Visit London Blog » st patricks day Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 St Patrick’s Day 2014: Top 5 Irish Bars and Restaurants in London Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:00:35 +0000 On 17 March each year, London adopts a decidedly Irish attitude to celebrating the patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick. In addition to the free St Patrick’s Day parade and Irish festival in Trafalgar Square (this year on Sunday 16 March) many London bars and restaurants take the opportunity to become Irish for a day.

There is usually a sharp rise in Guinness sales during the St Patrick’s Day weekend and the experience of having fun with friends over a beer is often referred to as “the craic”. When raising your glass, it is also polite to say “Sláinte” (pronounced “slawnt-yeh”). Here are our Top 5 Irish bars and restaurants in London for celebrating St Patrick’s Day 2014.

London’s top wine tasting attraction, Vinopolis, is hosting two St Patrick’s Day events in March. On Friday 14 March. a Celtic Céilí will take place under the railway arches. This will include dancing and a live céilí bands performing Celtic and Irish tunes; an ideal opportunity to try Irish dances such as Walls of Limerick and Waves of Tory. You can enjoy a wine tasting experience plus entry to the event (with free Irish whiskey cocktail) for £35 per person. For those who like to celebrate the Irish at a slower pace, there is also an Irish whiskey masterclass on Monday 17 March.

The Porterhouse is probably one of the biggest and most authentic Irish bars in London. This multi-level bar in Covent Garden is filled with an array of interesting beers, stouts, ales and porters, each lovingly hand-crafted in Dublin, then exported to London. There is also a basement bar where live music is performed on Sunday afternoons.

Waxy O’Connors
Another Central London bar that has strong connections with Ireland is Waxy O’Connor’s in Chinatown. This unique rabbit warren bar is popular with many London visitors due to its West End location and unusual décor. The bar will be hosting a week of Irish-themed, St Patrick’s Day events with drinks promotions, whiskey tastings, live music, St Patrick’s Day menu, live Six Nations rugby (France Vs Ireland producing probably the biggest crowd), plus a St Patrick’s Day parade party on Sunday 16 March.

Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
Mayfair restaurant Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill is run by celebrity chef and Irishman, Richard Corrigan. On Monday 17 March, Richard himself will be hosting a special three-course menu (£60) from 12:30pm which will be accompanied by live Irish music. Bentley’s still stands in the same Victorian building where it first opened back in 1916, providing a traditional backdrop to this St Patrick’s Day feast.

The Irish bar group, O’Neill’s, has a number of pubs around London. O’Neill’s Soho is hosting a week of events in celebration of St Patrick’s Day starting on 12 March with two Irish bands playing until 3am. Other highlights of the week-long party include dancing, lots of Guinness, comedy hats, live football, live GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association), live Six Nations rugby, and an all-day party on St Patrick’s Day itself.

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Visiting the Past: An Irish Shoe in London Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:30:52 +0000 Irish shoe at the Museum of London

St Patrick’s Day is nearly here and London will once again be awash with 40 shades of green, but what are the celebrations all about?

They commemorate St Patrick, who is traditionally said to have brought Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century AD. The Early Christian period in Ireland (c. 400AD to 1000AD) was a time of artistic and cultural wealth – illuminated manuscripts such as the Book of Kells and fine metalwork like the Ardagh chalice were produced.

But what was everyday life like and, more importantly for the fashion conscious, what were people wearing?

During research for the Museum of London’s Collections Online Project, a very strange looking shoe was discovered, unlike any type of footwear usually found in London. It has now been identified as coming from Ireland and dating to the Early Christian period. But what was this shoe doing in London and in the collections of the Museum of London? A hunt through our paper records provided the answer.

The shoe had been bought by Sir Guy Laking, first Keeper of the London Museum, which was founded in 1911. It was described as being Irish, but was bought by him to be used in the museum displays “to show type of shoe worn in Anglo-Saxon Times”. So here is an object that originally had nothing to do with London but is now part of London’s history, telling a story about the development of the Museum’s collections, which are many and varied.

