What to Do in London in March

This post is our list of the best things to do in London in March, including a top 10 list, free, family-friendly as well as nighttime activities. This post is updated for 2020. 

 

 

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TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN MARCH

Below, is our list of the top 10 things to do and see in London this month.

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If you are considering visiting many top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount card or a bus tour combo ticket.


1) Go to a Concert

March can get quite cold, so it’s the perfect time to spend an evening indoors listening to your favorite artists.

 

 

You can find all the concerts in the city here.


2) See a Sports Event

London is known for its many football clubs, and you can get tickets on Stubhub to watch a number of those clubs play this month.

If you’re a football fan who hasn’t yet experienced a London crowd, don’t miss one of these matches!

Football (Soccer)

 

 

Rugby

Squash

You can find all the professional sporting events in the city on StubHub.

If you can’t make it to the stadium, don’t worry! These matches will be played on televisions in pubs throughout the entire city. 

NOTE: Both a Chelsea and Arsenal Stadium Tour are included for free with the London Pass.


3) Enjoy the Theatre

London’s West End is famous for its many theatre productions and musicals. From classic, long-running musicals to new, modern plays, there’s something for everyone.

 

 

See all the theatre tickets available on StubHub.

If you’re looking for cheap theatre tickets, check out our handy discount ticket guide to London theatre.


4) Save Money with a Tourist Discount Pass

March means winter hours are over for some of London’s biggest attractions! Longer opening hours mean you can get even more for your money with a London Discount Pass

 

 

The London Pass is just one of several London tourist attraction discount passes available to you.

Passes include hop-on-hop-off bus tours, fast-track entry to numerous locations and entrance to over 80 attractions and tours. The perfect compliment to our wonderful walking tours!

Included in many of the London tourist passes are great things to do in March such as:

Find out which pass will work best for you in our full post.


5) VeganLife Live Food Festival

If you’re vegan or have ever wondered about what your vegan food options are, you won’t want to miss this delicious food festival.

VeganLife Live is all about finding and creating filling and tasty vegan dishes and desserts.

 

 

From March 14 – 15, 2020, you’ll find pizza, kebabs, pasta, curry, soul food, desserts, and more at various vendors and chef demonstrations.

There will also be plenty of clothing, jewellery, and treat vendors there with vegan products.

You can get one- or two-day admission tickets ranging from £10 – £19. Visitors under 16 years old are free when accompanied by an adult.

Get your tickets here.


6) Take a Walking Tour With Us

March means spring is on the horizon and it’s the perfect time to get out and about with us as the winter chill finally starts to disappear!

We’ve got two recent additions to our tour schedule which are proving popular with visitors and locals alike so consider joining one of them this March!

 

 

Go through centuries of theatre history and get the behind-the-scenes stories about some of the world’s most famous west end shows on our Theatreland Tour: From Shakespeare’s Bankside to Today’s West End.

Or experience the trials and tribulations of the Blitz and learn how Londoners survived during our World War II Tour.

Our tours are name your own price, so you decide at the end what they were worth – a deal for any budget! Look into other free things to do in March below.


7) Catch a Comedian or Comedy Show

If you’re a fan of stand-up and comedy shows, you’ll have plenty of options in London this March!

The two biggest names on a stage will be Steve Martin and Martin Short, on tour together after their well-received Netflix special.

 

 

Find all the stand up during March here.


8) See the Harlem Globetrotters

In an exciting mix of a show production and sporting match, the famous Harlem Globetrotters will be having an exhibition basketball game on the first of March.

They combine their athleticism and tricks with music and theatrics to make for a fun family outing.

 

 

This will be a great event for bringing the kids or your friends along.


9) Enjoy Kew Gardens During the Orchid Festival

The annual Kew Gardens Orchid Festival is ending on March 8, 2020, so you are just in time to catch this celebrated London festival.

Explore some of the world’s most beautiful and diverse flora during a celebration of Colombia’s plant life and culture.

 

 

Guests will get the chance to learn about the orchid’s significance in Colombian culture, find out how to save endangered orchids species and admire a beautiful Orchid Palace. 

If you’re visiting after March 10th, don’t fret! Kew Gardens is a spectacular place visit throughout the entire year and entrance is included on many tourist discount passes.

This is something children might like. Click here for more family-friendly activities in March.


10) Celebrate Mothers Day

In the United Kingdom, Mother’s Day is celebrated in March. In 2020, it falls on March 22, which means restaurants and hotels will be very busy.

 

 

Perhaps think about taking your mum on one of our walking tours before or after a traditional afternoon tea – but be sure to book as soon as possible!

Check out our guide to affordable afterenoon teas to find out which one you’d like to experience.

 


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THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT

London doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! Check out these activities that take place at nighttime.

Also, take note that the following section featuring free things to do also includes some evening activities!  

 

 

For more ideas on night activities at any time of the year, be sure to read our definitive guide on things to do at night in London.  


Turn Off the Lights on Earth Hour

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiative is inviting people to turn off all their lights between 20:30 – 21:30 (8:30 pm – 9:30 pm) on March 28, 2020, in hopes of raising awareness of climate change.

But what makes this event truly worth watching is that all of London is going to join in! Last year, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and the London Eye all went dark for an hour. Get the full details here.

Many restaurants are also participating this year in hopes of breaking last year’s record for the largest simultaneous candlelit dinner party – so make a reservation at any of the dozens of London restaurants that are taking part in this historic meal! 


