53 Magnificent Things To Do In London In March 2022

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53 Magnificent Things To Do In London In March 2022
Miss Baby Sol opens WOW Festival at Southbank Centre

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH: March is Women's History Month, when the often-overlooked achievements of women, and women who have fought for their right to be recognised, are celebrated. There doesn't seem to be one organisation coordinating events centrally, but keep an eye out for special events throughout the month — and check out our roundup. 1-31 March

PANCAKE DAY: The month's off to a strong start as 1 March is Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day. Have yourself a tossing good time at one of London's best pancake restaurants, or peruse our list of vegan and gluten-free pancakes in London. 1 March

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

1 March is Pancake Day

GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL: Do not adjust your set, you're still reading Londonist. But Glasgow Film Festival travels pretty far south of the border for a trio of film screenings at Barbican, all of which are UK premieres. 2-13 March

POSTWAR MODERN: Barbican Art Gallery opens a new exhibition, Postwar Modern, looking at the art produced in Britain in the aftermath of the second world war. 200 works by 48 artists, spanning painting, sculpture and photography feature. 3 March-26 June

LANTERN PARADE: Illuminate Rotherhithe and Bermondsey is a pair of lantern processions through the respective areas, which join up in Southwark Park, for a celebration with live music and free food. The theme this year is trees, and the processions depart from Mayflower Hall, Rotherhithe and St James’s Church, Bermondsey at 5.30pm. Lantern making workshops take place in the run-up to the event, for anyone who wants to make their own. 4 March

Watch a lantern parade in south east London

MOUNTBATTEN FESTIVAL: The Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, perform over two nights at the Royal Albert Hall for the Mountbatten Festival of Music, offering the public a chance to see the versatility of some of the military's finest musicians. 4-5 March

BARNES MUSIC FESTIVAL: It's the 10th anniversary edition 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. 4-20 March

ROYAL PHOTOS: The British Royal Family’s enduring relationship with the camera is explored in Kensington Palace's latest exhibition, Life Through A Royal Lens. It reaches back to photography's infancy in the days of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, continuing right through to present day. 4 March-30 October

The Mountbatten Festival of Music takes place at the Royal Albert Hall

LONDON SONGS: Barbican hosts an homage to London through song, co-curated by songwriter Chris Difford, and DJ and presenter Nihal Arthanayake, and performed by a myriad of musicians. From music halls to punk to rock and grime, hear how London has been immortalised in music, in a special event to mark Barbican's 40th birthday. 5 March

JEWISH BOOK WEEK: This literary festival continues into March, celebrating the work of Jewish authors. Topics covered at Jewish Book Week 2022 range from Founding Father Alexander Hamilton to modern art to Israel to Margaret Thatcher. Until 6 March

VIRTUAL VERONESE: Paolo Veronese's 1561 painting The Consecration of Saint Nicholas was originally commissioned to hang in the church of San Benedetto al Po, near Mantua, Italy. Though it's now in the National Gallery here in London, the Virtual Veronese exhibition uses virtual reality to show visitors what it would have looked like in its original location. 7 March-13 April

Women at War opens at AntikBar

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY: 8 March is International Women's Day — look out for events taking place around the capital and beyond to mark the occasion. 8 March

WOMEN AT WAR: Vintage poster shop and gallery AntikBar opens an exhibition of prints which focus on the role of women during the second world war, when they took up jobs which were previously done by men. The posters come from various countries, including the UK, USA, USSR and some Nazi-occupied countries. 8 March-9 May

GLOW: Sign up to take part in a 5.5km walk through London in the dark, raising money for Alzheimer's Society as you go. Glow London begins and ends at Battersea Park, crossing the Albert and Battersea Bridges as part of the route. 11 March

Hear from Patrisse Cullors at Women of the World

DOUGLAS ADAMS: 11 March marks what would have been the 70th birthday of author Douglas Adams, and the British Library celebrates with online viewings of two events filmed at the venue in March 2020; a discussion of early performances of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and a conversation between comedy John Lloyd (who produced the original radio series of Hitchhikers), Douglas's brother James Thrift and radio producer, Dirk Maggs — hosted by Dick Fiddy of the BFI. 11 March

WOMEN OF THE WORLD: A highlight of International Women's Day every year, Southbank Centre's Women of the World festival is back, for three days of events celebrating women, girls and non-binary people. The programme includes both virtual and in-person events, such as speed mentoring, an evening with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and appearances from Marian Keyes, Bridget Christie, Grace Victory and Candice Braithwaite. 11-13 March

