8 top notch London pubs to grab a Guinness on St Patrick’s Day
The great Irish poet, W. B. Yeats wrote, 'There are nostrangers; only friends you haven't yet met.' This is especiallytrue on St Patrick's Day. Also sometimes known as the 'Feast of StPatrick', the 17th March is when Irish people andnon-Irish alike, come together to celebrate the patron saint of theEmerald Isle.
To make sure everyone can get in on the action, we've pickedsome of the best Irish pubs in London to celebrate this year. Visitone of these establishments and you're guaranteed good craic andeven better Guinness. Any why not make a night of it with one ofour hotels inLondon so you don't have to cut the party short? Here's to along life and a merry one, a quick death and an easy one, a coldpint and another one!
The Auld Shillelagh - Stoke Newington
As a winner of 'Most authentic Irish pub in the world outsideIreland,' you're guaranteed a good shindig here for Paddy's Day.Viewed as a little slice of home by its many Irish regulars, whoare always quick to make the distinction between an Irish pub andan Irish 'themed' pub - The Auld Shillelagh is most definitely theformer.
Waxy O'Connor's - Leicester Square
The institution that is Waxy O'Connor's is perfect for anyonelooking for a very literal connection to Ireland. The 'WaxyO'Connor tree' lived in Midlands Ireland for 250 years, and when itdied naturally it was shipped over to Central London to become thetalking point for this impressive establishment. It now 'grows' itsway through the four bars, spread over six floors. With animpressive menu, served all day, and live music on St Patrick'sDay, you're sure to find plenty of Irish fun at WaxyO'Connor's.
The Faltering Fullback - Finsbury Park
This hidden gem, much loved by Rugby fans, is on a small streetbetween Finsbury Park and Crouch Hill. Knowing that Londoner's lovea beer garden, but often lack the outside space, this boozer cameup with a novel way of tackling the problem; they built up insteadof out. The garden is a wonderful maze of rising levels, hiddennooks and foliage. The curios from around the world hiddenthroughout the bar and garden make great talking points. They poura mean Guinness too - thankfully without a decorative shamrockdesign in sight!
The Tipperary - Fleet Street
The oldest Irish pub in London has been serving stout since1700, meaning it could very well be the first pub outside Irelandto serve draught Guinness. With over 300 years' experience undertheir belts, you're guaranteed one of the best pints of Guinness inthe city.
The Crown and Cushion - Lambeth North
Located south of the river, The Crown and Cushion has adedicated following of locals who are always willing to welcomenewcomers. Just far enough off the beaten track to not feel'touristy', this is the place to be if you want to meet newfriends. Head there in the evening, order pint and a pack ofTaytos, and prepare to be there for the night.
Toucan - Soho
Taking its name from the iconic Guinness adverts of old, theToucan really feels like an ode to the creamy stout. With its handylocation off Soho Square, this is the place to find great craic inthe city. There's also a menu boasting traditional Irishfavourites, and the joyful atmosphere is one of the best you'llfind in Central London.
The Boot - Kings Cross
Hidden away in the backstreets of King's Cross, this is a familyowned pub serving impeccable Guinness with a friendly, welcomingatmosphere. A pub has stood on this spot since 1724, and was evenmentioned by Charles Dickins in Barnaby Rudge. These days there'slive music and home-cooked food, plus a great selection of drinks.You'd be hard pressed to find fault with an evening in TheBoot.
The Porterhouse - Covent Garden
This colossal Irish pub is owned by the Porterhouse Brewingcompany and centrally located in Covent Garden. With no less than12 floors, there's live music every night and the largest range ofIrish beers in London. They even brew their own stout in Dublin andship it across to the UK. Expect a busy, buzzing St Patrick's Dayat the Porterhouse.
London is a great place to celebrate one of the liveliest daysof the year. So grab a beer and don anything green you can find inyour closet. Let's make a toast to the Emerald Isle.