St Paddy’s Day is on the horizon and whether you’re looking to get involved with the rugby or sit back and sip oysters from the sidelines, the capital has much to offer. Read on for where we’ll be celebrating St Patrick’s Day in London
Words Miriam Carey
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 Six Nations rugby, with England taking on Ireland. So whether you want to get involved fully or sit back and watch from the sidelines, here are the places to be fo St Patrick’s Day in London.
For traditional stew: Oslo
Oslo the Nordic-inspired bar and music venue in Hackney will be offering a menu special of traditional Irish stew for St Patrick’s Day in London. The hearty dish will consist of sweet carrots and onions, tender potatoes and succulent lamb. To heighten the authenticity, they will be sourcing stout from Crate brewery in Hackney.
ST PATRICK’S DAY AT HAWKER HOUSE
This year, St Patrick’s Day conveniently coincides with the Six Nations finale which will see Ireland battle it out for a Grand Slam finish. To celebrate in true Irish style, Guinness has teamed up with Street Feast’s Hawker House for the ultimate live screening event. The best of Street Feast’s onsite street food vendors will be serving Guinness-inspired dishes all day, to be washed down with pints of the iconic black and white stout.
Chips and dips with a twist: HipChips
For the month of March Soho’s snack food heaven HipChip will be serving two new limited edition dips to try with their salt and cinnamon crisps. They’ve teamed up with Bailey’s to offer a limited edition sweet Irish Cream and Butterscotch flavoured dip, or for something savoury, try the stout rarebit dip created in homage to Ireland’s iconic beverage by head chef Scott Davis.
Oysters and Guinness: The Wright Brothers
For one day only, renowned seafood restaurant Wright Bros will treat guests to a pint of Guinness when two guests order a selection platter of 12 oysters. The offer will be available at all Wright Brothers restaurants from 12-6pm and promises a sophisticated way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
Live Music and Whisky: Nuala
For St Patrick’s Day, recently opened Irish restaurant and bar Nuala will be hosting an all-day celebration of live music, drinking and feasting. If you are passing between 9am – 11am, drop inside for an Irish seafood breakfast of oysters, mussels and crab claws. As the day turns to night, Nuala’s downstairs bar will offer live Irish music and enough Guinness and whisky to sink the Titanic.
Bottomless Black Velvet brunch: Broadleaf
For an undeniably Irish celebration, Broadleaf will be screening the Six Nations rugby and holding a St Paddy’s Day bottomless brunch. There will be unlimited Black Velvet cocktails, a combo of champagne and Guinness, and a hearty Guinness and beef stew on the menu. We say don your shamrock coloured shirts and enjoy the craic.
Drinking and dancing: Drake and Morgan’s
For Six Nations rugby, Irish cocktails and live music head to The Happenstance on Paternoster Square. They will be throwing the doors open from 10am and after the last game finishes there’ll be all-day dining, live Irish music and a ceilidh dance. Tickets include a complimentary St Jameson’s Irish Whisky, ginger and lime cocktail on arrival.
Weekend-long festivity: Sun Tavern
Home to one of the largest selections of Irish Whisky in London, The Sun has long championed Ireland’s notorious spirit, poitín (pronounced ‘po-cheen’). For the big day they have teamed up with Dublin’s whisky distillery, Teeling to produce three special cocktails, Revival, Golden Triangle and Pear Drop. On Sunday, for those nursing a hangover, there will be bloody Murphys – a Bloody Mary with a hint of poitín.
Pints for Patrick: Pop Brixton
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.