Orchids After Hours

Want to do something a bit different after dark?

This year the Kew Gardens Orchid Festival is playing host to Orchids: After Hours, a behind-the-scenes peek into Kew Garden’s after-hours life.

Enjoy exclusive access to the Gardens (tickets are limited) and partake in gardener talks, delicious food and drink, live music and crafts – all surrounded by the world-famous flowers at Kew.


London Book and Screen Week

This event coincides with the London Book Fair and brings together readers, writers, gamers, film fans and whoever enjoys the arts of book and screen.

There are a number of events throughout the city all week long, but you’ll find the majority of film screenings take place around 7 pm (21:00) – and most include a drink!

 

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Find out more about all the events for London Book and Screen Week here.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO

Below we list some of the free things to do in London in March.

 

 

For more ideas on cost-free activities, do check out our list of 100 free and cheap things to do in London any time of year as well as our guide to London on a budget.


Take Part in St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day includes a parade, followed by a party in Trafalgar Square.

The parade route runs through central London, beginning along Piccadilly at 12:00 noon on Sunday, 15th of March and will finish in Whitehall.

Meanwhile, in Trafalgar Square the festivities will be in full flow: a celebration of Irish food, music, clothing, and dancing will be taking place.

Many pubs throughout town will be commemorating St. Patricks’ Day, as well, so it’ll be easy to join in the festive fun, no matter which part of town you’re in!

Get more details on their website.


See a Free Comedy Show

Angel Comedy runs comedy shows 7 nights a week – and every single one is absolutely free. Featuring well-known acts and those new to the scene, and Edinburgh Fringe Award winners, it’s almost always a guaranteed great night!

It’s located just off Upper Street in Islington (a stone’s throw from Kings’ Cross).

Shows start at 8:00 pm, but people start queuing early so make sure you give yourself time to grab a spot!


Take a Walk Through the Park

London is one of the greenest cities in Europe which means there are dozens of beautiful parks and square to spend some time in.

From world-famous Hyde Park to Royal St James, charming Bloomsbury Square to the rustic Richmond Park, there is plenty to explore.

Expect beautiful flowers, picnic spots, paddle boating, or even deer and pelicans!

Check out our guide to London’s best parks to help you plan your visit.

(Don’t forget, our Royal Westminster Tour takes in views of Green Park and St. James, while our Royal Kensington Tour enjoys the sights of beautiful Kensington Gardens!)


Watch a Debate at the Houses of Parliament

The Houses return from their summer recess during the first week of March which means the public galleries in the Palace of Westminster will be opening their doors to visitors once again.

Take in a debate in the iconic House of Commons, or surround yourself in opulence in the historic House of Lords.

There’s no fee to enter, so take an opportunity to visit a royal palace for free! Our guide How To Visit The Houses of Parliament will surely come in handy.

(Our Westminster Tour finishes across the street from the Palace of Westminster so consider making this the next stop after your walk with us!)


Walk Across Abbey Road

Recreate the famous album cover by the Fab Four who recorded their material at the Abbey Road studios, located right beside the most famous traffic crossing in the world! They didn’t go far to reach the crosswalk and neither will you.

It’s located just a short walk from the St. John’s Wood Underground station. We detail how to get to Abbey Road in a blog post.

You might also be interested in our self-guided tour of Beatles sights in London, which includes this stop.

For London music lovers, you may be interested in taking our pay-what-you-wish London Rock N Roll Tour, which includes many Beatles’ sites Thursdays and Saturdays at 15:00 (3:00 pm).

We also offer free, self-guided tours of London sights connected to David Bowie as well as Jimi Hendrix.

Be sure to look at our post on top 10 free things to do any time of year, as well as our guide to London on a Budget

 


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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MARCH

Below are just a few of the ideas for things to do with kids in March in London. 

 


 

You can find even more ideas from our full post about visiting London with kids.


Stay the Night at the Natural History Museum with Dino Snores

This is one on the tamer-side of Dinosaur life! A unique sleepover arranged for kids aged 7 to 11, guests are invited to bring their torches and sleeping bags as they stay the night in the Natural History Museum.

Educational activities, t-shirt making, and a live science show complete the evening’s programmes and all guests leave after a full breakfast the next morning.

In 2020, the March sleep-over takes place on the 14th. You can get the details from their website Dino Snores.


Go on a Harry Potter Tour

We’ve already explained why March is a great time to get walking with us, but we have a few tours that little ones seem to love especially, the main one being our Harry Potter Tour!

Let us introduce you to the behind-the-scenes world of Harry Potter. Our walking tour takes guests through locations used in filming, areas mentioned in the book, and everything in between. Walk in the footsteps of the world’s most famous wizard with us!

We also have a full post with great information on how to get to the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London. 


Take Part in St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

This March, Trafalgar Square will once again play host to some family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Children will love the parade, and afterward can convene in the square for traditional Irish snacks, Irish dancing, and crafts and activities specifically aimed at little ones!


Visit A World-Class Aquarium

The London Sea Life Aquarium is home to over 500 species from all across the world, including 40 different sharks. Guests are led through the building to visit over 65 different displays and 14 themed zones spaced out over 3 floors. 

The Sea Life Aquarium is affordable family fun as they also run a spectacular 2 for 1 deal on tickets as well as being included in the London Pass!

For more ideas on keeping your family entertained, see our family-friendly section in our Free Things to Do in London.

 


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An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 15 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.