With St Patrick’s Day soon upon us, many pubs and bars across London will be marking the occasion.
On the 17th March, the city will come together to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, with some venues even starting the party a few days early.
Whether you’re after some Irish dancing, a few pints of Guinness or a classic Irish stew, we’ve rounded up a few of the best places for St Patrick’s Day London celebrations.
The Crown and Shuttle and The Water Poet, Shoreditch
The Crown and Shuttle, 226 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ
The Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate Street, E1 6BX
This week they’ve already hosted an Irish-themed quiz and an Irish gin and tonic masterclass at Filthy O’Fanny’s with the Glendalough Wild Irish Botanical Gin company.
It wouldn’t be a party without a tune or two, and both pubs will be showcasing some fantastic Irish music to help you celebrate. Be sure to put on your dancing shoes!
On Sunday 17th March, head to the garden at the Water Poet between 2pm and 4pm to hear the tones of Irish trio Banish Misfortune, before heading over to the Crown and Shuttle at 4pm where the Sean Brady Band will be guiding you through your Paddy’s Day knees up with fiddles and flutes.
If you need to line your stomach, the Water Poet will be serving up hearty Irish breakfasts on Saturday 16th March and a roast on Sunday – we love a good Sunday roast!
If you’re after something a little more relaxed, the Crown and Shuttle will be offering Irish burgers, stew and and pies from the food truck.
Boisdale, Canary Wharf
Boisdale, Cabot Place, E14 4QT
Scottish hangout Boisdale will be providing plenty of St Patrick’s Day action a day early this year, on Saturday 16th March.
This lively restaurant and music bar will be serving up a special menu showcasing some of Ireland’s finest delicacies, from pickled Galway herrings to Irish potato and leek soup. Here you can devour two courses for £29.50 – making it the perfect place for St Patrick’s Day London celebrations if you fancy some good food and a catch up with friends first.
The Six Nations will be screened here too, meaning you can get your rugby fix before the evening celebrations begin. Irish duo Acoustica will be performing both traditional and contemporary tunes out on the terrace, where you can party the night away.
The Sun Tavern, Bethnal Green
The Sun Tavern, 441 Bethnal Green Road, E2 OAN
If you’re hoping to raise a glass or two on the 17th March, the Sun Tavern boasts an impressive selection of Irish whiskies and is always a popular spot for St Patrick’s Day London celebrations.
To mark the occasion, The Sun Tavern will be offering a Slane whiskey cocktail menu, especially designed for St Patrick’s Day. To top it off Columbia Road’s Oyster Boy will be handing out complimentary oysters too.
This is also the place to be if you’re planning to boogie, with a Ceilidh band playing in the afternoon before the iconic Suggs from Madness takes to the decks with a set that really promises to get the party started.
Oceanair House, 762 High Rd Leytonstone, London E11 3AW
The countdown to St Patrick’s Day has already begun at O’Neills in Leytonstone! Not content with one day of celebrations, O’Neill’s (or the ‘home of St Pats’) have a full week’s worth of partying planned to mark the occasion.
Whether it’s a post-work Guinness, a barrel back whiskey shot or an Irish breakfast to nurse the inevitable hangover, there’s something for everyone at this popular watering hole.
On St Patrick’s Day itself, you can expect live music and great drinks offers. Fancy dress is encouraged, so dig out your Guinness hat or green wig as you raise a glass to the patron saint.
The Parlour, Canary Wharf
The Parlour, The Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square Park, E14 5FW
Much like Boisdale, The Parlour will be celebrating Patrick’s Day on Saturday 16th March.
They’ve partnered up with Jameson Irish whiskey to bring you plenty of delightful drams this year, so whether you’re after a traditional Irish coffee or a Jameson’s Martini, you’ll find plenty to choose from.
As with many bars and pubs this St Patrick’s Day in London, the Parlour will be screening the rugby on Saturday 16th March in the bar.
St Patrick’s Day London parade
If you’re looking for a little community spirit on Saint Patrick’s Day, London is throwing its annual parade on Sunday 17th March.
Now in its 17th year the parade works its way from Green Park to Trafalgar Square, combining community organisations with professional pageantry. Head to one of the bars listed above afterwards if you want to squeeze the most out of the day.
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