40 Things To Do In London In March 2019

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40 Things To Do In London In March 2019
Tuck into pancakes on Shrove Tuesday

ST DAVID'S DAY: Whether you're a Welsh person in London, or just an avid fan of all things from England's western neighbour, check out our guide to being Welsh in London, and find a little slice of Cymru just in time for St David's Day. 1 March

DISNEY BROADWAY HITS: Hear songs from award-winning Disney musicals including Aladdin, The Lion King, Tarzan and Mary Poppins performed live on stage. Ava Brennan — who appeared in films Beauty and the Beast and Mamma Mia 2 — and R&B artist Shaun Escoffery are among the singers performing alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra. 1-2 March

Disney's Broadway Hits at Royal Albert Hall

CRAFT & GRAFT: Learn about the people 'behind the scenes' who make science happen in this new Francis Crick Institute exhibition. They work round the clock to aid the Institute's scientific discoveries, and include technicians who are breeding 15,000 families of fruit flies, and engineers who fix — or invent — vital lab equipment. 1 March-30 November

CRAFTY FOX: March's Crafty Fox Market is back at Mercato Metropolitano, and is a sample and seconds sale, meaning you can pick up slightly imperfect art and craft items at a reduced price. 2 March

JEWISH BOOK WEEK: Over 200 speakers take part in 80 events at venues around London, all celebrating Jewish literature. The full programme is available online and many events are selling out fast. 2-10 March

Image: Crafty Fox Market

JOHN WILLIAMS: The music of composer John Williams — best-known for film theme tunes including ET, Jaws, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Jurassic Park — is performed live at Southbank Centre by the London Concert Orchestra. 3 March

RENAISSANCE NUDE: New Royal Academy exhibition The Renaissance Nude displays work by Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Cranach among others, to look at how nude artworks changed in the 15th and 16th centuries. 3 March-2 June

PANCAKE DAY: Flipping heck, it's that time of year again. Cut out the hard work yourself and head to one of these London restaurants for some of the capital's best pancakes and crepes. Some have special pancake day menus in addition to their excellent regular menus, so do your homework before you go. 5 March

BALLETBOYZ: Impressive all-male dance company BalletBoyz perform their latest show Them/Us at Sadler's Wells. It's a double bill, set to contrasting scores, and created by Olivier Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. 5-9 March

Best day of the year? Quite possibly. Image: Shutterstock

RANULPH FIENNES: What a meeting of minds; explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes — the first person to completely cross Antarctica on foot — celebrates his 75th birthday with a public conversation with survival expert Bear Grylls. They discuss the latest edition of Fiennes' autobiography, Mad, Bad, and Dangerous To Know. We expect this event to sell out well in advance, so book tickets sharpish. 6 March

JASON MRAZ: The 'I'm Yours' singer brings his tour to the Royal Albert Hall, plugging his latest album, Know. Tickets for the gig would make a great early Mother's Day present... 6 March

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR: Aimed at people with more modest budgets than your average industry event, the Affordable Art Fair showcases works priced at £100-£6000. The pieces on display are specially curated, and all created by living artists, with talks and workshops are on the programme too. 7-10 March

MARTIN PARR: We're great fans of the instantly-recognisable photography of Martin Parr so we're looking forward to his take on 'wry observations of Britishness' in this exhibition of old and new work, with particular focus on the social climate in Britain in the aftermath of the EU referendum. 7 March-27 May

CUTTY SARK 150: Greenwich's seafaring celebrity is approaching her 150th birthday, having been built in 1869. Celebrations are planned, beginning with this concert on board the former tea clipper ship by the BBC Singers. The choir teams up with world music fusion band Kabantu for tracks celebrating the multiple trade routes that the Cutty Sark took around the globe. 8 March

Chidera Eggerue, aka The Slumflower appears at Women of the World

WOMEN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL: 8 March is International Women's Day, with many events going on around London to celebrate. Southbank Centre's Women of the World festival is back, with a line-up of talks, workshops and performances by inspirational females over two days. 8-9 March

BARNES MUSIC FESTIVAL: Music & Invention is the theme of Barnes Music Festival, a programme of  choral, instrumental, orchestral, opera, jazz and film events at venues across SW13. Local talent and international performers are all celebrated. 9-24 March

STORY OF CROSSRAIL: Politician, author and railway historian Christian Wolmar talks about his new book, The Story of Crossrail (the way things stand, we wouldn't be surprised if the tome spills over into a sequel...). Wolmar discusses Crossrail as an extraordinary achievement, while also acknowledging the setbacks it's experienced. 12 March

VERTICAL RUSH: Up for a challenge? Run (or walk) up to the top of Tower 42. That's 42 floors (or 932 steps) and it's all to raise money for homelessness charity Shelter. It's not just for fitness fanatics — we successfully completed it last year despite being far from fit. 14 March

Brave the Palace Half

PALACE HALF: If ever a half marathon route was dressed to impress, it's the Palace Half. Start your run at the gates of Hampton Court Palace and take in the local area — including crossing the Thames twice, before finishing in the palace gardens. Plenty of charities are still looking for runners to take part on their behalf. 17 March

BLUE PLANET: Alas, David Attenborough himself won't be present at this Blue Planet II screening, but it's still a fantastic chance to watch some of the mesmerising footage from the BBC wildlife documentary, accompanied by a live score performed by a full symphony orchestra. 17 March

WHERE'S WALLY: This fun run is aimed at runners of all ages and abilities, including children. Dress up as Where's Wally (costumes are optional, but why wouldn't you?) and pootle around Clapham Common to raise money for the National Literacy Trust. 17 March

