Looking for the best St Patrick’s Day celebrations in London for 2019? We’ve got the craic on the best events…
Have a taste of Northern Ireland at London’s iconic Borough Market, where a nine-day pop-up will showcase the best of Irish cuisine. Guest traders will set up shop in Market Hall from 13-23 March, from cheese collective Indie Fude to award-winning Millbay Oysters. Visitors can watch soda and potato breads being made from scratch by Mark Douglas, known as the Krazi Baker, before enjoying a slice fresh from the griddle with a dollop of local butter. On St Patrick’s Day itself a big celebration will be taking place at the market, with activities for all the family including cookery demos, live entertainment, story telling, face painting and Irish dancing. 13-23 March
What better way to get into the Irish spirit than with bottomless Guinness? FEST Camden are inviting visitors to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a three-course Irish brunch alongside bottomless Guinness and Bloody Marys. Expect much heartier dishes than your usual avo-on-toast: food offerings include Irish sausages and colcannon, steak and Guinness pie, and a chocolate brownie with Baileys whipped cream to finish. £35pp
St Patricks Day Parade and Festival
Celebrate along with 125,000 others as London turns green this weekend. Expect flamboyant costumes, gloats, marching bands and dancing at the St Patrick’s Day parade, which runs through Haymarket, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall on Sunday.
Irish Supper Club
If you’re keen to kick the festivities off early, the Irish Supper Club on Thursday is the perfect way to ease yourself into it all. The one-night-only event is courtesy of beloved Irish black pudding brand Clonakility and will be hosted by Irish food writer and woman behind the popular blog, Niamh Shields, alongside chef Milli Taylor. Food often takes a backseat to booze on St Patrick’s Day but the supper club’s five-course-Irish-themed menu is the main attraction of the night.
Spare yourself the Monday hangover and celebrate a day early at ping-pong bar Bounce, where the Ireland vs France Six Nations game will be shown on Saturday. Kick things off some Guinness before partying into the early hours with an Irish soundtrack, whiskey cocktails and all things green. 16 March
Head underground to 1940s bar Cahoots for a Celtic-inspired knees up, complete with Irish cocktails and tunes. All day Sunday 17 March, live music from 9-11pm
Irish Film Festival
A celebration of Irish Film and Animation, now in its eighth year, presents the latest and greatest in Irish film to a London audience. Director Q&A sessions, workshops, performances and exhibitions will be taking place alongside premiere screenings at Regent Street Cinema. 15-17 March
The Lost Lagoon
As the leading experts in multi-sensory experience design, Bompass & Parr are known for absurdist ideas and expert execution, so we would expect nothing less from them than a glowing, flowing fluorescent green lagoon to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. In collaboration with Captain Morgan rum (how appropriate) Bompas & Parr invite you on a nautical adventure to a subterranean paradise: The Lost Lagoon. Equal parts immersive theatre and alcohol-induced adventure, buccaneers navigate their boats on a story inspired by Captain Henry Morgan’s world which naturally ends at an island party palace where rum is flowing and luaus are donned. The dress code is described as Neo-Tiki, enough said.
Music, dance and comedy performances will be taking place at Wembley’s Boxpark this Sunday in a celebration of all things Irish. Bring along the family to Wembley Park to start the day at 4pm with traditional Irish band “The Shipsters” and try your hand at some Ceilidh-style dancing. Between face painting, balloon artists and lots (and lots) of food, be sure to check out The Beat Box Stage where an array of Irish stand-up comedians will be cracking smiles and inducing belly laughs.
The Sun Tavern
Home to one of the largest selections of Irish Whisky in London, The Sun Tavern will be teaming up with to create several specialist cocktails. You’ll be sure to need some food to wash all of that alcohol down with, so it’s a good job Cèilidh band has been called in especially to hand out complimentary oysters all day.
Mr Fogg’s Tavern
Mr Fogg’s Tavern will be serving a special whisky-based cocktail menu alongside some fine Irish grub, including lamb shepherd’s pie and colcannon with potatoes and kale. While you’re there, you must try their special green Paddy’s Lager, a green beer made using Mr Fogg’s house lager.
Guinness and rugby; it’s a match made in heaven, and one that’s particularly enjoyable on St Patty’s Day. Luckily Brigadiers is the home to both on its “Big Guinness Weekender”. As a precursor to the big day, devour the three course Match Day Menu while watching the final Six Nations Rugby matches in the Blighters Bar on the Saturday. Come Sunday, Brigadiers will be throwing the ultimate St Patrick’s Day bash with live Irish folk music, a Sunday roast (with a signature Indian twist), a spot of live-streamed football and of course, a brilliantly rowdy atmosphere – plenty of Guinness to chase all that whisky.