London is going all out for St Patrick’s Day with a full weekend of festivities. As well as the famous parade, there will be music and dance performances in Trafalgar Square, an Irish Film Festival, and music, food and family fun at Camden Market. Some of London’s top restaurants and bars are serving up special cocktails and menus too, so there’s no excuse for partying on an empty stomach. Here are some of the best places to drink and dine over St Patrick’s Day weekend.
Old Bengal Bar – Get the party started with Jamesons Caskmates cocktails, available all week long at the Old Bengal Bar near Liverpool Street. Soak up the booze with some bar snacks or head next door to New Street Grill to try their St Patrick’s Day specials – Irish sirloin with corned beef mustard hash and whiskey-peppercorn sauce, followed by panna cotta with whiskey and orange prunes and shortbread.
The Bloomsbury Club – On the 17th and 18th, The Bloomsbury Club bar will be celebrating with live music, Irish beers from The Porterhouse Brewing Company, and cocktails made with Dingle Distillery gin and vodka. Plus, on Friday night, there will be a pair of Irish dancers performing during the live music intervals. Try their Irish-inspired bar bites or dine nearby at Hakkasan, Lima, and House of Ho.
Corrigan’s – At his Mayfair restaurant, Richard Corrigan and his team are celebrating all week long with a special Irish menu, a cocktail masterclass on Saturday, and a traditional Sunday lunch. Book a table and get stuck into hearty dishes like collar of bacon with truffle and cabbage, crispy crubeens with beetroot and horseradish, and treacle and Guinness tart with whiskey cream.
Wright Brothers – Seafood specialists Wright Brothers have teamed up with Guinness to offer a distinctly Irish three-course pairing menu for £25 per person. Available from 17-19th March, the menu includes Carlingford oysters served with a traditional Black Velvet (a mix of Champagne and stout); wild Atlantic prawns with Guinness-infused mayonnaise and half a pint of Guinness; and a smoked haddock rarebit Scotch egg served with a bottle of Hop House. Try it for yourself at their restaurants in Soho, Borough, South Kensington and Spitalfields.
Bubbledogs – Head to Bubbledogs for a glass of Champagne and their Kerry Beagle Dog, which is named after one of the oldest Irish hound breeds. It’s topped with Irish whiskey stewed onions, crispy potatoes, Cashel Blue cheese, and parsley. £1 from each dog sold will be donated to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
The Water Poet – This Spitalfields pub is hosting a full week of celebrations, including a Meet The Brewer event with Irish craft beer masters Bru and a beer, whiskey and food matching evening on Thursday night. There will be live music from the Black Velvet band on Friday evening, plus a special menu (available all week) that includes Dublin Bay prawns, spiced silverside of beef, and traditional Irish stew.
Archer Street – Prepare to sham-rock the night away at this cocktail bar in the heart of Soho. Their bar team will be serving St Patrick’s Day cocktails like the River Dance (gin, lychee, mint agave, grapefruit bitters, soda and fresh lime) and a Black Velvet spiked with crème de cassis. Dine nearby at Blacklock, Café Monico, HIX Soho, and Mele e Pere.
Butlers Wharf Chop House – Fancy a St Patrick’s Day feast with views of Tower Bridge? Butlers Wharf Chop House is serving a 3-course set menu which includes oak smoked salmon and soda bread, Irish stew, and braised beef cheeks with colcannon. Save room for dessert – sticky toffee pudding, a British cheeseboard, or a decadent Bailey’s cheesecake.
Mr Fogg’s Tavern – Head to this quirky bar near Leicester Square for live music and The Pogues Irish Whiskey Boilermakers. They’ll be serving a special leek and potato pie with stout gravy, but if you fancy something different, you can dine nearby at J Sheekey, Tredwells, Murakami, and Les Deux Salons.
If you’re heading to Trafalgar Square for the celebrations on Sunday, check out these great restaurants nearby.