Museum of LondonSo Happy St Patrick’s Day and why not celebrate by looking at some of our wonderful collections online?

A guest post by the Museum of London as part of our Visiting the Past series. More London history next week.

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What’s On This Weekend. 15-17 March 2013 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:00:13 +0000 Keep Calm - Keep stitching!This weekend provides a great opportunity to see multicultural London at its best, as Russian and Irish celebrations take over Trafalgar Square on successive days. You can also perfect your craft skills at Olympia, say happy birthday to HMS Belfast or catch a gay or lesbian film at the BFI.

The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia

Discover the reasons why crafts have become so popular at the Knitting and Stitching Show, which celebrates all things textile. Anyone with an interest in making their own clothes, gifts or other items will love the extensive range of stalls, which sell everything you need to perfect your creations. There are also helpful workshops, daily fashion shows and the chance to meet renowned designers and authors. Adult tickets are £15. 14-17 Mar

Maslenitsa Russian Festival in Trafalgar Square

Enjoy a lively celebration of Russian culture in Trafalgar Square this weekend, as the Maslenitsa festival celebrates the end of winter. Families can enjoy live music, dance and theatre performances, as well as a special marquee for children. Stalls will dotted around the square, selling everything from traditional handicrafts to Russian culinary specialties such as blini. The event starts at 1.30pm and entry is free.  16 Mar

HMS Belfast’s 75th Birthday Bash

Launched in 1938 on St Patrick’s Day, HMS Belfast was the largest and most powerful cruiser in the Royal Navy for many years. You can explore her rich history and pay tribute to her distinguished past at this special birthday celebration, at which you can meet veterans, see simulated gun firing and take part in a range of special family activities. Admission to the celebration is included in the ticket price, which costs £14.50 for adults. 16-17 Mar

St Patrick’s Day, Various Venues

Join in the fun as London turns green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, and most Irish pubs and restaurants around the capital will host special events and menus in honour of the occasion. A highlight of the day will be the St Patrick’s Day parade, which sets off from Green Park  towards Whitehall at 12pm and contains a colourful variety of floats and participants – don’t miss the giant inflatable dragon designed by Keith Payne, who has worked with renowned rock groups such as the Rolling Stones. There is also a lively St Patrick’s Day celebration in Trafalgar Square, which features traditional Irish entertainment, a comedy tent and a food market. 17 Mar

The 27th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival at BFI Southbank

This year’s London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival has a bigger programme than ever before, featuring a diverse selection of films divided into ‘hearts’ ‘bodies’ and ‘minds’ categories. You can watch feature films, shorts, documentaries and archive classics, as well as attend special club nights at weekends. Many films are being premiered at the festival, which kicks off with a gala showing of ‘I Am Divine’  on Friday night. See the festival website for full programme details and ticket prices. 14-24 Mar

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Celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2011 in London Thu, 17 Mar 2011 09:30:02 +0000 The St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival in Trafalgar Square may be over, but there’s still plenty of chances to celebrate on the day itself. Take a look at ways to enjoy the craic in London this year:

How are you celebrating St Patricks day? Let us know in the comments below.

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Visit London Asks: What Are Your Plans for St Patrick’s Day? Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:49:02 +0000

Following a hugely successful St Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday, London is fully into its St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

More than 100,000 revellers headed to Trafalgar Square to watch the Mayor of London’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, which included marching bands, dance groups, and a giant St Patrick and the Snake pageant.

But there’s more to come. Not only are many of London’s pubs and bars celebrating St Patrick’s Day this month, but various restaurants are also marking the occasion.

Or you can head to Brent for a St Patricks’ Day parade on Wednesday, as well as storytelling, music and Irish dancing.

If you’re looking for some suitable music to help you celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, try one of the following:

Let us know what you’re up to this week to mark Lá Fhéile Pádraig…

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