St Patrick’s Day – the annual celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, as well as Irish culture in general – is a day of much festivity in London. Here are our top picks of things to do for St Patrick’s Day in and around Mayfair.
St Patrick’s Day Parade
This annual parade through the streets of London consists of oversized floats, music and dance celebrating Irish culture along a 1.5 mile route. This all happens in the locality surrounding The Athenaeum, starting at Hyde Park Corner at midday, travelling through Piccadilly and finishing in Trafalgar Square. Watch the parade from the street or continue the celebrations with others in Trafalgar Square, which will have music and Irish food until 18:00.
Just around the corner from The Athenaeum, Corrigan’s Mayfair is the restaurant by the Irish celebrity chef, Richard Corrigan. Visit the multiple award-winning restaurant for classic Irish dishes throughout the week, an Irish cooking masterclass on Saturday 16 March and Irish coffee or Guinness at Dickie’s Bar next door. Richard Corrigan’s restaurant in Piccadilly’s Swallow Street – Bentley’s – will also be serving a ‘post-parade brunch’ from 14:00 on St Patrick’s Day itself.
Prohibited n2 cocktail
The Bar at The Athenaeum has launched a special cocktail for St Patrick’s Day and the whole of the following week. At the heart of our Prohibited n2 cocktail is an Irish whiskey infused with Earl Grey to create a one-of-a-kind flavour. Finished off with sweet vermouth and Heering cherry liqueur, this is a classy way to raise a toast to St Patrick.
Just a stroll along Piccadilly from The Athenaeum is Waxy O’Connor’s, London’s biggest and most extravagant Irish bar. The cavernous drinking hole is set over six floors with eclectic themes in each room, ranging from a gothic church to a cosy cottage feeling. On St Patrick’s Day the atmosphere is electric, with everything from live music to whiskey tastings.
Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland
Meander just the other side of the river for this Irish food event at Borough Market from 13 to 22 March 2019. Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland is an event in the market with a demo kitchen and lots of delicious Irish foods to try, as well as live entertainment on St Patrick’s Day itself.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit! (Happy St Patrick’s Day!)