St Patrick’s events guide: London

By on March 13, 2013
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Liam O’Connor will perform at The Ireland Fund of Great Britain session.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13
St. Patrick’s Boat Party
Fancy dress party will set sail from the Cutty Sark Boat Pier in Greenwich. £15.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14
The Ireland Funds Event 
An evening of musicat The Grange, St. Paul’s Hotel, 10 Godliman Street, London, City of London, London, EC4V 5AJ TBC.

Liam O’Conner A renowned musician the world over, O’Conner starts the St. Patrick’s celebrations at The Ireland Fund of Great Britain’s St. Patrick’s Day Session. Commonwealth Club Kitchen, London £95. 0207 9409 850.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 

St Patrick’s Festival party at The London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London, NW1 9XB. 020 7916 2222.  www.londonirishcentre.org

St Patrick’s Underground Party with Eoghan McDermott, Avalonia, Túcan, Fusion Fighters, Arveene and Misk, Orquesta, Lorcan Mak, Kenny Pilgrim, Shane Kehoe at Relay, 33 Bermondsey Street London Bridge SE1 3JW

Poetry and Traditional Irish Fare - Kick start your St Patrick’s weekend with an Irish poetry evening with a yet unnamed special guest reading out verses of Joyce and Yeats and a very traditional Irish three course meal at Corrigans, 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London,W1K 7EH 

St Patricks Day Whiskey Masterclass – Make the most of St Patricks Day at Vinopolis with tutored tastings of a variety of great Irish Whiskeys. Vinopolis 1 Bank End, London Bridge, SE1 9BU

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 

St Patrick’s Day Ball Dust down the old D-J, don you most stylish hat and let your tails hang down at the annual St Patrick’s Festival ball held at the grandiose Intercontinental Hotel on Park Lane. Dinner and entertainment – dancing to Barry Owen and The Main Attraction – will follow the Champagne and Guinness reception.  Intercontinental Hotel. One Hamilton Pl, London, Park Lane. 7pm. £150. 020 7318 8649.

Waxy O’ Connors A whole host of in-house events, including music, sport and of course, plenty of drink flowing. Waxy O’Connor’s, 14-16 Rupert Street. Free.

Quinn’s Paddy’s Day Party – Night of the best Irish music and craic. Quinns, 65 Kentish Town Road, NW1 8NY

Greenwich Dance hosts St. Patrick’s Day Céili
Greenwich Dance celebrates its 20th year with a night of Irish Céili dancing and live music – all ages and abilities most welcome. The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, London. 8pm, £8.

St Patrick’s Day at Water Poet – Expect a special menu starring authentic Irish food bat this popular pub and restaurant. The Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields.

Roof Gardens Party – Experience all things Irish 100ft above Kensington High Street. Events include a barbecue, DJ sets and special drinks throughout the afternoon and into the evening. The rugby game between Italy and Ireland will also be screened. Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 5SA

St Patricks Day Whiskey Masterclass – Make the most of St Patricks Day at Vinopolis with tutored tastings of a variety of great Irish Whiskeys. Vinopolis 1 Bank End, London Bridge, SE1 9BU

St. Patrick’s Day Drop What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than by abseiling 100ft off Twickenham Stadium for charity? Twickenham Stadium, 200 Whitton Road, Twickenham.

‘Once’ – a new musical Winner of eight Tony awards, including best musical, this stage version of the hit Irish film arrives in London. The romantic story of an Irish busker and a young Czech mother who meet through a love of music. Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London.£19.50-£85.

Brent St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Parade congregates at 1:30pm at Willesden Green Tube Station and travels along Willesden High Road to the Willesden Green Library Centre where from 2pm guests can enjoy entertainment including the Irish school of dance and workshops, pipes, singing, stalls, local Irish bands, lashings of traditional Irish food and drink, and lots of family fun.

Willesden Green station, Station Parade. 1:30pm. Free.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

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Revellers enjoy St Pat’s Day in Trafalgar Square.

St. Patrick’s Day Mass  The London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London, NW1 9XB. 9am. 020 7916 2222.  www.londonirishcentre.org

The Auld Shillelagh Live music and plenty of St. Patrick’s Day cheer at this traditional Irish Pub. The Auld Shillelagh, 105 Stoke Newington Church Street.

Filthy McNasty’s Whiskey Café is sure to provide a raucous atmosphere on St. Patrick’s Day in London. Filthy McNasty’s Whiskey Café, 68 Amwell Street.

