St Patrick’s Day is almost upon us, and that can mean only one thing: It’s time to don every green item of clothing you have and pretend to be Irish for the day.
This year, everyone’s favourite patron saint’s day falls on Tuesday (March 17th), but the city of London will be throwing numerous events all week long.
Indeed, the festival parade itself took place this Sunday just gone (March 15th), but if you are still looking to celebrate the big day in style, then the Tipperary is a fine place to go. Sometimes, the best way to have a good old time on St Paddy’s is to just find a top boozer and settle in for a session of fun, responsible drinking. It makes for a nice break from just visiting all those shopping centres in London.
Located on 66 Fleet Street, it is actually the oldest Irish pub in all of London, having opened its doors in 1605. It actually didn’t turn green until 1700 when the establishment officially became “Irish”.
It is also widely thought that the Tipperary may well have been the first pub outside Ireland to serve Guinness – the perfect place for a pint of the black stuff, then. As well as Guinno, there’s Murphy’s and a whole host of great ales on tap.
As it is right in the heart of central London, the pub will likely get very busy on St Paddy’s Day, but the atmosphere in here will be second to none.
To get to the Tipperary from the Park Grand Kensington could not be easier, even after a few pints of Guinness. Simply take the District Line from Earl’s Court to Blackfriars and then walk from here. It takes around ten minutes, and the best way is to just head north up New Bridge Street until you reach Fleet Street. Turn left here and continue on until you see the pub.
Other great Irish bars include the Auld Shillelagh, Blythe Hill Tavern and the Boston Arms. Why not make a night of it and visit a few during your stay in the capital? It’s what St Patrick would have wanted.