DAVID GRAY: Best-known for his 1998 hit Babylon, singer David Gray is still going strong, with new album Gold In A Brass Age released in March. See the album performed live in this one-off Southbank Centre gig. His 1999 album White Ladder is the best-selling album in Ireland ever, so we're expecting great things. 17 March

Celebrate St Patrick's Day in London. Image: Shutterstock

ST PATRICK'S DAY: Yep, it's the day when everyone suddenly remembers they've got a tiny bit of Irish heritage. It falls on a Sunday this year, with the London St. Patrick's Day Festival and parade taking place in and around Trafalgar Square. It's free to attend and everyone's welcome. 17 March

ANTIQUES FAIR: Head to Chelsea Old Town Hall to buy antiques from 30 specially selected traders, with furniture, jewellery, ceramics, glass and fine art all there for the haggling. 20-24 March

LONDON BUS: You need to book in advance for this London Transport Museum talk. Social historians Travis Elborough and Joe Kerr — who recently released anthology book Bus Fare — tell stories of the London bus, celebrating its heritage. Find out which routes are most loved, and why it's such an iconic mode of transport. 21 March

Get a dose of sunshine at Arcola Theatre

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE: 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine has been made into a musical (it was only a matter of time...), and it's parking up at the Arcola Theatre. Follow the story of the Hoover family, who all pile into a campervan for a road trip across America to get their daughter Olive to the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. 21 March-11 May

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: Meanwhile, Fiddler On The Roof is back in the West End, showing at the Playhouse Theatre. Casting is yet to be announced but we guarantee you'll have If I Were A Rich Man in your head for weeks. 21 March-15 June

IDEAL HOME SHOW: Pimp up your pad at the Ideal Home Show at Olympia. Exhibitors including interior designers, furniture suppliers, window and conservatory installation services, candle brands, home accessory stores, and garden DIY experts are all under one roof to help you make the changes you want in your home. Celebrities including Nick Knowles, Phil Spencer and Rosemary Shrager are around to put their two penn'orth in too. 22 March-7 April

NEW LONDONERS: The British Library's new exhibition celebrates people from all over the world who have chosen to make London their home. Photographer Chris Steele-Perkins describes his work as ‘a record of a new London, a new Britain and a celebration of the fabulous cultural richness of London.’ 22 March-7 July

LONDON LANDMARKS HALF MARATHON: Sadly for all you running types, entries for the London Landmarks Half Marathon have now closed, but the runners out on the course will need people to cheer them on. Take a look at the route map and choose your vantage point (many central London roads are closed on the day). Music and dance performances are planned too, to keep morale up and create a lively atmosphere. 24 March

LEARN TO PLAY: The misleadingly-named national event Learn To Play Day actually takes place over a whole weekend. Music shops and institutions offer free lessons for anyone who wants to learn to play an instrument. Soho's Yamaha Store holds free taster lessons on acoustic and electric guitars, piano, brass, violin, drums and saxophone. Places are first-come-first-served, so get there early. 23-24 March

Rudimental headline at the Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust

RAILWAY MODELLING: Model railway enthusiasts from all over country gather at Alexandra Palace for the London Festival of Railway Modelling. 120 exhibitors show off their layouts, and there's plenty of chance to pick up rarer scales and gauges. 23-24 March

CHILDISH GAMBINO: Rapper, singer and songwriter Childish Gambino — real name Donald Glover — performs at the O2 for two consecutive nights, the first of which replaces a date that was cancelled in November. 24-25 March

TEENAGE CANCER TRUST: Acts including Rudimental, The Script and Take That take over the Royal Albert Hall for a week for a series of gigs raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Book well in advance to be in with a chance of getting tickets. 25-31 March

VAN GOGH: He's closely associated with the Netherlands, but get an insight into artist Van Gogh's relationship with Britain at Tate Britain's new exhibition. 45 works showing how he was inspired by our country and its artists are on display side by side, telling the story of the years he spent working here as a young man. 27 March-11 August

The Country Living Fair returns to Alexandra Palace

COUNTRY LIVING FAIR: Crafts, decorations, gifts, food, drink, fashion, accessories and home interiors are all on the programme at the Country Living Spring Fair. Browse the stalls, refresh in the Champagne bar, take part in workshops, and get advice on cooking and gardening in the CL Kitchen and CL Potting Shed. 28-31 March

GOODBYE EUROPE: On the day we're due to leave the European Union, documentary wizards 1000 Londoners screen an anthology of new short films about the London lives of people from each of the 28 nations in the EU. All films were shot in these last few months when Brexit debate has been raging, and showcases people of all ages, backgrounds and areas of London. 29 March

BAZALGETTE'S BIRTHDAY: We've got a lot to thank Joseph Bazalgette for — the engineer is best-known for the sewage system he designed for London, but he was also responsible for bridges, embankments and street designs. The least you can do is attend the chap's 200th birthday party. 29 March

London goes dark for Earth Hour. Image: Shutterstock

EARTH HOUR: For one hour on Saturday evening, London's switching the lights off for WWF's Earth Hour, raising awareness of the effects of global warming. Individual businesses and households are encouraged to take part by turning the lights, but several of the capital's major landmarks will be plunged into darkness too. See the WWF website for full details. 30 March

MOTHER'S DAY: Just a reminder to pick up a card and some flowers. Perhaps treat her to afternoon tea or something, eh? 31 March

Last Updated 07 February 2019