Looking for the best things to do in London in March? Look no further.
The weather is ever-so-slightly warmer this month than the last and the capital is jam-packed with brilliant events – March is a great month in London.
Things to do in London in March
Have a Flippin’ Brilliant Pancake Day
Forget Christmas, Pancake Day might just be our favourite time of the year. And with so many brilliant spots to stack ‘em up in the capital, who can blame us?
Whether you’re in the mood for Dutch poffertjes, Japanese souffle pancakes, or a classic American stack, the capital is bursting with plenty of pancake restaurants open all year round.
Read More: The Best Spots for Pancakes in London
Drink at Mr Lyan’s Brand New Seed Library
Opens 3rd March
Mr Lyan is somewhat of a London legend – his array of bars dotted about the capital are some of our (and many Londoners) favourites. Tucked away in the basement of One Hundred Shoreditch is his latest invention: Seed Library.
Unlike Lyaness (which we rate very highly), Seed Library will take a more low-key approach to cocktails and decor – though, expect the same amount of pizzazz that we all know and love Mr Lyan for.
Drinks-wise, the menu is short and sweet, consisting of a range of reinvented classic cocktails that frequently rotate alongside low-intervention wines and craft beer. You’ll also be able to share bar snacks and small plates based on seasonal ingredients.
The interior features wood panelling and bespoke furniture, while warm-toned accents create a welcome escape from the buzzy streets of Shoreditch.
Unleash Your Imagination at Mumbli Hearing Wellness Festival
3rd – 6th March
Kicking off on World Hearing Day, the Mumbli Hearing Wellness Festival will be set over four days and is a must-visit for those who are curious about living with hearing loss.
Throughout the festival, there will be a number of exciting events happening, including restorative sound baths and innovative VR audio gaming workshops with the aim of raising awareness.
As well as this, Kitchen Theory has put together an 8-course dining menu complete with sensory surprises, while the dessert legends over at CHIN CHIN will be serving up tinnitus-soothing ice cream.
Catch Blackmail at The Mercury Theatre
4th – 19th March
One of the most exciting theatre productions hitting the capital this month is Mark Ravenhill’s Blackmail.
This intriguing mystery is set around the murder of a famous Chelsea artist, and blackmailer Ian Tracy thinks he knows whodunnit. A long night of secrets and lies awaits the suspects, though one of them will be dead before morning.
Read More: London Theatre Guide 2022
Join the Barbican’s 40th Birthday Festivities
4th – 6th March
March marks the 40th anniversary of the Barbican, and to celebrate they’re throwing an iconic party that will stretch all across the weekend of the 4th.
A huge host of events are being held, including musical performances by London Symphony Orchestra and Sarah Cahill, a brand new exhibition titled Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain 1945–1965 (more on that here), as well as a special showing of The Godfather on the big screen.
Ready to party? Check what’s on and book your tickets here.
Get Bookish for World Book Day
London’s bookstores come alive during World Book Day, from in-store events to huge discounts, all in the hopes of encouraging kids and adults alike to pick up a novel.
Alongside readings by authors Nicholas Allen and Konnie Huq, food stalls will be recreating iconic food and drink – from Alice in Wonderland pancakes to The BFG’s Frobscottle drink.
Read More: The Best London Bookshops
Party at Cabana’s Bottomless Brunch
From 5th March
Shaking things up this March in London is the Latin-American bottomless brunch on offer at Cabana in St Giles.
Sharing starters include the likes of corn ribs doused in paprika, butter, and sea salt, as well as buttermilk churrasco fried chicken.
Mains bring a Latin twist to classic brunch dishes – The Full Brazilian comes with guava barbecue bacon and rio beans, while Cinnamon Rabanada is a Brazilian take on French toast.
Bottomless cocktails and mocktails will also be served to a vibrant salsa soundtrack. Book your tickets here.
Read More: The Best Bottomless Brunches in London
Experience The National Gallery’s Virtual Veronese
7th March – 3rd April
The National Gallery’s upcoming exhibition Virtual Veronese looks set to be one of the most interesting in 2022.
Thanks to clever VR technology (and some very funky headsets), you’ll be able to view Veronese’s The Consecration of Saint Nicholas in its original church setting.
Adorn the headset and you’ll be transported into a digital reconstruction of the Church of San Benedetto al Po – you’ll be guided around by either Veronese’s patron Andrea Asola or art historian and curator Dr Rebecca Gill.
Even better – the experience is free, though you’ll need to book a slot here.
Read More: The London Exhibition Edit 2022
Celebrate International Women’s Day
It’s safe to say that London is not short of wonderful things to get involved in this International Women’s Day.
The She Grrrowls festival taking place at The Albany in Deptford on the 5th March tops the list. Expect a jam-packed programme of workshops, performances, and talks all based around the theme of ‘joy and healing’.
From relaxing sound baths to dance classes and dynamic spoken poetry performances, this festival looks to celebrate the very best of women and non-binary people.
Other excellent events taking place around IWD are fascinating talks around sustainability in fashion and food being led by women at 116 Pall Mall, as well as the Female in Focus 2021 exhibition in Bethnal Green which showcases the very best of female photographers (and is totally free to visit, FYI).
Battersea Park’s Affordable Art Fair
10th – 13th March
Looking to jazz up your home? The first installment of the Affordable Art Fair will be taking place this month in Battersea Park and it looks set to be one of the top March things to do in London.
