Annie, our new intern, found out what is happening in London on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Singing, dancing, a parade and a pint or two..
St. Patrick is the most well-known patron saint of Ireland. His death – today a cultural and religious celebration – is annually celebrated on 17 March. This year it is more likely to be celebrated on the Sunday before, meaning 15 March. Feel free to join in on Irish music, song, dance, Irish culture and arts and the Irish food market! Here are a few ideas of where to be in London:
Sunday, 15 March:
St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Stop by at Trafalgar Square and experience the Irish food market, music and dance on stage! It starts at midday and the entry is free!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Parade starts at midday at Piccadilly Circus and will go down to Trafalgar Square, Green Park and ends at Whitehall. Choose a good spot to watch marching bands, sport clubs, dancing schools and more!
St. Patrick’s Day Tea Dance
At Westminster Cathedral Hall you will be able to take part in a traditional Tea Dance. Anyone can join in for free from 2pm till 6pm. There will be live Irish music. Teas, coffees and cakes will be served throughout the afternoon. If you are interested, the next station is Victoria station.
Tuesday, 17 March:
St. Patrick’s Day Silent Disco
This is probably the highest event in Europe at The View from The Shard. Start the night at 8pm with a welcome drink before you go to Level 69 where DJs will play their selection of music including Irish music. Make sure to buy a ticket ahead of time for approx. £ 40. Nearest station: London Bridge.
If you are looking for something to lay back and relax a little, you might want to try out the Pillow Cinema, close to the station Shoreditch. For St. Patrick’s Day there will be a special programme, showing the classic movie ‘The Commitments’ which is based on Roddy Doyle’s novel trilogy. One bean bag costs about £ 10.
Comedy Carnival’s St. Patrick’s Day Show
Book tickets to see a line of the best comedian stand ups from Ireland, including Andrew Maxwell, Keith Farnan, Rory O’Hanlon and John Lynn. The show will start at Bar Rumba at 8pm till 10pm. Tickets start at £ 14.
Starting on 15 March the London Eye will be lighted in green at night instead of the usual red. Make sure to stop by and take a photo! In addition, you might want to have a look at an Irish pub and try out the most common Irish beer, Guinness. The Toucan (19 Carlisle Street, London W1D 3BX, Tottenham Court Road Station), The Tipperary (66 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1HT, Blackfriars Station) and the Waxy O’Connors (14-16 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DF, Piccadilly Circus Station) are just a few Irish pubs in London. You don’t necessarily need to drink, just have a look around and experience the Irish atmosphere!
If you have any questions concerning the events, directions, etc. just stop by our office and we will be happy to help you!