Don’t let this weekend’s mini ‘beast from the east’ put you off getting out and about. In the spirit of St. Patricks, grab anything green, white and gold for a weekend of St. Patrick’s Day fun and frolics and enjoy the craic!
A definite weekend highlight will be the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday. Watch out for flamboyant floats, marching bands and traditional jigs on the streets of London. The procession departs from Hyde Park Corner at midday and snakes down Piccadilly on a 1.5 mile route via The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus and on to Whitehall.
Elsewhere, check out the three-day St Patrick’s Day Festival in Trafalgar Square. There’ll be household Irish music acts, craft stalls, Irish street food and a kid-friendly zone too with magicians, stilt-walkers and story tellers. Dublin community choir, traditional music from London Lasses and Chris O’Malley will also play across the three days as well as a moving tribute to the wondrous Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries who died earlier this year.
There’ll be plenty of other things to enjoy over the weekend including parties, street markets and ceilidh displays. Not forgetting the odd pint or two of the black stuff!
Fri 16th – Sun 18th March, from 12pm: St Patrick’s Day Festival, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
Sun 18th March, St Patrick’s Day Parade, leaving from Hyde Park Corner at 12pm
Both are FREE and unticketed.
For a list of what’s on across the capital to celebrate St Patrick’s Day weekend click here
The fab tribute night at The Grand in Clapham will be screening three episodes of the cult comedy on the big screen (visitors can vote for their favourite show), prizes for best dressed priests or nun outfits plus you can tuck in to Mrs Doyle’s cakes, popcorn and snacks too.
Tickets are from just a QUID and include entry to the Irish-themed 90s pop party til late. You’ll love it… ah, go on, go on, go on!
Sat 17th March, from 7pm: Father Ted-athon: St Patrick’s Day Special
The Grand, 21- 25 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction, SW11 1TT
To buy tickets – and for more info click here
The huge market will feature loads of antiquey accessories including one-off jewellery pieces, mid century furniture and assorted vintage clothes for him and her. There’ll also be live entertainment, a tea room and booze if all that browsing gives you a thirst.
This season’s pop up will be at the stunning art deco Walthamstow Assembly Hall (above), maybe the most incredible building most Londoners have never heard of!
Sat March 17th, 12pm – 5pm: Pop-Up Vintage at Walthamstow Assembly Hall
Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Forest Road, E17 4JF
Entry, £2 / £1 NUS (on the door, no advanced tickets)
For more info click here
The council are shutting some local roads meaning pedestrians can enjoy a browse and rummage without loud lorries ruining the fun. Shoppers can check out more than 150 stalls who’ll be opening for the big day. Look out for bargain knick-knacks from around the world, specialist clothing stands, hot drinks and street food. As you do!
Sat 17th March, 9am – 5pm: Traffic free spring market
North End Road Market, North End Road, Fulham, SW6 1NW
For more info click here
Hear about bizarre anecdotes, black magic practices and the torturing and executing of those accused of witchcraft. The eerie and fascinating two-hour stroll takes in the Tower of London, the ancient Roman Wall as well as St Paul’s Cathedral. The tour is “pay what you can”.
Sun 18th March, 7pm: Free Witches Tour
Meet at Tower Hill Station, outside the exit just by Trinity Square Gardens, EC3N 4DJ
FREE / Pay what you can – To book and for more info click here