March 2023: Congratulations, London! It’s been a long, cold winter (especially when putting the heating on has been pretty much out of the question) but we’ve almost made it through. Spring arrives this month, which means longer days, warmer weather, colourful spring flowers blooming across the city and maybe even the odd sunny Saturday spent at one of London’s loveliest beer gardens or rooftop bars. March is also jam-packed with brilliant cultural events. Art-wise, you’ve got the the Other Art Fair and the Affordable Art Fair. Music-wise, there’s the London Handel Festival and a wealth of great gigs. And in the theatre world, you’ve got the final ever Vault Festival and the hotly anticipated stage adaptation of ‘A Little Life’.
It’s also a mega month for film with the likes of BFI Flare, Kinoteka and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival all coming to town. Feeling the pinch a bit after treating yourself to a bit of radiator action for half an hour last week? We’ve got you covered with cheap eats and free things to do, plus 50 great ways to spend a fiver (if you can stretch to that). Cozzie livs be damned!
No matter what your vibe, tastes or interests, there is always something to do in London. In the winter, the city turns into an illuminated paradise, its pubs are lit with cosy fires and a new cultural season brings huge blockbuster shows to the city’s most illustrious galleries and theatres. When the sun’s out, London’s parks turn into leafy social clubs, restaurants dust off their outdoor seating, fountains erupt from dusty concrete squares and suddenly the city air is filled with alfresco theatre.
Whether you want to see cutting-edge art exhibitions, iconic attractions, secret spots, world-beating theatre, stunning green spaces, it’s all here and you can probably fit all this in and more still barely feel like you’ve scratched the surface of the city. And that’s before you factor in all those historic London pubs, the latest must-visit restaurants and vibrant LGBTQ+ venues. And if you need somewhere to stay? Check out London’s best hotels or Airbnbs.
This London bucket list (curated by our editors and always hotly debated in the Time Out office) is a good place to start because exploring this city can be a little daunting. There’s something for everyone here, but you need to know where to look.
Plus, if you want to know what’s happening in London, like, right now, check out things to do in London this week and things to do in London this weekend. After a few days pottering about in the capital, you’ll be more than ready to reel off Dr Samuel Johnson’s famous quote: ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.’
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