March should be putting a spring in your step: blue skies (sometimes), daffodils and (slightly) longer evenings mean there’s more time and energy for all the great events taking place across the city!
Books: Used and Abused | Until 9th March | Clerkenwell | Free
Books can be exceptional inside and out, and at this carefully curated exhibition you can explore the may uses books have been put to across the ages. The items on display have been added to with examples from across the Guildhall Library’s full collection and provide an insight into the roles of books in society.
Event listing: https://londoncheapo.com/events/books-used-abused/
Women of the World Festival | 7th – 11th March | South Bank | Free
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.
Event listing: https://londoncheapo.com/events/wow-women-world-festival/
Head of the River Race | 11th March | Mortlake/Putney | Free
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.
Event listing: https://londoncheapo.com/events/head-river-race/
Afternoon Poems: Bells, Bells, Bells | 11th March | Hampstead | Free
A free poetry session held in the house of poet John Keats which focuses on the world of bells in texts and daily life. From school bells to church bells and with Wordsworth’s Happy Bells, Edgar Allan Poe’s moaning bells as well as Oranges and Lemons, the exploration will feature readings from poetry and literature as well as some of Keats’ political humour. The event is free but you need to reserve a space online beforehand.
London Beer Week | 12th – 18th March | Shoreditch | £10
Back for round two after a successful week of festivities in 2017, London Beer Week is back to keep the beer-lovers of London well and truly hydrated. There will be venues across the city including The Old Truman Brewery in East London which will be the Hub. Wristbands cost £10, and allow visitors to sip specialty beers for £3 and £5 boilermakers (a heady mix of beer and bourbon!) in participating venues.
Event Listing: https://londoncheapo.com/events/london-beer-week/
London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival | 14th – 16th March | Bloomsbury
Another beer festival, this one is held by the Campaign For Real Ale and is a great chance to try over 150 different beers, ciders and perries. While entry on most days in £4, if you go between 12pm – 3pm on Wednesday and Thursday, it’s free!
BMW Tate Live: Ten Days Six Nights | 16th – 25th March | Blackfriars
This year’s exhibition will focus on the work and influence of American visual artist Joan Jonas. There will be performances by the artist as well as jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, Chilean-American artist Sylvia Palacios Whitman and Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey. Performances during the day are free but evening events are ticketed.
St Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival | 16th – 18th March | 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!
Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk | 24th March | Hampstead
If you’ve wanted to learn about the life of poet John Keats while exploring London, then this guided walk is for you. Starting off from Hampstead Station, your guide will take you through Keats’ life, exploring locations that inspired him, including Vale of Health, Well Walk and the Heath itself. There will be readings from his works and letters along the way, mixed with stories of his life. The walk ends at Keats House and you can enter the museum for free.
Event listing: https://londoncheapo.com/events/keats-hampstead-guided-walk/
The Boat Races | 24th March | Mortlake/Putney
Cheer on competing rowers along with millions of TV viewers and thousands of spectators for one of the most famous spring traditions in London. The teams from Cambridge and Oxford will row from Putney to Mortlake in the ever-competitive race for the title. The women’s race begins at 4.35pm and the men’s at 5.35pm.
Event listing: https://londoncheapo.com/events/boat-race/
Sutton House Easter Egg Hunt | 30th March – 2nd April | Hackney
If you have little ones with a lot of energy this Easter then the Sutton House Easter Egg Hunt might be the answer. Kids can join for £2 and scavenge for lost chicks which they later exchange for a chocolate egg. There will be other school holiday activities available and it cane easily be a full day out! Entry tickets are required and cost
Ongoing exhibitions in March
Winnie The Pooh: Exploring a Classic | Until April 8th | South Kensington | £5-7
Listen: 140 Years of Recorded Sound | Until May 13th | Euston | Free
Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year Exhibition | Until July 22nd | Greenwich | Free
Votes for Women Centenary Exhibition | Until 9th Jan 2019 | Barbican | Free