London St Patrick's Festival
Come and enjoy the craic as we celebrate the Irish community and culture across London in March.
As well as the famous parade and festival in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 19 March, there'll be art and talks at City Hall, a family adventure trail through central London, music and poetry on the Underground and much more.
- Cheer on the St Patrick's parade and join the celebrations in Trafalgar Square
- Head to Camden Market for live music, family fun, delicious Irish food and special performances from Kila and MOXIE
- Watch Irish cinema shorts and animation at our film festival with Irish Film London
- Learn about Irish London on a free walking tour with a Blue Badge tour guide
- Take the family to a range of fun St Patrick's activities and events across London
For the best way to plan your journey, visit TFL's journey planner.
St Patrick's Day Parade
Every year, we encourage people to line the streets from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square at midday to cheer on the annual parade.
If you’ve not been before, it’s a sight to behold. There’ll be everything from London Irish sports clubs and dance schools to marching bands, community groups and pageantry. Here’s a list of everyone who is taking part. This year, we’ll also be welcoming master storytellers Macnas. They’re renowned for putting on big, bold visual spectacles. So don’t miss it! Click the route map below to download.
This year, we also invited children from London’s primary schools to design a banner for London St Patrick’s Day Parade 2017. Don’t miss the exhibition of the winning and shortlisted entries. You can also read our blog to find out more.
Main stage highlights
Jarlath Regan, one of the most prolific Irish stand-up comedians of the past decade will be your host for St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
The packed line-up includes the Late Late Show House Band who’ll play a selection of Irish favourites. There’ll also be performances by Liam O'Maonlai, Lisa Lambe, Jack L and some very special guests.
Then there’s country star Derek Ryan and his band who’ll be sure to get the crowd singing and toes tapping. There’ll be Irish hip-hop too in the form of the fantastic Rusangano Family as well as energetic neo-trad band MOXIE.
Music and dance will flow from the Trad Gathering Project, while the #IamIrish Collective will present a multicultural mix of music. You can also enjoy Irish dance from the Maguire O’Shea Academy. While if you’re a fan of musicals, don’t miss our showcase of Irish performers making waves in the West End.
The day will close with a massive singalong finale, which will feature, among others, three powerful Irish female voices.
12:00 AmIrish celebration
12:20 Dublin Choir
13:35 Irish Dancing showcase
14:00 Rusangano Family
14:30 Trad gathering London schools
14:55 West End Irish showcase
15:30 Derek Ryan & Band
16:25 House Band joined by special guests, Jack L, Lisa Lambe, Liam O'Maonlai and Gavin James
*Schedule subject to change
If you need to take some time out, pop in for tea and cake wrapped up in warm Irish chat!
Learn about the work community and sports organisations do in London to support Irish people and showcase Irish sport and culture.
Street Food Market
Did you know St Patrick’s Day was traditionally known as the day of feasting? That means it’s a great excuse to try some delicious food and drink from Ireland.
To whet your appetite, last year’s mouth-watering array of tasty treats included Irish black pudding, Scotch eggs, Irish fried chicken sarnies and American-style Irish beef-burgers! Top Irish chef John Relihan was the star culinary attraction in 2016. This year promises to be even bigger!
Watch this years highlights from the Parade and Trafalgar Square.
Listen out for Irish poetry on the Underground on 17 March, and enjoy free Irish-themed musical performances on 18 March at Westminster, Tottenham Court Road and Southwark Tube stations.
A free adventure trail for the whole family.
With a special map and clues from Irish characters you'll meet along the way, this St Patrick's Day quest will take you from Stratton Street to the National Portrait Gallery. This Trail is approximately 1.5 miles long and takes 1.5 hours to complete. Click the route map below to download.
There are prizes to be won too!
Head outside the National Portrait gallery and look across the street for the green flag marked #STPATSLDN. Visit the stand here (close to the statue of Edith Cavell), before 4.30pm on Sunday 19 March to submit your answer and claim your reward.
You’ll also be able to enter a prize draw for your chance to win family flight tickets (two adults and two children) to Dublin with Aer Lingus, so you can have your own Irish adventure! Good luck! Terms and conditions apply.
Mary Kenny talk: Persectives on Irish Feminism
Monday 13 March, 7.30pm
Mayor's Chamber, City Hall
Free - registration required
Irish author, broadcaster, playwright, and journalist Mary Kenny comes to City Hall for a free lecture, “Perspectives on Irish Feminism”. Click here to register for a free ticket.
The Lecture is organised by the Irish Cultural Centre in collaboration with City Hall as part of the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Festival.
Irish art exhibition: John B and Lorcan Vallely
13 - 31 March
Level 2, City Hall
Don’t miss this exhibition between father and son, John B and Lorcan Vallely on level 2 at City Hall, curated by Barbara Stanley.
