It’s that time of year where you dust down the old family tree and find a tenuous connection to the Emerald Isle. Yes, this Sunday is St Patrick’s Day and that means there’s some stellar opportunities to go out and bask in Irish culture. Naturally, drinking features heavily but it’s not all Guinness and leprechaun hats; here’s some of the best St Patrick’s Day events going on around London this weekend!

St Patrick's Day Events in London 2019

St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

When: Friday 15th – Sunday 17th March 2019
Where: Trafalgar Square, WC2 5DN.
Price: Free

Trafalgar Square will once again be the hub of Irish festivities this weekend in the capital with the return of the St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. London’s official bash is a three-day extravaganza this year taking place from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th. Alongside some live music on the main stage, more than 125,000 people are expected to head to the Square for Irish food, dancing and a giant parade with pageantry and floats. While we have no authority on the matter, we fairly certain leprechaun hats will be abundance…


St Patrick’s Day Music Trail

When: Saturday 16th March 2019
Where: Camden Market, 54-57 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF.
Price: Free

The St Patrick’s Day Music Trail will be hosting six talented Irish musicians across various venues throughout Camden Market this Saturday. Venues like Bar 1974, The Camden Pizza and The Camden Grocer are all involved and the day will then finish off with a big ol’ shindig at Dr Martens. Food vendors will also have a host of Irish-inspired treats on sale throughout the day.


Two Pubs, One Saint

When: Tuesday 12th – Sunday 17th March 2019
Where: The Water Poet/The Crown & Shuttle, Shoreditch
Price: Prices vary

Not only does this weekend mark St Patrick’s Day, it also marks the end of the Six Nations, which means you have two excuses to go to the pub. And this weekend, two of Shoreditch’s most loved Irish drinking haunts, The Water Poet and The Crown & Shuttle, are going big for both occasions with six days of celebrations, including screenings of all the Six Nations games on Saturday. Festivities kick off today at The Crown and Shuttle, where its weekly quiz is going all-Irish and continue through until Sunday.



When: Saturday 16th March 2019
Where: The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN
Price: £17.50

If you’re after the best Irish party in town, then The Vaults at Waterloo invites you to dive into a world of mob bosses, music and mayhem for the final late-night knees-up of the Vault Festival 2019. Aptly named ‘Ruckus’, this Saturday dig out your flat caps and pop on those braces for a St Patrick’s Day knees-up, where you can expect singing, dancing and enough whiskey to raise the dead. There’ll also be games to play and immersive stories to follow throughout the night.


Shamrock Sessions

When: Sunday 17th March 2019
Where: Boxpark Wembley, 18 Olympic Way, HA9 0JT.
Price: Free

Wembley’s Boxpark is painting itself green for St Patrick’s Day this Sunday and will be hosting two stages of music, dance and comedy. The highlight of the inaugural ‘Shamrock Sessions’ is the ceilidh band The Shipsters, while Boxpark’s numerous restaurants will be putting on some Irish-themed fare for the occasion too. Perfect for all the family!


Can’t Dance Ceilidh

When: Saturday 16th March 2019
Where: The Piano Works 113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BX.
Price: Free (5pm to 8pm), £10 after.

The Irish are famed for their music and if you fancy a sing-along this weekend then The Piano Works in Farringdon is the place to be. For St Patrick’s Day, there’ll be a live band taking requests from the audience to play Irish jigs until 1am, while the kitchen and bar will be serving top grub and booze. Bottomless brunch is a favourite here but if you can head down until the evening, Champagne and Cocktail hour runs from 5pm until 7pm, while Guinness will be £4 all night from 5pm.


But if you’re just after a pint and some craic, the best thing you do this St Patrick’s Day is head down to your most authentic, local Irish pub. Here’s some our favourite Irish pubs in London!



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