St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the most popular holidays in the country over the last 30 years.
For those who don’t know, St. Patrick was credited with bringing Christianity to the wild and remote Ireland in around 400 CE. It is said that he helped to explain the holy trinity (father, son and holy spirit), thus giving birth to the nation’s 3 leaf clover emblem.
There are many stories and legends surrounding the holiday, but the thing that attracts most people’s attention is the party. It is thought the holiday has been celebrated first by the Irish, then pretty much the entire western world, for the last 1500 years.
Now it’s time to find out the best ways to embrace the spirit of St. Patrick on March 17th in London.
Head to an Irish Pub
London has its fair share of incredible pubs, but come St. Paddy’s Day it’s only the Irish pubs that matter.
If you’re stuck for ideas or just fancy a bloody good time, then heading to any Irish pub you can find will lead to a pretty full on party.
It’s something the Irish take very seriously so it won’t be hard to find a pub that’s overflowing with green clad drinkers listening to live music and having a really good time.
St. Patrick’s Day Park Run
If you’re feeling fit this year, or perhaps looking for something a little more fulfilling than just drinking, then sign up to Hyde Park St. Pattrick’s Day Park Run.
It’s essentially a 5K fun run around the perimeter of the famous park, and it’s within a stone’s throw of your accommodation near Hyde Park.
You could always do the run, then head to a pub for a bit of celebration- best of both worlds!
St. Patrick’s Day Festival
London is pretty good at throwing a party, and the Paddy’s Day celebrations are no exception.
In Trafalgar Square you’ll find thousands of people wearing green and drinking guinness. There will also be live music, Irish cultural events and plenty of Irish foods to enjoy.
Learn the Irish Jig
The world famous Riverdance is something that has become synonymous with Paddy’s Day celebrations, and this year you can learn the jig and take part!
There are classes available in several places around the city so sign yourself up and learn something new!
What better way to celebrate than to dance in the traditional Irish way!
Enjoy a Feast With Friends
In large parts of Ireland St. Patrick’s Day is not really about drinking. Instead it’s about sharing your food and home with family and friends.
Try inviting your friends over for a fantastic Irish feast, some delicious stew and maybe a little bit of Guinness too.
The Day the City Turns Green
So there you have it, some the best things to do in London this year on St. Patrick’s Day.
London will be awash with green party goers and celebrating Irish folk, so join in on the fun.
Your amazing hotel near Hyde Park will put you right in the thick of the action, so get out there and join the party!