St Patrick’s Day: Five best Irish pubs and bars in London according to Tripadvisor reviews

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Here are five of the best Irish pubs in London ahead of St Patrick’s Day on March 17

There’s an overwhelming number of Irish pubs and bars all around London – from chains to independents. It can be difficult to choose which ones are worth visiting.

If you’re a frequent pub visitor, chances are you already have your favourite local – but what about putting an Irish spin on a classic pub night out? London has a whopping 30 Irish pubs and restaurants to choose from, but which ones are worth your time?

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With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner, there will no doubt be plenty of celebrations, whether you’re Irish or not. Whether it’s for the food or the booze, there’s something for everyone at an Irish pub.

This year, St Patrick’s Day falls on Friday March 17, so a weekend of pub crawls and celebrations are likely to liven up the capital. Here are some of the best Irish pubs to visit in London for St Patrick’s Day and beyond.

What are the top rated Irish pubs in London?

Myrtle Restaurant

Myrtle Restaurant is ranked as the top Irish pub or bar in London according to Tripadvisor. Not only this, but the restaurant was awarded the prestigious Travellers’ Choice award in 2022.

Waxy O’Connor’s is one of the best Irish pubs in London Waxy O’Connor’s is one of the best Irish pubs in London
Waxy O’Connor’s is one of the best Irish pubs in London | Credit: Google Earth

One of the most expensive on the list, the price is reflective of the quality with a range of £30 to £80. The pub has an impressive five out of five star average rating across 155 reviews, so it’s definitely worth the visit if you’re in the area.

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While the restaurant is mainly rated for its food, it also offers a full bar, wine and beer experience. It might be worth visiting this venue early on in the evening so you can fully appreciate the food before moving onto drinks.

Where: 1A Langton Street, London SW10 0JL, England

Find out more and book a table via Tripadvisor.

Waxy O’Connor’s Pub

Averaging a total of four out of five stars across a huge 1,312 reviews is the second pub on the list – Waxy O’Connor’s Pub. If you want to experience the atmosphere of a true Irish pub, this one’s for you, as the venue is rated four and a half out of five stars for its atmosphere.

In comparison to other venues on the list, the price range is on the lower end, with items ranging from £5 to £20. Its location is one of the most central too, being 0.1 miles from Piccadilly Circus.

A recent customer who left a five star review said: “Absolutely amazing stuff. Very friendly, live music on Sunday was great”. Another said the venue was “one of the coolest and most unique bars I’ve ever been to”.

Where: 14-16 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DD

Find out more and book a table via Tripadvisor.

Sir Colin Campbell

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Sir Colin Campbell is an Irish bar just off the Jubilee Line. The food and service is rated an impressive five out of five stars and the bar as a whole has an average of four and a half stars out of five across 38 reviews.

The price ranges from £5 to £15, making this venue one of the lower price points in the list. It’s located opposite Kilburn Grange Park and is near Brondesbury and Kilburn tube stations.

A recent customer who left a five-star review said: “A very well welcome from all the staff. A good selection of beers and ciders. One must try the Fruit Salad Cocktail, very delicious with a reminder of school day sweets. The place is well worth a visit.”

Where: 264-266 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 2BY

Find out more and book a table via Tripadvisor.

Claddagh Ring

Claddagh Ring is the next Irish bar on the list, averaging a four out of five stars across 125 reviews. This Irish bar is highly rated for its food and service and caters for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch.

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One customer who left a five star review said: “Pub recommended by a mate for six old lads who had just finished their Air Force Museum visit and were in urgent need of sustenance. But a huge disappointment for some as there was no ale on tap except for Guinness (which was just perfect for some).

“We managed with bottles of fizzy Doombar. Then came the food we had ordered. WOW! That Irish Lamb Stew was a winner. It contained succulent pieces of meat swimming with potatoes, carrots and all manner of lovely other tastes. EXCELLENT and very filling too. The service from the busy staff couldn’t have been better as they kept the liquid flowing into the late afternoon.”

Where: 10 Church Road, London, NW4 4EA

Find out more and book a table via Tripadvisor.

O’Neills Leytonstone

Last on the list is O’Neills Irish bar in Leytonstone. The chain pub has several venues across London, and this one has an average of four and a half stars out of five across 80 reviews.

O’Neills serves food at all times of the day and also offers a bar and pub service. A recent customer who left a five-star review said: “Popped in for a bite to eat, very relaxed environment, friendly staff and attentive professional manager - Sarah.

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“Was delivered on order of a flawless steak cooked by Merik the chef. 10/10 and definitely worth leaving a good review for. Strongly recommend for great food and a chilled vibe. Good job guys.”

Where: 762 High Road Leytonstone, London, E11 3AW

Find out more and book a table via Tripadvisor.

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