19 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.
Daffodils bloom outside of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich
National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Image: Jon Reid. Image courtesy of Jon Reid.

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.
  2. Celebrate St Patrick's Day: Follow the parade through central London and enjoy a free festival in Trafalgar Square, showcasing the best of Irish culture. Many pubs and bars across the capital also host St Patrick's Day events. Make sure to check out London's top Irish pubs.
  3. See rowing crews from around the world take on the Head of the River Race from Mortlake to Putney: Secure a good viewing spot to watch the action along the Thames Championship Course. 18 Mar 

Theatre shows in London

Johnny lifting up Baby at the end of their dance in front of a pink Dirty Dancing logo 
  1. Have the time of your life at Dirty Dancing at the Dominion Theatre: Enjoy electrifying performances and dazzling dance choreography.
  2. Sing along with mum to Mamma Mia! the Novello Theatre: Embrace your inner dancing queen at the ultimate feel-good musical filled with your favourite ABBA songs.
  3. Be dazzled by Wicked at The Apollo Victoria Theatre: See the magical musical that tells the story of the famous witches in Wizard of Oz.
  4. Delight in the hilarious antics of Matilda The MusicalExperience the award-winning stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s much-loved book.
  5. See the spectacular musical SIX at the Vaudeville Theatre: Watch Henry VIII’s six wives take to the stage and tell their stories.
  6. Be spellbound by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre: Expect plenty of magical surprises from the world's favourite wizard.
  7. Hear the dreamy harmonies of the Jersey Boys at Trafalgar Theatre: Sing along to a soundtrack of classic songs from the sixties.
  8. Don't miss & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre: Find out what Juliet’s life would have been like after Romeo.
  9. 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?
  10. 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 rainbow coloured display of rounded objects made from sugar and candy. 
  1. Don't miss the colourful Pip and Pop exhibition, included with entry to Kew Gardens: See stunning artworks made from sugar and candy. Until 5 Mar
  2. Admire Africa Fashion at The Victoria and Albert Museum: Explore the global impact of the African fashion scene through visual arts, textiles, music and more. Until 24 Mar
  3. See The EY Exhibition: Cézanne at Tate Modern: Step into the world of one of the most pivotal figures in modern art. Until 12 Mar
  4. Be intrigued by Hallyu! The Korean Wave at The Victoria and Albert Museum: Explore South Korean pop culture, from cinema and music to fashion and beauty.

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.