St Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, which ramps up your opportunities to grab a pint of Guinness and perhaps play the fiddle in an Irish band as London gears up for some huge celebrations on 17 March 2018. Here are a few of our favourites…
Lead image: St Patrick’s Day at POP Brixton
1 St Patrick’s Day Festival, Trafalgar Square
The London St Patrick’s Day Festival attracts more than 125,000 people to events across London and to the festival in Trafalgar Square. It’s become a destination event showcasing the best of Irish food, music, song, dance, culture and arts. One of the most popular elements of the festivities is the St Patrick’s Day parade, running from Hyde Park Corner through, Piccadilly, Haymarket, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, starting at midday on Sunday 18 March. Be amazed by flamboyant pageantry, elaborate floats, marching bands, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools. Two Irish icons will lead out this year’s parade – actress Imelda Staunton and broadcaster Gloria Hunniford – celebrating the success and contribution of Irish women.
For the full listings see london.gov.uk
2 The Guinness Six Nations/St Patrick’s Day Party at Hawker House
Rugby fans are sorted for St Patrick’s Day plans this year – what better way to celebrate Ireland’s Patron Saint than to cheer Ireland towards a Grand Slam as they take on England in the penultimate match of the 2018 Six Nations? Take your viewing up a notch with the Guinness Six Nations and St Patrick’s Day party at Hawker House on Saturday 17 March. Expect an 8m LED viewing screen and seated grandstand, from which you can enjoy all three Super Saturday games, plus Guinness on tap, delicious Guinness-inspired street food from BBQ legends Hot Box and ice-cream masters Chin Chin Labs, and plenty of St Patrick’s Day spirit! £5 per ticket (includes a pint of Guinness).
To book see streetfeast.com
Find more London pubs screening the Six Nations here
3 NUALA, the City
Niall Davidson’s recently opened Irish restaurant and bar, NUALA, will be hosting an all-day celebration of feasting, drinking and live music this St Patrick’s Day. Between the hours of 9am-11am, NUALA will be offering an exclusive Irish seafood breakfast with an ice counter laden with fresh oysters, mussels and crab claws (£25 including pint of Guinness). Celebrations will continue throughout the day and with Tayto crisps in abundance! Open from 11am until the early hours, NUALA’s bar downstairs will be playing host to an array of live Irish music and with enough Guinness and whiskey to sink the Titanic.
70-74 City Road EC1Y 2BJ; nualalondon.com
4 All Female Irish Music Trail, Camden Market
Celebrating both the Year of the Woman and St Patrick’s Day, Camden Market is to host an all female Irish music trail on 17 March. Part of the London Mayor’s Official St Patrick’s Day Festival, the emerging talent will perform across various venues, from intimate coffee shops to pop up open-air stages. The celebrations will conclude with a surprise headline performance in the Dr Martens Boot Room (limited tickets available via a prize draw). Independent Irish craft brewers, Porterhouse Brewing Company, will be parking up their beermobile, and some market traders will be serving St Patrick’s Day specials, like Crosstown Doughnuts’ Guinness & Baileys Chocolate creation, Young Vegan’s seitan and Irish ale pie and Chin Chin Labs stout ice cream with seaweed caramel. 12pm-7pm. Free.
5 St Paddy’s Party at Pop Brixton
Pop Brixton is kicking off its spring season with an Irish-inspired blow out for St Patrick’s Day on 17 March. The party will start at 5pm with live music from London’s wildest Ceilidh band, Fiddle Paradiddle, who will be entertaining guests all night, teaching traditional Irish dancing along the way. You can also enjoy free face painting from 7pm-9pm and, true to Pop tradition, anyone called Patrick can grab a free pint of Guinness before 8pm at the site’s S11 Bar. 5pm-12am, free entry.
49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton SW9 8PQ; popbrixton.org
6 Can’t Dance Ceilidh Party at The Piano Works, Clerkenwell
Head to The Piano Works on Farringdon Road to jig the night away at the Can’t Dance Ceilidh party. test you ceilidh dancing skills to non-stop live music, playing nothing but audience requests till 1am, followed by a DJ till 4am. From 5pm onwards. Sign up to the Friends List and get a free drink on arrival. Sister venue Studio 88‘s Project Midnight & Beyond session will also have a list of Paddy’s Day cocktails.
113-117 Farringdon Road EC1R 3BX; pianoworks.bar
7 Rugby, Cocktails & Ceilidh at Drake & Morgan
Three of Drake & Morgan’s bars – The Happenstance on Paternoster Square, The Parlour in Canary Wharf and the Allegory in Shoreditch – will be throwing open their doors from 10am for a St Paddy’s Day to remember. Each will be screening the Six Nations games – including Ireland vs England – and serving up Irish cocktails courtesy of St Jameson’s Irish Whiskey. After the last game Six Nations game finishes, there’ll be live Irish music and the chance to try your hand at a ceilidh dance, or grab a bite to eat from the all-day dining menu. Tickets start from just £10 and include a complimentary Jameson Ginger & Lime on arrival.
8 The Sun Tavern, Hackney
Home to one of the largest selections of Irish whiskey in London, The Sun has teamed up with Dublin’s leading progressive Irish whiskey distillery Teeling to produce three special cocktails, only available on St Patrick’s Day, priced at £7.50 each. Oyster Boy – a regular at Columbia Rd, Broadway and Leyton Markets – will also be on hand shucking out complimentary oysters to add an East London touch to the Irish revelry. The Sun will also be screening the highly anticipated England vs Ireland rugby game at 2.45pm. Later, Drew McConnell from Babyshambles & Helsinki will supply a rowdy set for a good old-fashioned knees up. Also, on Sunday 18 March, The Sun will be mixing Bloody Murphys – a Bloody Mary with an Irish slant – with an Irish band playing early in the afternoon.
