Where to celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2024

Where to celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2024

Nobody does a celebration quite like the Irish do, so grab a Guinness and get involved in the festivities!

Main image: BÓHA London

London’s annual St Patrick’s Day Parade will be taking the city by storm once again. It’s set to be a big afternoon of entertainment in Trafalgar Square, with Irish national treasure, drag queen and activist Panti Bliss leading the celebrations as Grand Marshall. It’s expected to pull a 50,000 strong crowd, with a spectacular procession of Irish marching bands, dance troupes and performers.

You can also head to the London Irish Centre, where a host of events are taking place to celebrate Ireland’s national heritage. On the 16th March you can catch the Great St Patrick’s Festival Party, featuring a selection of entertainment including trad fusion band Jiggy – described as “an explosive mix of traditional Irish music and contemporary global beats” – plus more comedy and dance. For something cultural there is a talk on 17th March called ‘Ireland & Creativity: What’s the Secret?’ – a self-described “free-flowing conversation” between Annie Mac, Emma Dabiri, Molly King and host Joe O’Neill about the recent successes of Irish creative talent. If you fancy learning a new skill, you can attend the Bodhrán for Beginners class on the 16th, a no-experience-needed class where you can learn the fundamentals of playing the instrument at the heart of Irish music.

Over in Putney, you can visit the Half Moon on the 17th March to see The Pogue Traders – the UK’s leading Pogues tribute band.  The band has a comprehensive set of Pogues numbers that are very faithful to the studio arrangements, and they have played to sell-out audiences in major venues across the UK.

Luxury Irish/British restaurant, BÓHA London, is hosting special celebrations, featuring special dishes such as dry-aged chocolate fed Irish Tomahawk, Guinness bread and BÓHA’s famous Potato Carpaccio. This is joined by themed drinks such as Guinness Espresso Martini and baby Guinness shots; along with additional events. On Saturday 16th BÓHA will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day brunch service with some exciting new Irish dishes. Sunday 17th heralds a St. Patrick’s Day Sunday roast, after which there will be a party downstairs in The Shibeen with live music and entertainment, DJs and more special drinks.