Spring is in the air and London’s cultural calendar is in full bloom. From centuries-old rowing races to Shakespearean opera and a major British painting retrospective, guests at Red Carnation Hotels’ London properties have plenty to keep them entertained this month. Here’s our pick of the very best events in London this March.
The Cancer Research UK Boat Race (Oxford vs. Cambridge)
An annual display of sporting prowess from Britain’s two most famous universities, The Boat Race is an eagerly anticipated event every spring. Dating back to 1829, the race features a rowing crew of eight members and a cox from each university boat club, and takes place on the River Thames. The route begins at Putney Bridge, and the two teams battle it out to be the first to cross the finish line in Chiswick. Guaranteed to be an exhilarating and entertaining day out, around 300,000 spectators gather at various points along the river to watch the action unfold.
24th March 2018
Various locations along the River Thames, from Putney Bridge to Chiswick
All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life at the Tate Britain
A celebration of some of the country’s most iconic painters,this exhibition at Tate Britain will showcase how revered artists such as Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon explored human existence, intimacy and everyday occurrences through painting. Their works will be exhibited alongside art by contemporaries such as Paula Rego and Frank Auerbach, and the show will also explore the previous generation of artists who laid the foundations for the likes of Bacon and Freud.
28th February – 27th August 2018
St Patrick's Day Festival & Parade
St Patrick might be the patron saint of Ireland, but his feast day is still very much a cause for celebration in London. The capital’s St Patrick’s Day Festival takes place in Trafalgar Square and features all things Irish, from food stalls to Irish dancing, live music and craft stalls. Visitors can also enjoy the high spirited parade that takes place between Piccadilly and Trafalgar square, and includes vibrantly decorated floats.
16th – 18th March 2018
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A stirring operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a magical story of confused identities and fairy kings and queens. Directed by Robert Carsen and performed by the English National Opera, the rousing production also includes choreography by Matthew Bourne. Expect to lose yourself in the magical narrative and captivating melodies.
1st-15th March 2018
Reimagined for the stage by the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, this adored children’s tale is sure to enchant a whole new generation of fans. This absorbing production includes all the famous songs from the classic Disney film, such as When You Wish upon a Star, Give a Little Whistle and I’ve Got No Strings alongside stunning costumes and stage design.
Until 10th April 2018
Lyttelton Theatre at the National Theatre
Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall combines popular classical music with magnificent laser displays and head turning technology. Listen to the dulcet tones of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as they perform some of the most iconic compositions ever written, such as Debussy’s Clair de Lune and Zadok the Priest by Handel. Don’t leave before the famous finale, an electrifying rendition of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
15th – 18th March 2018
Royal Albert Hall
Located close to London’s most famous theatres, galleries and museums, Red Carnation’s London Hotels are a great choice for those looking to explore London’s cultural scene.