London plans St Patrick’s celebrations

The capital will take on a distinctive Irish vibe in honour of St Patrick’s Day.

Visitors staying in The Montcalm London hotels over March 17th will be able to enjoy a number of official events.

Last year saw more than 100,000 people take part in street parties to celebrate the day, with marching marches playing traditional Gaelic tunes and floats representing Irish groups and counties.

One of the highlights of St Patrick’s Day in London is the annual procession through the capital from Green Park to Trafalgar Square. Leaving at noon, the event will highlight the strong links between the UK and Ireland.

“Trafalgar Square will host the festival programme of live Irish music and dance on the main performance stage, showcasing the best of Irish music and dance from traditional to contemporary,” explained organisers.

“This fantastic, free family day out is a great way to experience all things Irish from food and dance to crafts, culture, music and much more.”

In addition, many bars and pubs across the city hold their own themed events for locals and tourists. One of the most popular St Patrick’s parties takes place at Auld Shillelagh in the north of the capital.

“This is the best Irish pub in London,” according to Time Out London.

“The staff are so hospitable that they’ll offer to bring your Guinness over to your table rather than have you hang around at the bar and wait for it to reach absolute perfection.”

Visitors planning to enjoy a night at Auld Shillelagh will find the pub close to Stoke Newington station and there are regular trains from Liverpool Street.

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