What’s the craic with St Patrick’s Day 2020 in London? Join in with all the fun this year as we celebrate the patron saint of Ireland in the big smoke.
From the annual St Patrick’s Day parade in Trafalgar Square to the ultimate Paddy Fest party in Clapham, here’s how you can raise a glass to our Irish friends in the capital.
15 March, 12pm–6pm
This year marks the 18th annual event of the Mayor of London’s St Patrick’s festival. On Sunday 15 March, you can enjoy a vibrant and colourful procession of Irish marching bands, dance troupes and pageantry, not to mention a giant St Patrick, which will travel from Hyde Park Corner through Piccadilly, St James’s Street, Pall Mall and Whitehall.
At Trafalgar Square, expect to see a world-class line-up of Irish music and acts compered by Derry Girls actor Siobhán McSweeney. From community choirs to family concerts, and storytelling to dance troops, you’ll be immersed in amazing Irish entertainment throughout the day.
14 March, 2pm–10:30pm
Get your Irish jig on at Clapham Grand’s Paddy Fest: one of the biggest St Patrick’s Day parties in London. With live music from traditional Irish groups and cover bands, face-painters, photobooths, Irish dance troupes, food traders and DJs raring to get the party started, Paddy Fest is the ultimate fun event for merrymakers in the capital. This is an 18+ event and tickets cost £13.20 per person.
Regent Street Cinema
Expect another year of exciting programmes, features, Q&As and films at this year’s St Patrick’s Day Film Festival in London. Head to Regent Street Cinema where you’ll be privy to a number of ground-breaking Irish cinema releases including Calm with Horses, which opens the festival on Friday 13 March. View the full film line-up and buy tickets online.
14 March, 11am–12:30pm
Nothing quite says St. Patrick’s Day like a jolly run around Hyde Park… right? Grab your trainers and meet at the Wellington Arch before taking part in a 5k lap of the perimeter of Hyde Park. Make sure to catch your breath before following the rest of the runners to an Irish themed bar for a celebratory social. Tickets cost £10 plus a booking fee.