish whisky before getting down to the best ceili sounds around, making a a few new friends in the process. The Ceilidh Tree, one of London’s best ceili bands, will ensure that no one gets left behind. Plus a troupe of Irish dancers from the Aimee-Leigh Irish Dance Academy will wow with a Riverdance-style performance. Doors open 7pm, dancing from 7.30pm (there will be three sets of dancing with breaks). 7pm-10.15pm. Tickets £28 (students £16).
King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT; rmg.co.uk

St Patrick’s Day at Flat Iron Square, Southwark
17 March
Coronavirus statement: We are having to close Flat Iron Square with immediate effect for a period of 12 weeks, with the intention of reopening following these social distancing measures on 15 June 
St Patrick’s Day weekend should have been an epic one for the Six Nations, but Coronavirus had other ideas… But while France vs Ireland and England vs Italy have been postponed, Scotland vs Wales on Saturday 14 March will forge on, and Flat Iron Square will have the Guinness flowing. Plus, on St Patrick’s Day itself, Flat Iron Square is throwing a free party in the covered garden area from 7pm to 10pm. Expect bodhráns, fiddles and tin whistles as traditional Irish band Smoke and Derry perform traditional jigs and dances to get you fully in the mood for a good ol’ Irish jig. You’ll also find some of London’s best street food, including new traders, Breddos Tacos and Katsutopia.
64 Southwark Street SE1 1RU; flatironsquare.co.uk

St Patrick’s Day Aboard The Grand Duchess, Paddington
17 March
Coronavirous update: Today we have taken the decision to temporarily close both sites @londonshellco with immediate effect. This bad weather will break and we will sail again. The whole team extends a huge thank you for your support and love.  
For those looking for something a bit more celebratory than a pint of Guinness this St Patrick’s Day, The Grand Duchess will be serving a special menu of Irish-inspired dishes such as Hand Dived Scallops with Crisp White Pudding, Apple & Dulse; Oak Roast Salmon with New Season Scallions, Potato Farl & Whiskey Cream; and Ox Cheek, Guinness & Carlingford Lough Oyster Pie with Colcannon. Plus, The Grand Duchess will also be treating Irish diners (who can prove their identity and have booked a table for dinner) to a platter of six deliciously fresh Irish Oysters for the table – on the house!
Sheldon Square, Paddington W2 6EP; londonshellco.com

The Jugged Hare, Barbican
17 March
*Cancelled due to coronavirus*

The Jugged Hare is celebrating the cultural charm of Ireland with a five-course St Patrick’s Day feast. Get all five senses tingling Gaelic-style with traditional and Guinness-inspired flavours, each paired with a fine wine. Dishes include potato soup with Guinness, cheddar and chive soda bread, Irish stew with boxty (a potato pancake), and Guinness cake with Baileys ice cream. 7pm-10pm. £85pp (click here to book).
49 Chiswell Street EC1Y 4SA; thejuggedhare.com

St Patrick’s Day Shenanigans at The Piano Works, Farringdon & West End
17 March
*Cancelled due to coronavirus*
The talented team of musicians at London’s only non-stop, audience-requested live music venues, The Piano Works Farringdon and West End, will be ‘craic-ing’ out their fiddles and taking requests of all your favourite Irish songs this St Patrick’s Day. From The Pogues to Dropkick Murphys and B*Witched or U2 – if you’re feeling it, ask for it! There will also be glitter artists, Irish specialty shots and pints of Guinness at £3, and hats, wigs and your brightest greens are positively encouraged. A £1 entry ticket includes a Guinness or St Patrick’s Day cocktail, and Happy Hour runs from 5pm-8pm with selected cocktails from £5.50 and bottles of Prosecco from £12.50. 3pm-1am.
113-117 Farringdon Road EC1R 3BX & 47 Whitcomb Street (Off Wardour Street WC2H 7DH; pianoworks.bar


ST PATRICK’S DAY EVENTS
THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE

Camden Market’s St Patrick’s Takeover
14 March

As part of the official London Mayor’s Official St Patrick’s Day Festival, Camden Market will host a Live Irish Music Trail for the fourth year running, with an entirely London-based Irish line-up of rising stars performing free gigs in six locations across the market. Celebrations will also a pop-up cocktail bar from new Irish potato spirits brand Muff Liquor Company and Irish street food mash ups. Originally, a free screening of the Ireland vs France Six Nations Rugby was planned, but the match has been postponed due to concerns over Coronavirus. Taking over Camden Market’s central bar on both 14 & 15 March, Muff Liquor Company will be serving a specially curated menu of Irish cocktails made with their award-winning Irish potato Gin and Vodka. On the 14th, mash ups of street food with Irish twists will include Young Vegans’ Vegan Steak and Guinness Pie with Mash and a Sweet and Salty Chocolate Guinness Pie, Yorkshire Burrito’s Irish roast salt beef served in Yorkshire pudding wraps, and Crispy Tayto Flakes, plus Chin Chin Labs’ Lucky Four Leaf Clover ice cream. 12pm-6pm. Free entry.
camdenmarket.com 

Paddy Fest at The Clapham Grand
14 March
The Clapham Grand will be transformed into a sea of green for Paddy Fest, an emerald all-dayer not to be missed. The huge celebration of Irish culture will feature traditional Irish music and cover bands playing classic singalong tunes, an Irish dancing troupe, performers, Irish food, Guinness on tap and more. Ireland has gifted the world more music than seems possible for such a small country, and you’ll get to hear a ton of it, from toe-tapping Irish folk to pop classics by The Cranberries, Westlife, The Corrs, U2, The Pogues, Boyzone, Niall Horan, The Script, Ash, The Boomtown Rats and more. Plus, the Grand will be decked out with giant leprechauns and stadium confetti cannons will pump out green confetti, there will also be face-painters on hand to ensure you look the part. 2pm-9pm. Tickets from £16.50.
Saint John’s Hill SW11 1TT; bit.ly/paddyfestlondon

