About St Patrick’s Day
March 17th was made an official feast day in the 17th century to mark the death of St Patrick – Ireland’s foremost patron saint. As a Christian missionary and Irish Bishop, he was credited with converting the pagan Irish to Christianity and founding the Catholic church in Ireland.
Today, March 17th is a global celebration of Irish heritage. Few places outside Ireland have more places to celebrate than London, and although Irish nationals make up only 2.2% of the capital’s population, their cultural influence is palpable.
If you’re lucky enough to be here during this exciting cultural event, you’ll also want to make the most of your trip to London. Visit and explore the history behind the iconic sights of the capital by choosing one of the many London tours that are available.
Get into the swing of St Paddy’s day with these great activities – and don’t forget to wear something green!
Watch the parade from Piccadilly Circus
Irish parades are traditional on this day of boisterous celebration and London puts on one of the biggest and best in Britain. It departs from midday at Picadilly Circus and features performers, music, floats and lots and lots of green. The perfect way to start your day of Irish culture.
Where to store your luggage: Impressions on Coventry Street is just around the corner
Drink a pint of the black stuff at Waxy O’Connor’s
This multi-levelled masterpiece of a bar has one of the most splendid interiors in the city. With a church-themed bar, comfortable leather seats and a liquor shelf crammed to the brink, you have everything you could want for a relaxing afternoon pint of Guinness. Waxy’s is a popular spot, though, so it’s bound to be lively on St Patrick’s day. Just as it should be!
Where to store your luggage: Once again, Impressions is your closest choice
Enjoy the show in Trafalgar Square
The St Patrick’s Day festival lasts from the 15th to the 17th of March and features a vast array of exciting events and activities, from Irish walking tours to food tasting and comedy performances. The festival culminates in a six-hour spectacular on Sunday the 17th featuring music, dance, and celebrations of all kinds. The production is free to attend, so make sure its a part of your day
Where to store your luggage: Internet City is a five-minute walk away near Leicester Square
Party it up at Vault Festival
For those looking to enjoy the celebration into the small hours (definitely a popular choice for St Patrick’s Day!), RUCKUS at the Vault Festival is one of the best parties around town. Enjoy Irish music performances, immersive theatre, and a unique atmosphere as guests dress up in their best flat caps, braces and flannel shirts. RUCKUS takes place within The Vaults – Waterloo’s unique performing arts venue.
Where to store your luggage: Mail Boxes Etc. on Lower Marsh Road is just around the corner