Saint Patrick’s Day in London
Although Saint Patrick’s is not a public holiday, every closest to 17th March weekend in London marks celebration with various events and activities every year. The lively Irish celebration of one of its patron saints is always worth to be witnessed, so do not miss this year’s celebration. It will take place from March 17th to March 19th. Saint Patrick’s Day Festivals and Parade are planned to be held on March 19th.
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Take part in the 15th edition of London’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on March 19. It will begin at Piccadilly and will continue 1.5-miles down. The route will include passing such iconic places of London as Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.
Each year Saint Patrick’s Day Parade attracts more than 150,000 people, so it is a must see for all those who love tumultuous celebrations. Here you will be able to listen to the best of Irish music and songs, see national dances or even to participate in one and get a better understanding of Irish culture and arts.
The parade is dedicated to all the Irishness who live in London and beyond and rich Irish culture. The theme of 2017 parade is ‘World of Dance’, so you can be absolutely sure that the show will include a lot of traditional and modern Irish dances. Some dancing schools will take part in the parade, as well as marching bands that came to participate from all across the UK. Saint Patrick’s Day Parade promises to rock the city, so come and enjoy!
Saint Patrick’s Day Festival
This year will see the largest celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day ever been held in the city. It will be organized by Mayor Sadiq Khan who pledged to make this year’s show the most impressive celebration of Irish talents and culture. Londoners and visitors to the capital will gather to enjoy the festival and to celebrate the contribution Irish people made for the city of London for hundreds of years.
The Parade’s Grand Marshal this year will be comedian Dara Ó Briain, who will begin the festival at Green Park on Sunday, March 19. The procession of artists will walk in the direction of Whitehall with marching bands, dances, music and magnificent pageantry.
London’s Top 5 Entertainments on Saint Patrick’s Day
WHAT: Irish Walking Tours
WHEN: March 17 – March 19, 2017
Three Irish walking tours are planned to be held on Saint Patrick’s holidays, starting from March 17 to March 19. The first one, ‘Terrible Beauty’, will be held on March 17 at 2 pm. The tour will include a walk from Trafalgar square to Whitehall while exploring the impact Irish people made to the city. If you want to take part, see you the South Side of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square on Friday.
The second tour, ‘Where the String Broke’, will be held on March 18, at 2 pm. It will tell the story of Camden as Irish capital.
The third tour, ‘The Emerald City’, will be held on March 19, at 2 pm and will show you Irish landmarks starting from Fleet Street to Covent Garden. If you want to take part, meet at the main steps of St Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday.
WHAT: Father Ted-a-thon: St Patrick’s Day Special
WHERE: 21- 25 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction, London
WHEN: March 17, 2017
Father Ted-A-Thon St Patrick’s Day Special at The Grand is an ideal place to come if you want to have some fun and see a bright show. It will include the screening of three episodes voted by the public and a competition between lovely girls. Furthermore, there will be prizes for the best costume, so make sure you are ready to rock this party!
WHAT: Boondocks Cinema Club – Gangs of New York
WHERE: Boondocks, 205 City Road, London
WHEN: March 17, 2017
For all the cinemaholics there is a London Book and Screen Festival with a screening of ‘Gangs of New York’ on Friday evening. So if you want to celebrate St Patrick’s with a perfect mustache of Daniel Day-Lewis, tasting some food and watching a bloody-knuckled illustration of Irish immigration to America directed by genius Martin Scorsese, consider coming to the Boondocks.
WHAT: 40 Shades of Green
WHERE: 40ft Brewery, Abbot Street Car Park, London
WHEN: March 18, 2017
If you want to try some tasty food and drinks and to combine it with dancing, there is no better place for you than 40ft Brewery on Saint Patrick’s Day. An Irish assembly turned into a mini taste festival will include such special treats as Gaelic cuisine and Poitín cocktail. You can be absolutely sure; the cocktail will turn your hair green!
WHAT: St. Patrick’s Day the American way!
WHERE: 147 Leadenhall Street, London
WHEN: March 17, 2017
Make St. Patrick’s Day great again with a lot of Guinness, dances, and fun. Come to Steam and Rye to witness one of the noisiest parties ever. You can book a space or just come to dance at the bar. Anyways, do not miss a chance to buy 1 Guinness and get 1 free until 7 pm. But do not worry: for all those who come after 7 pm, there is a 50% discount on cocktails and beer just for £4.50!
PRICE: From £10