Zigfrid Von Underbelly Hosts a hip 2013 celebration with great food, Irish-themed drinks and rocktails. Zigfrid Von Underbelly, 11 Hoxton Square.

Waxy O’ Connors A whole host of in-house events, including music, sport and of course, plenty of drink flowing. Waxy O’Connor’s, 14-16 Rupert Street. Free. 

Proud Camden Try something different this St. Patrick’sstables are available to hire for you and 50 of your friends. Proud Camden, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town. 

The Blythe Hill Tavern A large crowd is expected at this charming traditional Irish pub. The Blythe Hill Tavern. Catford.

The Boston Arms Live music at this spacious, traditional Irish venue. The Boston Arms, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park.

The Claddagh Ring Irish dancers throughout the afternoon, live music all day and an Irish menu at The Claddagh Ring, 10 Church Road, Hendon. 

St. Patrick’s Day at the Toucan Take a pew at one of London’s most popular Guinness-themed bars. The Toucan, 19 Carlisle Street.

St Patrick’s Day at Water Poet – Expect a special menu starring authentic Irish food bat this popular pub and restaurant. The Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields.

Funk Nation at The Fiddler’s Elbow A St. Patrick’s Day special, featuring live music and DJs. The Fiddler’s Elbow, 1 Malden Road.

See Green on the London Eye Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel is lit in green floodlights By Tourism Ireland to promote St. Patrick’s Day. The EDF Energy London Eye, Westminster Bridge Road. 

Roof Gardens Party – Experience all things Irish 100ft above Kensington High Street. Events include a barbecue, DJ sets and special drinks throughout the afternoon and into the evening. The rugby game between Italy and Ireland will also be screened. Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 5SA

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival Trafalgar Square The world-famous parade kicks off at noon, starting at Picadilly and finishing at Trafalgar Square where revelers can expect a day of music, dance, comedy and film. Trafalgar Square. 12.00-6pm. Free.

London Irish Comedy Festival Marquee – a marquee full of some of the most exciting Irish an acts. See page 8 for details. North Terrace, Trafalgar Square, London. 2pm–6pm. Free.

Take the Mike to the Pillars -Caimh McDonnell headlines this special St. Patrick’s Day show celebrating Irish culture food, and craic. Aisling Bea, Peter Callaghan and Christian Reilly are also on the bill while Mike Belgrave comperes the evening’s entertainment. Hercules Pillars, Covent Garden.

Live music and Traditional Irish Fare - Kick start your St Patrick’s Day with a very traditional Irish three course meal and live music at Corrigans, 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London,W1K 7EH

An Evening with Liam O’Connor and Friends - Taking place on Sunday evening after the St Patrick’s Day parade in Trafalgar Square, Liam O’Connor will fuse music, song and performance rooted in the Irish tradition to ensure the Centre goes out with the bang it deserves. Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, 5 Black’s Road, Hammersmith, W6 9DT. 7.30pm. £17. 020 8563 8232. www.irishculturalcentre.co.uk

MONDAY, MARCH 18

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‘Once’ comes to The Pheonix Theatre on Saturday, March 16.MONDAY, MARCH 18 

Brian O’Driscoll’s testimonial dinner at the Grosvenor Hotel

Join the legendary centre alongside international colleagues from sport and friends from show business to celebrate his illustrious rugby career. The event features live performances and an after party to help you see off your St Patrick’s Day celebrations in style.

The Great Room, Grosvenor House Hotel, London W1. 7pm. £495 plus VAT. 020 8704 4141.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21

Collaborative Orchestra Spring Wapping Concerts – Collaborative Orchestra invites you to start in the Dvorak dances and finish with the Beethoven master piece, the 5th symphony. St Patrick’s Church, Green Bank, Wapping, E1W 2PH

SATURDAY, MARCH 23

London Irish St Patrick’s party at the Madjeski – DJ Minty, Bible Code Sundays, The Reels and The Paul Bowen Band.
The rugby bash of the season kicks off at 11am as DJ Minty takes the stage at the Village. The live music stage will be flanked by two massive Guinness trucks to keep the party going. As always the Madjeski will be family friendly: kids can visit Digger’s outside Pound where they can have their faces painted, play on the bouncy castle and get their picture taken with Digger himself. Not to forget a certain Aviva Premiership rugby game against Worcester Warriors, at 3pm.

Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 0FL. £20 (which includes a free Under 16 pass). 0844 249 1871. www.london-irish.com 

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