With parades cancelled and bars and restaurants closed, Londoners need to get creative during this year’s lockdown St. Patrick’s Day.
After nearly a year of on-and-off lockdowns, most of us have become somewhat used to quarantine life and holidays. But staying indoors doesn’t mean we have to leave all of the fun traditions behind. Thankfully, technology has made it possible to enjoy virtual events in the comfort of our flats, and many of our favourite restaurants deliver meals for us to indulge in at home. If you’re looking for something to do on March 17, here are some fun ways to spend St. Patrick’s Day during lockdown. If the Irish can adapt and enjoy themselves on their special day, then so can we. (Featured image: Pexels, RODNAE Productions)
1. Watch London’s famous St. Paddy’s Day Parade online
Trafalgar Square will sadly be empty on this year’s St. Patrick’s Day. But don’t fret: The mayor and the London Irish Centre have teamed up to host a grand virtual event on Wednesday, March 17, from 4 to 10pm. You’ll see a series of live festivities including workshops, competitions, traditional Irish music, a film festival, and more. What a brilliant way to celebrate the Irish community in London.
2. Bring the pub into your home with this whiskey tasting set by The Sun Tavern
Don’t let anyone tell you that enjoying a glass of whiskey on your couch isn’t a proper way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Bethnal Green’s The Sun Tavern is one of London’s beloved Irish pubs, and they miss us, too. To make lockdown a little easier, they’re offering a Clonakilty Irish Whiskey tasting set available for order before March 12, complete with a St. Paddy’s playlist and an invitation to a Facebook live tasting with other whiskey lovers. Sláinte!
3. Enjoy a live band online with some cider and beer in hand
Nothing beats an evening of fun with an actual live band playing in the background, but this lockdown-friendly gig doesn’t sound too shabby, either: Porterhouse Beer Club are selling a special St. Patrick’s Day Box with a selection of beers and ciders, and you can enjoy them with a live-streamed performance by Irish musicians. Grab your roommate and get ready to (sham)rock. Orders must be placed by midnight on March 14.
If Guinness and whiskey aren’t your thing, there are plenty more booze delivery options for a fun day (or night) of drinking. Who said you can’t celebrate the occasion with a glass of red?
4. Splurge on a four-course dinner prepared by Dublin’s star chef, Robin Gill
If you want to go all out, treat yourself to this four-course menu brought to you by Dublin’s finest, Robin Gill, in collaboration with Starchefs UK. Think smoked salmon, beef and bone marrow pie with croissant pastry, and chocolate mousse, paired perfectly with a Redbreast Irish whiskey. Order yours now for March 17, 18 or 19.
5. Celebrate St Patrick’s Day the Darby’s way
Yet another restaurant blessed with Robin Gill’s Irish influence, so you know this one will be good. Darby’s is offering an at-home St Patrick’s Day For Two kit that comes with almost-ready meals (no worries, you don’t need to be a talented cook to get these right), and four cans of Guinness. It’s available from March 16 to 20.
6. Cook up your own Irish feast with this butcher’s Steak and Cheese Box
If you trust your own cooking skills enough to prepare dinner (and breakfast), grab this Irish Steak and Cheese Box by Aubrey Allen. It comes with ribeye on the bone, cheese, smoked trout, bacon, sausages, black pudding, and, not to forget, caviar and gin. Order yours from March 11 to 20.
7. Create your own Honest Burger with this DIY burger kit
Honest Burgers’ co-founder Tom will show you exactly how to prepare the perfect St. Patrick’s Day burger in your own kitchen. These #HonestatHome DIY burger kits come fully stocked with all the ingredients for two delicious burgers and a side of rosemary chip colcannon with beef and Guinness gravy. Wash it down with some Guinness, and your night will be made. After all, as they say, “you can’t cheers St Patrick’s Day without a Guinness”. We couldn’t agree more! The kit is available for order starting March 11.
8. Support two charities with this five-course Irish inspired menu
Kings Cross’ Rotunda Bar & Restaurant is offering a variety of Irish feasts for you to enjoy at home, ranging from three- to five-course meals (vegetarian options available) to cocktail kits for two. The best part is that some of the proceeds from these menus go to the London Irish Centre and The Clink Charity, which provides training programmes in prisons across the UK. Order your meal by Friday, March 12, for delivery on Tuesday, March 16, or by Monday, March 15, for delivery on Friday, March 19.
9. Satisfy your sweet tooth with these scrumptious Guinness and Baileys doughnuts
Don’t miss out on these limited edition Crosstown St. Patrick’s Day doughnuts because, I mean, look at them. These boozy pastries consist of “a Baileys milk chocolate ganache filling between two fluffy layers of chocolate Guinness cake doughnut, which is then hand-dipped in Guinness icing and finished with Crosstown’s chocolate soil”. Need I say more? Pre-order now or get them from March 15 to 21.