London turns green for St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick's Day in London
Join the Party Parade in London. Flickr: GarryKnight

It may not be Dublin city, but London is still a fantastic place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and with more than 900,000 Irish residents in London, it’s bound to be a fun event. Joining the revelers for a weekend of Guinness swilling may seem like that’s what it’s all about, but if you’ve kids in tow there’s a range of ways to celebrate St Paddy’s Day that’s family friendly too.

The Parade

The biggest event of the weekend will be the St. Patricks Day Parade in Trafalgar Square. Starting at noon, the event is predicted to have over 100,000 people turning out and more if the weather’s good, so bring your friends and prepare to have a good time. The world famous Riverdance will be headlining this year’s show and no need to pack a lunch, as there’ll be Irish food and drink aplenty at the festival. If you don’t have the stomach for street food then London is also home to some fantastic Irish restaurants and pubs.

Food and Drink

One of the stalwarts of Irish eateries, Waxy O’ Conner’s is a traditional Irish pub just off Leicester Square. Only a short walk from the parade, you’ll enjoy a sit-down meal or a pint of guinness with other paraders. For those not wishing to stay in the maelstrom of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade they can travel down to Tower Bridge and try out The Rake.  A Perfect 2 in 1 visit for the out-of- towner wanting to see the famous bridge while celebrating the day. Home to over 200 different types of beer, perhaps an alternative for anyone not too keen on the black stuff.

Corrigan's Mayfair Restaurant
Dine at Corrigan’s Mayfair for a superb Sunday lunch. Flick: distan

Family Friendly Option

For a special place where you can take the family to enjoy St Patrick’s Day, Corrigan’s Mayfair offer a delightful venue and a superb menu selection. Corrigan’s recipes focus on fresh food sourced in Britain and Ireland and their Sunday Lunches are a tasty selection of meats, poultry and fish, such as Rib of Beef, Ribble Valley Duck, Hake, and Halibut to list a few.

And Corrigan’s often feature live poetry or traditional music on St. Patrick’s Day, so it’ll be a treat for all your senses.

If your focus is on entertaining the kids then the London Irish Centre is a good place to start, they’ll be holding a family party on Monday 17th of March and all ages are welcome.

Whatever you choose to do St. Patrick’s Day this year you are bound to have a good time.