As signs of spring pop up hither and thither and all Covid restrictions are gone this month, there’s plenty of optimism in the air at last. As the days slowly get longer, dive into these brilliant things to do in March 2022. Here’s what’s on in London this month!
1. Celebrate Pancake Day with a mouthwatering stack (March 1)
March is off to a brilliant start, as the first of the month just so happens to be Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday). It’s quite obvious what you should be doing to celebrate, so we’ve rounded up some of the very best places to stuff your face with delicious stacks of pancakes in London. Find them all here.
London’s long-awaited immersive Bridgerton ball has finally arrived, and it’s undoubtedly the most exciting event of the season! This three-hour immersive affair will transport you to 1813 London for an evening of music, mingling, and plenty of other activities, inside a jaw-dropping venue that’s been dressed up to the nines. A string quartet will serenade you with their take on pop classics, and an enchanting light show will bring your favourite Bridgerton moments to life around you. Rumour has it that even Queen Charlotte herself will be attending… Get your tickets here!
3. Admire Hanna Benihoud’s inspiring illuminations in Tottenham (March 2-8)
Leading up to International Women’s Day, dark spaces of Tottenham — areas which, according to local women, don’t feel safe to walk around in at night — will be illuminated with animations of empowered women every night from March 2 to 8. The project, dubbed ‘Girls of the Light‘, will end with a celebration at Tottenham’s Downhills Park. Find more info here.
4. Stop by the Women of the World UK Festival 2022 (March 6-13)
The Women of the World Festival partly returns to the Southbank Centre in 2022 after being fully remote due to the pandemic in recent years. Starting with a six-day online programme and ending with three on-site days, the festival once again promises an impressive line-up of influential female speakers, activists, musicians, and comedians. Topics including sex, politics, grandmotherdom, divorce, childlessness, and career changes will be explored across talks and interactive workshops, with big names including Patrisse Cullors, Bridget Christie, Angela Davis, Elizabeth Day, Jude Kelly, Candice Brathwaite, Bernardine Evaristo, and Deborah Frances-White all set to feature, to name just a few. They’ve also implemented a ‘pay what you can’ scheme for tickets, with £1 enough to get you a seat at the table. Find out more about the festival here.
5. Celebrate amazing women on International Women’s Day (March 8)
Of course, International Women’s Day goes well beyond WOW Festival, and London is once again ready to celebrate the power and potential of women and girls everywhere. For instance, The Royal Opera House will host a ‘HerStory’ tour exploring the experiences of the incredible women behind the ROH, starting the same week (March 12 – 26). Meanwhile in Brixton, a group of female street artists under the guise of the WOM Collective will be unveiling a collaborative mural trail on March 2, which can be visited during the month of March. London usually comes up with plenty other pop-ups and initiatives for IWD (like these ‘Green Woman’ traffic signals last year), so we’re sure you’ll find several ways to properly celebrate!
How well do you know the stories of the fateful RMS Titanic passengers? Find out at Titanic: The Exhibition, housed at Dock X. Focusing on the real histories of the voyage and the stories of the passengers, this emotive exhibition will put you at the heart of the tragedy with cabin reconstructions, over 200 original artefacts, and moving testimonies from those who survived the sunken ship. Get your tickets here.
One Night Records offers a one-of-a-kind event: a live odyssey through music’s greatest decades, with a whole host of themed nights. As you step under the arches of London Bridge, lose yourself in a world of talented musicians and themed sets that’ll bring celebrated eras to life – live music lives here. Inside a maze of tunnels, you’ll travel through time at your own pace – from peak 50’s Rock’n’Roll through wartime boogie, and back into the golden heyday of Jazz, the dusty blues shack, and a brassy blast of funk in New Orleans. Find your tickets here.
London’s iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern is gearing up to host the world’s first talent show dedicated entirely to disabled LGBTQ+ performance artists! ‘Disabled, Queer and Hear’ invites some of the UK’s most talented disabled artists to impress the audience and jury in a bid to be crowned “LGBTQ+ Disabled Artist of the Year UK”. The event will be fully inclusive and see notable names such as Jason Reid, Ebony Rose Dark, Mrs Moore, and Asifa Lahore in the jury seats. Be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and enjoy an evening of colourful, glittering, energetic fun! Get your tickets here.