Irish Karaoke Rumble at Peckham Springs
14 March

Peckham Springs is hosting an Irish-themed Karaoke Rumble in partnership with Jameson this St Patrick’s Day. Karaoke Rumble has grown from a crazy idea by 80s pop legend Quint Fontana, to become the UK’s top Karaoke Gong Show. It’s a mixture of game show, comedy and party night, with a shed-load of singing. Sing your hearts out to the likes of Ronan Keating, Westlife, Sinead O’Connor, Bono and many more Irish icons, with the chance to belt out any power ballads, floor fillers or pop party hits of your choosing throughout the night. Competitors sing songs of their choice for two minutes to try and make it through to the final, but the audience can boo you off at any time, plus, the host might throw a few more obstacles your way… The rumble runs from 6pm-9pm, followed by a raucous after-party and DJ set. Free entry.
4-5 Dovedale Trading Estate SE15 4QN; peckhamsprings.co.uk

Shamrock Sessions at Boxpark Wembley
15 March
Shamrock Sessions returns to Wembley Park for the second year running, this time in association with Jameson Irish Whiskey. Celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland with an Irish-themed programme of music, comedy, Irish dancing, food and drink and family fun. Taking place at Boxpark Wembley, highlights include live music from Barn Storm, comedy from Russell Hicks, shamrock face painting for the little ones and Irish arts and crafts. Plus, you can get your hands on St Paddy’s themed food from Boxpark’s brilliant line-up of street food vendors, including newbies The Argentinian Grill. Running 3pm-9pm. Entry is free, or you can get a £10 ticket for guaranteed entry, which includes two free pints. St Paddy’s Day celebrations are also taking place at Boxpark Shoreditch on the 15th and Boxpark Croydon on the 14th.
18 Olympic Way, Wembley HA9 0JT; boxpark.co.uk

St Patrick’s Day at Darby’s, Nine Elms
15 March
Darby’s Oyster Bar and Grill in Nine Elms will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day in style, serving up some of Darby’s much loved favourites including Black shore and Achil oysters (from the east and west coasts of Ireland respectively). The oysters will, of course, be paired with a pint of Guinness! Other dishes to choose from include truffled Baron Bigod on fig and walnut sourdough, and Guinness and oyster pie and Galloway beef from the grill. To drink, there will be classic cocktails with an Irish twist including a Guinness old fashioned. Plus, the Celtic Smash Bros will also be playing high-energy crowdpleasers and more traditional Irish hits from 2pm-4pm.
3 Viaduct Gardens, Nine Elms SW11 7AY; darbys-london.com

The Little Yellow Door’s Paddy’s Portobello Crawl, Notting Hill
14 March
This St Patrick’s Day follow the rainbow down Portobello Road in search of Paddy’s Pot of Gold, as The Little Yellow Door joins forces with local Notting Hill icons for a very special ‘cocktail crawl’. Enjoy a series of one-off rainbow coloured tipples in some of Notting Hill’s most notorious bars, including The Ginstitute and Trailer Happiness, culminating with a Golden Martini special with Tullamore D.E.W. Whiskey at The Little Yellow Door, ending the journey along west London’s most famous road. The flatmates’ Golden Martini is the perfect way to celebrate Ireland’s patron saint, served in a crystal goblet filled with golden liqueur and golden flakes, accompanied by a pot of gold coins. At 6pm, the Paddy’s Day after party kicks off, with liquid gold cocktails and top tunes.
6-8 All Saints Road, Notting Hill W11 1HH; thelittleyellowdoor.co.uk

St Patrick’s Day at Corrigan’s Mayfair
15 March
Round off St Patrick’s weekend with an indulgent lunch by Irish chef Richard Corrigan at his eponymous Mayfair establishment, Corrigan’s Mayfair. Complete with canapes and live Irish music, the £65 three-course lunch promises to be a lively affair. Menu highlights include Irish classics such as Slow Cooked Pork Belly with Home Cooked Black Pudding and Baked Apple; Charred Baby Leeks with Irish Wild Mussels; Tipperary Rib of Guinness-baked Beef; and the famous Corrigan’s Royal Fish Pie. From 15-22 March, you can also enjoy and include a selection of specials such as Stewed Irish Braised Lamb Neck and Donegal Ct. Bread and Butter Pudding with Ice Cream. At Dickie’s Bar, Guinness will be on full flow throughout the week, along with four St Patrick’s Day cocktails.
28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair W1K 7EH; corrigansmayfair.co.uk

St Patrick’s Day at Gibney’s London, Old Street
14 March
Gibney’s of Malahide, which opened in Dublin more than 80 years ago in 1937, has opened its first international site in London, just in time for St Patrick’s Day. The pub, run by Tony Gibney and his sons, sits in the basement of fellow Irishman Richard Corrigan’s critically acclaimed restaurant, Daffodil Mulligan, and will be celebrating Ireland’s patron saint fittingly. There will be Black Velvets aplenty and, kicking off the week’s music schedule on Saturday 14 March, will be Dublin-based fiddle and vocal duo Varo, who, having met in Italy, moved to Ireland in 2015 to pursue their love of traditional Irish music. The cocktail list features Irish spirits in every drink, and there’s also an 120-strong Irish whisky collection, as well as Gibney’s stout – the Gibney family’s own brew sold exclusively at the Malahide and London sites. Corrigan’s is in charge of the bar snacks, so bag yourself a cheese toastie with burnt onion and pickled onion chutney, Colchester Rock and Jersey Rock Oysters and more.
70-74 City Road EC1Y 2BJ; gibneyslondon.com



 

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