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Where to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in London: A Guide to the Best Pubs and Events

With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, London is gearing up to celebrate everything Irish in style. From lively pubs to cultural events, there's no shortage of ways to join in the festivities.



Whether you're a seasoned Londoner or just visiting for the weekend, here's our guide to where to spend St. Patrick's Day in the capital.


Pubs and Bars


1. The Auld Shillelagh

Location: 105 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0UD


Known as one of London's most authentic Irish pubs, The Auld Shillelagh is a must-visit on St. Patrick's Day. With traditional Irish music, hearty pub grub, and a wide selection of Irish whiskeys and beers, it's the perfect spot to soak up the festive atmosphere.


2. The Porterhouse

Location: 21-22 Maiden Ln, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA


Situated in the heart of Covent Garden, The Porterhouse boasts an extensive range of craft beers, including their brews, making it a popular choice for beer enthusiasts. Expect live music and a buzzing atmosphere throughout the day and night.


3. The Toucan

Location: 19 Carlisle St, Soho, London W1D 3BY


Tucked away in the vibrant streets of Soho, The Toucan is a cosy Irish pub known for its friendly staff and excellent Guinness. With its intimate setting and traditional decor, it's the ideal spot to raise a glass to St. Patrick's.


Events and Festivals


1. St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival

Location: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN


Join thousands of revellers at Trafalgar Square for London's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival. Enjoy live music, dance performances, and delicious Irish food and drink stalls. Don't miss the parade, featuring colourful floats and marching bands, winding its way through central London.


2. St. Patrick's Day at the Camden Market

Location: Camden Market, Camden Lock Pl, Camden Town, London NW1 8AF


For a more alternative St. Patrick's Day experience, head to Camden Market for a day of festivities. Explore the market's eclectic stalls, enjoy live music from Irish bands, and sample delicious street food from around the world.


3. St. Patrick's Day Ceilidh

Location: Various venues across London


Get your dancing shoes on and join in a traditional Irish Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style. With live music and expert callers to guide you through the steps, it's a fun and energetic way to experience Irish culture.



Whether you prefer to raise a pint in a traditional Irish pub or dance the night away at a lively festival, London has something for everyone this St. Patrick's Day. So don your green attire, embrace the Irish spirit, and make the most of this festive occasion in the UK capital. Sláinte!

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