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St Patrick’s Day 2022 in London: best events and parties

With festivities all week, not just on 17 March, visitors to the UK capital can paint the town green

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13 March

London’s St Patrick’s Day festival

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London’s St Patrick’s Day parade and festival

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has unveiled the plans for St Patrick’s Day in the capital, which will showcase the very best of Irish arts, performance, culture, food and dance. There will be a programme of events across the city, including the return of the iconic parade on Sunday 13 March. Featuring Irish marching bands, dancers and pageantry, the parade starts at 12pm from Hyde Park Corner, then travels through Piccadilly, St James’s Street, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street and Whitehall.

Also on Sunday, from 12pm-6pm, Trafalgar Square will play host to a line up of Irish talent with family-friendly concerts, storytelling, children’s films and youth performances, as well community choirs, schools, dance troupes and more. The main stage, which is curated by the London Irish Centre, will see headliners Damien Dempsey and Altan perform alongside acts such as Xnthony and the Girlband, Séamus & Caoimhe Uí Fhlatharta, Olivia Armstrong, Xona and more. 

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11-19 March

Jameson’s ‘Open House’ at The Bike Shed in Shoreditch

Jameson’s ‘Open House’ at The Bike Shed in Shoreditch

After missing out on St Patrick’s Day for the last two years, Jameson is taking over Shoreditch’s Bike Shed with an “Open House” party. The event will feature music, comedy sets, games and plenty of Jameson Irish whiskey. Costing £15 per ticket, the 90-minute sessions will take place on select evenings between 11-19 March and are available to book now.

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14-19 March

St Patrick’s Day at Swift Soho

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St Patrick’s Day at Swift Soho and Swift Shoreditch

The Swift cocktail bars in Soho and Shoreditch will be celebrating from 14-19 March with a menu built around Jameson Black Barrel and Guinness on tap all week. On St Patrick’s Day itself, Swift Soho will mark the date with live traditional Irish music from Alan Dunn and Jerry Bloom (7pm-9pm). Swift Shoreditch will have a limited edition, for-one-day-only Jameson Black Barrel and Guinness Tiramisu that is sure to sell out.

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14-20 March

Teeling Irish Whiskey St Patrick’s Day at Milroys

Teeling Irish Whiskey St Patrick’s Day at Milroys

Teeling Irish Whiskey will host a week-long takeover of iconic London whisky bar Milroys of Spitalfields. From 14-20 March, Teeling will offer up a range of delicious cocktails in the downstairs basement and on the day itself Teeling will also take over the ground floor with Irish food and music on the menu. Guests who buy any bottle of Teeling Whiskey or a Tasting Flight on the night can get a free embroidered Teeling Whisky flat cap, which are available on a first-come first-served basis. 

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From 15 March

‘The Irishman’ cocktails at The Wigmore

‘The Irishman’ cocktails at The Wigmore

The Wigmore British pub at The Langham hotel is launching a new cocktail menu on 15 March. Created by the pub’s newly-appointed head bartender Marco Fante, the menu includes “The Irishman” cocktail which features Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition Irish whiskey, Aperol, salted caramel, Martini Rubino and Guinness. If you want to make The Irishman cocktail at home follow the recipe and method below. 

Ingredients for The Irishman cocktail 
  • 50ml Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition Irish whiskey  
  • 15ml Aperol  
  • 5ml Monin Salted Caramel Syrup  
  • 10ml Martini Rubino  
  • 120ml Guinness 
Method 
  • Pour all ingredients except the Guinness into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes. Stir gently.
  • Place the Guinness into an electric blender and mix until it forms a form. 
  • Gently pour the foam on top of the cocktail to a thickness of 2cm.

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17 March

The Feast of St Patrick at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill

The Feast of St Patrick at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill

Chef Richard Corrigan and his team at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill will be serving up an Irish special on 17 March. The Feast of St Patrick menu is five courses and priced at £90 per person. Gibney’s, the basement bar below Corrigan’s east London restaurant, Daffodil Mulligan, will also be pouring perfect pints of Guinness and their own Gibney’s Irish Stout.

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17 March

Irish Wexford tomahawk steak at Heliot Steak House

Irish Wexford tomahawk steaks at Heliot Steak House

Huge Irish Wexford tomahawk steaks will be on the Heliot Steak House menu at The Hippodrome Casino. The 900g-1,200g steak for two will be served with Bushmills Irish Whiskey cocktails, an array of sides and a choice of sauces including peppercorn, red wine and béarnaise. The set menu is priced at £50 per person, and includes the Irish Wexford Tomahawk, two cocktails and a choice of two sides and sauces, available on 17 March only. 

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17 March

The Pink Irishman cocktail will be on the menu at Coupette

The Pink Irishman cocktail will be on the menu at Coupette

Live music and cocktails at Coupette

Bethnal Green cocktail bar Coupette will be putting on an Irish party in collaboration with The Busker Irish Whiskey from 8.30pm on 17 March. There will be live music and a special menu of The Busker cocktails (£7) created by the Coupette team. Cocktails include the Pink Irishman (pictured), High Yellow, Little Green Bubble, and The Big Red. Available via Eventbrite, tickets cost £10 and includes two cocktails.