As well as perusing the pieces, which include works by Lisa Henshall (the artist of Battersea’s featured Spring art), visitors will be able to get a sneak peek at the finalists of the Jackson’s Painting Prize 2022.
A Clockwork Orange 50th Anniversary Screening
Underground England is bringing an exclusive screening of A Clockwork Orange to The Rio Cinema in Dalston this month.
The Stanley Kubrick cult classic just turned 50 and to celebrate, the cinema will be hosting a bonanza featuring a DJ playing Dystopian-inspired tunes and themed cocktails, along with a late-night screening of the once-banned movie.
Don’t miss the chance to watch it in 4K on the big screen. Book your tickets here.
Attend the Gals Fest
11th + 12th March
This month, Stanley Arts boasts one of the best things to do in London in March: the Gals Fest.
Located just after IWD (coincidence? We think not) the evening will showcase three female-led bands, each trailblazers of the London jazz scene.
Isobella Burnham, the Allexa Nava Quartet, and the Amy Gadiaga Quartet will be unleashing their heavenly tones upon the capital. Book your tickets here.
Join Jim Carter for a Bridgerton Q&A
If, like us, your eyes were glued to Bridgerton (okay fine, Simon Basset) during lockdown, you don’t want to miss the upcoming Q&A with the cast in aid of the Kiln Theatre this month.
Jim Carter – a.k.a Mr Carson from Downton Abbey – will be putting your questions straight to the stars of the show. The panel includes the likes of Adjoa Andoh, Bessie Carter, Nicola Coughlan, Ruth Gemmell, Martins Imhangbe, Golda Rosheuvel and Luke Thompson.
While we can’t promise the Duke will turn up (boo), it looks set to be a stellar event packed with behind the scenes secrets and hot gossip.
Say Cheers to St Patrick’s Day
One of the best free things to do in London in March is to head to Trafalgar Square dressed in your finest greenery and get involved in the St Patrick’s Day Parade, which is happening on the 13th of this month.
Alongside the parade, the London Mayor will be celebrating the very best of Irish arts, culture, food, and music. Be sure to drink a Guinness or two.
That’s not the only St Paddy’s celebration in London this month though – plenty of London bars are getting involved with limited-edition menus.
Head to Coupette, who are collaborating with The Busker Whisky for a limited edition cocktail and live Irish music in their cool bar, meanwhile Irish bar Homeboy will be teaming up with Redbreat 12 for their special St Paddy’s menu.
Celebrate Holi in Glorious Technicolour
When it comes to cool things to do in London in March, getting the gang together to celebrate Holi might just be one of our favourites.
This fun Hindu festival celebrates spring, love, and life through colourful celebrations, and the capital is awash with kaleidoscopic events to celebrate.
Topping the list is Cinnamon Kitchen’s month-long pastel party – all four of the chain’s restaurants will be offering the ‘Festival of Colours’ set menu packed with traditional Holi dishes like chargrilled Zeeland kingfish with carom seed, smoked rack of Kentish lamb with vegetable pilau, and a classic Delhi-style butter chicken. Drool.
Of course, there’s plenty of other events happening across the rest of the capital: London Ki Holi Festival will be taking place in Dagenham, while Kingston will be celebrating Indian food, flavours, and colours at the ultimate Holi shindig.
Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear at The V&A
19th March – 6th November
In collaboration with Gucci, Fashioning Masculinities is a major exhibition coming to the V&A in London this March.
The exhibition will showcase the importance of masculinity within clothes and appearance, with articles reflecting how designers and artists have constructed and deconstructed masculinity throughout history.
Painting, photographs, video, and performance will present work from iconic designers and their clients.
Quaff Cocktails in The Lowback
Though, as dreamy as the decor looks, it’s the food and drink that really wows. Expect Hawksmoor’s classic foodie faves, including the Big Matt burger, bone marrow oysters, and the mouthwatering salt beef nuggets.
You’ll be able to wash down all that meaty goodness with drinks ranging from sub-zero martinis to indulgent champagne cocktails.
Chow down at New Restaurant Lisboeta
Opens 21st March
One of the most-hyped restaurant openings this month is Nuno Mendes’ Lisboeta.
Described as a ‘love letter to Portugal’, it looks set to bring the best of Portuguese cuisine to London. Rumours are saying to expect a sophisticated dining experience boasting Mediterranean faves.
We certainly cannot wait – in fact, we’ve been glued to their instagram page in the hopes of a sneak peek.
Treat Your Loved Ones on Mother’s Day
Looking for the ultimate treat for Mother’s Day? Our capital leaves you spoilt for choice.
When it comes to dining out, Carluccio’s has got it covered with their limited edition menu celebrating festa della mamma.
Expect a three-course menu filled with dishes like Pugliese burrata with 24-month aged Parma ham, pea purée, and mint-marinated edamame beans, as well as a lemony chicken and artichoke risotto.
The Madame Afternoon Tea for Two features an array of indulgent treats, including strawberry and black forest gateaux, eclairs, and donuts, alongside finger sandwiches and scones.
Practical Tips for Exploring London in March
March is a great time to visit London – it’s less cold than February but it’s still not the peak tourist season. Expect shorter queues and calmer streets (though, the tube will still be heaving).