St Patrick, probably history’s most successful pest control operative, will be celebrated this weekend with all the drunken vigour that he deserves. This human Rentokill ridded the Emerald Isle of its snake problem back in the 5th century, and was rightly patron-sainted for his efforts, which is why Ireland will drop everything and head to the pub this Saturday to celebrate him. And so can you, as London will be doing likewise. Here’s some ideas…
Champagne and treacle and Guiness tart
The grand don of the Irish ‘Murphia’ in London, Richard Corrigan, will be leading the charge into St Patrick’s day. All guests to this eponymous Mayfair restaurant will be able to toast St Patrick with a Midleton Champagne cocktail, which mixes Midleton Very Rare premium Irish Whisky with Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs. For those maybe unwilling to stretch to the £45 Midleton Champagne cocktail fear not, Corrigan has preparted some of his favourite Irish classics for the menu, like the collar of bacon with truffle and cabbage, his crispy crubeens with beetroot and horseradish and a delicious treacle and Guinness tart with whiskey cream.
Where: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7EH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
Full English vs Full Irish
Who eats it better? Borough Market’s Roast will be putting the Full English and the Full Irish head-to-head this weekend. Not only will Ireland and England be taking each other on on the pitch (it’s the Six Nations). Expect potatoes and Guinness to take on the might of sausage and Camden Hells.
Trim & Tonic
“A ‘Trim and Tonic’ please waiter, I mean barber”. Irish owned Bloomsbury Club Bar has partnered up Irish artisan distillers, The Dingle Distillery, to devise their ‘Trim and Tonic’ barbershop pop-up and ‘St. Patrick’s Soirée’. The world’s oldest barbershop, Truefitt & Hill, will host the event over St Patrick’s Day and offer mens’ grooming along with a complimentary Dingle Original gin and tonic. What’s more, if you to get them looking dapper ahead of the evening’s sophisticated shenanigans.
Can't Dance, Will Ceilidh
To The Piano Works where guests will be invited for a ‘Can’t Dance Ceilidh’ party. The fiddle-led event will see you don hats, wigs and green for a fun round of dancing, before the DJ takes over and things really kick off. There’s even a glitter workshop onsite! Guaranteed to see you finding glitter literally all over your house and throughout your clothes for the next fortnight, and absolutely worth it.
Where: 113-117 Farringdon Road, corner of Ray St Farringdon, London, EC1R 3BX
Nearest station: Farringdon (London) (0.2 miles)
Guiness And Oysters
You’re in (Irish) luck if you pop to Wright Brothers this Saturday; the renowned seafood restaurant will be offering an a St Patrick’s Day special when two guests order a selection platter of a dozen oysters, Wright Brothers will treat diners to a pint of Guinness each, on the house. Available at all Wright Brothers restaurants this Friday.
Where: Kingly Court, 13 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PW, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.4 miles)
That ancient of Irish sports, ten pin bowling, will see itself ‘Irished’ with the inclusion of a comforting pot pie stuffed with braised ox cheek and Guinness! Helpfully doubling as a nod to pie week too, this is the perfect low-key way to celebrate St Patrick’s day.
Rugby And Beer: Perfect Combo
The epitome of Irish brands, Guinness, will be hosting a Six Nations and St Patrick’s Day party at Hawker House on Saturday. Heralding the lucky coincidence of the match falling on the same day as St Patrick’s they’ll be hosting a big live-screening event to celebrate. Bring on the pints, and the rugby.
Eccentric And Fun
The truly idiosyncratic Mr Fogg’s Tavern will be putting on a spectacle this Saturday with a ‘craic-ing’ (their pun, not ours) evening of Irish libations. There’ll be a traditional Irish band, two special tipples from Slane Irish whiskey and and an evening of gusty celebration. Expect a lot of green and a lot of eccentricity.
Irish Heritage In Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green’s Sun Tavern will be celebrating with a weekend-long celebration to hark back to its Irish roots. With one of London’s largest selections of Irish Whiskey in London, The Sun are noted for championing Ireland’s notorious spirit, poitín (pronounced ‘po-cheen’). Progressive Irish whiskey distillery, Teeling, will also be on hand to produce three special cocktails, only available on St Patrick’s Day. If that wasn’t enough, Oyster Boy will also be in attendance, hand shucking complimentary oysters to add an East London touch to the Irish revelry.
The Perfect Spots
Wish ‘céad míle fáilte’ to your friends and colleagues thanks to Montague On The Garden’s Chef Martin Halls. Specially for St Patrick’s day he will be preparing a selection of traditional Irish dishes, including Irish stew and fresh smoked salmon at the Leopard Bar at this Bloomsbury hotel.