St. Patrick’s Day in the capital is one big party and London is ready to put on a great show this Sunday 17th March. Here’s our guide to refueling throughout the day…
- Pre-parade St. Patrick’s Day mass and Irish breakfast
Start the day with a breakfast for champions at the London Irish Centre in Camden Square. The traditional Irish breakfast includes a heart-stopping selection of black and white pudding, bacon, eggs and all the trimmings.
- Join the parade for a pre-lunch walk
The St. Patricks Day parade starts at 12 noon from the top of Piccadilly (near Green Park station) and meanders down to Trafalgar Square for a 6pm arrival. Join the masses but sneak off for a late lunch at the Hampshire Bar and Restaurant for a warming helping of Lamb Shank braised in rosemary and Guinness. Recharge with a sit down in the sumptuous red velvet sofas before setting off again. Read more about the parade or book your table at the Hampshire Bar and Restaurant online >
- Have a pint at The Tipperary
Take a detour on your way to Trafalgar Square for a pint of Guinness at The Tipperary on Fleet Street. The pub first opened in the early 1600s, survived the Fire of London and is proud to be the oldest Irish pub in the capital.
- Have a nibble at the food tents in Trafalgar Square
Time your arrival at Trafalgar Square for 6pm if you want to welcome in the parade – you can enjoy a range of proper Irish grub in the food tents with classic brands like Cashel cheese, Brodericks cakes and Keogh’s crisps. There’s also a fantastic children’s area where you can keep the littles ones busy with Irish dance lessons and Gaelic football.
- A proper cuppa at Tom’s Deli
After all the excitement you’ll be in need of a strong cup of tea. Pop by Tom Conran’s deli in Notting Hill for a pot of Barry’s – Ireland’s favourite tea.
Stay at the heart of the action at the Hampshire hotel in Leicester Square, set just north of Trafalgar Square, it’s the perfect place to base yourself this weekend. Check availability and book online >