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St Patrick’s Day Fun in…London!

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It’s all about the Emerald Isle this week. So here’s our guide to the best ‘craic’.

The official Parade was on Sunday 13th March in Trafalgar Square, with plenty of people and plenty of dancing!

However, come Thursday March 17, there will be LOTS of people dressed in green, and there will be plenty of celebrating including drinking, dancing and eating all around London too

St Patrick's Day Parade, London 2010

The dancing

Want to get your own feet moving? St Patrick’s Day at Mr Fogg’s Tavern
Head down to the mystical world of Mr Fogg’s Tavern on Thurs March 17th as his Irish cousin, Seamus Fogg, is in town and he’s throwing a good old-fashioned hooley. Seamus will be bringing his favourite Irish band along to the party and an Irish stew and specially crafted whisky cocktails will be on the menu to celebrate St Paddy’s Day.

Folk Of The Wood: St Patrick’s Ceilidh
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with this traditional dance featuring guest Irish dancers from the Mulvihill Academy. There will be plenty of Guinness at the bar and an Irish stew bubbling away.

Portico Gallery , West Norwood Friday March 18 2016

The eating

The Elmore Jam
A father and daughter team present this supperclub which offers live musical accompaniment from a three-piece jazz band. Each event is themed around a different cuisine according to which chef is doing the cooking. Irish chef Úna Donohoe wil be providing a four course meal using Irish ingredients for a St. Patrick’s Day special edition on March 17. She will be joined by traditional Irish band Beannacht Lá Fhéile Pádraig.

Secret London location , London Thursday March 17 2016

The Porterhouse, Covent Garden
21-22 Maiden Ln, WC2E 7NA

This vast place, split over 12 levels, has the gold medal from Brewing Industry International Awards (basically the Olympics of brewing). Its stout is truly Irish: handcrafted in Dublin and then shipped to us in London. Great Irish food and, in the basement, live rock music.

Not to mention our Giving Tree Broccoli Crisps! The perfect green snack to be munching on St Paddy’s Day!

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The drinking

It wouldn’t be St Paddy’s Day without a pint of the black stuff, and no London pub is more devoted to it than Soho’s Toucan. Vintage posters cover the walls, and you can even order a Guinness cocktail.  If you’d rather drink something less obvious than Guinness or Irish whiskey, try attending Last Libations at B&H Buildings, a tasting masterclass which on March 17 will include poitín. The Irish moonshine was so potent that it was banned for three centuries and only legalised in 1997. Time to get reacquainted.

And the leprechauns!

You can build your very own lucky mascot at Drink, Shop & Do’s papier-mâché leprechaun workshop on March 17. The crafty fun is free when you buy a drink. Bring some friends along so you’ll have company on the post-cocktail hunt for that blessed pot of gold

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