March in London

March sees the start of springtime in London, and a celebration of all things Irish.

Although the weather may still be quite cold, the first signs of spring appear in March. It's a good month to visit Kew Gardens, or any of London’s other top gardens, as the lawns are covered in purple and white crocuses.

March Events

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, was originally a Christian tradition marking the start of Lent. In London, there may be special pancake races taking place, or you can celebrate at one of London's pancake restaurants.

The first of two major spring events on the river Thames happens in March. The Head of the River Race challenges crews from around the world take on the same route as The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, but in the opposite direction. The event is free to watch.

The St Patrick's Day celebrations, including a parade through central London and a festival in Trafalgar Square, is a celebration of Irish culture, food, dancing and traditional music, and is free to attend. Many pubs and bars around the capital will also host St Patrick's Day parties.

The UK celebrates Mother's Day in March. There's plenty of opportunity to treat your mum in London with afternoon teas, restaurants, river cruises and shopping.

Easter sometimes falls in March as well, but this year it falls in April.

 

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see our London Weather page.

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