35 Things To Do In London In March 2020

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35 Things To Do In London In March 2020
March = St Patrick's Day

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.

SIX NATIONS: The non-rugby watching contingent of Londonist Towers feels like Six Nations just finished (what do you mean, that was the Rugby World Cup? Are they different?). And yet, here we are again, on the hamster wheel of life, knee-deep in another Six Nations. Keep an eye here for updates on where you can watch your team thrash/be thrashed by another team. Or something. Hurrah, rugby! Until 14 March

JEWISH BOOK WEEK: The 68th Jewish Book Week has an impressive programme, covering everything from cookery to fashion to spies to politics to trees. Former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, celebrated novelist Elif Shafak and historian Helen Fry are among the many participants across the 80+ events celebrating Jewish themes and writers. 29 February-8 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

AMONG THE TREES: Hayward Gallery's new exhibition, Among The Trees, celebrates our relationship with trees and forests. The work of over 30 artists is on display, including sculpture, painting, installation, video and photography, dating from the 1960s to the present day. 4 March-17 May

AUBREY BEARDSLEY: Tate Britain dedicates an exhibition to shocking and scandalous Victorian artist Aubrey Beardsley. It's the biggest Beardsley exhibition for over 50 years, with 200 of his risqué works on show. 4 March-25 May

Layla Saad is one of the speakers at this year's Women of the World festival

WOMEN OF THE WORLD: Southbank Centre's annual Women of the World Festival is back, in time for International Women's Day. The extensive line-up looks at the state of gender equality across the globe today, with topics including politics, cancer and race, tackled. 6-8 March

BARNES MUSIC FESTIVAL: Musical Journeys 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. 7-22 March

NIGHTINGALE 200: 2020 marks 200 years since the birth of The Lady With The Lamp, and The Florence Nightingale Museum is celebrating with a special programme of events. Exhibition Nightingale in 200 Objects, People and Places opens on 8 March, showcasing little-known aspects of her life, as well as objects including the famous lamp which gave her the nickname. From 8 March

RAW WINE FAIR: Fine, natural, organic and biodynamic wines take centre stage at RAW Wine Fair. 120 growers from all over the world are present, exhibiting, discussing and selling their products. 8-9 March

LONDON BOOK AND SCREEN WEEK: The sixth annual London Book And Screen Week celebrates literature, TV shows, film and theatre through a variety of events. TV shows Doctor Who and Yes Minister, and author Lynda La Plante are forefront this year. 12-15 March

Take part in Vertical Rush for Shelter

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 in 2018 despite being far from fit. 12 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-£6,000. The pieces on display are specially curated, and all created by living artists, with talks and workshops on the programme too. 12-15 March

CECIL BEATON: The last major exhibition before the National Portrait Gallery's three-year refurb celebrates British photographer Cecil Beaton. Experience the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young Things’ of the twenties and thirties through his lens — expect fantastic outfits, beautiful people and glamorous celebrities. 12 March-2 June

Tate Modern opens an Andy Warhol exhibition. Marilyn Diptych, 1962, Tate. © 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc / Artists Right Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London

ANDY WARHOL: Tate Modern dedicates a massive new exhibition to pop art maestro Andy Warhol. Over 100 of the Pittsburgh-born artist's images are on display, including iconic prints of Marilyn Monroe, Debbie Harry, Elvis Presley and Coca-Cola bottles. 12 March-6 September

COUNTRY TO COUNTRY: Music festival Country To Country returns to The O2 for three days of live music, with simultaneous events in Dublin and Glasgow, and the artists switching venues each day. Eric Church, Darius Rucker and Luke Combs are this year's headliners, with plenty of support acts. Choose between a one-day or all-days ticket. 13-15 March

VEGAN LIFE LIVE: Whether you're resolutely vegan, or just vegan-curious, Vegan Life Live focuses very much on what is still on the menu. Tuck into pizzas, ice cream, curries, pasta and more, all completely vegan, and pick up cooking tips and ideas in demo kitchens. 14-15 March

Take part in the Where's Wally? fun run

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 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to raise money for the National Literacy Trust. 15 March

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. 15 March

WILLIAM SHATNER: Star Trek actor William Shatner beams into Hammersmith for a screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, followed by a Q&A session. At time of writing, a few standing tickets are still available. 16 March

Consider this your reminder that Mother's Day is coming

TITIAN: The National Gallery opens an exhibition dedicated to Italian Renaissance painter Titian. The exhibition reunites all six paintings in Titian's series depicting Classical myths of love, temptation, and punishment, from Boston, Madrid and London, for the first time in over four centuries. 16 March-14 June

LOOKING UP: Canary Wharf unveils a trail of sculptures by Helaine Blumenfeld, the largest exhibition of the sculptor's works to date. Marble, terracotta, wood and bronze all feature, and the works are dotted about in indoor and outdoor locations throughout Canary Wharf. 16 March-26 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

Eat & Drink Festival returns towards the end of the month

FUTUREFEST 2020: FutureFest features artistic installations, performances, talks and debates, based on the belief that the future is not just something that happens to us, but rather, is something we can create. Louis Theroux, Charlotte Church, Richard Ayoade, George Monbiot and David Lammy are among the speakers, covering topics such as activism, environment, invention, and mind and body. 20 March

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 a chance to pick up rarer scales and gauges. 21-22 March

MOTHER'S DAY: Just a reminder to pick up a card and some flowers. Perhaps treat her to afternoon tea or something, eh? 22 March

Nile Rodgers and Chic perform in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust

TEENAGE CANCER TRUST: The annual series of gigs in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust returns to the Royal Albert Hall. 2020's performers are Stereophonics with Paul Weller, Groove Armada, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Nile Rodgers & Chic. 25-29 March

FOURTH PLINTH: It's time for a bit of a spring clean in Trafalgar Square, as the current Fourth Plinth artwork is replaced with a new one. Heather Phillipson's ominously-named The End consists of a big dollop of cream topped with a cherry, a fly and a drone, and it's unveiled in a ceremony in the square. 26 March

Pimp up your pad at The Ideal Home Show

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. 27 March-13 April

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. 27 March-13 April

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 off the lights, but several of the capital's major landmarks will be plunged into darkness too. 28 March

PLANET EARTH II: Wildlife TV presenter Liz Bonnin hosts Planet Earth II - Live in Concert, dropping by The O2 for one afternoon and one evening performance. Watch specially-selected HD footage from the series, accompanied live by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra playing Hans Zimmer's musical score. 29 March

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. 29 March

29 March is Boat Race day. Image: Shutterstock

BOAT RACE: The Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race is taking place fairly this year. Head down to the river and reserve your spot between Putney Bridge and Chiswick Bridge to see the teams in action. And with the Boat Race comes the Goat Race, a Spitalfields tradition which sees two goats — one representing each university — racing around the farmyard cobbles. 29 March

CLOCKS CHANGE: A helpful reminder that the clock go forward an hour in the early hours of Sunday 29 March.

Last Updated 02 March 2020