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The 18 Best Things to Do in London in March 2024

In like a lion, out like a lamb… is the proverb that describes the month of March and how the weather improves as it goes on. That’s certainly the case for London, where winter lets go of its cold, rainy grip as the days pass and young blooms herald the new season by month’s end.

March is a lovely time to visit London, as the days are increasingly long, warm, and sunny. From more outdoor activities to indoor backup plans should the last damp vestiges of winter linger, there’s plenty to do when visiting London in March.

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When I lived in London, March was my favorite season, since it’s when the funny yellow daffodils bloom and wake the city back up after hibernation. Across the city, Londoners switch from winter coats to lighter ones, and it’s a great opportunity to visit before summer crowds arrive.

If you’re planning a trip to London in March, this guide will help you prepare. Below you’ll find eight great events you can do while visiting London in March.  As always, you can also ask any questions you still have after reading in the comments below.

This post was originally published in December 2022 as part of a larger guide, and was updated most recently in December 2023.
You can find my tips on what to pack for London in March here.

Orchids Festival at Kew Gardens (through March 3)

London in February - Orchids

Kew Gardens is a delight to visit any time of the year, but, during February, it becomes extra special as it hosts the Kew Orchid Festival. Come to the festival to admire what’s arguably one of the most beautiful flowers in the botanic world.

For 2023, the festival is dedicated to the wildlife and culture of Madagascar. There will be large sculptures made with real plants, flower arrangements, exhibits on Madagscar’s wildlife and landscape, and, of course, an amazing array of colorful orchids.

The Battersea Affordable Art Fair (March 6-10)

If you’re looking for a truly unique London souvenir and are planning to visit during the first half of March, add the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea to your itinerary. This five-day event showcases thousands of pieces of art in a variety of mediums, priced as low as £50 (and ranging up to £7,500 if you have a bit more budget).

In case “thousands of pieces of art” sounds overwhelming, they do a nice job of creating sub-collections to help you browse, including the top art under £500 and new woman artists in honor of Women’s History Month which also is observed in March.

St Patrick’s Day (March 17)

On March 17th, London dons green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Join fellow Londoners and celebrate Irish culture with a four-leaf clover painted on your cheek and a pint of Guinness in your hand.

This annual celebration is a great opportunity to learn about a small slice of Irish culture. There will be Irish-themed parties, comedy events, and of course, the St Patrick’s parade, where emerald-green floats show off the best of Irish traditional dance and music.

Eat & Drink Festival (March 22 – April 4)

For the foodies out there, the best event you can attend in London in March is the Eat & Drink Festival. This festival celebrates the best of modern cuisine. There will be stalls selling top fresh produce, world-famous chefs cooking their favorite dishes, drink makers giving tips on food pairing, and masterclasses to hone your culinary skills and bring new dish ideas back home.

The Head of the River Race (March 23)

The Head of the River Race is a rowing race held on the River Thames. Every March, 400 crews of eight meander down the cold waters of London’s famous river. The race summons some of the best UK crews and foreign clubs. The competition starts at 10 am and lasts for about two hours. Find a spot on the banks of the Thames or along one of London’s iconic bridges and cheer for your favorite club.

Global Recycling Day (March 18)

London in March - Global Recycling Day

Learn about the importance of recycling and sustainability with Global Recycling Day. It isn’t confirmed yet if there will be an official launch event in London for Global Recycling Day. However, you’ll find tons of events and activities across the city to get immersed in the recycling world, learn how you can help with the cause, and much more.

The Cognac Show (March 22-23)

Things to Do in London in March - Cognac Show

While it might seem quite niche to have an event all about cognac, I think we’re all aware that there are avid fans of basically every spirit made around the world – and there is something quite heartening about the idea of a warming cognac during the last vestiges of winter in London.

Tickets to the 2024 Cognac Show include tastings (choose from over 200 cognacs) and cocktails (two tokens per ticket), as well as a “dream pour token,” which allows each attendee to have just one taste of a truly top-shelf cognac. It’s a brilliant system that allows both amateurs and true aficionados to enjoy the experience among kindred spirits.

Where’s Wally Fun Run (March 24)

Those of us from the U.S. might be confused – isn’t the man in the striped shirt and funny glasses and hat called “Waldo?” Indeed, that’s what we call him, but our friends across the pond refer to him as “Wally,” and you’ll see a whole lot of that iconic look at the Where’s Wally Fun Run if you attend or participate in this late-March activity in Battersea Park.

While you can certainly show up to compete, the name says it all: this fun run is more focused on having a good time, and you’ll see lots of participants of every age dressed up to participate and support the National Literacy Trust in the U.K.

The Gemini Boat Race (March 30)

If you missed the Head of the River Race, you could attend The Gemini Boat Race. This annual race has become a classic in London’s cultural calendar. In fact, it is one of the world’s oldest and most famous amateur sporting events. You’ll witness the UK’s two greatest universities, Cambridge University Boat Club and the Oxford University Boat Club, rowing against each other. Who’ll you cheer for?

Easter Weekend (March 29-31)

Easter is the first bank holiday of the year, which means London plans tons of activities to fill the locals’ free time. Whether you celebrate Easter or not, it’s always a good excuse to stuff your face with chocolate eggs. You can attend one of the city’s Egg Hunts, or watch a free performance of The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square, or enjoy a traditional Easter Sunday lunch.

See Daffodils & Tulips (Late March)

Visiting London in March gives you the chance to experience one of the most colorful moments of the English capital. Despite being a huge city, London is home to fields both large and small of daffodils and tulips.

You can find rows of daffodils and tulips in parks, standing in front of the pastel-colored houses in Notting Hill, and even in random corners. No matter where you find them, you’ll have a great Instagram post, that’s for sure. I have a complete guide to where you can find both daffodils and tulips in London.

7 Other Things to Do in London in March

If you don’t fancy attending some of the events mentioned above, here are other cool things to do in London in March.

  1. Celebrate Mother’s Day with a quintessentially British afternoon tea… There are lots of other ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in London, too.
  2. Catch a play or show at the West End. 
  3. Don’t miss out on unique exhibits across London’s many fantastic museums.
  4. If the weather is good, grab a hamper and have a picnic in one of London’s parks.
  5. If the weather is not good – or if it is, no judgment! – grab a pint in one of the city’s historic pubs.
  6. Sip a cocktail with a view, from one of London’s rooftop bars, or learn to make your own.
  7. As the weather improves and the days get longer, it’s a lovely time to go for a walk. How about the London Wall walk, or a stroll along one of London’s canals?

Have any questions about these top things to do in London in March, or other activities you’ve been considering in your London itinerary? Let me know in the comments below!

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Valerie fell in love with London on her first trip to the city way back in 2011. Since then, she spent a year living in London and visits as often as she can (you can find her recent trip recaps here!). She launched LOMM in 2021 to help other travelers fall in love with her favorite city on earth.

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