March should be putting a spring in your step: blue skies (sometimes), pancakes, daffodils and (slightly) longer evenings mean there’s more time and energy for all the great events taking place across the city!
Inter-Livery Pancake Race | Westminster
Watch as those traditionally involved in the making of pancakes compete for a frying-pan trophy by racing across Guildhall Yard in traditional dress and fancy dress. Organised by the Poulters (egg suppliers), the event employs the skills of a variety of liveries—clockmakers time it, gunmakers fire the starting pistol, glovers provide the white gloves worn by racers, the fruiterers provide lemons and the cutlers provide the forks!
Flippin’ Good Fun Pancake Race | Greenwich
If you want to get in on the action yourself, here’s a race you can sign up to compete in! Taking Place on the 10th (Saturday) and the 13th (Tuesday)—teams of four can register for free to compete for medals. All who enter will receive a free pancake and stalls at the market will be selling pancakes throughout both days. Fancy dress is optional and proceeds will go to The Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice.
Parliamentary Pancake Race | Cancelled
Unfortunately the annual pancake race has been cancelled due to Brexit tension – yes, things are really that dark.
Women of the World Festival | South Bank
8th – 9th
Launched in 2011 to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day, this annual festival promoted gender equality and celebrates the achievements of women across the world. Using performances, workshops and debate, they explore barriers faced by women and have had speakers including Annie Lennox, Caitlin Moran and Malala Yousafzai in the past. There are some ticketed events and some free ones, so be sure to check the full schedule. Highlights include speed mentoring, a pop-up poetry cafe and the Scars Exhibition.
Move It Dance Festival |
A huge dance event with a wide range of styles and groups, up to 30,000 people attended last year. With workshops, performances and a chance to get on stage yourselves, this is the best event for anyone with an interest in dance.
St Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival | Westminster
One of the rowdiest days in the London events calendar, St Patrick’s day is now a weekend of green pints, green hats and green parades. There will be marching bands, floats and colourful performances along Piccadilly, ending in Trafalgar Square with a whole host of entertainment, food and of course, plenty of drink!
Head of the River Race | Mortlake/Putney
Watch as 400 crews of 8 keen rowers compete along the Thames championship course on a Sunday afternoon. Started in 1926, there were initially only 21 crews from Cambridge and Tidesway but now teams travel from around the world to attend. The winners usually cross the finish line at Putney Bridge after about 20 minutes but the event as a whole takes around two hours.
London Bike Show
If you prefer your wheele un-motorised, this is the event for you. Showcasing all the latest bikes and gadgets to go along with them, there will be talks from experts and riders alike. Browse the stalls, get tempted to trade in and learn a few things while you’re at it. The show is pairing up with the Triathalon show – so you never know what you’ll find yourself signing up for…
Last Chance Events
Living With Buildings | Until March 3rd | Euston
Vault Festival | Until March 17th | Waterloo