Celebrate St Patrick's Day on and around 17 March with a parade through Central London, a free festival in Trafalgar Square and many more special events.
St Patrick's Day Parade
Every year London hosts a St Patrick's Day Parade on the Sunday closest to 17 March, which features spectacular pageantry, wonderful floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools. This year the Parade will make its way down Piccadilly at midday onSunday 15 March, on a 1.5 mile route passing some of London most iconic Landmarks includingThe Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and onto Whitehall.
St Patrick's Day Festival in Trafalgar Square
The free St Patrick's Day Festival in Trafalgar Square on 15 March is a great chance to experience Irish culture with an artisan Irish food market, comedy and film festivals, children’s activities, ceilidhs, music and dance..
More About St Patrick's Day
St Patrick's Day is celebrated across the capital, with parties in many London pubs and bars. Expect green decor, traditional Irish drinks and lots of fun! You might also find a special menu or two at London's restaurants.
Saint Patrick is one of the patron Saints of Ireland and the day is traditionally celebrated with a feast and a national holiday in Ireland. St Patrick's Day is also celebrated all over the world, by people of both Irish and non-Irish descent.
For more about Irish culture in London, take a look at our Ireland in London blog post on Visit London's blog.
Cancer Research UK London Winter Run
1 February 2015
Winter Fund Run for Cancer
Don't miss the chance to take part in the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run, organised byHuman Race Events. Challenging people to keep running through the winter, this 10km run will start in Westminster, with runners looping past some of London's most famous landmarks, including: The London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral and Big Ben.
The run will have a winter themed route, with an Ice Cave, Polar Bear Hugs and Snow-Zones featured along the way, helping runners conquer the cold in aid of Cancer Research UK.
15,000 people are expected to fill the streets, making their way past London’s iconic landmarks. The event has already received the backing of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and European 10km Champion, Jo Pavey, with further celebrity participation to be announced soon.
Ahead of the event, Pavey said: “I’m looking forward to being part of the inaugural Cancer Research UK London Winter Run. London holds a special place in my heart, both for the Marathon and 2012 Olympics. I’d ask everyone taking part to make a special effort to raise money for CRUK to help their research into the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer”.
Entry is now open, with standard places costing £39 until 15 December, and a special group offer is available, with five places for the price of four.
All entrants are encouraged to fundraise for Cancer Research UK.
English National Ballet: Modern Masters at Sadler's Wells
Relive some of the most dazzling examples of dance from the last century as English National Balletperforms Modern Masters at Sadler’s Wells.
This spectacular dance experience pays tribute to three of the great choreographers of recent times:Jiří Kylián, John Neumeier and William Forsythe. Inspired by – and heavily referencing their unique artistry - this show displays the brilliance of their invention and the pure energy that was driven by the music.
Kylián’s Petite Mort features six men and six women armed with fencing foils who go through their paces to Mozart’s music, with their foils gradually becoming their partners in dance.
Neumeier’s Spring and Fall is a compelling work with two couples and corps de ballet, brilliantly exploiting the tensions to be found in Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings in E Major.
In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated is William Forsythe’s innovative and influential piece that arguably started a whole new form of choreography. It manages to deconstruct the form of classical ballet through its performance on a bare stage, with just nine dancers building slowly to a climax of sheer technical brilliance and physical feats.