St Paddy’s Day is on the horizon and whether you’re looking to get involved with the rugby or sit back and sip Guinness from the sidelines, the capital has much to offer. Read on for where we’ll be celebrating St Patrick’s Day in London
Words Helen Brown
Where to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in London
The 17th March will see the streets flooded with Guinness-drinking revellers donning shamrocks and dressed in green. To escalate events further, this year the day will coincide with the final weekend of the Six Nations rugby tournament, with Wales taking on Ireland. So whether you want to get involved fully or sit back and watch from the sidelines, here are the places to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in London.
The Lost Lagoon
Bompas & Parr are turning The Lost Lagoon a glowing emerald green for one weekend only. From Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th March, guests are invited to embark on a nautical adventure and experience the shimmering, glowing emerald lagoon with a special Captain Morgan and Guinness Punch cocktail to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
Flat Iron Square
There’s even more reason to celebrate this year as St Patrick’s Day coincides with the final weekend of the Six Nations tournament. To round off the championship, Guinness is hosting the ultimate St Paddy’s Day party in the Fan Zone at Flat Iron Square with perfectly poured pints, live music and Irish dancing.
Tickets available at thesixnations.seetickets.com
For the third year running, Camden Market will host an Irish music trail to remember. An ideal creative canvas for emerging talent in Irish music, guests will be treated to a variety of intimate music performances from bands and solo artists taking place across six locations in the market. On top of this, there’ll be a number of St Patrick’s Day food specials including Young Vegans’ vegan Guinness steak and ale pie and Chin Chin Labs’ ‘Lucky Four Leaf Clover’ ice cream.
The Piano Works
It’s party time at The Piano Works this St Paddy’s Day where you’ll be able to request all your favourite Irish songs, from The Pogues to Dropkick Murphys, from The Piano Works band on their fiddles. Hats, wigs and your brightest Gaelic greens are positively encouraged and, spreading a little Gaelic sparkle, will be The Piano Works’ talented glitter artists.
The ultimate St Patricks Day shindig is kicking off at Mr Foggs Tavern in Covent Garden. As always, Phileas Fogg has ensured a tremendous time will be had for all at the tavern this St Patricks Day, having teamed up with Irish brand, Tullamore D.E.W Whiskey. All day on Sunday 17th March, guests will be warmly welcomed with Tullamore D.E.W Whiskey cocktails, a green lager and delicious fayre such as lamb shepherds pie and traditional colcannon.
Popular Soho underground bar, Cahoots, has teamed up with Roe & Co to create an innovative menu of Irish cocktails. Highlights include The Irish Toucan, a combination of Roe & Co Irish whiskey, Guinness syrup, green apple cordial and a four-leaf clover foam, and the Black Custard made with coffee-infused Roe & Co Irish whiskey mixed with Grant Brulot Coffee liqueur, vanilla syrup and topped with a Philadelphia cream cheese foam, a splash of Guinness, and cacao. Libations will be accompanied by live Celtic tunes.
For the month of March Soho’s snack food heaven HipChip has teamed up with Bailey’s to offer a limited edition sweet Vegan Baileys Almande and Vanilla Plum Compote dip, or for something savoury, try the stout rarebit dip created in homage to Ireland’s iconic beverage by head chef Scott Davis.
Pop Brixton will be taking Londoners on a trip to the Emerald Isle for their annual St Patrick’s Day party. Live music will start from 5pm with London’s wildest Ceilidh band, Fiddle Paradiddle, teaching traditional Irish dancing to all who attend. Guests can also enjoy free face painting and anyone called Patrick gets a free pint of Guinness.
Inspired by the 1885 fire which destroyed the Old Bushmills Distillery, and how it rose again from out of the ashes, the Ashes to Ashes cocktail (£17) available at Nobu London and Nobu Berkeley ST. A concoction of Bushmills Black Bush lrish Whiskey, white vermouth, crème de figue and Aperol, with a dash of mezcal, this drink has hints of smokiness together with sweet, subtle notes – served in a martini glass smudged with ash and presented on a charred coaster for dramatic effect.