Both London visitors and locals usually need help with things to do in London in March. The weather is still fairly chilly and often rainy, but there are a few special events happening in London in March that are worth checking out and celebrating for a fun, local experience.
Americans, don’t get your hopes up– St. Patrick’s Day isn’t celebrated QUITE as much in London as in the US, but it’s still a pretty big deal, especially with our proximity to Ireland and large Irish population here. Expect parties, a parade through Central London, and tons of Guinness. There are also family-friendly things to do if you’ve got kids in town.
St. Patrick’s Day is always on 17th March, but there is usually a weekend’s worth of fun for it in London.
The Boat Races
“The Boat Races” takes places in southwest London, along the River Thames (obviously). A few hundred thousand people hit the banks of the river (and the pubs) to watch Cambridge University and Oxford University row it out in the 180+ year rivalry. Both the men’s and women’s team compete within an hour of each other.
For a day out among proper Londoners having a great time, check out The Boat Races. Warning– it can get a TAD rowdy, as it’s definitely a drink-filled event, but it’s all in good fun, especially if the weather is nice. I’d recommend taking the kids home after the race has passed you by.
For this year’s race date, plus more information about how to have a great day out for The Boat Races, check out the official website. This is definitely one of my favourite things to do in London in March, so if you’re here for it, I really think you should check it out.
Easter Weekend in London
Of course, Easter often falls in March, and Easter Sunday always arrives to London with two bank holidays– the Friday and Monday surrounding– so you can bet there’s LOADS to do on Easter weekend, both religious, and not. We’re talking egg hunts, Sunday raves, Easter lunch at the pub, and much more. Plus, on Good Friday, you can watch a full-scale re-enactment of The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square, which is completely free.
For a collection of things to do and see on Easter weekend in London, check out TimeOut London’s comprehensive list that populates more events closer to the date.
Mother’s Day in London
In the UK, Mother’s Day, or what they sometimes call Mothering Day, falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which is on March 11th in 2018. If you’re from the US, Mother’s Day here is pretty similar to back at home, with lots of shops having deals on gifts, and some restaurants having special menus or offerings for the celebration. Common gifts for mums include flowers, cards…the usual.
If you plan to eat out that day, book at least a few days ahead, even if you’re not actually celebrating mother’s day, as of course, the good restaurants will book up. For my top restaurant recommendations that are local-approved, get The Local Guide to London.
London Beer Week
For the last few years, London has hosted Beer Week in March, so if you’re a beer enthusiast, I’d grab a ticket. It will get you £5 beer flights in over 100 bars across the city, plus access to some pop ups and special events. It’s a great way to experience pubs and bars around London, and one of the more unique things to do in London in March. In 2018, Beer week is 12th-18th March.