Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick the patron saint of Ireland. Each year, thousands of partygoers wearing Irish green and Guinness hats descend on London for St Patrick’s Day. Countless people soak up the luck of the Irish as they turn the capital green on March 17. It’s not a public holiday in England, London pulls out all the stops for St Patrick’s Day each year. This year celebrations start from 13th March -15th March, the weekend before. I have listed a few of the exciting things happening that weekend and where best to go.
Location: Piccadilly Circus
Now if you want to celebrate St Patrick’s day , you can’t miss out on the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade! The procession sets off at midday from Piccadilly and makes its way along a 1.5-mile route, passing some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Whitehall and finishing in Trafalgar Square where the festival is staged. Be amazed by the flamboyant pageantry, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools all taking part.
Location: Trafalgar Square, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
Join the St Patrick’s Day Festival, which takes place in Trafalgar Square, between 12pm and 6pm, on the Sunday 15th March. Watch St Patrick’s Day performances by well-known Irish acts, rising stars and special guests. Then, browse craft stalls, and tuck into traditional and modern Irish food from the market. There is also usually a family zone on Pall Mall East, hosting an array of free child-friendly entertainment, workshops and activities.
Location: 7-38 Great Marlborough Street, London, Greater London, W1F 7JF
Stuck for a place to celebrate Patrick’s Day after the St Patrick’s Day Parade in London? Then pull out your favourite green t-shirt, Guinness hat and get ready for the best St Paddy’s Day party from Friday 13th to Tuesday 17th March 2020 at O’Neill’s Carnaby Street. Offering a whole week of fun with live music, fancy dress and deals of food and drinks O’Neil Irish pub has you covered. Be sure to check out their website for more details.
Location: 14-16 Rupert Street, London. W1D 6DD
After you finish celebrating the parade receive a warm Irish welcome at Waxy O’Connor’s, one of London’s biggest and best Irish bar. Waxy O’Connor’s is a labyrinth of 4 unique bars over 6 levels, each with its own atmosphere and personality. Its named after the famous candle maker from Dublin, Waxy’s offers an extensive range of beers, spirits and whiskeys and with live music four nights a week, including Irish trad sessions, you couldn’t ask for a livelier atmosphere to celebrate St Paddy’s day!
Location:The Porterhouse Covent Garden,21 – 22 Maiden Lane,London WC2E 7NA
Probably one of the biggest Irish pubs in London, with three different levels and outside terrace, The Porterhouse in Covent Garden is well-known for its large range of beers, stouts, ales and porters, all lovingly brewed in Dublin and exported to London. Beyond its home-brewed fare, the Irish bar’s serves up a range of whiskeys at the Dingle Whiskey Bar on the first floor. You can also find live music in the basement bar on Sunday afternoons after filling up on a great value Sunday lunch or if you’re in the mood for cocktails then head to their cocktail bar.
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