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How to celebrate St David's Day in London

How to celebrate St David's Day in London
Huw Jones

When it comes to Celtic celebrations in March, St Patrick’s Day tends to dominate. But the Welsh community in 'Llundain' is no less proud and fun-loving than the Irish, y'know. So to mark tomorrow’s national day of celebration, we’ve rounded up some of London’s top ways to celebrate St David's Day.

With the aromas of cawl soup and Penderyn whisky emanating from its packed bar, the London Welsh Centre in St Pancras will remind a Walian of the land of his fathers quicker than you can say 'Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch'. Everyone is welcome and there’ll be a special evening of performance arts from 7pm. 

From Bridgend to the West End: the Taste of Wales campaign has seen London treated to some of Cymru’s finest foodstuffs, largely thanks to the efforts of celeb chef Bryn Williams. Tastings conclude tomorrow, so make sure you sample the likes of lamb (see photo, above), cheese, and seaweed at John Lewis on Oxford Street, Fortnum & Mason on Piccadilly, and Partridge’s in Sloane Square. 

Cariad Welsh Cakes

Too lazy to venture out to stuff your face? Worry not: St David’s motto was 'do the little things' – and with the littlest of online transactions, you could be ordering yourself some home-delivered Cariad Welsh cakes, all the way from… Tower Hamlets. (NB. Zones 1 and 2 only, sadly.) 

Penny Jones

It's a whole week of arts at Fitzrovia’s Woolff Gallery, whose walls are graced with Welsh painting till March 5. There are three late-opening events starting at 6pm, including Welsh harp music and – tomorrow night – discussion of one of the nation’s intriguing histories: the formation of its Patagonia colony.

London’s most mellifluous male vocalists Eschoir share stages with Charlotte Church and Katie Melia now and then, but tomorrow, it’ll be a more meat-and-potatoes gig: they’re singing for you at Borough Market at 1pm. (Or should we say leek and potatoes, given the occasion.) 

London Welsh

Apparently it’s not unusual for a Tom Jones medley to occur at the Famous Three Kings. The sporty West Kensington pub is a fave with the city's Welsh, and we’re reassured there’ll be copious amounts of Brains on tap accordingly. And if all that rugger banter goes to your head, there’s more chanting and roaring in the name of the patron saint in Richmond on Saturday March 5 when London Welsh take on Rotherham Titans. For the price of a hospitality ticket, you can even meet some of the national team’s Six Nations squad.

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