What's On in March

Toast the arrival of spring, where budding blooms and fresh festivals brighten the city. From Irish-themed events to afternoon teas for mum, London is a lovely March destination.

What's On in March

The arrival of March means that those lovely first signs of spring are just around the corner in London. Soon the trees will be blossoming, spring flowers will be pushing through the ground in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, and the colors of spring will be in the air. March is full of festivals – books, music, cinema and arts. Find out all there is to see and do in spring in London!

St David's Day

March 1, 2018

The Welsh national day is celebrated in abundance across the capital, with restaurants serving traditional dishes and plentiful entertainment on offer. St David is the patron saint of Wales, and because London has a large Welsh contingency, you’ll find a party atmosphere at the many events held across the city.

Website: http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/8726332-st-davids-day#sRo6GE2ovK3EtyC9.97

Women's History Month in London

March 1-31, 2018

Alternative Arts is putting together an extensive program of exhibits and events featuring female performers, artists, activists, writers, and more. Check out the Alternative Arts website for events happening in East London all month long.

Website: http://www.alternativearts.co.uk/womens-history-month/4581216304

Illuminating India: Empire and Science Talk

March 2, 2018

As part of the Science Museum's Illuminating India exhibition which celebrates 70 years of Indian Independence, author Angela Saini and a panel of guest speakers will give talks on the links between India and the UK, science and colonialism, and the complex relationships and systems at play. Afterwards the audience will also have the opportunity to ask the speakers any questions.

Website: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/india-empire-and-science

London Bass Guitar Show

March 3 - 4, 2018

Unleash your inner Pastorius or watch others try; get professional advice on more or less anything related to bass guitars; inundate yourself in tips and tricks for setting up your instruments - or just browse around and take it all in. A lot of top brands will be represented, so whether you're in the market for new gear or just want to keep up to date you'd do yourself a favor to visit the Olympia London on March 3rd & 4th.

Website: http://www.londonbassguitarshow.com/

Grasping Shadows: The Dark Side in Painting at Museum of London

March 5, 2018

Where there's a shadow, there's light. Where there's a painted shadow, there's meaning. Professor William Sharpe casts his light on shadow and meaning in painting in this lecture at the Museum of London. He untangles the complexity of shadow-meaning by exploring how artists have used shadows in art for hundreds of years.

Website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/grasping-shadows-the-dark-side-in-painting

Into the Living Sea of Waking Dreams: The Life and Poetry of John Clare

March 7, 2018

One needn't know their iambic pentameters from their anapestic ones to appreciate the directness and clarity of John Clare's poetry. Guildhall Library's Dr. Peter Ross sheds light on Clare's legacy and life in an engaging talk, and The Keats House Poetry Ambassadors will treat the audience to a selection of Clare's most beautiful and touching poems.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/into-the-living-sea-of-waking-dreams-the-life-and-poetry-of-john-clare-tickets-39951637423

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The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932- Love, Fame, Tragedy

March 8 - September 9, 2018

Few artists have been as prolific as him, and even fewer have experimented across as wide a range as Pablo Picasso. His erotic year - lovingly called the year of wonders - gave birth to over 300 paintings, drawings and sculptures, with many of them grounded in the sensual and erotic. The EY Exhibition brings together over 100 of these works at Tate Modern, making it an event any art aficionado should add to their calendar.

Website: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/ey-exhibition-picasso-1932-love-fame-tragedy?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CRM_Sep_w4_PicassoPress_LondonEngaged&sc_src=email_33231&sc_customer=1728734

Somewhere In Between Exhibition

March 8 - August 26, 2018

The Wellcome Collection is free museum and library exploring human health, life and the fascinatingly varied perspectives of the world we live in. Four contemporary artists in collaboration with scientists have explored different themes of our connections to the unseen systems that we adhere t in this new exhibition, Somewhere In Between.

Website: https://wellcomecollection.org/somewhere-in-between

Bright Young Things - Late Night at the Transport Museum

March 9, 2018

The Golden Age of the 1920s and 30s comes to the Transport Museum with their late night session of Bright Young Things, putting a spotlight on the iconic art movements that came from these decades, and their influences on women. London's 'The Susie Qs' will be playing live music thoughout the evening, which will feature workshops, lecture and tours.

Website: https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events-calendar/friday-lates#bright-young

Walker Stalker Con

March 10 - 11, 2018

This fun, 2-day convention is free and for the whole family. Stars from The Walking Dead and The 100 will be in attendance, with opportunities for autographs, photos and a free Q&A panel! The Walking Dead's Michael Cudlitz will be taking donations for the local food bank all day at his booth, so be sure to support this great cause by stopping by!

Website:  http://walkerstalkercon.com/london/

Mother's Day (UK)

March 11, 2018

Across the city there are various events to say thank you to that special lady in your life, and it’s worth booking your favorite restaurant well ahead of time, to ensure you’re not disappointed. The large London stores, such as Harrods, all have events on during the day itself, and you will find pamper packages at the big named spas and hotels also.

