March 17 is one of the most important party days of the year, whether you are Irish or not. Being of Irish decent myself, I feel a pretty strong connection to Paddyâ€™s day, and I can think of no better day to dress up in green, chug a Guinness, and let my heritage take over. For the rest of the Londoners who feel the same, here are the top 10 spots where you can celebrate.
Party in the Pub
The Water Poet has the hookup if youâ€™re looking to party all St. Patrickâ€™s Day long. Located in Shoreditch, the pub offers Irish craft beer and cocktails throughout the day, paired with a special Irish menu. There will also be live music beginning at 6PM, but the party starts at 11 AM going strong until 11PM, and entry is FREE! Thatâ€™s right, free! So grab a few friends from University and party at a great pub.
If you are looking to kick your party up a notch, The Shard is throwing a silent disco you might be interested in attending. Located on the 69th floor, you can enjoy wonderful whiskey and ginger ale, look out over the rest of London, and see if you have what it takes to master the Irish jig. The night begins at 8PM and there is a Â£40 cover if you prebook.
The Toucan Pub
If you are looking to keep things more low key and traditional, you can head to The Toucan Pub in Soho. Known for being the pub to pour â€˜the best Guinness in Londonâ€™ the Toucan is the closest you can get to being at the Guinness Storehouse while still being in London.
If you are looking for a more traditional way to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland, London is also able to offer several options that do not revolve around grabbing a pint. (Although, there is nothing wrong with a good Guinness).
Real Irish Music
Limehouseâ€™s Jamboree is ready to host an amazing night of traditional Irish music for all to enjoy. With a minimal Â£5 prebook charge, anyone looking to connect with the Irish can listen to the John Langan Band perform Celtic ballads and some folk tunes.
If you are looking to put a creative spin on your St. Patirckâ€™s Day, you can take part in PopUp Paintingâ€™s class that the Jam Tree in Clapham. Students do not need any previous artistic experience, but will learn to recreate a poster of the Mother Land itself. The creative class costs only Â£25 and begins at 8PM, so there will be plenty of time to head to a pub afterwards.
Irish Tea Dance
The London Irish Centre had organized a proper, traditional Irish celebration in Camden for St. Patrickâ€™s Day, perfect for all patrons of all ages. The Tea Dance will include a 3-course Irish dinner, live music from Mustang, a lot of dancing, and a raffle that offers several amazing prizes. Doors open at 1PM on the 17th and the prebook price is only Â£10.
If you are interested in wonderful photography, you can join The London Irish Centre for the launch of â€˜London Irish: A Photography Exhibition by Kim Cunningham.â€™ Cunningham captured the latest influx of Irish men and women coming into London, not only to celebrate St. Patrickâ€™s Day, but also to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The London Irish Centre opening its doors. The exhibition begins at 7 PM at The London Irish Centre and entry is free.
If you are looking to chow down on some traditional Irish foods for Paddyâ€™s Day, you can head to anyone of the following spots.
Styled after the home of Phileas Fogg from Jules Verneâ€™s Around the World in Eighty Days, the Mayfair restaurant is teaming up with Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey to ring in St. Patrickâ€™s Day on Tuesday. Featuring live music from Band of Fire, a talented Irish act, you can enjoy one of several Tullamore Dew cocktails and some traditional Irish foods that will be served throughout the night.
Polo Bar Guinness Sausages
If you are looking for the traditional Irish breakfast this St. Patrickâ€™s Day, then the Polo 24 Hour Bar is the place to be. From March 16th through to the 22nd, Polo is offering a traditional Irish breakfast featuring Guinness sausages, black pudding, white pudding, and a whole lot more. They also offer a Pie of the Week, which this week happens to be Steak & Guinness.
Great Northern Hotel Bar
If you are going to be anywhere near Kingâ€™s Cross, you can stop by the Great Northern Hotel Bar and take part in their week of Guinness and oysters. At just Â£18, you can enjoy 12 Colchester Rock oysters and a pint of Guinness; even better, the celebration goes until Sunday, March 22nd, so you can really drag out the party.
Paddyâ€™s Day is one of the most exciting and jovial times of the year, and there is no rule that says you need to be Irish to celebrate. So grab some friends, throw on some green, and stop by one of these spots in London to have a truly memorable March 17th.