Last Updated on March 18, 2024 by Louise

March 2024 is set to be a marvellous time to visit London. There are plenty of events with celebrations for St Patricks Day, International Women’s Day and Easter all taking place throughout the month.

There are also some fantastic exhibitions including the affordable art fair, Cute at Somerset House and the Disney exhibiton. The Art of Brick is a must for lego fans!

As the weather in March can be unpredicatable we’ve included both indoor and outdoor activities. There’s relaxing things to do such as a stroll in Kew Gardens or an afternoon tea. Or for something different why not take a hot tub boat?

Read on and find the best things to do for a magical March in London.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day

London’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held annually, is a vibrant celebration of Irish culture and heritage. This year it takes place on Sunday 17th March. Eat Irish food, dance and watch a huge parade with colourful floats, traditional music, and lively performances.

The parade starts from Hyde Park Corner and travels along Piccadilly, St James’s Street, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street and Whitehall, eventually landing in Trafalgar Square where there will be Irish food, dancing and music. Join the festivities and immerse yourself in the party atmosphere as the city comes alive with the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.

Calling all lego fans!  The Art of Brick exhibition is coming to London and opens on 6th March.

See more than 150 works of art made up of over a million lego bricks. Impressively it includes lego recreations of some world famous artworks including Michelangelo’s David, Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. There’s also a 6-metre-long reproduction of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton

It takes place at the boiler house in Brick Lane. Buy tickets here.

Get Spooked (and more) at Shakespeare’s Globe

Head to the Globe, for a family friendly Ghost and Goul tour.

This guided tour of the Globe Theatre brings to life the ghosts, spirits and scary happenings of Shakespeare’s most chilling plays.

Shakespeare had a love of the supernatural which you will discover more about. Think of the Three Witches’ spells in Macbeth or the appearance of Hamlet’s father’s ghost.

Hear gruesome details of medical practices in Shakespeare’s time, listen to folktales about the the Thames River Monster and learn how to protect yourself against evil spirits.

The tour is run on 7th March and other dates throughout the year. You can find out more here.

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Film at BFI Flare

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Organised by the British Film Institute (BFI), BFI Flare is one of the largest LGBTQ+ film festivals in the world. Watch screenings, including feature films, documentaries, shorts, and experimental works which explore LGBTQ+ themes. There’s also panel discussions and special events.

Watch a Free Performance of The Passion of Jesus In Trafalgar Square

Watch a spectacular performance of the Passion of Jesus that takes place in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday (29th March) (featuring 100 performers). Performances take place at either 12pm or 3.15pm. The event is popular and it’s advised to arrive at least 40 minutes before the performance starts.

Join at Easter Egg Trail

Easter weekend starts in March this year so why not take the kids to an Easter egg trail in London? Here are a few of the most popular:

The Easter Egg trail at Highgate’s Waterlow Park  is free and takes place between 11am and 4.30pm. Pick up a treasure map and a series of riddles and clues. The first 100 finishers receive a small chocolate surprise.

The Easter Lint Gold Bunny Hunt takes place at the beautiful Hampton Court between 23rd March and 14th April.

The annual Bucket Race Easter Scavenger Hunt takes place on Saturday 30th March. This is a four hour game. Work out clues to find London’s landmarks, take place in challenges and compete against other teams.

 

Visit the Women of the RNLI Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum

The National Martime Museum is a free museum based in Greenwich which has many highlights including, the jacket that Nelson was wearing when he was shot and fatally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar and a gallery dedicated to polar exploration and a Fijan Canoe.

March is a great time to visit as the women of the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) exhibition opens. It’s a chance to discover the vital roles that women play in saving lives at sea.

Twighlight Tours at the Tower of London

March is your last chance this winter to book on a twilight tour of the Tower of London with a Yeoman Warden. The outdoor tour starts at 7pm on Sundays and visitors are shown world famous sights including Traitors Gate and the Bloody Tower. The Wardens will tell you frightful and fascinating stories of previous inhabitants and prisoners who resided within the Tower walls. Booking is essential. Book your ticket in advance here

See the Cute Exhibition at Somerset House

Cute is taking place at the beautiful Somerset house. It’s the first exhibition of it’s kind to explore the power of cuteness in contemporary culture. It brings together contemporary artworks and cultural phenomena such as music, fashion, toys, video games and social media to examine the world’s embrace of cute culture.

It’s a must for Hello Kitty fans as part of the exhibition is dedicated to the very cute fictional character created by Yuko Shimizu. There’s a plushie section from the collection of super fan Amy-Louise Allen who has over 50,000 pieces of Hello Kitty merchandise, and an immersive Hello Kitty disco, with a giant mirror ball.

It’s runs throughout March (the last day is 14th April)

Taking place between 6th and 10th March is Battersea’s affordable art fair. It’s been running since 1999 and was founded on the belief that art should be accessible for all.

In 2024 there are more than 113 galleries joining from the UK and around the world and a special exhibition celebrating International Women’s Day.

See an installation by Argentian artist Alejandro Propato which is suspended in the fair’s entrance. There’s also a family hour where you can bring the kids.

Guests are not expected to buy anything and are encouraged to explore art, attend talks and workshops.

Take a Hot Tub boat on The Thames

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If you’re looking for an unforgettable activity, why not chill out in a hot tub along the River Thames.

Boats set off from Canary Wharf. Either sail your own boat (no experience necessary) or embark on a guided tour!

March can still be chilly in London but that’s what makes it so lovely to enjoy the hot tub which is heated to a toasty 38 degrees. Venture out in any weather (rain, sleet or snow). With spring on the way March is a good month to do it.

