On Friday 19th March London, people across the globe will be celebrating the Irish patron, St Patrick. Usually a weekend filled of Irish culture, people around the world, Irish or not, revel in the St Patrick’s Day celebrations by wearing green items of clothing, drinking a few too many pints and participating in festivities throughout their cities. We’ve picked a few events in London that will get you involved in Irish spirit this Paddy’s day!
Central: The St Patrick’s Parade in Trafalgar Square is the place to be during the Irish holiday. On Sunday 19th March, the parade will host a series of events from performances by Irish West End stars, to free family activities and lots of laughs courtesy of Irish stand-up comedian Jarlath Regan. A modern and traditional Irish foods market will satisfy any cravings for Irish coffee and potato soup!
Central: ‘NiteCap with Teeling’ at The Studio at London Cocktail Club, will be guiding event-goers on how to make Irish cocktails, revealing the history behind Irish whiskey and celebrating modern Irish culture in style. The 17th March event runs from 7 – 8.30pm, and tickets cost £25.00. This includes two free cocktails, a private sample tasting and specially curated St Patrick’s Day cocktail menu to pick your poison from. You can buy your tickets for the Nitecap with Teeling event here
Central: St Patrick’s Film Festival is an all-round recognition of this Irish film making talent, hosted at various venues around London. A programme of Irish films and animation is being held at Regent Street Cinema, featuring a free Song of the Sea and Shadow animation workshop perfect for keeping kids entertained, while other critically acclaimed releases, such as Irish thriller Traders, are showing at Prince Charles Cinema on Saturday the 18th, among other cinematic viewings to watch out for.
East: Keeping in spirit with Irish drinking culture and how St Paddy’s Day is traditionally celebrated, 40 Shades of Green is the perfect way to spend a Saturday. A free event hosted at the 40ft Brewery in Dalston, with a range a range of Irish food and drinks made by local London-Irish cuisine producers, so grab yourself a beef and Guinness pie and or an Irish-made cocktail and dance the night away to the sets from Irish DJ's and acoustics such as Sample Answer and Bre Dunne.
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