17 Things to do in London in March 2023

See London bloom as spring is welcomed this month with Irish cheer, festivals and Mother’s Day celebrations.
  • Spend some quality time with mum on Mother’s Day. Many London top attractions have events and offers, or treat her to a luxury experience or special gift.
  • Enjoy top events in March such as The Boat Race, Head of the River Race and the London Games Festival.
  • Mark annual festivals such as St Patrick’s Day and International Women's Day with activities across the city.
  • Welcome spring and spot the blooms with a walk or run in London's parks, making the most of the warmer weather.

Although the weather may still be a little cold, the first signs of spring appear in March in London.

It's usually a good time to visit Kensington Palace gardens, Kew Gardens or any of London’s other top gardens, as seas of crocuses and daffodils bloom across the capital.

Don't miss the chance to fill your Instagram feed with pretty cherry blossom trees this month, as the city is swarmed with pastels left, right and centre.

Unmissable March events in London

A view of the Palm Court, including palm trees on either side of marble columns, a marble floor and dining tables with white tablecloths.

  1. Treat mum to a day out on Mother's Day: You’ll find plenty of fun things to do with mum, including luxury experiences and indulgent afternoon teas. 10 Mar
  2. Visit Hampton Court Palace to Meet the Tudors who made up Henry VIII's court: Discover the roles of those who ran the Palace. Weekends
  3. Line the banks of the river Thames for The Boat Race: The world-famous battle between Oxford and Cambridge universities plays out once more in London. TBC
  4. Mark International Women's Day: Keep an eye out for events across London, at attractions, museums, galleries and more. 8 Mar
  5. Celebrate St Patrick's DayFollow the parade through central London and enjoy a free festival in Trafalgar Square, showcasing the best of Irish culture. 17 Mar
  6. Head to pubs and bars across the capital for St Patrick's Day events: Make sure to check out London's top Irish pubs for ideas. On and around 17 Mar

Theatre shows in London

Johnny lifting up Baby at the end of their dance in front of a pink Dirty Dancing logo 
  1. Delight in the hilarious antics of Matilda The MusicalExperience the award-winning stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s much-loved book.
  2. See the spectacular musical SIX at the Vaudeville Theatre: Watch Henry VIII’s six wives take to the stage and tell their stories.
  3. Be spellbound by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre: Expect plenty of magical surprises from the world's favourite wizard.
  4. Laugh out loud at The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre: Will the accident-prone cast make it through to the final curtain call?
  5. Be gripped by Agatha Christie's Witness For the Prosecution at County Hall: Take your place inside the courtroom at London's County Hall and watch the drama unfold.

Exhibitions in London

A woman looks at a painting at the National Gallery in London.

  1. See Women in Revolt! at Tate Britain: The first of its kind, this inspiring exhibition showcases a diverse range of artists. Until 12 Mar
  2. Admire the works of Pesellino at the National Gallery: An exhibition that shines a light on this talented renaissance artist. Opening 7 Dec
  3. Discover Impressionists on Paper: Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec at the Royal Academy of Arts: See paintings from the likes of Renoir to Van Gogh. 25 Nov-10 Mar
  4. Enjoy the brand-new Our Connection to Water exhibition at the National Maritime Museum: Seven artists explore the human connection to water. From 31 Mar

Check back nearer the time for more london exhibitions in March.

What else is on in March?

Avenue of trees in Greenwich Park covered in pink blossom. 
  1. Snap away at cherry blossom and other pretty blooms in London parks and gardensStroll through London and capture it at its most beautiful.
  2. Don't forget to join in Global Recycling Day: Help the environment with fun activities across London. Check out our guide to being sustainable in London for more tips. 18 Mar

For more things to do in March in London, take a look at the events calendar and guide to what's on in London. And catch the best of the London stage with this theatre guide. If you're into last-minute planning, check out what's on this weekend and find more ideas for things to do today

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