Date Published 17 March 2015
St Patrick's Day (otherwise known as the day where non-Irish folk seek out that one distant Irish relative as an excuse to party) falls this week, and if you're stuck for what to do in East London then look no further. Whether it's Guinness you're after, or a knees-up at a Cèili, we've got you covered with our top five things to do list.
Climb the Shard
Just like on New Year's Eve, the View From The Shard are laying on a special event; this time in honour of the patron saint of Ireland. Get into the spirit of the Emerald Isle with blistering views of London, whilst knocking back a pint (or two) of the creamy black stuff. Your ticket entitles you to a glass of Jameson Irish Whiskey doused with ginger and lime on arrival, as well as a pair of headphones to partake in the silent disco. This is sure to be the place to be for a party on St Paddie's Day!
St Patrick's Day Parade
The weekend saw the return of the popular parade that starts in Green Park and ends up at Trafalgar Square. It's been hailed as the biggest gathering outside of Ireland and America that commemorates the day, and it gets bigger and better every year (to be sure, to be sure).
St Pat's Craic at The Russet
Hackney's restaurant and art space, The Russet, is staging an evening of Irish cuisine, ballads and dancing in honour of St Patrick's Day. A three-course dinner of boxty, Irish stew and soda bread, followed by Guinness and chocolate pudding for desert will accompany entertainment in the form of a traditional Cèili - a good, old-fashioned Irish knees up!
Club de Fromage
Don your greenest dancing rags for a night of Irish-flavoured, chart music cheese at the 02 Academy Islington; featuring The Corrs, The Pogues and Westlife. Expect a shamrock-ingly brilliant evening filled with the cheesiest Irish tunes and dance moves going.
Rugby, Rugby, Rugby
Next weekend marks the end of 2015's Six Nations tournament, and with England, Wales and Ireland all in with a chance of lifting the trophy, it will be Ireland looking to top off the week in style. Get down to The Water Poet in Spitalfields before 11am for a full Irish breakfast, and bide your time waiting for the 14:30 kick off by visiting the Guinness bar. Just remember, it doesn't matter who wins… it's the taking part that counts (right?).