Where To Celebrate St Patrick's Day 2024 In London

Where To Celebrate St Patrick's Day 2024 In London
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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 and what to do for St Patrick's Day 2024 in London — it's a Sunday this year.

London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival 2024

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The free St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival are back for 2024. 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 live music, dancing, and other family-friendly entertainment with an Irish theme.

St Patrick's Day Festival and Parade, 17 March 2024, 12pm-6pm.

St Patrick's Day 2024 events in London

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FESTIVAL PARTY: The London Irish Centre in Camden is the obvious place to go year-round for Irish culture in the capital, with a regular programme of live music and comedy. It kicks off its St Patrick's events with a Big St Patrick's Festival Party, headlined by trad fusion band Jiggy. The Centre is also responsible for the entertainment shenanigans in Trafalgar Square on St Patrick's Day itself (details above). 16 March

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 the Horse and Groom pub where Guinness will be drunk (a pint is included in your ticket) and Six Nations will be watched. 16 March

CLUB DE FROMAGE: Regular cheesy disco night Club de Fromage gets an Irish makeover for its event on St Patrick's weekend. Alongside the usual pop, rock and disco tunes, you can sing and dance the night away to songs by Irish artists including Westlife, Boyzone, B*Witched, The Corrs, U2, and... Jedward. 16 March

MIDNIGHT APOTHECARY: Rotherhithe's rooftop cocktail bar The Midnight Apothecary once again holdsa special St Patrick's Day session. Sup on Irish whiskey hot toddies as you gather around a fire pit on the candlelit roof garden. Your ticket includes a guided tour of Brunel's underground Grand Entrance Hall, directly beneath the garden. 16 March

ST PATRICK'S PARTIES: Big Penny Social in Walthamstow has a weekend of St Patrick's parties. Saturday evening is for adults only, with live covers of Irish music, Irish dancing lessons and performances, a dedicated stout bar, and Taytos to soak it all up. Sunday is the St Patrick's Day Family Party, where dressing up is encouraged, plus live music and a family ceilidh. 16-17 March

ST PADDY'S CABARET: The Phoenix Arts Club hosts a St Patrick's Day cabaret show and dinner, putting the spotlight on Irish talent for the evening. Comedians, burlesque performers, West End stars, dancers and drag kings are all on the line-up, exact names TBC. The meal is a three-course Irish set menu. 17 March

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.

Last Updated 13 February 2024

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