St Patrick’s Day in London

You don’t have to go to Ireland to enjoy the party atmosphere of St Patrick’s Day 2019, there’s plenty going on right here in London

Fast-paced dancing, rowdy sing-a-longs, a parade and a pint or five - the Irish have always known how to party and celebrating St Patrick’s Day in London is no exception. St Patrick’s Day in London is a chance for Irish London (and, of course, anyone and everyone who's Irish-at-heart) to hit the streets and show the city the true meaning of the word ‘craic’. Also, how to use the word ‘craic’ because frankly, most people are murdering it. 

The official holiday lands annually on March 17 (a Sunday in 2019), but this year the main London celebrations take place in Trafalgar Square March 16-18.

At this year’s three-day shindig, more than 125,000 revelers are expected to descend on Trafalgar Square for a lively parade of music and ceilidh dancing, plus plenty of things to do with the kids, from an Irish art exhibition and film festival to Irish walking tours. Feeling peckish? Fill up on traditional grub from the Irish Street Food Market.

If you can’t face the crowds, we've rounded up the best St Patrick’s Day happenings below. Or if you want more cultural inspiration, check our pick of the best London events in March. Get ready for a very green weekend.

When is St Patrick’s Day?

It’s always March 17, but in true Irish fashion, St Patrick’s Day sessions usually run throughout Paddy’s weekend. 

What is St Patrick's Day?

The date supposedly marks the death of this guy called (yep, you guessed it!) St Patrick, who travelled to Ireland in the fifth century to convince Irish pagans that Christianity is where it’s at. Do you associate Ireland with shamrocks? That’s down to him too: the story goes that St Patrick used the three-leaved clover to describe the Holy Trinity to non-believers. Oh, and legend says he banished snakes from the country by chasing them into the sea. Best mull that last part over with a Guinness.

Where is the London St Patrick's Day Parade?

London’s St Patrick’s Day parade lines the streets from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square and cheers on a stream of leprechaun floats, traditional musicians and squads of Irish dancers. The main stage at Trafalgar Square will be surrounded by a street food market and a ‘tea tent’, with a line-up of Irish bands. Basically, it’s a big, rip-roaring one-day festival, only the pints are a shade of Gaelic green.

We’ll be updating this page with events for St Patrick's Day 2019 as they are announced.

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St Patricks Day Celebration at The Water Rats kings cross - Live music with Moxie, Celtic Comedy, Trad session, contemporary irish folk, an Irish Dance troupe plus DJ spinning Celtic Beats late into the night.

Allan C

Choose to pub crawl on St Patrick's Day, celebrate how you are meant to! Party in Camden, Shoreditch or Central London, with free drinks, St Patrick's Day t-shirts! get your cheap tickets here 

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UrbanKelt presents a St Patricks Day Celebration at The Water Rats - Live music with Moxie, Celtic Comedy, Trad session, contemporary irish folk, an Irish Dance troupe plus DJ spinning Celtic Beats late into the night.

Clair S

The Church promises a day of booze swilling, naughtiness, fun and singing your heart other words, all round Irish awesomeness!

Whether Irish by blood or by heart, come along and find yourself three sheets to the wind amongst a sea of green and orange as we celebrate the land of shamrocks and magic. Tickets at
Heather J

Top Dog Diner on Frith Street in Soho is serving a "Patty McGuinness" for St. Patrick’s Day (and through Saturday) - two patties, smashed onto the grill with a flat iron, Guinness-braised onions, Jameson BBQ sauce, lettuce, Irish cheddar on a brioche bun.  You can get it with a side of Colcannon fries - skin-on crunchy fries with crispy kale, bacon dust and spring onions.  Add a shot of Jameson to finish it off! 

Allan C

St Patrick's Day 2016 Pub Crawls in Central London, Camden & Shoreditch! 

Come and check it out!

Denise W

There is Father Ted Bingo going on at a place called the Six Yard Box in Elephant and Castle which sounds pretty Epic

Sean G

You stated above "Follow the St Paddy's Day Parade floats and marching band, which begins in Piccadilly at 2pm". The parade started at 12pm, so I and many others missed it because you got it wrong. Thanks!