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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day At These Irish Pubs In London
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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day At These Irish Pubs In London

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Updated: 27 October 2017
Everyone knows that everyone is Irish on March 17. In London, that means that the many Irish nationals need a proper pub to go to, as do Londoners, tourists, and everyone in between. London has no shortage of pubs, Irish or otherwise, but not all of them are worthy of pouring you a pint of Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day.

A Pint of Guinness

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The Auld Shillelagh

This small and friendly pub embodies the concept of craic- nothing flashy or tacky about it, The Auld Shillelagh is all about the booze and the banter. Lovely staff bring beers to the table, and themed nights such as the Bowie Bar on the second Thursday of the month keep things fun and raucous. Small and full of character, it is the pub to be at if you’re looking for a cozy and authentic St. Patrick’s Day.


The Tipperary is the oldest Irish Pub in London, having celebrated its 400th birthday in 2006. In also holds the honour of being the first pub to serve Guinness outside of Ireland. Though it has clout for its stout, Tipperary also offers an extensive whisky list and delicious traditional food, making this small and historic pub the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day.

The Tipperary, 66 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1HT


The Porterhouse is the ideal pub for a rowdier, more touristy, feel. Located in Covent Garden it is at the heart of the London hubbub, though this is naturally less attractive to Irish natives. The ales, porters, and stouts, however, are brewed in Dublin’s Porterhouse Brewing Company, ensuring that genuine Irish flavour doesn’t get stamped out by tourists. Excellent drinks, noisy spirit, and live music will make for a fabulous St. Paddy’s experience.

The Harp

Another Covent Garden resident, The Harp retains a sense of friendly and unaffected atmosphere. It has earned its stripes, being the first London Pub to ever win the CAMRA National Pub of the Year in 2010. Unlike many of its central London neighbours who have gone the way of the gastro-pub, The Harp prioritises its drinks, which are served from charming hand-pumps. It’s food is good, but simple and limited- which is fine when everyone knows St. Paddy’s Day is about drinking anyway!


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The Boston Arms

Moving away from small and central, The Boston Arms is a large, unrefined pub situated in Tufnell Park. It’s very reasonably priced drinks make for some pretty boozy evenings, and things can get especially rowdy when the rugby is on show on one of their large TVs. A local watering hole for some of the older Irish expats still in the area, The Boston Arms offers space, booze, and music for those looking for a more down-to-earth environment in which to experience St. Paddy’s.