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17 March

St Patrick’s at Homeboy Bars

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St Patrick’s at Homeboy

Enjoy modern Irish hospitality at the two Homeboy venues in Embassy Gardens and Islington. Homeboy is launching its cocktail menu in partnership with Redbreast 12 on 17 March, with three delicious drinks on offer, as well as live traditional music.

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17 March

St Patrick’s Day cocktails at The Sun Tavern

St Patrick’s Day cocktails at The Sun Tavern

The Sun Tavern in Bethnal Green, which is home to London’s largest selection of Irish whiskey, will team up with Slane Irish Whiskey to serve up limited-edition cocktails on 17 March. Celebrating its Irish roots, the venue will have three exclusive cocktails on the menu: the Hardy Buck (Slane Irish Whiskey, raspberry, eucalyptus bitters, citrus, Umbrella London Ginger Beer), the Dirty Old Town (Slane Irish Whiskey, chestnut, madeira, suze), and the Beer and a Bump (Umbrella London Ginger Beer and a shot of Slane Irish Whiskey). The fun begins in the afternoon with a Cèilidh band, followed by Broadway Markets’ Oyster Boy kicking off the evening by dishing out free oysters. Two guest DJs will then keep the party going.

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17 March

St Patricks’s Day at Truman’s Social Club

St Patricks’s Day at Truman’s Social Club

Truman’s Social Club in Walthamstow will be pouring some of the finest Irish beers on St Patrick’s Day. The selection includes Porterhouse from Dublin, Boundary from Belfast and Beer Hut from Kilkeel in Northern Ireland. Whiskies and Baby Guinness shots will also be served. Visitors can enjoy traditional Irish music and the flavoursome Irish staple, Coddle, a dish curated from layers of chunky potato and sausage in a rich gravy. Entry is free but bookings are advised. 

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17-20 March

Slane My Name is one of the special cocktails at Records Bars

Slane My Name is one of the special cocktails being served at Records Bars

Irish cocktails at Records Bars

Records Bars’s live music and cocktail venues have curated an eclectic mix of Irish cocktails in collaboration with Slane Irish Whiskey. Featuring the Pot of Gold (Slane, peach, lemon), Slane My Name (Slane, cherry, lemon, egg white), and The Irish Godfather (Slane, amaretto), the special menu will be available at Venn St Records, Old St Records, Eastcheap Records and Northcote Records for £9 each or 2-4-1 during happy hour. To add to its cocktail selection, Records Bars have included a classic Baby Guinness shooter comprising a delicious combination of coffee liqueur and Irish cream made to look like the famous Irish stout, available for £7 across all locations.

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Irish Espresso Martinis at Louche Soho

Irish Espresso Martinis at Louche Soho

Late-night drinking den Louche Soho will be serving a limited-edition Irish Espresso Martini complete with entertainment from a live electric band on 17 March. The Irish Espresso Martini – which is made from Slane Irish Whiskey, coffee liqueur and espresso – will be on offer for £10 or 2-4-1 during happy hour from 5pm to 8pm. The standout cocktail can be enjoyed alongside Thursday night’s band, The Marquees, who will play vintage throwbacks under dazzling emerald lights.

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17 March

St Patrick’s Day gaming experiences at Gravity Wandsworth

St Patrick’s Day gaming experiences at Gravity Wandsworth

Set over three floors and full with games, activities and experiences, Gravity Wandsworth is the perfect hangout for St Patrick’s Day. To mark the day, the venue will be painting the town green and serving eye-catching green pints for £4.95. Guests can also order Baby Guinness shots, £4 each or three for £10, and play a green-themed game of AR bowling or Urban Golf. Choose from a host of activities including Electric Gamebox, a hyper-immersive 60-minute gaming adventure; Gravity GT, a multi-level electric go-karting racetrack; Urban Street Golf and AR Shuffleboard.

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Every day

Irish coffee at Henson’s Bar 

Irish coffee at Henson’s Bar 

If Irish coffee is your chosen drink then head to Henson’s Bar at Mimi’s Hotel in Soho. Bar manager Francesco Delfino uses two types of Irish whiskey to bring extra complexity to the tipple – The Legendary Silkie, offering chocolate honey notes, and Tullamore D.E.W. XO Caribbean Rum Cask Finish, with notes of tropical fruit and brown sugar. To enjoy the Henson’s Bar Irish coffee at home, Delfino has shared the recipe here:

Ingredients
  • 20ml Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey 
  • 10ml Tullamore D.E.W. XO Caribbean Rum Cask Finish
  • 10ml sugar syrup 
  • 150ml freshly brewed Americano coffee 
  • Double cream 
Method 
  • Combine the two whiskeys and sugar syrup 
  • Add the coffee 
  • On the back of a bar spoon, very slowly and gently add the double cream so that it sits like a head on top of the coffee 
  • Finish with grated nutmeg

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