Join in the lively Irish celebrations with St Patrick’s Day events and activities in London.
Every 17 March, Ireland celebrates one of its patron saints, St Patrick, with a national holiday and a traditional feast. While St Patrick’s Day is not a public holiday in the rest of the UK, London hosts fun and spectacular events every year to mark the day, usually on the weekend closest to 17 March.
In 2017, the official three-day celebration in London begins on 17 March, and culminates in the annual St Patrick’s Day parade in Central London and Trafalgar Square festivities on 19 March. Check back nearer the time for more details on the 2017 St Patrick’s Day Parade in London and St Patrick’s Day Festival in Trafalgar Square.
St Patrick's Day Parade in London
Be amazed by flamboyant pageantry, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools in the annual London St Patrick's Day Parade. The procession makes its way down Piccadilly, on a 1.5-mile (2.4km) route, passing some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and onto Whitehall. 19 Mar
St Patrick's Day Festival in Trafalgar Square
Watch fun St Patrick’s Day performances, take part in Irish cultural events and enjoy special children’s activities for free with the Trafalgar Square St Patrick's Day Festival. Tuck into traditional and modern Irish food from the market as you enjoy comedy, Irish music, ceilidhs and lively dancing. 19 Mar
More St Patrick's Day Celebrations in London
St Patrick's Day is celebrated across the capital, with parties in many of London's Irish pubs and bars. Expect green decor, traditional Irish drinks and lots of fun! You might also find a special menu or two at London's restaurants.