If anyone knows how to party, it’s the Irish. So get in touch with your heritage this weekend, or just join the shamrock-coated crowds of revelers, as they celebrate St Paddy’s day in style! We’ve prepared a line up of this weekend’s top activities around London to help you celebrate.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
Follow the sea of green this Sunday starting at Piccadilly, along Lower Regent Street and Pall Mall, in the direction of Trafalgar Square where a mix of all things Irish awaits. From traditional and contemporary music to comedy and film, and of course, an Irish feast.
Location: Parade sets off from Piccadilly. Festival based in Trafalgar Square
When: Sunday 17th March, Parade embarks at 12noon, Festival from 12 noon till 6pm
Irish House St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Special
Following its success during the London Olympic Games, The Irish House returns to the Kings Cross Big Chill for a celebratory weekend special. With an extensive programme that boasts full coverage of the rugby, live traditional music, Irish dancers, Jameson cocktails, a Secret Room and roof terrace, the Irish House will no doubt be the place to party this weekend.
Location: Big Chill House Kings Cross, N1 9NL
When: 16th and 17th March, 11am till late
St Patrick’s Day at Waxy O’Connors
Don your little green hats for the ultimate Paddy celebration at one of London’s biggest Irish pubs. Expect plenty of good craic.
Location: 14-16 Rupert Street, W1D 6DD
Cost: Free entry!
When: Sunday 17th March, 11am till late
St. Patrick’s Day at Roof Gardens
DJ sets, a barbecue, special drinks and Irish flavoured entertainment (Italy v Ireland KO @ 2.30) from 100ft above Kensington High Street.
Location: 99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA
Cost: Tickets £15 inc. a beer & burger
When: Saturday 16th March, 12pm-8pm
The Drunk Show
Playing on the spirit of the Irish, a group of comics begin their sets stone cold sober, and repeat them drunk. Putting test to whether things really are funnier after a few pints. What’s not to love?
Location: Sports Bar & Grill Marylebone, Melcombe Place, NW11 6JJ
Cost: Tickets from £15
When: Saturday 16th March, 8.30pm
Had a quieter weekend in mind? Pay tribute to Ireland’s patron saint from the comfort of your own home, with a tinnie or two of Guinness, settle down to The Commitments. A 1991 film adaption of Roddy Doyle’s novel, telling the tale of a group of working class Dubliners’ quest to form a soul band.