We all know about the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade and Trafalgar Square Festival in Central London, but what else is going on around city this week? Celebrate St Patrick’s Day the alternative way with classic folk music, a delicious 4-course feast or even a night filled with laughter by the Thames. Here are some buzzing St Patrick’s Day happenings around London.
Music at The Magic Gardens
The Celtic sounds will be in full blaze at The Magic Gardens all this week. To get you in the Irish spirit, spend an evening with a free night of Celtic melodies and enjoy songs of the past from the folk band, The Thumping Tommys. On St. Patrick’s Day, Balkan Alien Sound and Nigel Burch will light up The Magic Garden stage with The Fleapit Orchestra. If you’re a foodie, musician, festivalgoer or love the international music scene, The Magic Gardens is the community for you!
This week’s shows 15 – 19 March start at 9pm on Battersea Park Road. Events are free, except for Friday and Saturday night (£5 after 8pm). Find out more here.
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DeSoto A Cappella Choir in Concert
During your lunch break on Wednesday, stop by St Paul’s Church for a free afternoon concert by a wonderful youth choir from the U.S. in Covent Garden. The DeSota A Cappella choir, hailed from the great state of Texas, sing a variety of traditional, spiritual and popular songs for all ages.
On Wednesday, 15 March at 1:45 – 2:00pm at St Paul's Church in Covent Garden, London WC2E 9ED. Free to attend. Find out more here.
MAGIC St Paddy’s Day Blowout
Calling all students who not only love a great drink, but also burst with joy when it comes to giant inflatables and confetti cannons. Proud in Camden is celebrating St Patrick’s Day with style at The Stable Markets. Students are welcomed to a giant ball pit of fun with student priced drinks, party music and maybe even a little Irish dancing. Oh, and did we mention the giant inflatables?
On Thursday, 16 March 9:30pm – 3:30am on Chalk Farm Road in Camden. Tickets are £5.90. Find out more here.
St Paddy’s Comedy Night with Funny Women
Start your weekend early with a night of Funny Women. Celebrating the Emerald Isle, this grand line up includes Catherine Bohart, Zahra Barri, Loren O’Brien, Janet Bettesworth, Aideen McQueen and Grianne Maguire. Grab a drink, have a nibble on some delightful food and relax on a boat while enjoying a night of hilarious comedy.
On Thursday, 16 March 7:30pm at RS Hispaniola by Embankment. Tickets are £10 and £8 concessions. Find out more here.
The Candlelight Club featuring The Silver Ghosts
Tucked away in a secret London venue, The Candlelight Club is a 1920s speakeasy, and this week it will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day with a little jazz. Surrounded by the candlelight, the seven-piece swing ensemble The Silver Ghosts will get you ready to dance a swinging jig. Step into the past with an elegant cocktail and sophisticated meal of the 1920s.
On Friday, 17 March 7:30pm – 11:30pm at The Candlelight Club near Angel Station. Tickets are £20, £65 for a table of 5 and £130 for a table of 10. Find out more here.
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The Medieval Banquet
Down in the Ivory Vaults, an enchanting banquet will be held with scrumptious food, endless drinks and the thrills of St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy the Medieval Banquet with a 4-course meal and live entertainment with King Henry. For those who wear green, do make sure that you get your hands on a free pint of Guinness!
The Medieval Banquet will take place on 17 March 7:15pm-11:30pm at the Ivory House on St Katherine Docks. Tickets are £50 and include a 4-course meal, unlimited ale & wine, a free pint of Guinness and live entertainment. Find out more here.
The Star of Bethnal Green Shenanigans
Of all the pubs in London, where do you go on St Patrick’s Day? The answer is simple, head on over to The Star of Bethnal Green for an evening of authentic Irish beer from Bru Brewery and delicious beef bourguignon burgers made by The Patete. Be careful, one too many hearty beers will have you doing an Irish jig on the dance floor!