The UK’s largest mass karaoke party has arrived in London, and you’re invited! Belt your heart out in perfect unison with a massive crowd at Camden’s Electric Ballroom, as a live band performs your favourite rock, 80s, and 90s hits. From Oasis to Nirvana and the Spice Girls to Britney, there’s something for every taste, so find your favourite epic singalong here!
As the days get longer and just the slightest bit warmer, it’s an amazing time to head back out and explore our city by foot. Checking out the dreamiest mews in town will give you plenty for your Instagram feed, and probably a whole lot of house envy too… See them here.
Fresh from announcing their first wave of acts for their Spring/Summer 2022 shows, Printworks are back with a host of new acts to lure in London’s dancers. Following the month that marked five years of the idiosyncratic hub for music in the capital, headliners such as Glitterbox, Sink The Pink, Defected, Foreverland, Clockwork Orange, and Mala b2b Kode9 will be taking over the venue in the coming weeks. Read more here.
12. Celebrate St Patrick’s Day properly (March 17)
Although we’re not getting the same four-day St Paddy’s weekend that lucky Ireland are this year, 2022 is looking a lot better for us. London’s traditional St Patrick’s Day parade in Trafalgar Square is back on, and with London’s bevy of Irish pubs open for business again, it’s going to be a fun one.
London is poised to erupt in a riot of colour this month, and it’s already started in St James’ Park, where the daffodils are in full bloom. Elsewhere, cherry blossoms, bluebells, and tulips aren’t far off blooming, and you’ll find them all in our flower guide.
14. Turn out the lights for Earth Hour (March 26, 8:30pm)
Every little helps when it comes to saving the planet, including switching off the lights for an hour. London’s landmarks will be going dark at 8:30pm local time on March 26, as will a bunch of cities in countries across the world, so you wouldn’t want to feel left out, would you?
15. Treat your mum for Mother’s Day (March 27)
Of all the events on this list, this is the one you really don’t want to forget for heaven’s sake! It’s your chance to treat your dear Mum to something extra special (if you don’t already do that year-round). If you’re short on ideas for Mother’s Day, maybe the likes of a delightful afternoon tea from Soho bakery Cutter & Squidge, or this wonderful collaboration between Sculpd & Bloom and Wild, could be a good starting point?
16. Welcome the glorious arrival of British Summer Time (March 27)
Longer days, brighter nights, and the first tantalising glimpses of summer: March 27 is certainly a date for the diary, as British Summer Time arrives and we edge closer to what looks to be a memorable summer.
For your monthly dose of culture, here are some of London’s best art exhibitions opening and closing in March:
Art exhibitions opening in March:
👔 Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear, V&A Museum (opens March 19)
Tate Britain Commission: Hew Locke, Tate Britain (opens March 23)
Art exhibitions closing in March:
📺 BEANO: The Art Of Breaking The Rules, Somerset House (until March 6)
🖌️ Hogarth and Europe, Tate Britain (until March 20)
📸 Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition, London Film Museum (until March 31)
From classical Hans Zimmer symphonies to upbeat Ariana Grande tracks, these gorgeous candlelight concerts around London will brighten up your nights.
Candlelight: Tribute to David Bowie @ Butcher’s Hall (March 5)
Candlelight: A Tribute to Queen @ Butcher’s Hall (March 6)
Candlelight: The Best of Joe Hisaishi @ Butcher’s Hall (March 6)
Candlelight: A Tribute to Lady Gaga by the Thames @ The Little Ship Club (March 11)
Candlelight: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong @ Castle Hotel Windsor (March 13)
Classical Masterpieces by Candlelight @ St James’ Piccadilly (March 18)
Candlelight: A Tribute to Oasis by the Thames @ The Little Ship Club (March 18)
Candlelight: Hans Zimmer’s Best Works @ Central Hall Westminster (March 18)
Candlelight: A Tribute to Ludovico Einaudi @ Central Hall Westminster (March 19)
Candlelight: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Soundtracks @ Grand Junction (March 23)
Candlelight: A Tribute to Ariana Grande @ Grand Junction (March 25)
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight @ Freemason’s Hall (March 26)
Candlelight Jazz: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra @ Castle Hotel Windsor (March 27)
Great Bach and Vivaldi Concertos by Candlelight @ St Martin-in-the-Fields (March 31)
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All our events are recommended by editors. Tickets purchased through Fever may earn Secret London commission.
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