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London events in March

Our guide to the best events, festivals, workshops, exhibitions and things to do throughout March 2020 in London

Cherry Blossom in Greenwich Park
Shadman Chowdhury
By Time Out London Things To Do |

A bright, blossom filled March 2020 in London is definitely our bag. As spring arrives and the days start to get sunnier and longer, there's plenty going on in London to embrace the new season. Why not take a stroll around London's best parks and gardens as they start to burst with colour, check out the city's best restaurants or sink a drink in one of London's neon-filled bars. March in London 2020 is also the month of Pancake DayInternational Women’s DaySt Patrick’s Day and Mother’s Day. It also holds WoW: Women of the World Festival, Earth Hour, London Book and Screen Week, the London Coffee Festival and the big St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in Trafalgar Square. For more fun in the city, check out our guide to the best events, free stuff, art and music. This lot should keep you busy in London for the whole of March 2020. You're welcome!  

Hey, and while you’ve got your diary out, remember that it's never too early to start planning for April either. 

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Our March 2020 highlights

Theatre, Musicals

Matilda the Musical

icon-location-pin Cambridge Theatre, Seven Dials

Tim Minchin's wickedly good story of a schoolgirl genius is still irresistible.

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Comedy, Stand-up

Rob Beckett: Wallop

icon-location-pin Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Hammersmith

London lad Rob Beckett has quickly become a mainstream comedy hero, popping up on Live at the Apollo and The One Show, hosting a primetime Saturday night entertainment series, and appearing various panel shows with his unmistakable toothy grin. 

Unknown photographer, 'David Bomberg painting' (c.1912–14) © Tate Archive

Young Bomberg and the Old Masters

icon-location-pin National Gallery, Trafalgar Square

Imitation is, they say, the greatest form of flattery. But the best artists do more than simply copy. In this interesting-sounding free exhibition, the National Gallery shows the works of modernist painter David Bomberg alongside the Old Masters (Botticelli, Michelangelo and co.) that provided inspiration. 

Things to do, Exhibitions

Insiders/Outsiders festival

icon-location-pin Various, London

This year-long arts festival celebrates refugees from Nazi Europe and highlights their impact on British culture. Expect a vibrant and all-encompassing programme of exhibitions, performances and events across a variety of London venues.

© Tim Walker

Tim Walker: Wonderful Things

icon-location-pin V&A, South Kensington

When Tim Walker took over Somerset House with his 'Story Teller' exhibition in 2012, the gallery was filled with, among other things, a 10ft tall baby doll and an orchestra of oversized bugs. Seven years later and the photographer, a long-time contributor to British Vogue, now gets a show at the V&A. 

Dora Maar 'Untitled (Main Shell)' Centre Pompidou, MNAM-, Dist. RMN - Grand Palais/Jacques Faujour

Dora Maar

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, Bankside

Tate Modern continues its commitment to giving female artists the recognition they deserve with the biggest retrospective of Dora Maar ever held in Britain. Maar's surrealist works centre on an extensive archive of photographs and photomontages, but her career has been somewhat overshadowed by her relationship with Picasso. This exhibition plans to situate Maar's creations alongside those of her contemporaries, but hopefully not (for once) just ol' Pablo. 

Photo: Tate (Matt Greenwood)

Mike Nelson: ‘The Asset Strippers’

icon-location-pin Tate Britain, Millbank

Giant machines symbolising the death of industrial Britain. It's overwhelming and poignantly sad. 

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Things to do, Film events

East End Film Festival: Temple Cinema

icon-location-pin Temple, Liverpool Street

Scare yourself senseless at one of East London Film Festival's horror showings in a real-life Masonic Temple. The monthly showings kick off with Ari Aster's terrifying ‘Hereditary’ (a real skin crawler) and includes screenings of classics such as the OG ‘The Omen’ and ‘The Shining’.

Things to do

Mother’s Day in London

Mother’s Day in London can be amazing, but you need to put the effort in and make sure the date's in your diary (Sunday March 31 2019). Have a browse through our comprehensive guide to help you organise the perfect day.

Blossom trees over a path in Greenwich Park, south-east London.
Blossom trees over a path in Greenwich Park © John Parfrey
Things to do

Major parks in London

Spring is on the horizon and London is blooming. Go out and get an eyeful of the greenery at London's best parks. From pretty hidden gardens to major green spaces, escaping the buzz of city life has never been so easy. 

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