March 17th is St. Patrick's Day, and if you're in the capital to celebrate why not take a look below at our selection of the best Irish pubs in London to have a jolly good 'craic'. You'll find a mix of Guinness serving establishments to suit all requirements - a few you've heard of, and maybe a few you haven't.

Best Irish Pubs in London

Porterhouse, Covent Garden

The Porterhouse in Covent Garden is large but still manages to produce a welcoming, intimate feel. And with all beer brewed by the beer company in Dublin itself, how Irish do you want it? Not laden with shamrocks or toucans (not that there's anything wrong with a toucan...) the feel is genuine, and there's even a basement bar for some serious Irish jigging.

Best Irish Pubs in London for St Patrick's Day-Porterhouse


The Harp, Trafalgar Square

If real ale is your tipple, the Harp puts emphasis on both real ale and real cider, with 10 hand pumps on the bar. "The Harp is a blissfully traditional place with no TV, no jukebox - just great beer and good old conversation "  - what St. Patrick's day is all about. Tasty bar snacks include sandwiches & pork pies - just right for soaking up the black stuff. There's also a collection of old Victorian portraits to set the scene.

Best Irish Pubs in London for St Patricks Day-the harp


The Cow, Notting Hill

For those seeking a more civilised experience on the 17th, The Cow Pub & Restaurant is an atmospheric Irish pub that specialises in oysters and Guinness in no particular order. This restaurant is part of Tom Conran Restaurants (son of Terence) and has received good reviews for its mix of top class seafood, hearty fare and eccentrically decorated furnishings.



Waxy O'Connor's, Soho

For those looking for something a little bit more “themed”, Waxy O'Connor's is probably what you had in mind. And you won't be alone – London's biggest Irish bar in the heart of the West End, with its unique décor and energetic atmosphere, is the place to be in central London come St. Patrick's Day. With a huge range of crowd pleasing beers and extensive menu, it suits all.

Best Irish Pubs in London for St Patricks Day-Waxy OConnors


Wherever you end up, have a cracking St. Patrick's Day from Heathcote & Ivory!

Lily of the Valley

Article updated: 12/03/15

Originally published 15/03/13