Spring is a thrilling time to visit London, with an inspired programme of events offering everything from a full-bloom flower festival, cheery toasts to St Patrick and one of the city’s most celebrated river races. Elsewhere, discover world-class theatre and boundary-pushing exhibitions. Recharge and refuel with a smart caffeinated boost from the highly lauded – and deliciously aromatic – coffee festival. Here are London’s top events in March 2019.
The Merry Widow
Glamourous young widow Hanna meets the charming Danilo at a glittering ball in The Merry Widow. It’s a dazzling operetta that combines romance, intrigue and misadventure, with the story unfolding to the friendly scores of Vilja Song and Merry Widow Waltz.
1st March – 13th April 2019
The Renaissance Nude
Influenced by religion, science and shifting ideals of beauty, the Western art world was experimenting with how to depict the human body during the 15th and 16th centuries. The Renaissance Nude is London’s most anticipated March event, bringing together masterpieces by forward-thinking heavyweights such as Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Dürer and Cranach.
3rd March – 2nd June 2019
Royal Academy of Arts
A stage variation of the cult TV series, The Twilight Zone continues to intrigue. Directed by Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones, expect strange and unexplainable feats, including floating women and dissolving men.
From March 2019
The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice
Marvel as everyone’s favourite Disney princesses glide across the rink at The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice. All the greats make an appearance in this star-studded line-up, with Mickey and Minnie Mouse followed by Nemo, Simba, Aladdin and all seven of Snow White’s Dwarfs.
13th – 17th March 2019
SSE Arena, Wembley
St Patrick's Day Festival & Parade
The city is awash with shamrock green come St Patrick’s Day. Join thousands of revellers as they descend on Trafalgar Square for an atmospheric festival of music and traditional cèilidh dancing. Alternatively, retreat to a cosy pub for a customary pint of Guinness.
16th – 17th March 2019
Trafalgar Square and various locations
The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution
Tsar Nicholas II and his family enjoyed an opulent lifestyle until they mysteriously disappeared in 1918. The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution probes into the private life of the ruler, his wife and children and examines the forensic evidence that might hold the truth of what really happened.
Until 24th March 2019
London Landmarks Half Marathon
The ultimate way to take in London’s blockbuster landmarks is alongside 10,000 runners for a thrilling race around the capital. The route skirts Nelson’s Column, the Tower of London and the London Eye, before ending by Big Ben.
Westminster and the City
The London Coffee Festival
From humble lattes and frothy mochas to merry espresso martinis – whatever your beverage, sample the best take on it at The London Coffee Festival. Tasting rooms and workshops – including a dazzling performance of live latte art – certainly awaken the senses.
28th – 31st March 2019
Old Truman Brewery
Roses and lilies are expertly arranged around the King’s Apartments at Hampton Court Palace to mark Mothering Sunday weekend. This year’s Florimania curates fascinating artefacts embroidered with floral patterns taken from across the palace.
29th – 31st March 2019
King’s Apartments, Hampton Court Palace
Head of the River Race
As soon as London’s annual Head of the River Race is fired off, up to 400 rowing boats sweep through the Thames from Mortlake to Putney. Choose a sunny spot on the banks to cheer the rowers and toast the winners.
30th March 2019
Various places along the river, Mortlake to Putney
Enjoy London’s exciting March events when staying at Red Carnation Hotels’ London properties.
Image credits: lead image © iStock/stockinasia. Merry Widow © English National Opera/Mads Perch. Renaissance Nude © Royal Academy of Arts. London aerial view © iStock/Starcevic. Running in London © iStock/AzmanJaka. Coffee and cake © iStock/creacart. Floral arrangement © iStock/RusN.