The year is Marching by, so don’t miss out on these great things to do in London in March 2019.
As signs of spring pop-up hither and thither, embrace the season by venturing out and trying something new in London. From art exhibitions to gigs and quirky events, you’re bound to find the perfect event for you this March. Here’s what’s on in London in March 2019.
1. Have a lovely little time with The Little Orchestra
Promising a relaxed and accessible approach to classical music, The Little Orchestra will be rocking up to Alexandra Palace’s gorgeously restored theatre space, performing Beethoven’s 8th Symphony, Egmont Overture and Wellington’s Victory while you sip on wine and soak up the music. Get tickets here.
2. Cheer on your team at the Guinness Six Nations Fan Village
Take a trip to London Bridge to catch the Guinness Six Nations in style at Flat Iron Square. Inside the Guinness Fan Village, you’ll find 10 huge screens to watch the game on and delicious street food stalls to keep your appetite at bay. Or, upgrade to the Guinness Clubhouse for an exclusive experience where you can rub shoulders with some of the top names in the business. If you want to go all out, you can hire a private pop up pub for you and your friends, including a free round of Guinness Stout and your own ‘pub landlord’ for the day. Get your tickets here. ⭐️Sponsored⭐️
3. Flip out for Pancake Day (March 5)
If you ask us, pancakes are an always food, but we’ll still celebrate the start of Lent with a crepe big feast. Check out the best places for pancakes in London.
4. Join the Women of the World (March 8-9)
For the ninth year, the Southbank Centre marks International Women’s Day (March 8) with a series of events celebrating the power and potential of women and girls everywhere. Maureen Duffy, Angela Davis, Jo Brand, Naomi Klein and Chidera Eggerue are among those speaking in 2019. Find out more.
5. Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in style (March 17)
Time for a rollicking good craic, courtesy of the people who know it best. London’s Irish population will be out in force for the St Patrick’s Day parade in Trafalgar Square, and no doubt packing into the capital’s bevy of Irish pubs.
6. Marvel at Tate Britain’s landmark Van Gogh exhibit (March 27 onwards)
A major new exhibition will bring together 45 works from the legendary artist, making this the biggest Van Gogh exhibit to visit Britain in a decade. More information on their website.
7. Find some brutal beeps at Re-Textured Festival (March 28–31)
40+ electronic music acts fan out across London, for three days of music at Brutalist and Modern venues, including Southbank Centre, 180 The Strand, Village Underground, Walthamstow Assembly Hall, E1 London, and The Silver Building. B. Traits, Volvox, BenSims, Lucrecia Dalt, Objekt and Nina Kraviz are among the many acts taking part. Find out more.
8. Join London’s magnificent Prosecco & Cheese Festival (March 29)
This. This is what dreams are made of, aren’t they? A one-day celebration of cheese and fizz, taking place in Old Spitalfields Market, this is really the only festival you need in 2019. A range of UK and international cheeses will be supplemented with a steady supply of bottomless prosecco, and we simply can’t wait! Get your tickets here.
9. Try the all-new Crystal Maze (March 29 onwards)
Take on physical, mental, and mystery challenges as a team, as the wildly popular game experience takes over a huge new site near Leicester Square. There’ll be 32 new games to frolick your way through, and your group, as always will be led a garrulous gamemaster to rival Richard O’Brien himself. More information here.
10. Turn out the lights for Earth Hour (March 30)
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, as will cities in 178 countries across the world, so you wouldn’t want to feel left out, would you?
11. Treat your mum for Mother’s Day (March 31)
Of all the events on this list, this is the one you really don’t want to forget for heaven’s sake! The very last day of March is your chance to treat your dear Mum to something special – you can’t go wrong with an afternoon tea, after all.
12. Play a raucous round of Drag Bingo
Life’s a drag, unless you’re playing Drag Bingo. Far from being your nan’s style of bingo (and if it is, you’ve got a very cool nan), this deliciously debauched experience features bingo games, dance-offs, and a bevy of sassy drag queens hosting. Tickets available here.
13. Party with the flatmates at Little Blue Door
Ain’t no party like a Little Blue Door party, because a Little Blue Door party has London’s biggest pancake stack, just waiting to be devoured. Part bottomless brunch, part house party, all fun. Find your tickets here.
14. Make for the summit at this ice climbing experience
It’s the coolest experience in town, quite literally. Hidden inside a Covent Garden shop is this super chill ice wall, which lets you take a walk on the Wildling side as you pick your way carefully to the top. Tickets are available here.
15. Get squiffy in a jiffy in an absinthe den
Dare you dance with the Green Fairy? London’s first dedicated absinthe bar has opened in Camden, and March is prime time to sample absinthe in all its intoxicating forms. Oh, and there’s a fabulous range of hats to try on, too. Find your tickets here.
16. Eat everything at a huge vegan food festival
Alexandra Palace hosts this huge, two-day festival dedicated to the power of vegan cuisine, products, and clothing. Vegan Life Live is essentially the Glastonbury of plant-based living, so whether you’re converted or just curious, grab your tickets here.
17. Go fore glory at an immersive mini-golf challenge
The weather’s getting marginally warmer, so March is high time to warm up your competitive spirit with a round of putting. At Plonk Shoreditch, you’ll need to puzzle your way through a series of challenges before potting that hole in one – oh, and it’s BYOB too! Check here for tickets.
