Irish people have spread everywhere. And the 17th of March marks our global celebration of the patron saint who rid the motherland of snakes. St Patrick’s Day falls on the weekend this year, which means event though there’s no bank holiday, there’s no excuse not to have a Guinness or five. If you haven’t sorted your plans yet, we’ve rounded up the places to don your greenest attire and raise a glass to the Irish.

From whiskey cocktails, free-flowing Guinness, and trad music sessions at an Irish pub, to something more refined, here are the St Patrick’s Day events in London to book for 2024 and celebrate with your Irish pals.

Head into The St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Like every year, the traditional parade takes place in travelling from Hyde Park Corner to Trafalgar Square, where you’ll find the best of Irish arts, culture, food, music to enjoy, and more. 

This year the Grand Marshal is none other than drag queen icon Panti Bliss, while star chef Anna Haugh of Myrtle will be running food demos.

Where: All around London
when: 17.03.2024

Irish Dining at Corrigan’s Mayfair

Richard Corrigan is famous for throwing a proper party, and this year at Corrigan’s is no different.

Enjoy a menu of the finest Irish fare designed by Chef Corrigan himself – they’ll have the usual Guinness pouring, rare Irish Whiskies from Richard’s collection on the list, as well as a menu full of seasonal Irish specialities. 

Where: 28 Upper Grosvenor St, London W1K 7EH

Try a special Patrick’s Day Cocktail

Punch Room at EDITION London offers their Northern Lights cocktail, its green hue nods to Irish and With the option to enjoy this cocktail with up to 8 people, it’s great for those looking for a destination to go with friends to toast to the occasion.

Where: 10 Berners St, London W1T 3NP

Hop on this Jameson bus tour

Guinness might be our most well-known alcoholic export, but Jameson whiskey is a very close second. This Patrick’s Day they will host a bus tour throughout East London.

On Saturday 16 March, Irish comic and Jameson brand ambassador Aisling Bea will welcome passengers onboard and give a safety briefing on the double-decker bus, which is decorated in Jameson imagery and fitted with a bar where guests can enjoy Jameson, ginger and lime cocktails.

Head to a live music session

The live music session is a crucial pillar of Irish culture, and while more difficult this side of the Irish Sea, you can still find some gems in London.

We suggest heading to Skehans, the legendary Irish pub in Nunhead, where great musicians play live folk music every Sunday. Seeing as Patrick’s Day is one a Sunday this year, it’s shaping up to be an especially great event.

WHERE: 1 Kitto Rd, London SE14 5TW

Lunch at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill

One of London’s premier Irish dining experiences, Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill is the place to spend a refined St Patrick’s Day. They’ll have a host of Irish specials on the menu alongside plenty of perfectly poured Guinness, rare Irish whiskeys, and live Irish Trad music throughout the week.

Here’s an insider tip: pairing Native Oysters with Guinness creates a match made in heaven. The briny, crisp oysters are perfectly complimented by a smooth Guinness. 

Where: 11-15 Swallow St, London W1B 4DG

Head to One of London’s Best Irish Pubs

Any successful St. Patrick’s Day is bound to feature a pub crawl. Whether you fancy a Guinness, live Irish bands, or endless shots of whiskey, an Irish pub is where you’ll find the craic all year round.

To get you started, check out some of our favourite Irish pubs in London, from the Auld Shillelagh in Stoke Newington to The Toucan in Soho.

…Book a flight to Ireland

Let’s be real, try as you might there’s nowhere to celebrate quite like Ireland (maybe America, they really like Patrick’s Day over there). The biggest parades take place in Dublin and Belfast – and best of all it’s a Bank Holiday, so the Sunday date won’t hold back anyone from fully embracing the spirit. Sláinte!

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