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St Paddy’s Day is on the horizon and whether you’re looking to get involved and party 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 & Abbie Schofield
Where to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in London
The 17th March 2020 will see the streets flooded with Guinness-drinking revellers donning shamrocks and dressed in green, all in celebration of our Irish neighbours. Plenty of restaurants and bars are upping the anti this year to make it a Paddy’s day to remember, from club nights to pub crawls and themed dinners; here are the best places to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in London.
The Little Yellow Door
Notting Hill’s The Little Yellow door will take part in a special St Patrick’s day cocktail crawl down Portobello Road on 14 March. Guests are invited to ‘follow the rainbow’ and enjoy unique rainbow-coloured cocktails at a series of bars including The Ginstitute and Trailer Happiness, with a finish at The Little Yellow Door to collect a pot of gold in the form of a sparkling Martini.
M Threadneedle Street
A Big Paddy’s day lunch is happening at M restaurant on Threadneedle Street thanks to Shawsey and Guinness. The event, happening on 17th March, will begin with a Guinness reception (of course) and an Irish-inspired menu includes Irish Tomahawk steaks served with colcannon, black and white pudding and a Guinness chocolate mousse. There will also be a re-run of the France vs Ireland rugby match.
On 17 March, Maître Choux will be selling a special chocolate-topped choux bun. The pistachio cream and strawberry purée choux is topped with a lucky shamrock design, and the first 20 visitors at each Maître Choux location will get to try the treat for free.
Taproom Brixton Village
From 12-17 March, Taproom will be hosting a Guinness takeover with bunting, 3D foam printing, samplings of Roe and Co Irish Whiskey, live music, Hop House 13 Irish lager, and plenty of Guinness. TableSnappr will also be on hand to deliver food from the global range of restaurants around Brixton Village.
Anna Haugh at Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square is going all out for Paddy’s Day with their annual St Patrick’s Day Festival, and there’s a special chef involved. International Chef of the Year 2019, Anna Haugh, will be leaving her restaurant Myrtle for one day only on 15 March to take up a food stand with her team of chefs, where she will be doing live Irish cooking demonstrations throughout the day and serving her famous dishes for £6 a pop. On the menu are boxty dumpling stuffed with braised grass-fed Irish beef, Myrtle’s signature Carlingford Oysters, and sweet potato and St. Tola goats cheese soup.
Mr Fogg’s Tavern, Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration and Mrs Fogg’s Dockside Drinkery and Distillery are getting fully involved with Paddy’s Day this year, as 17 March sees the revelry reach new heights. Expect Roe & Co Irish Whiskey cocktails, a green Paddy’s lager, Irish music and plenty of Guinness to raise a glass to the patron saint of Ireland.
Bar 1661 at Fitz’s
The Kimpton Fitzroy London’s bar, Fitz’s, is hosting an award-winning Dublin bar on St Patrick’s Day. Bar 1661 will be serving its legendary cocktails with the Irish spirit Poitín as a core ingredient, with the signature cocktail being the Belfast Coffee – Bán Poitín, cold brew, cream and nutmeg – a tipple so popular it’s even been outselling Guinness. For one night only, this is a fantastic chance to experience some of Ireland’s best cocktails.
St Patrick’s Day Shenanigans at Piano Works is back with £1 entry at both West End and Farringdon sites which includes a Guinness or St Patrick’s Day cocktail. Also on offer are glitter artists, Irish shots, pints of Guinness for £3 and live music.
On 14 March, Camden Market will host an Irish music trail to remember for the 4th year running. 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 the ‘Lucky Charms Superbowl’ from Cereal Killer Café, Young Vegans’ vegan Guinness Steak and ale pie and Chin Chin Labs’ ‘Lucky Four Leaf Clover’ ice cream.
The Grand Duchess
Moored restaurant-on-a-boat The Grand Duchess will be serving a sophisticated Irish-inspired menu with dishes such as hand-dived scallops with crisp white pudding, apple and dulse and oak roast salmon with scallions, potato farl and whisky cream. To celebrate the luck of the Irish, those that can prove their genuine Irish roots will receive a free platter of fresh Irish oysters.
Pop Brixton will be taking Londoners on a trip to the Emerald Isle for their annual St Patrick’s Day party. Expect to dance into the early hours as NTS residents take over the soundtrack for the night while you enjoy delicious food and as many pints as you can handle.
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