18. Indulge in an Indian bottomless brunch
Step away from the takeaway and try something a little more authentic. ERIKI are hosting a mouthwatering bottomless brunch, featuring unlimited helpings of curries, koftas, dhals, and everything else you need for a true Indian feast. Find your tickets here.
19. Sample London’s best cocktails at this fab festival
Spring is, erm, springing, and the first green shoots of festival season are beginning to emerge. At the Cocktails in the City Spring Festival, you’ll catch 25 of London’s best bars aiming to impress you with a bevy of tasty concoctions, which sounds like such hard work… Get tickets here.
20. Dive into a secret rum-soaked lagoon
Ahoy mateys! Deep beneath the streets of Shepherd’s Bush, a subterranean boating lake awaits, filled with buccaneering pirates, tropical decor, and copious amounts of rum punch. Truly our kind of party, this one – get your tickets here.
21. Get all the design and cooking inspo you need
You’re being spoiled now – two festivals on the same day, in the same spot, for the same price! Between learning how to revolutionise your interiors at the Ideal Home Show, and cooking up a storm at The Eat & Drink Festival, this weekend is basically Adulting 101. Entry to one festival gets you into the other too – find tickets to the Ideal Home Show here, and entry to The Eat & Drink Festival here.
22-34. Catch the best theatre in town
Theatreland really isn’t familiar with the concept of “a quiet month”, so March is looking pretty busy. The star-studded Betrayal (5th) opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre, whilst Alexandra Palace open their revamped theatre with a production of Richard III (13-31st). At the Park Theatre, The Life I Lead (18-30th) examines fathers and sons, whilst Cry Havoc (27th onwards) is a gripping Cairo-set love story. Stunning dance heads to the Barbican with Ballet Black (14-17th), Yamato (12-31st) drums up a storm at the Peacock Theatre, and spooky goings on arrive at the Almeida with The Twilight Zone (4th onwards).
Speaking of the Almeida, March sees your last chance to catch their trippy Trump-inspired Shipwreck (closes 30th). Other shows taking their final bow that day include The American Clock at The Old Vic, unsettlingly good Berberian Sound Studio at the Donmar, and marvellous musical Company. Finally, the Park Theatre wave a fond farewell to both Gently Down The Stream (16th) and – despite the name – We’re Staying Right Here (23rd).
35-41. See a new art exhibition
If van Gogh’s a hard no, what about one of these lot? The Renaissance Nude opens at the Royal Academy on March 3, photographer Martin Parr presents his Only Human exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from March 7, Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light is at the National Gallery from March 18, and Christian Marclay (of ‘The Clock’ fame) brings a new work to White Cube Mason’s Yard on March 15.
This month is also your last chance to catch the Jackson Pollock show at the Whitechapel Gallery (closes March 24), Tania Bruguera’s takeover of Tate Modern‘s Turbine Hall (closes March 30), and the charming Charlie Brown exhibit at Somerset House (closes March 3).
42-51. Head to a big gig
Things are pretty chocka across London’s gig venues in March. The O2 plays host to Childish Gambino (24th/25th), Panic! At The Disco (28/29th), George Ezra (19th/20th), Post Malone (13th/14th), Nicki Minaj v Future (11th), and (somehow) Peter André (12th) this March. Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals (15th) will be at Alexandra Palace, Keith Urban takes to the O2 Forum in Kentish Town (6th), while Maribou State (7th) and The Internet (21st) play Brixton Academy.
52-58. Spend a night at the movies
Plenty of intriguing fare reaches UK cinemas in March, a favoured spot in the film calendar for offerings a little too weird for awards consideration. Us, the latest horror from Get Out director Jordan Peele, will have you sleeping with the lights on, while The Hole In The Ground and The Prodigy both offer spooky-kid chills of their own. There’s a prodigy of a different kind in The Kindergarten Teacher, starring Maggie Gyllenhall as a pre-school teacher obsessed with a talented pupil, and some history-making fare from Captain Marvel, the first female-led and -directed Marvel film. Don’t forget this neat trick to score much cheaper Odeon tickets, if you’re heading that way. Oh, and of course there’s always Netflix, with a load of new content dropping in March.
59-76. Go a-wandering around town
We’re never done exploring the city and sniffing out new spots for you to visit – here’s the best places we wrote about in February.
😈 Eve Bar: heaven and hell-themed cocktail bar with sinful drinks
👩🌾 Growing Underground: South London’s subterranean farm
👸 Hatchards: the Piccadilly bookshop beloved by the Queen
📸 WAVE: highly Instagrammable new vegan joint
💉 Evans and Peel: a pharmacy-style hidden cocktail bar
☕️ Kape Barako: serving coffee out of a red telephone box
🏘 Spencer House: beautiful aristocratic mansion in the heart of the city
🚤 Bunga Bunga: party-lovin’ Italian restaurant with its own speedboat
🤫 Do Not Disturb: secret speakeasy for those who like the quiet
🎨 Tate Modern: the world’s most popular modern art gallery
🥧 The Jellied Eel: cocktail bar set in a pie and mash shop
🌆 The Garden At 120: swish new rooftop terrace
📚 Daunt Books: beloved by bookworms and Instagrammers
🧀 La Fauxmagerie: all-vegan cheesemonger making a stir in Brixton
🇮🇹 Gloria: insane OTT Italian restaurant with stunning dishes
🌳 Megan’s: new Clapham brunch spot with an olive tree inside
Oh, and here’s even more things to do inspiration…
Also published on Medium.