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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!
1 March 2019
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.
1 – 31 March 2019
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.
27 March – 11 August 2019
This will be Van Gogh’s first UK retrospective at Tate Britain in over 70 years. The exhibition will reveal how the artist was inspired by British art, literature and culture throughout his career and how he, in turn, inspired a roster of British artists, from Walter Sickert to Francis Bacon.
31 March 2019
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.
30 March 2019
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.
12 – 18 March 2019
Now in its fifth 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.
20 – 24 March 2019
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.
17 March 2019
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.
16 March 2019
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.
22 March – 7 April 2019
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.
17 March 2019
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.
30 March 2019
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.
7 April 2019
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.
5 March 2019
National Pancake day falls on Shrove Tuesday each year, and many of London's finest eateries put on a special menu to celebrate. Alongside the usual pancakes offered by The Diner in Soho, they'll be adding fluffy Bacon and Banana stacks and Reece’s Pieces pancakes to their menu.