St Patrick was a pretty cool guy. Though British-born, he was apparently captured by pirates when he was just 16 years old. Irish pirates. They took him, understandably, to Ireland, where he was their slave for a few years. He eventually escaped, and returned to his family. At which point he thought 'you know what, I need to go and teach those pirates a thing or two about Christianity'. So he went back as to Ireland as a Christian Missionary, and eventually become an Irish Bishop. After this, he was considered worldwide as the 'Enlightener of Ireland', and the founder of Irish Christianity. Puts your life in perspective, doesn't it? But, sadly, as happens with most humans, he died. Supposedly on the 17th of March. So obviously, now people celebrate by wearing green, drinking lots, and doing vaguely Irish things. Welcome to St Patrick's Day! You're probably wondering what to do on that merry night. Well, we've navigated the waters of fun, avoided capture by pirates, and found all the good stuff going on in London. Just for you. Here's what's on in London for St Patrick's Day 2020. Featuring:Wembley Park Wembley Park has truly knocked it out of the...park...for St Patrick's Day 2020. They saw these other St Paddy's celebrations and thought 'that's cool, but how about we put on an entire festival for all you green, good-time seekers'. Shamrock Sessions marks Wembley Park's first-ever Ceilidh, and expect them to make a big entrance. Alongside the epic Celtic dance session, you can expect music from folk-heroes The Shipsters, a host of Irish comics that are sure to leave your belly aching, an Irish dancing troupe that'll show you how a jig is really done, and arts and crafts that a certain to entertain kids big and small. Then, refuel with food from over 20 restaurants, some serving authentic Irish cuisine, and others offering burgers, pizzas and the like. Then, top the whole shebang off with refreshments from a number of bars. Yes, that'll include Guinness, Irish whiskey and everything else you could want. And best of all? Getting in the door is absolutely free. You're going to have to come up with some outlandish excuses to not attend this fantastic St Patrick's Day festival. Open 4 pm - 8 pm Sunday 15th March Entry is free Shoreditch, multiple venues And finally, if you're not looking for to spend St Patrick's Day revelling in authentic Irish culture and simply want to down a jar or two, throw your inhibitions, and maybe your dignity, to the wind on a St Patrick's Day Pub Crawl. You can do them over the weekend before the big day. Or, if you want to live dangerously, attend the one slap-bang on the Tuesday of St Paddy's Day. We only hope you've booked the Wednesday off work. Festivities kick off at SINK on Paul Street. From there, expect to be taken to some of Shoreditch's best and brightest watering holes to fulfil all your St Patrick's Day dreams. Dress to impress in as much green attire as you can muster. And, best of all, you can enjoy free entry and a free shot at every venue, as well as discounted drinks the whole night. They even provide you with a little Irish party flare to make you look the part. Available on Friday 13th March 8 pm - 1 am, Saturday 14th March 8 pm - 12 am, and Tuesday 17th March 8 pm - 12 am Tickets from £15 And those are our picks for London's very best St Patrick's Day shenanigans in 2020. No matter what you're looking for or who you're with, you're bound to find something to please your Paddy pleasures. If you're looking forward to celebrating somewhere else, let us know in the comments below. And if you're looking to pick up a bite to eat before the merriment begins, check out London's best vegan restaurants. Alternatively, check out the HMS Belfast, a Second World War Navy cruiser that was launched on St Patrick's Day back in 1938!
- Trafalgar Square's St Patrick's Day Festival
- The Big Guinness Weekender
- Shoreditch St Patrick's Day pub crawls
- and more!