St Patrick's Day Parade
Every year there is a St Patrick's Day Parade in London, which is arranged on the Sunday closest to 17 March. It features spectacular pageantry, wonderful floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools. The London St Patrick's Day Parade makes its way down Piccadilly, on a 1.5 mile route, passing some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and onto Whitehall. This year the parade takes place on 13 March.
St Patrick's Day Festival in Trafalgar Square
For the best St Patrick’s Day London has to offer, attend the free St Patrick's Day Festival in Trafalgar Square, and take part in one of the best Irish events in London. Families can take part in a selection of St Patrick’s Day activities, with an artisan Irish food market, comedy and film festivals, ceilidhs, music and dance.
The festival also makes for a great St Patrick’s Day for kids, and includes many children’s activities to give the little ones a great all-round St Patrick’s Day experience. This year the festival takes place on 13 March.
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 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.
For more about Irish culture in London, take a look at our Ireland in London blog post on Visit London's blog.