Website: http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/7609007-mothers-day#dwpj26lzD4sjzxb4.97

Head of the River Race

March 11, 2018

Rowing fans will enjoy this hugely competitive race, taking place on the sometimes choppy waters of the River Thames. This is one of the longest-running sports that takes place in the capital, and every year around 400 crews from across the globe compete across the 4.25 mile long course. The race starts at Morlake, and comes to a crescendo at Putney. Starting at 10.15am, you should get there earlier to find your perfect spot to watch the action. There are many pubs and restaurants along the race course, where you can enjoy a refreshment at the same time.

Website: http://www.horr.co.uk/wordpress/horr-2018/

London Beer Week

March 12 - 18, 2018

Now in its fourth year, this annual festival takes place across the city in some of London's greatest bars and taprooms. Attending the festival has been made even easier with the addition of digital passes this year, which you can book online at their website.

Website: https://drinkup.london/beerweek/

London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival

March 14 - 15, 2018

This year is the final year for North London’s Beer and Cider Festival, which takes enthusiastic drinkers through more than 150 ales, ciders and craft beers. Local breweries, including some new additions, will be highlighted, and food is also available. Buy tickets on arrival at Camden Center.

Website: http://www.northlondon.camra.org.uk/viewnode.php?id=772

Joan Jonas Exhibition at the Tate Modern

14 March - 5 August, 2018

The Tate Modern welcomes experimental artist Joan Jonas by dedicating an unprecedented amount of the galleries space to housing her installations, alongside screening her videos in the Starr Cinema. Many of her landmark works will be featured in the exhibition, including Juniper Tree and Organic Honey.

Website: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/joan-jonas

Chelsea Antiques Fair

March 14 - 18, 2018

Dedicated to 18th-21st century art, design and antiques, the always popular Chelsea Antiques Fair encompass an extraordinary seleciton of artwork and antiques. Held at the classic Chelsea Old Town Hall right on Kings Road, it's a must while you're in London if you love hunting for treasures.

Website: http://www.penman-fairs.co.uk/fairdetails.aspx?fid=1

St Patrick's Day

March 17, 2018

Throughout the 17 March you will find a really Green and Irish feel about the city! Countless bars will have special offers on Guinness and you’ll be able to book in for a special meal at many of the restaurants in and around the capital. The fantastic annual parade takes place throughout the city and there are traditional cultural performances in Trafalgar Square.

Website: http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/7609013-st-patricks-day#132bftH67DzPUUpJ.97

BAHFest London

March 17, 2018

This new and highly original festival brings together the best of comedy and science, inviting speakers to the stage to argue new (and entirely incorrect!) scientific theories in front of a live audience. A live panel of judges will announce the winner of this esteemed competition at the end of the night, awarding them prestigious BahFest trophy.

Website: http://london.bahfest.com/

Ideal Home Show

March 17 - April 2, 2018

Whether you're looking to make major renovations or simply brighten your home with a fresh design, the Ideal Home Show will provide you with both the inspiration and tools necessary, with its show homes and gardens, DIY workshops and, of course, hundreds of Britains leading suppliers.

Website: https://www.idealhomeshow.co.uk/

Where's Wally Fun Run

March 18, 2018

Dress up as the hard to spot Wally and raise money for the National Literacy Trust with a 5 or 10km walk, jog, or run. Your registration fee includes your costume and a completion medal. Register for the run, which starts at 8:45am at Clapham Common, on the National Literacy Trust website.

Website: http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/whereswally

Tate Britain Commission 2018 Exhibition

March 20 - October 14, 2018

Each year the Tate Britain invites invites an artist to create an installation for the Dunveen Galleries. This year the museum has invited Anthea Hamilton, the winner of last year's Turner Prize.

Website: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/tate-britain-commission-2018

Cocktails and Opera

March 23, 2018

OperaUpClose returns to the Cutty Sark in London this year to present some of our most beloved operas, with contemporary themes, delightfully witty twists and, of course, cocktails! The evening performances will inclide La Boheme, La Traviata and Habanera.

Website: http://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/exhibitions-events/operaupclose-opera-cocktail

Earth Hour in London

March 24, 2018

The World Wildlife Fund is encouraging people to shut off their lights from 8:30pm to 9:30pm to raise climate change awareness, and help put people in touch with the nature around them. London will be joined by 7,000 cities and towns around the world. Some famous landmarks will also go dark.

Website: https://www.earthhour.org/united-kingdom

The Oxford & Cambridge Boat Races

24 March, 2018

Every year, about 250,000 people gather in southwest London to watch the rowing race between Oxford and Cambridge, which started in 1829. Rowers race 4.25 miles from Putney Bridge to Mortlake along the Thames, usually taking around 16-18 minutes. The women’s race starts at 3:10pm, and the men’s at 4:10pm.

Website: http://theboatraces.org/

Shakespeare's Ghosts and Spirits Lecture

March 27, 2018

Professor Sir Jonathan Bate gives an evening lecture at the Museum of London discussing the origins of the supernatural elements in Shakespeare's works, from the bloody Senecan tragedies to Classical mythology. The lecture is free, but seats are given on a first come, first served basis.

Website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/shakespeares-ghosts-and-spirits

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