St Patrick's Day isn't a bank holiday in London but you'd think it was, given the amount of partying that goes on. 17 March is the day thousands of Londoners remember they've got a tiny bit of Irish blood flowing through their veins, don fluffy green top hats and declare their love for a certain brand of stout. Here's where to go for St Patrick's Day 2022 in London.
London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival 2022
Following the cancellations of the last two St Patrick's Day celebrations in London, the St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival are back.
The parade winds its way through London's streets from Green Park to Trafalgar Square, with Irish bands, dancers and pageantry making up the procession. In Trafalgar Square itself, the festival consists of concerts, storytelling, films, games, face painting, workshops and food and drinks stalls, making for a very family-friendly event.
St Patrick's Day Festival and Parade, 13 March 2022, 12pm-6pm.
Irish Pub Pod on the London Eye
The London Eye has transformed one of its pods into an 'Irish pub', allowing you to sip Jameson whiskey and craft beer while enjoying heady views of the city. The pub's up and running already, and last orders isn't till early June.
London Eye Pub Pod experience, £57.50 pp, including two drinks and fast track entry, until 5 June
St Patrick's Day Comedy
Live at the Palladium star Jarlath Regan, and Irish comedians Conor Drum, Kevin O'Connell, Vittorio Angelone are on the line-up at St Patrick's Day Comedy at Covent Garden Studios. Rory O'Hanlon MCs the event.
St Patrick's Day Comedy, Covent Garden Studios. From £20, 17 March 2022.
St Patrick's Day Cabaret Show & Dinner
Theatrical cellar bar Phoenix Arts Club hosts a night of cabaret, comedy and cuisine, featuring West End Musical Star Alison Arnopp, Irish burlesque bombshell Charlie Bouquett, funnyman Rory O'Hanlon, and Irish Caribbean drag artiste Romeo De La Cruz. It's hosted by Connie Lingus (uh huh) and comes with a three-course menu including slow cooked Guinness beef stew and Chocolate porter pudding (a vegan menu is available).
St Patrick's Day Cabaret Show & Dinner, Phoenix Arts Club, from £55, 17 March 2022, 6.30pm.
St Patrick's Day at Truman's Social Club
The cavernous beer hall at Truman's social club in Walthamstow is getting into the spirit, serving up Irish beers (hooray, not just Guinness!), live Irish music and the traditional comfort food that is coddle (we remember Bourdain going gaga for this on a trip to Dublin).
St Patrick's Day, Truman's Social Club, free entry, 17 March 2022, 7.30pm-11.55pm
It's Always Sunny On St Paddy's Night
As has become a 17 March tradition, the Brixton Windmill pub transforms into Paddy's Bar from the sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Garish green decs, Irish dancing and live music, plus free-flowing Guinness, are promised. (Don't hold out your hopes that Danny DeVito will show up though.) This event tends to sell out, so be quick to nab your ticket.
It's Always Sunny On St Paddy's Night, Brixton Windmill. £6, 17 March 2022, 8pm.
St Patrick's Day 2022 at Boxpark
Both the Croydon and Wembley Boxparks each host two St Patrick's Day events — Shamrock Sessions and Friday Feelings. Both events are live music nights, with Shakeout and Blag each taking a night in Croydon, and Barn Storm headlining both nights at Wembley, all offering a repertoire of traditional Irish songs.
Alongside the music, both venues offer free face painting, and have food and drink traders open all evening to keep you well fuelled for jigging your way home.
17-18 March 2022
Big Charity Céilí!
Believe it or not, March is a busy month for London Irish Centre — although many events appear to have already sold out. At the time of writing, you can still slip on your dancing shoes to take part in the Big Charity Céilí! — hosted by cabaret star Mark T Cox, with music by Louise O'Connor and Celtic Dance Party. Sounds like good craic, and, as the name suggests, it's all for a good cause.
Big Charity Céilí!, Islington Assembly Hall, £20, 18 March 2022, 7.30pm.
Midnight Apothecary St Patrick's Day special
'Secret' garden cocktail bar The Midnight Apothecary holds a special St Patrick's opening. Enjoy hot toddies laced with Irish whiskey as you gather around the warming fire pit, either in the candlelit rooftop garden or on the ground floor terrace. Many of the ingredients for the bar's cocktails are foraged from the garden or the area nearby, and there's a chance to descend into the tunnel shaft as part of your evening. Though there's no food available on site, you're welcome to order food deliveries to the venue.
Midnight Apothecary St Patrick's Day special at Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe. £18-£20, 18 March 2022.
Club de Fromage St Patrick's Day party
Cheesy disco club night Club de Fromage throws a St Patrick's special, where green clothing is practically mandatory, stout is the order of the night, and Irish bands are the soundtrack. Dance the night away to the likes of Westlife, Boyzone, B*Witched, The Corrs, U2, The Pogues and Jedward, interspersed with the usual Club de Fromage pop, rock, indie, disco, classic dance and R&B classics. We're also promised confetti cannons, sing alongs and balloons, to ensure the night goes off with a bang.
Club de Fromage St Patrick's Day party at Islington Academy. From £7, 20 March 2022.
London Irish St Patrick's Party Festival
The celebrations continue long into March thanks to rugby team London Irish's St Patrick's Party Festival. Festivities are centred around the 3pm fixture against Northampton Saints; but pre- and post match [exact times TBC], you can get stuck into festive food and drink from vendors in the pop-up 'village', with live music and entertainment including dodgems, a giant inflatable obstacle course and rodeo rugby ball.
London Irish St Patrick's Party Festival, Brentford Community Stadium, from £25 adults and £10 kids (including match), 26 March 2022.
Other St Patrick's Day events in London:
IRISH POETRY: Tea House Theatre Resident Artist Alain English hosts a literary whistle-stop tour through some of the best Irish poets. 17 March 2022.
WHISKEY TASTING: It't not all about the black stuff, as this whiskey tasting at Sydenham's Ignition Brewery proves. Sip your way through five samples of small batch and limited edition Irish whiskies, with a side of snacks and good craic. 17 March 2022.
ST PADDY'S ON AN ISLAND: Dress up in your greenest attire and catch the boat over to Ravens Ait in south west London for gallons of Guinness, an Irish buffet and a Paddy's day quiz. The best dressed table gets a £25 bar tab. 17 March 2022.
ST PATRICK'S DAY RUN: If your idea of celebrating is going for a run, you're in luck — the London St Patrick's Day run is back, following a 5k route around Hyde Park, before going on to a social at an Irish-themed bar. 19 March 2022.
ST PATRICKS' SHOWDOWN: Ireland's produced one or two good boxers in its time; Clapham Grand celebrates the pugilistic sport by hosting a whole afternoon and evening of fights, with a ring put in the middle of its spectacular theatre space. 20 March 2022.
Irish pubs and bars in London for St Patrick's Day
If you're just looking for somewhere to kick back with a pint of Guinness, hit up one of London's best Irish pubs. Don't go in expecting a quiet pint this weekend though — all of London's pubs, bars and venues with links to the Emerald Isle will be rammed over St Paddy's Day. Makes for good craic though.