Things to Do in London in March 2017

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

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, and make sure to check out London's best Irish pubs for the best atmosphere.

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.

Two major spring events on the river Thames happen this month. The Cancer Research UK Boat Races pit the country's most prestigious universities, Oxford University and Cambridge University, against each other in thrilling 8.6 km rowing races. Earlier in the month, the Head of the River Race challenges crews from around the world take on the same route as The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races, but in the opposite direction. Both events are free to watch.

Check out our recommendations for top theatre shows in March and book theatre tickets.

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

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