COUNTRY TO COUNTRY: Three days of country music comes to The O2 as Country To Country festival returns. Rising Nashville stars take to the stage between sets from headline acts including Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker. 11-13 March

Country to Country Festival is back at The O2

IDEAL HOME SHOW: Pimp up your pad at the Ideal Home Show at Olympia. Interior designers, furniture suppliers, window and conservatory installation services, candle brands, home accessory stores, and garden DIY experts congregate under one roof to help you make the changes you want in your home. 11-27 March

EAT & DRINK FESTIVAL: As part of the Ideal Home Show, Eat & Drink Festival is also at Olympia, aimed at London's foodie types. Tuck into all manner of street food at The Great Eat, stock up your kitchen cupboards with produce from the Artisan Producers Market, and pick up tips, inspiration and possibly a new recipe or two from celebrity chefs on the Eat & Drink Stage. 11-27 March

CRAFTERAMA: Whether you're a long-time crafter or just picked up a new hobby in lockdown, head to Alexandra Palace for Crafterama, a weekend covering paper crafts, stamps, decoupage, beading, resin art, needle crafts and more. Exhibitors from all over the country show off their craft materials and tools, offering shed-loads of inspiration for your next project. 12-13 March

The Eat & Drink Festival is back at Olympia

WILD AND CULTIVATED: The Garden Museum's latest exhibition explores the use of roses in fashion from the Victorian era to present day. Find out how designers such as Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, and Comme des Garçons have used the rose as a symbol in their work. 16 March-19 June

ST PATRICK'S DAY: Around the middle of March each year, most Londoners tend to remember their tiny bit of distant Irish heritage, and embrace it by getting involved in the St Patrick's Day celebrations. The main event is the St Patrick's Day festival on 15 March, but look out for plenty of other Irish-themed parties, supper clubs, menus, bar crawls and events. 17 March

THE OTHER ART FAIR: Now in its second decade, the previously-postponed The Other Art Fair takes over the Old Truman Brewery for four days of artwork that's accessible to all, without the stuffiness of more traditional art fairs. Affordable and original pieces are for sale, alongside immersive installations, live performances and a bar. 17-20 March

March means St Patrick's Day. Image: Shutterstock

LONDON HANDEL FESTIVAL: Each year, the London Handel Festival celebrates the work of composer George Frideric Handel with a programme of concerts and walks, and an international singing contest. Venues range from churches to the more surprising former-warehouse-turned-club Village Underground in Hackney. 18 March-18 April

PHOTOGRAPHING PROTEST: Bethnal Green's Four Corners unveils a new exhibition of work by photographers documenting political struggle and social change in Britain from 1968 to today. In particular, it centres the voices and perspectives of women and non-binary photographers. 18 March-30 April

SIX NATIONS: International rugby tournament the Six Nations continues into March. Whether you're supporting England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France or Italy, here's our pick of places screening the Six Nations action. Until 19 March

A singing contest is part of the London Handel Festival

VAGINA MUSEUM: After leaving its Camden home in 2021, The Vagina Museum reopens at its new home in Bethnal Green this month. The new space is twice as big as the old one, meaning plenty of space for new displays and exhibitions. 19 March

RAILWAY MODELLING: Model railway enthusiasts from all over country gather at Alexandra Palace for the London Festival of Railway Modelling. 100+ exhibitors show off their layouts, and there's a chance to pick up rarer scales and gauges. 19-20 March

WHERE'S WALLY: Though it's previously taken place in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, this year's Where's Wally Fun Run is virtual, meaning you can take part from anywhere. Choose whether to run 1km, 5km or 10km, don your best Where's Wally stripes, and get sponsored in aid of The National Literacy Trust. 19-20 March

KYŌSAI: The Royal Academy's latest exhibition is dedicated to Kawanabe Kyōsai, a 19th century Japanese painter whose work hasn't been shown in the UK for almost 30 years. Paintings, woodcut prints and illustrated books all feature in the show. 19 March-19 June

The Where's Wally Fun Run is a virtual event this year - but that doesn't mean you can forgo the costume. Photo: National Literacy Trust

FASHIONING MASCULINITIES: As men's fashions become ever more creative (hello, Harry Styles), The V&A launches an exhibition looking at how designers, tailors and artists have constructed and performed masculinity, and unpicked it at the seams. From 19 March

