Join in the lively Irish celebrations with St Patrick’s Day events and activities in London.
When is St Patrick's Day celebrated in London?
Every 17 March, Ireland celebrates one of its patron saints, St Patrick, with a national holiday and a traditional feast. Although it is not a public holiday in England, London marks St Patrick’s Day with fun and spectacular events every year, with the annual parade being hosted on 13 March.
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 sets off at 12pm from Hyde Park Corner and makes its way along a 1.5-mile (2.4km) route, passing some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including Piccadilly Circus, St James's Street, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street and onto Whitehall.
St Patrick's Day Festival in Trafalgar Square
Join the St Patrick's Day Festival, which takes place in Trafalgar Square from 12pm to 6pm.
Watch St Patrick’s Day performances by well-known Irish acts, rising stars and special guests. Then, browse craft stalls, and tuck into traditional and modern Irish food from the market.
You can also celebrate St Paddy's Day with parties and Guinness in London's Irish pubs and bars, many of which are decorated in green for the occasion.