John B Vallely
One of Ireland’s leading artists, and also a musician. Born in 1941 in County Armagh, he sold his first painting in 1958 at the age of 17. In 1968, The Irish Times called him "one of the more exciting Irish painters under the age of thirty". He has produced 4,000 individual pieces over his career. In 2000, there was a large retrospective of his paintings in the town of his birth. His subject matter remains linked to the past, but his feeling for paint is very modern. Themes include rural Ireland, its traditions, music, sports and mythology.
John B, Vallely (b.1941), 'Magical Days at the old Fleadh'
Born in Armagh in 1979. After studying at Bath School of Art, he later went to Chelsea College of Art in 2004. In the past 11 years his work’s been shown in London, Glasgow, Bath and Oxford, in Italy and throughout Ireland. In summer 2014, he returned to Armagh to set up a studio and continue working as a full-time artist. He mainly uses charcoal, and acrylic to emphasise light and shade. This tonal quality gives his work an almost three-dimensional effect. His unique style is instantly recognisable.
Lorcan Vallely (b. 1979), 'Cross Country Race'
St Patrick’s Day Parade banner competition exhibition
27 - 31 March
Ground Floor, City Hall
This year, we invited children from London’s primary schools to design a banner for London St Patrick’s Day Parade 2017. Don’t miss this exhibition of the winning and shortlisted entries. Read our blog to find out more.
Celebrate St Patrick's festival across London - from a black tie ball to a brewery in Hoxton, the choice is yours!
Ireland Fund of Great Britain Noble Call
16 March, 7pm,St Andrew Holborn, 5 St Andrew Street, EC4A 3AB
The Ireland Funds Great Britain and The Young Leaders invite you to the go-to event of the season, the St. Patrick’s Day Noble Call. Join well known faces from stage and screen, celebrated Irish performers and more than 300 friends of The Ireland Funds Great Britain for an evening of culture, craic agus ceol. Sign up to the Young Leaders Society now and your ticket will be included in your membership.
St Patrick or the Pagans?
17 March, 7pm, Hackney Round Chapel, Glenarm Road, E5 0LY
St Patrick or the Pagans? An interactive comedic banquet exploring Ireland's pagan roots and the true story of St Patrick with live music from Honeyfeet.
St Patrick's Day Tea Dance
17 March, 12.30pm - 4.30pm, London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, NW1 9XB
Join us for a wonderful 2 course meal including Irish favourite, bacon & cabbage. Followed by music from LIC crowd favourite Mustang, toget us into the party spirit! An afternoon full of food, song, dance and raffle to top it off.
St Patrick's Evening with Ceílí Max
17 March, 7.30pm, 5 Black's Rd, Hammersmith, London W6 9DT
Ceílí Max is a group of vibrant and talented young musicians who will not fail to entertain you. It will be a night of dance, great music and mighty craic. No dance experience needed!
17 March, 8pm, London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, NW1 9XB
Irish folk and world music legends KILA come to the Centre for a very special London show on St Patrick's Day as part of a huge programme at the London Irish Centre. Featuring Rossa Ó Snodaigh, Colm Ó Snodaigh, Dee Armstrong, Eoin Dillon, Seanán Brennan, Brian Hogan and Dave Hingerty, don't miss this opportunity to see one of Ireland's most innovative bands at the top of their game.
St Patrick's Festival Ball
18 March, 7pm, Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane, W1J 7QY
A black tie ball with dinner and dancing to celebrate Ireland's patron saint,
Sean Keane in Concert
18 March, 8.45pm, London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, NW1 9XB
After 2016's sell out concert, Sean Keane will be back for the London Irish Centre's huge St Patrick's programme on Saturday 18th March. Sean will be joined by Pat Coyne and Fergus Feely.
40 Shades of Green
18 March, from 12noon, 40 FT Brewery, The Bootyard, Abbot Street, E8 3DP
Experience the best of food, drink and music from Irish Londoners, and enjoy a range of tipples from independent Irish brewers and distillers.
18 March from 10am, Wasps FC Twyford Avenue Sports Ground, Acton, London W3 9QA
This free event for St Patrick’s Day sees Fr Murphy’s take on St Mary’s University, Twickenham in the Monica Dee Memorial Football Cup. Kick-off is at 11am. Beforehand, at 10am there’ll be a Camogie exhibition, with Fr Murph’s taking on Laois County Champions O’Moores.
16-18 March, 7.30pm, Bread & Roses Theatre, 68 Clapham Manor Street, London, SW4 6DZ
Neil Weatherall’s new play is based on the writings of WB Yeats, Lady Gregory and Patrick Pearse. It looks at how national pride can turn nasty in this era of Brexit, Trump and fake news. This darkly comic drama will unite people of every nation and religion, for 50 minutes.
Find out more and book tickets: www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk/the-irish-play