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The Best St Patrick’s Day Shenanigans in London

With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner (March 17), let the festivities begin and the Guinness flow. From slap-up meals, to Irish bands, The Resident’s guide for painting the town green…

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1 The Prince and Pergola Paddington
Sister venues The Prince and Pergola Paddington have teamed up with Guinness to put on St Pat’s parties with live music, DJs food specials and Guinness giveaways. There’s also a new cocktail in both venues to mark the occasion. So why not raise a glass of Pot of Gold – whiskey, lemon and mint, served with edible gold flakes in honour of the day. Booking recommended
Date: March 17
Address: Pergola Paddington: 4 Kingdom Street, W2 6PY 
The Prince: 14 Lillie Road, SW6 1TT
Website: pergolapaddington.com; theprincelondon.com

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2 The Piano Works, West End
Put on your hats, wigs and brightest greens for this St Patrick’s celebration at The Piano Works. Not only can you request all your favourite Irish music, from The Pogues to the Dropkick Murphys, U2 or BG*Witched, but for those who dress up, an arrival drink is your on the house. There’s plenty of prizes to won as well as heaps of festive spirit.
Date: March 17; 5pm-1am
Address: 113-117 Farringdon Road, WC2H 7DH
Website: pianoworks.bar

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3 Brigadiers, City
With a special feasting menu, a Guinness butler service offering free-flowing Guinness or Black Velvet cocktails and flights of Irish whiskey available, St Pats day at Indian barbeque restaurant Brigadiers will be full of fun and feasting. A live ceilidh band will play through the night, and there will be whiskey cocktails too.
Date: March 17
Address: 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade,EC4N 8AR
Website: brigadierslondon.com

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4 Skylight Tobacco Dock & Peckham
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with panoramic views of London. Both Skylight venues will have Guinness on tap along with creative Jameson cocktails, dancing and DJ sets. Also, each ticket is your entry into a draw to win a Pub Pod experience at the London Eye, as well as a trip for two to Dublin.
Date: March 17; from 6pm
Tickets: £10
Address: Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane E1W 2SF
Theatre Walk, 120 Peckham Hill Street SE15 5JT
Website: skylightbars.com

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5 St Patrick’s Parade 2022
The annual parade is back with the theme of coming back together, starting at Hyde Park Corner and snaking its way through the city to Trafalgar Square. Now in its 19th year, it is expected more than 50,000 will turn up to enjoy the pageantry, marching bands and dance troupes. At Trafalgar square the Irish celebrations continue, in partnership with the London Irish Centre, where you can expect family concerts, storytelling. And if that’s not enough, there’ll also be events happening across London all weekend. Expect everything from busking on the Underground to a three-day film festival by Irish Film London.
Date: Sunday March 13
Time: 12pm-6pm
Address: Trafalgar Square, Westminster WC2N 5DN

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6 St Patrick’s Day Dinners at Allegra, Stratford
Irish chef Patrick Powell is hosting two dinners in celebration of St Patrick at his Stratford restaurant Allegra. Expect an traditional Irish feast spread over seven courses – fried crubeens and mustard, leite faói chupoig (porridge grilled over peat with smoked mackerel broth) and boiled ham with cabbage, blood pudding, white sauce and colcannon for example. Cocktails such as the whiskey-based Irish tea and shamrock shake, as well as the Guinness-based purple velvet will be available as well, to wash everything down.
Date: Wednesday & Thursday March 9-10
Cost: £68 pp 
Address: Manhattan Loft Gardens, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 20 International Way E20 1FD
Website: allegra-restaurant.com

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7 London Eye, Bankside
Teaming up with Jameson, London Eye is turning its much-loved pub pod into an Irish bar that offers an unparalleled view of London. Guests can enjoy a game of darts in a cosy, traditional pub rotating 443-feet above the capital and kitted out with dark green accents and wooden barrel decor. A range of drinks will be available, including beers, wine and Jameson-based cocktails.
Date: Until June 5
Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, London SE1 7PB 
Website: londoneye.com

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8 The Feast of St Patrick, Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
Chef Richard Corrigan and the Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill team have created a six-course menu for St Pat’s that celebrates the finest Irish produce. Dishes include Carlingford oysters with crispy Crubbeen & mustard; cockle and mussel chowder and honey roast collar of bacon. 
Date: March 17
Cost: £90 pp 
Address: 11-15 Swallow Street W1B 4BG
Website: bentleys.org

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9 The George, Fitzrovia
On Sunday, March 13, the recently opened pub will have a live Irish band playing The Dubliners, the Pogues and Van Morrison in the afternoon, to coincide with the return of London’s St Patrick’s Day Parade. On top of this, there will be limited edition specials – oxtail croquettes with wild garlic mayonnaise; and beef and Guinness hot pot with buttered hispi cabbage on the side, as well as an Irish Sunday Roast Special and cocktails made with whiskey and Guinness.
Date: Sunday March 13
Time: Band playing 3pm-6pm
Address: 55 Great Portland Street, W1W 7LQ
Website: thegeorge.london

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