Being half Irish, Paddy’s Day is the ultimate excuse for a little (or a lot) of boozing… not that I need an excuse. If you’re a little less interested in downing pints in a sweaty pub and more interested in drinks tastings, pop-up menus and bespoke desserts, check out my guide to the best things to do this St Patrick’s Day in London.
Taste The Irish Menu at Counter Culture
Located in Clapham, Counter Culture is the little sister of The Dairy. Focussing on seasonal menus, Counter Culture switches things up every couple of months and this time it’s all about Ireland. From Guinness soda bread to lamb tartare, it’s a delicious affair. Even the dessert is a winner. Head down on Paddy’s Day where they’ve got oyster shucking too.
Nearest tube: 🚆 Clapham Common
Soak Up London’s Best Irish Coffee at Swift
Not only is Swift coming through with Guinness on tap, but they’ve even got Redbreast 12 up for grabs especially for St Patrick’s Day. Of course, the real winner here is the Irish Coffee. A smooth blend of Jameson Caskmates and demerara-sweetened filter coffee finished with hand-whipped cream and nutmeg, this is London’s very best.
Nearest tube: 🚆 Leicester Square
Tuck Into Limited Edition Dessert at Chin Chin Labs
Serving up a mouthwatering liquid-nitrogen clover-infused ice cream topped on a fluffy chocolate potato cake swimming in a fudge stout sauce, Chin Chin Labs is bringing a taste of the Emerald Isle to Camden Market this weekend. Don’t miss the limited edition creation as it’ll be gone come Sunday.
Nearest tube: 🚆 Camden Town
Get A Free Irish Whiskey Masterclasses at Iron Stag
Joining forces with one of the most influential women in whiskey, Iron Stag has teamed up with Louise McGuane (founder of brand JJ Corry whiskey) for a masterclass in all things whiskey. Head to Adam Handling’s subterranean bar for free entry, cocktails and tastings.
Nearest tube: 🚆Old Street
Experience London’s Smallest Irish Pub at Homeboy
Tayto sandwiches, live music and a dog-friendly vibe make Homeboy a top choice for a Paddy’s Day party. Centred on modern Irish hospitality, this Islington bar is home to the smallest pub in the city, located at the back of the venue.
Nearest tube: 🚆 Angel
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