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You don’t need to head to Ireland to enjoy stylish St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. You’ll find plenty of events going on close to our luxury London hotels, so wear something green and make sure you’re seen during your stay in the capital.
Read on to find out where you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in London in 2012…
St. Patrick’s Day, the feast day of Ireland’s patron saint, takes place on 17 March, but you don’t need to go to the Emerald Isle in order to enjoy the craic. You’ll find a wide range of events to choose from in London, so head to the capital and enjoy some spectacular celebrations this year.
The must-see St. Patrick’s Day event in the capital is The Mayor’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, which takes place on Sunday 18 March 2012.
The parade starts at midday in Green Park – one of London’s Royal Parks, situated between Piccadilly and Constitution Hill. An array of colourful floats and a sea of green-clad musicians and dancers will set off from here and promenade through Central London, ending up in Trafalgar Square.
The St. Patrick’s Day party continues in Trafalgar Square, with plenty of Irish food and drink, and some lively performances by Irish musicians and dancers. The festivities continue until 6.00 p.m., and more than 100,000 people attended the 2011 event, so it’s sure to be a St. Patrick’s Day celebration to remember.
Trafalgar Square is conveniently just a few minutes’ walk from two of our luxury London hotels too – The Royal Horseguards Hotel in Whitehall Court, and The Charing Cross Hotel on The Strand – making them the perfect places for weary St. Patrick’s Day party-goers to return to and put up their feet after all that dancing.
Although The Mayor’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is the largest and best-known event taking place in London in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, there are also many other events going on across the capital, so make a weekend of it and celebrate in style.
The night before the big parade, ‘The Stars from the Commitments’- the band formed as a result of the success of the 1991 Alan Parker-directed movie, ‘The Commitments’ – will be performing at the o2 arena, in Peninsula Square. The soundtrack of this hit film, based on the novel by Roddy Doyle and set in Dublin, includes soul and blues classics like ‘Mustang Sally’ and ‘Try a Little Tenderness’, so the show’s sure to have you singing along.
And, on the same night, Camille O’Sullivan – the Irish singer and actress – will be performing at the Roundhouse, in Chalk Farm Road. Known for her burlesque style and her theatrical performances, Camille O’Sullivan has performed sell-out concerts across the world, so make sure you book early.
The evening’s programme also features performances by Damien O’Kane and The Hot Sprockets, and a late night ceili with London Lasses and Pete Quinn.
The Roundhouse is in the Camden district of London, just a 30 minute tube ride from both The Grosvenor Hotel in Buckingham Palace Road and The Cumberland Hotel in Great Cumberland Place, so you can enjoy a fantastic night out without too much travelling if you stay in one of these luxurious London hotels.
Finally, for a real taste of Irish charm in the heart of the East End, head to The Water Poet on Folgate Street, Spitalfields – this traditional London pub is hosting an all-day St. Patrick’s Day party on Saturday 17 March 2012, complete with traditional Irish food, live music and the chance to watch England play Ireland in the 6 Nations championship on a big screen.
The party begins at 11 a.m. and doesn’t stop until 11 p.m., and you can tuck into a tasty Full Irish Breakfast, enjoy some traditional Irish stew or indulge in some Irish rock oysters from the Oyster Bar to ward off hunger throughout the day.
The Water Poet is just a short tube journey from The Tower Hotel, so you can head back there and continue the celebrations in style, sipping a cocktail in our Xi Bar & Lounge, whilst enjoying views of Tower Bridge and the River Thames.
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