Right now you might think that leaving the house is a bit much, what with the Arctic temperatures that have hit London, but there is plenty of stuff going on in March and we once again have narrowed it down to the best bits. March is a busy month with Mother's Day, St. Patrick's Day, St. David's Day and the Easter weekend all falling before the month is out. Below we've come up with the things we are most excited about this month, from the Big Half Festival to the opportunity to watch a film at the Natural History Museum.
Sure, we get it, right now all you want to do is stay inside with a hot drink and shy away from the 'Beast From The East' which is currently sweeping the nation. Well yes, that does sound inviting, especially when you struggle to get to work in the morning, but soon that will pass and you'll be ready for all the exciting things that are taking place in March across the capital.
There's plenty going on, so whether you're looking for a unique date night (we recommend going and watching a film at the Natural History Museum for this) or after somewhere to take your mum this Mother's Day, you can be sure that somewhere across the capital there is something that will take your fancy.
March is a great month, because (hopefully) it's when the sun starts to make a reappearance after being hidden away for the winter months. With that comes the opportunity to get out and about a little more, although let's face it, there is still the extreme likelihood that you will be rained on, just hopefully it won't be as bitterly cold. Spring is officially here and there's plenty for you to get out and do.
Movie Nights at the Natural History Museum
This is undoubtedly one of the things we are most excited about this spring. At long last you can watch a film at one of London's best venues so whether you fancy just chilling out on your own or taking a loved one, the opportunity is now there. The Natural History Museum is opening its doors up and will be screening some absolute classics. The glorious Hintze Hall (you know, the room with the big blue whale, formerly the dinosaur) will be transformed into a cinema, where you can sit underneath said natural marvel and watch an array of different movies.
Following on from a whole host of Sci-Fi classics in February, currently on the roster for March is Star Trek, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Tickets cost £28 and snacks and drink will also be available to purchase. The only downside to these movie nights is that you must be aged 18 and over.
Find out more at www.nhm.ac.uk.
Big Half Festival
While it's not quite as big (or long) as the London Marathon, the Big Half is it's shorter cousin and in recent years has proven to be a good day out - for non-runners that is anyway. Taking place down at Park Row in South East London, spectators can enjoy a day of veggie food, live music and even a spot of yoga if you're up for it.
The run takes place on Sunday 4th March and currently, weather permitting, it is continuing to go ahead. Greenwich will become a festival site for those who just want to cheer on friends and loved ones who are running, or for those who just want a leisurely day out. Foodies from across London will be down there, from The Felix Project and Greenwich Co-operative to Katakata and Sugar Smart, all showcasing wellbeing and healthy eating. Music-wise, the Big Festival will see some of the best up and coming performers from across London take to the stage, so whether you like African soul, Latin or street dance and drama performances, there is something for everyone.
Entry is free and you can find out more information at thebighalf.co.uk.
Peckham Salvage Yard
If you are a fan of the famous Hackney Flea Market then you will more than want to get down to the Peckham Salvage Yard when it arrives down at Copeland Park on March 10th and 11th. Try your hand at finding some vintage goods, from luggage to clothing and everything in between. We'll definitely be heading down. Luckily it's free entry too, so even if you can't find something amongst the paraphernalia, you can be sure to have a good day out at no cost.
Find out more information at www.hackneyfleamarket.co.uk.
Rooftop Astronomy at The Culpeper
If you haven't been to The Culpeper down at Spitalfields then you really ought to do so. It's hands down one of our favourite pubs in London, both in winter and summer. In the summer months you can make the most of its rooftop garden and greenhouse, while in the winter it's everything you'd want from a proper London pub. This spring the pub, which is named after the controversial astrologist Nicholas Culpeper, will be hosting astronomy nights on the said rooftop.
Astronomy expert Seb Jay will be hosting an evening at The Culpeper, using professional high strength telescopic equipment, and guests will be able to drink hot drinks made at the rooftop bar. Whichever evening you decided to join Jay on, you can guarantee that you're for a night of treats. The evenings will begin with biodynamic wine (created according to the moons orbit) and a glorious main course spread put on by The Culpeper Kitchen in their restaurant. After, dinner guests will be taken to the rooftop greenhouse where Jay will give a brief explanation of the cosmos, followed by a couple of warm glasses of pulcinella. Then you'll be able to get your hands on some of the Dobsonian telescopes, where you will take a tour of Saturn and Mars, stopping by a couple of nebulae and star clusters on the way.
The evenings will take place on 12th March and 26th March and you can find out more information at www.theculpeper.com
St. Patrick's Day Parade
St. Patrick's Day always falls on 17th March, but this year the main events in London will be taking place 16th-18th March. Trafalgar Square will become the epicentre of the celebrations and the weekend will essentially be a celebration of all things 'craic'. More than 125,000 visitors are expected to descend on Trafalgar Square where a parade will take place.
What exactly are we celebrating though? Well if you aren't Irish, don't fret, because typically the Irish are a right friendly bunch and will let you join in the drinking. The date supposedly marks the death of St. Patrick, who travelled to Ireland in the fifth century to convince Irish pagans that Christianity is where it’s at.
The parade will take travel from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square and you can go down and cheer on a stream of leprechaun floats, traditional musicians and squads of Irish dancers.
For more information head over to timeout.com.
Orchid Festival, Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens is renowned for putting on some of the best events and this March you will be able to attend one of its finest. Entering its 23rd year, the Orchid Festival is a celebration of nature and this time lands its focus on plantlife in Thailand.
If you're planning on doing something special for your mum this Mother's Day, then we definitely recommend this one. The tropical greenhouse will be bursting with colourful species and 2018's highlights include hanging orchid bouquets, Thai umbrellas and a Bang Pa-In inspired orchid palace.
The Orchid Festival runs throughout March and is free as part of the Kew Gardens admission price. Find out more at www.kew.org.
London Beer Week
Now in its fourth year, London Beer Week is one way to celebrate the end of the snowy spell. It is a seven day festival which takes place across the city, with diverse events happening each day of the week at different locations, so there's something for every beer lover out there.
75 of the best beer bars and pubs across the capital will be creating bespoke £5 tasting flights of three unique beers for Festival Pass holders - each promoting a unique aspect of brewing. You may be wondering where you get said pass? Well, you actually can get it straight to your phone. Download the free DrinkUp.London app and you can get a pass which will enable you to take part in the beer festival.
Venues are in abundance and include The White Horse in Chelsea, where you will find the London Beer Week Craft Beer Hub for 2018 - celebrating forty of London's craft breweries all under one roof. Other places include a secret London location, revealed on the day by text message, where you will find the brewers of Staropramen, the number one Czech beer in the UK, who have joined forces with Flavourology, to host an immersive dining event to celebrate London Beer Week.
Find out more information at www.drinkup.london.com .
London Visions at the Museum Of London
If you fancy giving yourself a scare then head down to the Museum of London. Using video, installations and architectural narratives, the London Visions exhibition gives visitors fantastical visions from the past of a future London. It's all very Blade Runner-esque. The exhibition will see contemporary artists, architects and designers explore ideas about tomorrow’s possible worlds, with emphasis upon the challenges we face as a race.
Admission is free and for more information visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk
On That Note
So there you have it - plenty of things to do this March (once the snow leaves us that is). Whether you're looking to treat your mum with a day out (where better than Kew Gardens?) or if you just fancy getting really really merry as part of the St. Patrick's Day celebrations, there's something for you.