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London events in March

Your guide to the best happenings and events in London this March

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We're big fans of March. It has the first bank holiday of the year, lots of great activities to get stuck into ready for spring, St Patrick's Day and there's also Mother's Day – which you can start planning in advance now you've remembered, for once.

Here's our guide to the best events, free stuff, art and music, which should keep you busy for the whole of March

RECOMMENDED: The definitive London events calendar

Our March 2017 highlights

1

Moonlight

Like Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood,’ Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’ follows Chiron, a young, introverted African-American, from child to high school pupil to adult. Growing up in a black ghetto of Miami, with crack dealing and violence as his only prospects, Chiron is bullied by his classmates, then by his high school classmates. In short, Barry Jenkins’ beautifully shot film (only his second feature-length) is a fantastic example of contemporary American cinema's potential. 

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St Patrick's Day in London

Singing, dancing, a parade and a pint or two - the Irish have always known how to party and celebrating St Patrick's Day in London is no exception. St Patrick’s Day in London is a chance for Irish London (and, of course, anyone and everyone who's Irish-at-heart) to hit the streets and show the city the true meaning of the word ‘craic’. 

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By: Phoebe Trimingham
3

Logan

Will this be the last outing for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, as the actor has seemed to suggest? If it is, he's certainly going out with a bang – lots of them, in fact, as Logan fights and snarls his way through this heavy-handed action epic. But beneath the beatings, some thoughtful, dark themes are explored, making for an atmospheric and very timely blockbuster.

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4

Amy Winehouse Street Art Trail

Explore the area the late singer called home in this street art tour through Camden Town. Produced in collaboration with Global Street Art, the trail features Amy-themed street art by artists such as Captain Kris, Mr Cenz, Philth and Amara Por Dios. The walk leads to a newly commissioned installation at Jewish Museum London by renowned street artist Pegasus called 'Love is a Losing Game'. 

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Jewish Museum , Camden Town Until Sunday June 4 2017
5

Beauty and the Beast

There probably won't be any talking candlesticks in this version of the traditional fairy tale, but there will be Emma Watson, who's sure to fire up the role of Belle. It's an adaptation of Disney's classic animated film, but given a sparky makeover and a starry cast – Ewan McGregor, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Dan Stevens and Ian McKellen all feature alongside Watson.

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6

The American Dream: Pop to The Present

This show takes a look the Land of Opportunity through the prism of its artists and their printed works. There'll be many familiar pop faces here. Ed Ruscha's slick images both chronicle and celebrate everyday Americana; Andy Warhol peeks into the darker side of the nation's history with images of disgraced president Richard Nixon and bereaved First Lady Jackie Kennedy. Issues of racial divide – no less pressing than they ever were – are explored by African-American artist Kara Walker. 

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British Museum , Bloomsbury Until Sunday June 18 2017
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7

The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a truckload of Lego making its way to the South Bank. A purpose-built tent will pop-up by the London Eye this month for 'The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes', a collection of larger-than-life sculptures of iconic comic book characters contructed entirely in Lego. Artist Nathan Sawaya used almost 2,000,000 bricks to recreate the heroes and villains of your childhood. It's like seeing life in 8-bit.

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South Bank , South Bank Until Sunday September 3 2017
8

Mother's Day in London

Get ahead of the game and plan the perfect Mother's Day in London pronto. From the best restaurants in London, to mum-friendly exhibitions and lovely free London events to explore – steal our fail-safe ideas and itineraries for Sunday March 26 2017 and treat your mum to the mother of all Mother's Days.

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By: Time Out London Things To Do
9

Elle

Isabelle Huppert plays a tech company entrepreneur who takes revenge on the man who brutally raped her in her home in what becomes a provocative, psychological film from Paul Verhoeven. Yes, that's the guy who gave us 'Basic Instinct' and Showgirls', but this is an altogether more complex and challenging flim, feturing an outstanding performance from Huppert.

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10

Futuro House Tours

Take a tour of this bonkers spaceship-shaped house perched on top of Central Saint Martins with artist Craig Barnes who lovingly restored the pre-fab designed by Matti Suuronen in the late '60s. Booking essential.

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Central Saint Martins , King's Cross Wednesday June 7 2017 - Wednesday July 5 2017
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Silence

When Martin Scorsese puts away his strutting cocks – his raging bulls, comedy kings and Wall Street wolves – the results can be astounding. 'Silence' is a furiously alive and concentrated parable about faith under fire set in seventeenth-century Japan that ranks among the greatest achievements of spiritually minded cinema. 

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Guilty Pleasures

Abba. Junk food. Watching Jeremy Kyle. Thwacking dawdlers on Oxford Street over the back of the head with a copy of Time Out. We've all got our guilty pleasures, and this hugely fun night celebrates the musical side of them. It's a high-quality but ultimately cheesy party of pop, disco, dance tracks, R&B and soft rock, where you can hear anything from Hanson to Haim to Soft Cell to Whitney to Beyoncé, accompanied by dancers, live acts cabaret performers, balloons and a lot of glitter Leave your hipster credentials at the door, dress up and get guilty!

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Koko , Camden Town Saturday May 27 2017 - Saturday November 25 2017
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14

The Japanese House

Explore how architecture and family life in Japan changed after 1945 with this new exhibition at the Barbican. The legacy of WW2 and the changing face of Japanese society wrought huge changes in the way the nation lived, and the way Japanese design principles influenced the West over the last 70 years.

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Until Sunday June 25 2017
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Comments

8 comments
Anteena
Anteena Tastemaker

the free events list is so handy, every now and again something new pops up

evanschris
evanschris Tastemaker

Thanks TimeOut. Got excited about a Bank Holiday this month, only to be disappointed when I looked at the calendar. Try to not copy and paste from previous years!

Anthony C
Anthony C

Good day my name is Mr. Anthony Capron. Is there anyway that I can contact the personel in charge of the St. Patricks Day Parade event for 2017. I would like for my band to come and participate in the parade and enjoy the beauty that London has to offer. I am from the Bahamas by the way. My band is the Urban Renewal 2.0 Band. If the coordinators read this they can make contact with me at capron3403@gmail.com or polo_ace_91@hotmail.com and also 1 (242)328-1728/9

Thomas H
Thomas H

Traveling to London in mid- April.  Looking for cool, hip, art, restaurants, exhibits, events


Helen F
Helen F

@Thomas H East London is best for that kind of thing! Liverpool Street and Old Street. There are plenty of independent cafes, design shops and small gallery spaces in the area. Try "The Attendant" for coffee and brunch, the atmosphere is chilled and they play good music too.  Brick Lane is also an area worth checking out for cool street art, biiiiig vintage and record shops and more good food. It's a good place for creatives. If you're into music go to "Rough Trade".  Spitalfields market is a 5 minute walk from Liverpool Street station too so go there for lunch or something!
Shoreditch isn't far away from there either so you could head over in the evening for drinks (Queen of Hoxton and Bedroom Bar which is good for cocktails and live music) or for a bigger night out try XOYO or Cargo. It's definitely worth wondering around there in the day too for galleries etc. Just spend a day wondering about in East London!

If you're in North London try Camden Town for their markets and some cheap(er) bars and music venues.
I hope this helps!

Edwin L
Edwin L

Also there's a great festival-esq night of Jazz/ Afrobeat music on the 24th March, a great way to kick off a 4 day weekend! It's called Tantrums - Resident Advisor link here - http://ow.ly/XUa9L

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angela dawodu
angela dawodu

Oh I love Suede, I think Brad Anderton has got a terrific voice, a bit annoying sometimes but generally good. In Britpop I also like Shed 7 when they did Go For Gold.