Where to celebrate St David's Day in London, from Odette's to the Cow

The Welsh flag (Adam Davy/PA) (PA Archive)
The Welsh flag (Adam Davy/PA) (PA Archive)

English nationalists might complain that St George gets a raw deal compared to the international attention that falls on St Patrick, but surely it is St David, the patron saint of Wales, who is most absent from the national conversation? Still, his comparatively modest life — there is no dragon-slaying or driving out of snakes on the CV of the 6th century bishop — is no reason not to celebrate all things Welsh this March 1.

From restaurants laying on one-off menus to comedy nights and food and drink markets, there’s no shortage of Celtic-themed shenanigans to get involved with this weekend. Visit walesweek.london for the most up-to-date listings, or read on to discover the best ways to celebrate — and start practising your pronunciation of “Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus”. Or just go with “Happy St David’s Day!”

Lunch and dinner at Odette’s

What: Proud Welshman Bryn Williams is serving a special three-course lunch and dinner at his Primrose Hill restaurant. Expect three options per course: tartare of Welsh black beef followed by baked brill with braised leek and laverbread fish velouté, and bara brith crème caramel with spiced tuille and brandy-soaked currants. There are Welsh cakes with the coffee, too.

When: March 1

How much: Three course lunch/dinner £45/£65

Where: 130 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 8XL, odettesprimrosehill.com

German Kraft Brewery St David’s Day

What: Welsh beers, a Welsh DJ, red dragon flags and a garden adorned with daffodils: everything anyone could need for an immersive afternoon and evening of contemporary Celtic culture.

When: March 1, 12 noon-11.30pm

How much: Entrance is free

Where: Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR, eventbrite.co.uk

St David’s Day at The Cow

The Cow, Notting Hill (ES Picture Desk Local Feed)
The Cow, Notting Hill (ES Picture Desk Local Feed)

What: One of west London’s most famous gastropubs is going Welsh this March 1, with a menu of Welsh ingredients washed down with Welsh beers and song books provided to accompany singing between courses: who needs a male voice choir?

When: March 1, 6pm

How much: Main courses approx £20

Where: 89 Westbourne Park Road, W2 5QH, walesweek.london

St David's Day Comedy Night

 (Kayla Wren)
(Kayla Wren)

What: Kiri Pritchard-McLean hosts a night of comedy from Welsh comedians including Priya Hall, Mel Owen, Anna Thomas and Esyllt Sears.

When: March 1, 7pm

How much: Tickets £12-£20

Where: The London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1X 8UE, londonwelsh.org

Welsh Food and Drink Market

 (Credit Crown Copyright)
(Credit Crown Copyright)

What: A two-day celebration of all things edible and drinkable from the principality, under the cover of Spitalfields Market. Expect Welsh cakes, charcuterie, free tastings from food trucks and cooking demos, plus lots to buy and take home.

When: March 2 and 3, 10am-6pm (-4pm Sunday)

How much: Entrance is free

Where: Spitalfields Market, Lamb Street, E1 6EA, walesweek.london