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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 |
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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

Come from Away, West End 2019
© Matthew Murphy
Theatre, Musicals

‘Come from Away’

icon-location-pin Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road
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This sleeper hit Canadian musical is set in the days after 9/11 and lets you in on a temporary utopia. It's a beautifully crafted hymn to the power of community. 

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Joaquín Sorolla 'The Pink Robe (La bata rosa)' (1916) © Museo Sorolla, Madrid
Art

Sorolla: ‘Spanish Master of Light’

icon-location-pin National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
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Joaquín Sorolla's a big deal in Spain, but little known in the UK. That's about the change with this neat show of portraiture, landscapes, social painting and dazzling sea scenes.

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© Laziz Hamani
Museums

‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’

icon-location-pin V&A, South Kensington
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'Designer of dreams': has an exhibition ever been so appropriately named? The V&A goes bigger than a post-war circle skirt with this massive retrospective of Christian Dior. 

Copyright Jenny Holzer and Tate
Art, Contemporary art

Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, Bankside
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American artist Jenny Holzer’s work is decades’ worth of statements, aphorisms, quotes and poetry. She takes words and sentences and plasters them over the streets, prints them on cups and condoms and sends at lightspeed along LED columns. 

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Art

‘Van Gogh and Britain’

icon-location-pin Tate Britain, Millbank
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The world's favourite sunflower-painted returns to London with this exhibition at Tate Britain. A lesser-known fact about the Dutch painter is that he was a bit of an Anglophile. Admire his artworks alongside those by British artists who, in turn, owe a debt to Van Gogh. 

Photographer: Dave Morgan, Artwork © Anish Kapoor, courtesy Lisson Gallery
Art

Anish Kapoor

icon-location-pin Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, Ealing
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He's done it again, he's done it again, Anish Kapoor, he's done it again. Head over to Ealing and get a load of his really shiny creations. Be prepared to be discombobulated (in a good way).

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9 to 5 the Musical
© Pamela Raith
Theatre, Musicals

‘9 to 5 the Musical’

icon-location-pin Savoy Theatre, Strand
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Dolly Parton's own musical adaptation of her hit 1980s film is gloriously OTT. So OTT that they do the title song at least four times, what a way to a make a living, huh?

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Detail from Pierre Prévost Panorama
Image: courtesy of Museum of London
Things to do, Exhibitions

‘Panorama: London’s Lost View’

icon-location-pin Museum of London, Barbican
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Back in 1815, a French artist named Pierre Prévost climbed the tower of St Margaret’s Church in Westminster and started sketching. Although the 100-foot panorama he created was lost, the 20-foot painting he made as a dry run survived. Bought last year by the Museum of London, it's now on public display until September. Head down and time-travel – without having to worry about cholera, Napoleon or the Corn Laws.

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Things to do, Walks and tours

Secret Gin Run

icon-location-pin Various London locations, London
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Celebrate London's thirst for mother's ruin on this group running tour. Expect gin-themed games and historic gin palaces, before finishing your jog with a well-earned G&T.

Theatre, Musicals

‘Waitress’

icon-location-pin Adelphi Theatre, Strand
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Sara Bareilles's smash hit Broadway musical about a pie-baking waitress has made the leap across the pond for its West End run; Katharine McPhee stars as its lead.

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