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London events in March

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

© Sofia Villanueva

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

Festival No.6 at Tate Britain

Festival No.6 is putting away its tent poles and travelling from Portmeirion to Tate Britain for a one-night music and culture extravaganza. It's set to be a Tate Lates like no other: a mini-fest with a headline performance from British indie band Blossoms, poetry from John Cooper Clarke, comedy from Sarah Pascoe, and pop-up theatre shows across the gallery. Win VIP tickets to the event (including a meal for two champagne and access to the David Hockey show) in our competition here.

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Tate Britain , Westminster Friday March 3 2017
2

WOW: Women of the World Festival

The 2017 edition of this festival will feature another stellar line-up championing everything that is great about women and girls. Through discussion, debate, performances and activism, female achievements are celebrated and the obstacles that prevent them from achieving their full potential and contributing to the world are explored.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Tuesday March 7 2017 - Sunday March 12 2017
3

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 Wednesday March 1 2017 - Sunday September 3 2017
4

The House of Holi

To mark India’s festival of colours, Cinnamon Kitchen’s special party-pod returns to Devonshire Square. The 12-day pop-up invites city workers to swap their ties and heels for protective suits before pelting each other with paint. No Indian festival is complete without a feast of delicious dishes, so Cinnamon Kitchen will be serving up a vibrant five-course Holi menu and coluful cocktails from their pop-up bar. 

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Devonshire Square , Aldgate Tuesday March 7 2017 - Saturday March 18 2017
5

The Robot Zoo Late

What do bots get up to at night? Find out at The Horniman Museum's Robot Zoo Late event. Walk through the collection of animatronic beasts, go on a safari of the museum's taxidermy collection or have cocktail and do the robot in the main hall. The choice is yours. 

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Horniman Museum , Forest Hill Thursday March 2 2017
6

CUT Festival: The Art of Barbering

Inspired by barbering past and present, CUT Festival 2017 brings together artists and activists, exhibiting and working alongside traditional and alternative barbers. Events include Haggerston’s Archive Gallery exhibiting razor-sharp photographs of barbers from around the world, Toynbvee Studios holding talks, debates and performances (Sat Feb 25), and East London barber shops hosting art events. Barbers will give haircuts to the homeless throughout the festival.

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Various , London Until Sunday March 5 2017
7

Do Ho Suh

The colourful fabric sculptures of Do Ho Suh were apparently designed to be packed into the Korean artist's suitcase as he travelled the globe. Luckily for visitors to the Victoria Miro gallery there's no unpacking to be done, just lots of gazing at these incredible – portable – structures that hang, suspended, in the gallery.

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Victoria Miro , Hoxton Until Saturday March 18 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: Phoebe Trimingham
9

London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival

North London's Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) representatives present their annual beer festival, which will see pint enthusiasts (attempt to) taste their way through real ales, ciders, perries and imported beers. A bar dedicated to London beers will represent our flourishing local breweries, and a changing menu of homemade food will be on offer to line stomachs.

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Camden Centre , Bloomsbury Wednesday March 8 2017 - Friday March 10 2017
10

Queer City: London Club Culture 1918-1967

The Caravan was 'London's most bohemian rendez-vous' and now the National Trust and the National Archives have brought it back to Freud, the bar that now stands where the club was. As well as tours, there will be an exciting programme of themed talks, debates and performances capturing the spirit of queer club culture. Evening openings will allow a strictly limited number of ticket holders to enjoy club ‘membership’ for a night. Booking essential.

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Freud , Covent Garden Thursday March 2 2017 - Sunday March 26 2017
11

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 March 1 2017 - Wednesday July 5 2017
12

Peckham Salvage Yard

Get your paws on vintage threads, homeware and handmade items at this south London fair from the gang behind Hackney Flea Market. Bargain hunters can fuel up on street food while browsing the 30-something stalls, and listen to DJs once they bags are bursting.

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Copeland Park , Peckham Saturday March 4 2017 - Sunday March 5 2017
13

Russell Howard: Round the World

Hyperactive comedy superstar Russell Howard is embarking on his biggest ever world tour – inventively titled 'Round the World' – taking in the US, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. And for his London stint, the Bristolian arena-filler is playing a whopping ten-night run at the Royal Albert Hall. It's not till 2017, but buy tickets soon, is our advice.

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Royal Albert Hall , Knightsbridge Wednesday March 1 2017 - Friday March 10 2017
14

The Weeknd

Canadian R&B singer cum rapper Abel Tesfaye follows heady critical acclaim and crossover superstardom with some rare live dates.

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The O2 , Greenwich Peninsula Tuesday March 7 2017 - Wednesday March 8 2017
15

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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16

Roman Tragedies

Seriously: book your tickets now. Yes, Ivo van Hove's legendary mash up of Shakespeare's Roman tragedies – 'Coriolanus', 'Julius Caesar' and 'Antony and Cleopatra' – is six hours long, and doesn't have an interval in the conventional sense. But it is simply one the greatest theatre productions ever staged, less a gruelling feat of endurance than a great communal endeavour, in which the audience is invited to wander up onto the stage, sit down, buy drinks and snacks during the frequent semi-pauses and generally be thrust into the heart of things. 

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Friday March 17 2017 - Sunday March 19 2017
17

The Kid Stays in the Picture

The Royal Court's tack to the left under Vicky Featherstone had borne some serious fruit in the shape of this collaboration with the towering genius Simon McBurney, fresh from blowing our minds with his theatre company Complicite's reality-shredding 'The Encounter'. Produced by Barbara Broccoli, 'The Kid Stays in the Pictures' charts the rise and fall of legedary Hollywood man Robert Evans.

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Tuesday March 7 2017 - Saturday April 8 2017
18

Lady Leshurr

The whip-smart, versatile MC demonstrates the clever wordplay and part-spoken, part-sung flows which have earned her plenty of hip collaborations.

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Heaven , Charing Cross Friday March 3 2017
20

Glass Animals

Hailing from Oxford, this experimental electronic pop outfit made a splash with their debut album 'Zaba' – full of lush, hazy pop curveballs layered with psychedelic synth-work and gentle electronic beats. They've got a follow-up coming up soon so you'll hear new material here.

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O2 Academy Brixton , Stockwell Thursday March 16 2017
21

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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22

Underworld

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Romford's finest bring their viscerally engaging and always inventive post-techno to London, and wheeling out some ’90s classics too. 

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Alexandra Palace , Muswell Hill Friday March 17 2017
23

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 Until Sunday June 25 2017
24

Friday Lates at the National Gallery

A weekly late opening of the galleries giving visitors the chance to catch exhibitions, take part in guided talks and other special events. Check the website to find out what's on. 

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National Gallery , Trafalgar Square Friday March 3 2017 - Friday December 14 2018
25

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 Saturday March 25 2017 - Sunday June 25 2017
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Comments

6 comments
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

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.