London March St Patrick’s Day Best Irish bars + pubs
Today I look at events in London during March including St Patrick’s Day and Mothers day. It doesn’t matter which month you visit London you will run out of month before you run out of things to do. And most people will run out of money before they run out of month, Many of the things here to do and see are centuries old and new things pop up all the time.
St Patrick’s Day is the biggest cultural event in London this March. However I guess first up I should talk about the weather. I think it often confuses a lot of people. Brits talk about the weather incessantly, we are obsessed by it. But whenever we are asked to predict it we can’t. The weather is so unpredictable no one knows what it is going to be like later today let alone tomorrow or in a months’ time. It is very difficult to predict even the professionals make fortune tellers look good.
The weather in London
There are different ways of figuring out when Spring will start. Astronomers have a very complicated way using the earths and the suns orbits in relation to one another. And that means it has got equinox’s and solstices and it moves each year. But for the weather forecasters moving seasons is no use because they like to compare years. So for the weather forecasters Summer is June, July and August. Autumn is September, October and November and Winter December, January and February. And so Spring is March, April and May.
So as far as the weather forecasters are concerned spring starts at the beginning of March. Here in Britain the temperature fluctuates as it does in all countries. In Spring daytime temperatures can fluctuate between ten and twenty degrees centigrade and that is the difference between wearing a hat, scarf and coat or a T-shirt and shorts.
I’m always asked by visitors to London “what’s the weather like?” so they can plan and pack. The key is packing layers because it is anyone’s guess.
Mother’s day and St Patrick’s Day
The key events this March are Mothering Sunday or Mother’s day and St Patrick’s Day. Mothers day in the UK is held of the fourth Sunday of Lent. Which is three weeks before Easter Sunday each year. Because Easter’s date is based on moon cycles and moves each year so does Mothers day.
There is so much to do in London on Mothers day. Walks in one of London’s parks which look amazing now Spring is in the air. Afternoon tea and Sunday lunch choices are endless. And Art exhibitions and theatre shows are always popular.
St Patrick’s Day
Also St Patrick’s Day is a huge celebration in London. St Patrick is the patron saint the primary patron saint of Ireland and responsible for converting the Irish from Pagans to Christians. The Sunday after St Patrick’s day itself there will be a huge event and parade.
The parade along Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square includes everything from sports clubs to marching bands. in Trafalgar Square there is a stage for performances throughout the afternoon. Performances include Irish music, singing, dancing and some comedy. Besides the main stage will also be community stalls and a very popular street food market.
Londons best Irish bars and pubs
Many Londoners will celebrate St Patrick’s Day in an irish pub. There are many to choose from so today I visited two of the largest and most popular. Both have a selection of Irish stout and whisky. And there will be traditional Irish events for St Patrick’s Day also. Traditional Irish music, dance and food.
The Portherhouse London
The Portherhouse brewing company is an Irish brewery and pub company they started out in the 1980’s in Ireland as a bar selling other breweries beers. They then moved on to brewing their own and today they brew there award winning beers and stout in Ireland.
The Porterhouse have pubs in Ireland including Dublin, Wicklow and Cork there is also one in New York in the USA and one here in London’s Covent Garden.
The Porterhouse Stout called Plain Porter has been voted best in the world not once but twice over all the years of competition so I tried one. The pub is absolutely massive. The Porterhouse is one of London’s biggest pubs if not the biggest pub it spans twelve levels.
Is the Porterhouse Plain Stout better than Guinness is the billion-dollar question? That is not for me to say you must come and find out.
What I would say is it is slightly lighter. I would think for beer drinkers which I’m one of Plain porter is slightly easier to drink. Porterhouse plain stout is almost somewhere half way between real ale and say Guinness so I think it would interest everyone.
Waxy O’Connor’s London
And Waxy O’Connor’s is another huge cavernous Irish pub hosting a whole week of St Patrick’s day events. At first Waxy O’Connor’s looks like a standard Irish pub bar.
Then through a door way at the back it opens right up. The Waxy O’Connor’s tree in the heart of the pub actually lived in Ireland for two hundred and fifty years.
The tree died of natural causes in 1994 and a local woodworker in Ireland turned it into the sculptural centre piece of this pub. The tree shipped to London before the pub opening in 1995 and a piece of Ireland now lives in the heart of London.
Waxy O’Connors is a labyrinth of four separate bars spanning six different levels all linked together by this maze of stair cases and passage ways. Also hosting Live music events three nights a week. There is a wide range of Irish drinks this time I try a Guinness.
After a couple of drinks and the walk between the pubs I fancy something to eat so I head down to the Southbank street food market.