Celebrate St Patrick's Day on and around 17 March with a parade through Central London, a free festival in Trafalgar Square and many more special events.
St Patrick's Day Parade
Every year London hosts a St Patrick's Day Parade with marching bands, floats, street theatre and more. All 32 Irish counties are represented, dressed in their traditional county colours. Other parade participants include members of London's Irish community and other Londoners.
This year the parade takes place on 16 March, the day before St Patrick's Day. Among the numerous marching bands, dance groups and sports clubs you'll easily spot the 5-metre tall firebird breathing a fountain of sparks and a 10-metre high St Patrick.
St Patrick's Day Festival in Trafalgar Square
The free St Patrick's Day Festival in Trafalgar Square is a great chance to experience Irish culture: you can enjoy traditional music, dancing, comedy and film, and sample produce from the Emerald Isle. The 2014 festival will be held on 16 March and is set to be a dance fest, with a focus on the "World of Dance".
Headlining the festival is Riverdance, the world-famous Irish dance troupe that is returning to London ahead of its 20th anniversary tour. Other acts not to miss include performances from cast members of musical The Commitments, Irish folk group Kila and the likes of stand-up stars Aisling Bea and Jarlath Regan in the London Irish Comedy Festival Marquee.
There's also the chance to sample Irish fare such as cheese, salmon and black pudding at the food market on the square.
St Patrick's Day Film and Dance
As part of the festival, see the best of Irish film-making at The Prince Charles Cinema near Leicester Square as part of the St Patrick's Day Film Festival.
Ballroom dancing fans will not want to miss the first edition of the St Patrick's Day Ballroom Dance, which hosts Irish bands in the majestic Westminster Cathedral Hall.
More About St Patrick's Day
St Patrick's Day is celebrated across the capital, with parties in many London 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.
Saint Patrick is one of the patron Saints of Ireland and the day is traditionally celebrated with a feast. There will be an Irish Food Market set up in the square on the 16th. St Patrick's Day is a national holiday in Ireland. St Patrick's Day is also celebrated all over the world, by people of both Irish and non-Irish descent.
For more about Irish culture in London, take a look at our Ireland in London blog post on Visit London's blog.