This post is a summary of the London weather in March, with tips on what to pack and things to do.
March means slightly warmer weather, but the peak season crowds have not yet arrived.
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES IN MARCH
During the month of March, daylight hours increase by almost 2 hours between the 1st and the 31st allowing more time for outdoor activities.
Early in the month brings afternoon temperatures averaging about 8C-9C (in the upper 40s F).
Towards the end of the month, daytime temperatures will reach about 12C (mid-50s F).
It's possible that a couple of days in March could see afternoon temperatures reaching around 16C-17C (mid-60s F).
About 17-18 days will be mostly cloudy during March leaving 13-14 days clear or at least partly sunny.
Expect about 16 days this month with some precipitation with about 2 days likely with some snow (mostly during the first 2-3 weeks).
Best to bring rain gear and dress in layers. It's still cold in London in March, but some warmer days will be around, so no need to dress too heavy.
We've made a list of essentials to bring on your trip to London in March:
A medium, rain-proof jacket is a good thing to bring to London in March. Layers are great for bulking up on days when that jacket isn't quite heavy enough.
Think thermals, long-sleeves, and sweaters.
2. Rain Gear
There will be plenty of rain in March, so plan accordingly. A rain-proof jacket is a good idea, as are rain boots and an umbrella.
We like a light, compact umbrella that's easy to carry around, like this one from Rain-Mate. It's windproof and compact to fit easily in a suitcase.
3. Good Shoes
You will be doing lots of walking in London, so be sure to pack comfortable shoes.
It's important that they will hold up on a rainy day, so a waterproof boot, like these from Hunter is a great idea.
They're highly rated and come in a number of great colors. There's nothing worse than walking around with wet, cold feet!
The headline event this month is the traditional rowing race between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge called
The Boat Race, but there are other fun festivities as well, including St. Patrick's Day celebrations and the Kew Gardens Orchid Festival.
Below is the full Top 10 list of things to do in London in March. Read our full post, Things to Do in London in March, for more ideas.
And if you are planning on visiting many of London’s top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass.
These services could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.
- See a concert.
- Go to a football match.
- Attend the theatre on West End.
- Save money with a discount pass.
- Explore a Vegan food festival.
- Take a pay-what-you-like walking tour.
- Laugh at a comedy show.
- See the Harlem Globetrotters for a live exhibition match.
- Go to Kew Gardens for the Orchid Festival.
- Celebrate Mothers Day with a tour and afternoon tea.
Written by Fred Pickhardt