PALACE HALF: If ever a half marathon route was fit for a king/queen, 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. 20 March

PLANET EARTH II: Natural history expert and TV presenter Liz Bonnin hosts Planet Earth II - Live in Concert, a screening of footage from the documentary series, accompanied by a live soundtrack of music by the likes of Hans Zimmer. 20 March

Pick up some gems at the Retro Games Fair

RETRO GAMES FAIR: Traders from all over the UK come together for the Retro Games Fair at the Royal National Hotel, where retro video games, board games and merchandise are available to buy. 20 March

PUNCHDRUNK: One of our most anticipated events of 2022, immersive theatre company Punchdrunk is back with its new show, The Burnt City. It's centred on the fall of Troy but in true Punchdrunk style, little else has been revealed — and we wouldn't have it any other way. From 22 March

Punchdrunk is back, and as mysterious as ever.

MARGARET ATWOOD: Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood is at Southbank Centre to discuss her latest work, Burning Questions, which covers topics such as feminism and freedom, the environment and technology. 24 March

RE-TEXTURED: An "arresting visual and sonic experience" is what we're promised at Re-Textured, a multi-venue festival combining experimental electronic music with industrial architecture and lighting installations. 24-27 March

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 off the lights, but several of the capital's major landmarks will be plunged into darkness too. 26 March

The Head of the River Race is an annual event

RIVER RACE: The Head of the River Race is rowed annually from Mortlake to Putney, with up to 400 crews of eights taking part. Get down to the river's edge to watch the action taking place. 26 March

CLOCKS CHANGE: A helpful reminder that the clocks go forward an hour in the early hours of Sunday 27 March

MOTHER'S DAY: And a reminder to pick up a card and some flowers and chocolates. Perhaps treat her to afternoon tea or something, eh? 27 March

Hear from Tim Peake at Barbican

TIM PEAKE: Astronaut Tim Peake is at Barbican to talk about his journey to space, back in 2015. Hear him discuss what it's like to be an astronaut, including training, launching and space walks — accompanied by photos and video footage. 27 March

SORTING BRITAIN: The Postal Museum opens a new exhibition dedicated to the topic of postcodes (something we've delved into ourselves in the past). Sorting Britain: The Power of Postcodes looks at how the invention of postcodes changed how mail was sorted and delivered, and the effect that had on life in Britain. From 30 March

ONE PLANET: Steve Backshall hosts Seven Worlds, One Planet Live in Concert, a screening of the BBC nature documentary, accompanied by live music from the Seven Worlds Orchestra. Takes place at The O2, having been rescheduled previously due to Covid. 31 March

The London Coffee Festival is back

LONDON COFFEE FESTIVAL: Get your fill of caffeine, and then some, at the London Coffee Festival, a four-day programme of tastings, demos, competitions, shopping and more. 31 March-3 April

CHERRY BLOSSOM: April bears the bulk of the cherry blossom season here in London, but it sometimes comes out in March if conditions are right. Take a look at our guide to seeing cherry blossom in London for the best places to spot and snap the photogenic pink flowers.

LAST CHANCE: A few things are closing this month too. It's your last chance to see:

Last chance to see Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules
  • ORCHIDS: Kew Gardens' celebration of the orchid species of Costa Rica adds a splash of colour to the Princess of Wales Conservatory, with a calendar of events including yoga classes and late-night openings to accompany the floral displays. Until 6 March
  • GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY: While you're at Kew for Orchids, check out the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition, full of shots of plants and wildlife from gardens around the world. Until 6 March
  • BEANO: "Chaotic perfection" is how our reviewer described Beano: The Art of Breaking Rules at Somerset House. It celebrates the comic strip in all its rebellious glory with original artworks, merchandise, and an insight into how Beano has inspired other creatives. Until 6 March
  • PAUL MCCARTNEY: British Library displays unseen material from Paul McCartney's personal archive, including original lyrics and photos. Until 13 March
  • HOGARTH AND EUROPE: Tate Britain compares the works of William Hogarth to those of his contemporaries working elsewhere in Europe. Until 20 March
  • AMAZONIA: The indigenous people and landscapes of Brazil are the subject of photography exhibition, Amazônia. Artist Sebastião Salgado spent six years working with indigenous communities, resulting in this display of over 200 black and white photos showing the Amazon at tipping point. Until 20 March

Last Updated 01 April 2022