Find out more at Skuna boats.

The Disney100 – The Exhibition at the London Excel closed in January but due to popular demand, they’ve decided to reopen the exhibtion on 6th March.

It’s another chance to discover 100 years of Disney’s history. See more than 250 rarely-seen artefacts and works of art, costumes and props, and fascinating memorabilia.

Book your tickets

Indulge in an Afternoon Tea (extra points if it's Mother's Day or Easter themed)

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March is a great month to enjoy afternoon tea. The weather can be on the cold side and unpredicable which makes it ideal for those rainy and cooler days.

There are plenty of afternoon teas to choose from (find a selection for kids and teens here).

If you are looking for something to do on Mother’s Day which falls on Sunday 10th March in the UK – why not take your mother with you? Make it an extra special afternoon tea at The Ritz.

There are also some fab themed Easter afternoon teas for the celebrations on Easter weekend like on a Easter Afternoon tea bus tour.

Join A Women in Science Guided Tour at the Natural History Musuem

International Women’s Day takes place in March and what better way to celebrate than by joining a free guided tour to celebrate women in science at The Natural History Museum. Tours are free and take place during the month of March. There are several different themes which include women in space, women of colour, fashion and palaeontology.  Find out more on the Natural History Museum What’s On page. 

The Natural History Museum has free entry, highlighs include the Earthquake simulator and the dinosaur section.

Watch Animated Giants in an Immerisve Light Show at Outernet

Even though Spring is on it’s way, March can still be cold and rainy in London. That’s why it’s good to have a range of indoor activities lined up on your visit.

Outernet in London is indoors and one of the most visited tourist attractions – and it’s free. Pop by Outernet if you’re in the area (near Tottenham Court Road Station) to experience an amazing free immersive light show. Shows take place throughout the day.

In March, there is a new immersive show called “Flow” with animated giants who translate the full history of Western art into dance, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, Impressionism, and beyond. It takes place on each round hour at the Now building.

Check out the Outernet app before you go to see the which shows are on and at what times.

With Spring just around the corner, March is a lovely month to visit Kew Gardens. There is plenty going on!

Firstly, it’s your last chance to catch the annual orchid festival at Kew Gardens which takes place until 3rd March 2024 in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. Entry is included with your tickets to Kew.

Then from 22nd March, awaken your senses on a visit to the gardens with the Sounds of Blossom. Kew have collaborated with the Royal College of Music for this event. Music students from the college have composed new music, commissioned by Kew to bring the spring blooms to life. These new compositions will be played around the Gardens in Kew’s blossom hotspots. The event is ongoing until 14th April.

Finally, if you have kids consider a visit to Kew Gardens on Easter weekend where the hit animated television series Bluey is coming to life! There will be a variety of fun outdoor activities and games inspired by fan-favourite episodes of the show. Kids can learn about the plants and wildlife found at Kew and in Bluey’s native Australia along the way. The fun continues until 14th April. Find out more

Celebrate St. David's Day at Spitalfields Market

In honour of St David's Day, Spitalfields Market is hosting a St David's market on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March.

Try Welsh cuisine including the famous Welsh cakes. There will also be choir performances, free tastings and lots of Welsh food and drink to buy.

Take Advantage Of London’s Museums

With the weather in March often being cold and unpredicatable, it’s a great month to line up a visit to one of London’s amazing museums (many of which are free!) Plus there are plenty of fantastic events happening at many museums throughout the month of March. Here is a quick round up of what’s on:

Space, Race and Fly at the RAF musuem – beginning on 29th March (just in time for Easter weekend) the RAF museum is hosting many activities. During the Easter weekend you can  visit a moble planeterium, try a remote control helicopter scavenger hunt and time trial and come and drive a Dash robot. Check dates and times on the RAF website. Entry to the museum is free but activities cost extra.

The Museum of London is currently undergoing refurbishment but is holding two family walks in London in March. Choose between a historic Roman walk through the streets of Londonium on 23rd March or the Great Fire of London family walk  (every Saturday in March) to discover the fire of 1666.

London Transport Museum – is a fabulous museum for people of all ages with an Interesting look at the history of London transport through the age. There’s always lots for kids who love climbing on some of the buses and the play areas. During the school Easter holidays there will also be holding themed Easter activities for children. Plants and Poems explores the relationship between London and its green environment with storying telling sessions, creative writing and art and science workshop.

Easter Steam Up – at London’s Museum of Water and Steam see the engines brought back to life over Easter weekend (30th, 31st March & 1st April)

Horniman museum Spring Fair – head to this amazing free museum in South East London on 29th March for it’s annual spring fair. Enjoy activities including a music, crafts, games and bubbles!

Turn it up: The Power of Music – explore how music shapes our lives in this landmark interactive exhibition at the Science Museum. Entry to the Science museum is free (book a timed ticket in advance) but the exhibiton has an extra cost.

 

Take a Ride on London's Cable Car

As the days are getting longer and the weather (slightly) better, it makes a nice time to take a trip on London's IFS cloud cable car.

Take a trip up to 90m (295 feet) over the River Thames from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks and back the other way.

The views are amazing - read our review of the IFS Cloud Cable Car

The Horrible History, Terrible Thames Tours are boat rides on the River Thames aimed at families with kids. They launch again in time for the kids’ school Easter holidays.

Climb aboard and prepare to hear the horrible history one of the most famous rivers in the world. See the sites along the River Thames and hear fun, educational facts.

Ideal for the whole family – even the oldies will probably learn stuff they didn’t already know.

Book your ticket here.

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