The day when the green and the happiness rule is approaching. The Irish definitely know how to party and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception for them, and for us who attend this cheerful celebration.
The date supposedly marks the death of St. Patrick, who traveled to Ireland in the fifth century to convince Irish pagans that Christianity was the way forward. The story goes that St Patrick used the three-leaved clover to describe the Holy Trinity to non-believers. Also, legend says he banished snakes from the country by chasing them into the sea.
Today, St. Patrick is remembered with parties around the world so grab a pint of Guinness and let’s see what there is to do on St. Patrick’s day in London.
Where to celebrate St. Patrick’s day in London
St. Patrick’s Day is on 17 March, but Paddy’s celebrations continue for the weekend (yep, 17th of March is Friday!).
Although it is not a public holiday in England, London can’t but live in St. Patrick’s rhythms for three days. In 2017 the official celebrations begin on 17 March, and their peak is on Sunday 19 March with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in central London and Trafalgar Square.
The Parade will start at 12 pm from Piccadilly and will pass from Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, and Whitehall. At the Festival in Trafalgar Square, you can enjoy Irish dance and music, artists and all sort of performances. There will be a food market and even a tea tent if you need to take some time out, and relax with a cup of tea and cakes wrapped up in warm Irish chat!
From Friday 17 March many pubs will celebrate hosting Guinness parties and traditional Irish food. You can also join one of the free walking tours to learn about London’s Irish connections, from rebellions to revelries or watch one or more movies at St. Patrick’s Irish Film Festival.
Last but not least, if you wish to indulge in Irish culture there will be many art exhibitions, talks, treasure trails, even music and poetry at the Underground stations.
Wear your greens and enjoy the days! Let’s also hope for some sun or at least a rainbow!