441 Bethnal Green Road E2 0AN; thesuntavern.co.uk
9 Corrigan’s Mayfair & Dickies Bar
True to his roots, Richard Corrigan will be putting some of his favourite Irish classics on the menu at Corrigan’s Mayfair for St Patrick’s Day. The likes of collar of bacon with truffle and cabbage, crispy crubeens with beetroot and horseradish, and treacle and Guinness tart with whiskey cream are all expected to make an appearance. Dickies Bar will pay homage to Richard’s Irish heritage by serving Irish classics for the week such as Black Velvet and Irish Coffee (both £12), alongside their rare Irish Whiskey collection and Guinness on tap. The bar will also host a St Patrick’s Day Masterclass at Dickies Cocktail School on Saturday 17 March, where guests will learn to recreate plenty of Irish tipples, both classic and contemporary (£55pp, 3-5pm).
28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair W1K 7EH; corrigansmayfair.co.uk
10 Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland at Borough Market
From Wednesday 14 March to Saturday 17 March, Borough Market will be home to a multitude of mouth-watering produce from Northern Ireland in honour of St Patrick. Treat yourself to artisan cheeses and butters, a fruit and spice conserve known as ‘Irish Black Butter’, soda farls baked on a pop-up traditional griddle and more. Northern Ireland’s homegrown talent, chef Paula McIntyre, will be taking part in various cooking demonstrations throughout, whipping up a dish with the famous smoked Lough Neagh Eel and pollan. On Saturday afternoon she’ll be joined by Alison O’Reilly, a 2017 MasterChef finalist, and Ian Orr, of multi-award winning restaurant Brown’s.
11 OSLO, Hackney
Nestled in the old train station, OSLO in Hackney are offering some Irish inspired delicacies this St Paddy’s Day, the special menu offers diners the opportunity to indulge in a home-made hearty stew, washed down with local stout. To truly experience the feast of St Patrick they have sourced the finest stout from Crate brewery in Hackney, which goes hand in hand with the traditional a Irish stew, consisting of sweet carrots and onions, tender potatoes and succulent lamb. Stew £10, stout £5.
1A Amhurst Road E8 1LL; email@example.com
12 St Paddy’s Day Bottomless Brunch at Broadleaf, Bishopsgate
London’s latest Bishopsgate hangout, Broadleaf is hosting a St Paddy’s Day bottomless brunch, while screening all the action from the Six Nations rugby. Don your shamrock-coloured shirts and enjoy the craic with unlimited Black Velvet cocktails – a combo of champagne and Guinness – plus a standout line up of brunch classics as well as a hearty beef and Guinness Stew (two courses £35, three-courses £40). Bottomless drinks include Black Velvets, Prosecco, Mimosas, Bloody Marys, bottles of Heineken, Sol and ETM wine for two hours.
Broadleaf, 25 Old Broad Street, Bishopsgate EC2N 1HN; broadleaflondon.com
13 St Patrick’s Day Trim & Tonic, Bloomsbury
Dapper gents should head for The Bloomsbury Club Bar for a St Patrick’s Day Trim & Tonic. Here, artisan craft spirit distillers, The Dingle Distillery, is hosting a St Patrick’s Day Trim & Tonic grooming pop up. From 10am-4pm, the world’s oldest barbershop, Truefitt & Hill, providing gents with a hot towel shave served with complimentary Dingle Original Gin & Tonic. The walk-in experience is £25, but complimentary if you’re born with the luck of the Irish.
16-22 Great Russell Street WC1B 3NN; thebloomsburyclub.com
14 Free Guinness at Wright Brothers
Wright Brothers is offering an exclusive St Patrick’s Day special for one day only on 17 March; two guests ordering a selection platter of 12 oysters will be treated to a pint of Guinness each, on the house. The offer will be available at all Wright Brothers restaurant (Soho, Spitalfields, Battersea, South Kensington and Borough) on Saturday 17 March from 12pm-6pm. To claim, just quote ‘St Patrick’s Day platter’ (offer subject to availability, does not included £1 oysters and can only be used once).
15 The Boundary’s Tap Takeover at The Understudy, South Bank
As part of the Tap Takeover series at The Understudy at the National Theatre, The Boundary, a Cooperative Brewery from Belfast, will be ruling the taps for St Patrick’s Day for one evening only. The first brewery from Northern Ireland to fuse modern US styles with the more traditional Belgian and French brewing methods, The Boundary offers a distinctly hoppy range of beers. They will also be putting on a unique art exhibition courtesy of their very own resident artist, John Robinson. 6pm-1am.
Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk
LONDON GOES GREEN FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY!
In celebration of St Patrick’s Day, Tourism Ireland took a troupe of Irish dancers on a tour of London landmarks, starting at Millennium Bridge and concluding at the top of The Shard where they performed Europe’s highest Irish dance.
The dancers will appear at The Shard again on Saturday 17 March 2018, giving performances between 1pm and 6pm, and anyone named Patrick or Patricia (or the Irish variant of the name, Pádraig) will gain free entry to The View from The Shard (photo ID essential).
Tourism Ireland’s 2018 Global Greening initiative is also underway, lighting up London landmarks in green to celebrate Ireland and St Patrick. Find out more in the video below…