Where To Celebrate St Patrick's Day 2016 In London

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 35 months ago
Where To Celebrate St Patrick's Day 2016 In London

On 17 March, London's Irish community — and tens of thousands of others in the city — celebrate St Patrick's Day. Here's where you can get involved in the fun.

If none of these take your fancy, we suggest installing yourself in one of London's best Irish pubs for the day.

Party at The Water Poet

London Irish Centre

The London Irish Centre, which supports Irish people living in London and promotes Irish arts and culture, is going big for St Paddy's Day. The fun begins with a family friendly evening of traditional Irish music, song and dance (free, 11 March).

On St Patrick's Day itself, pick from a tea dance, afternoon concert, Irish pub quiz or a St Patrick's Night dance with live band.

11-17 March. Check individual events for price and booking information.

St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival

Join the throng and descend on Trafalgar Square for a festival celebrating Irish culture.

The parade begins on Piccadilly at midday, making its way to Trafalgar Square, with London Irish sports clubs, dance schools and marching bands among the paraders.

Free, 13 March, 12pm-6pm

St Patrick's Day on Trafalgar Square

Irish short films

Head to Regent Street Cinema to watch a collection of Irish short films, classic and new, from the Emerald Isle. See work from directors including James Doherty, Brian Deane and Megan Devaney. Part of the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Festival (above).

Free, prebook, 13 March, 11.30am

Whisky 101

The Gallery in West Hampstead hosts an Irish-themed Whisky 101. Spend an evening sampling Dublin-based whiskey blends under the guidance of experts. Next up, sample beers from Northern Irish brewer McGrath’s, and round the evening off with canapé courses paired with each of the whiskies.

£15, prebook, 16 March, 7pm

Water Poet party

The Water Poet in Spitalfields hosts a St Patrick's Day party every year, and knows what it's doing by now.

Irish food products such as Carlingford rock oysters and Celtic classics like bacon and cabbage grace the food menu. Black Velvet Band play Irish tunes live in the garden, and craft beers from breweries across Ireland are available.

Free entry, 17 March, 12pm-11pm

Have a dance beneath the Cutty Sark. Photo by Nada Stankova in the Londonist Flickr pool

Crown and Shuttle

The Irish-owned Crown and Shuttle in Shoreditch is offering Irish craft beers and Irish whiskies all day, along with the obligatory Guinness. The day's food menu features Irish twists on classic dishes, and traditional tunes will be playing all day and into the night.

Free entry, 17 March, all day

St Paddy's Pub Crawl

The Shoreditch Pub Crawl gets a St Patrick's Day makeover for these three special editions. Play beer pong with a pitcher of Guinness and visit 4-5 pubs and clubs, with free St Patrick's Day accessories thrown in.

£15, prebook, 11/12/17 March

Cutty Sark Ceilidh

Do a jig or a reel underneath the hull of the Cutty Sark, with live music from the Cut A Shine Ceilidh Band. Tickets include a free shot of Cutty Sark whisky (even though it's Scottish), and refreshments are available to buy.

£25, prebook, 19 March, 7pm

Know of any other St Patrick's Day events going on in London? Tell us in the comments below.

Last Updated 09 March 2016