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.
Every year London hosts a St Patrick's Day Parade on the Sunday closest to 17 March, which features spectacular pageantry, wonderful floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools. This year the Parade will make its way down Piccadilly at midday on Sunday 15 March, on a 1.5 mile route passing some of London most iconic Landmarks including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and onto Whitehall.
The free St Patrick's Day Festival in Trafalgar Square on 15 March is a great chance to experience Irish culture with an artisan Irish food market, comedy and film festivals, children’s activities, ceilidhs, music and dance.
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 and 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.