St Patrick's Day Parade
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. The Parade usually makes its way down Piccadilly, on a 1.5 mile route passing some of London 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
The free St Patrick's Day Festival in Trafalgar Square 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. 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.