With the arrival of spring comes an abundance of new events in London this month, with everything from opera to fashion on the agenda. Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or reliving the best of the 80s and 90s with Lionel Richie, stay at one of our boutique London hotels and you’ll be right in the heart of the action. Take a look at our favourite London events in March for some holiday inspiration.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
One of the most exciting London events in March, Savage Beauty is the first and largest retrospective of the late Alexander McQueen’s unquestionable legacy. Known for his innovative, boundary-breaking designs, this exhibition will celebrate one of British fashion’s most inspiring talents. Having already broken the record for the most advance tickets ever sold at the V&A, 200 tickets will be made available daily on a first-come, first-served basis –make sure to get there early!
From 14th March – 2nd August 2015.
Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art
The ancient Greeks depicted the human body in many forms, immortalised in marble and bronze. This new exhibition at the British Museum will examine the role of the human body in ancient Greek art, both as an object of beauty and also as a symbol of the greater human condition. Rare bronze sculptures raised from the Croatian sea in 1999 will also be on display for the first ever time in Britain.
From 26th March – 5th July 2015.
Women of The World Festival
Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the 5th instalment of WOW celebrates the achievements of women and girls whilst also exploring the gender barriers still at play around the world. The week-long festival will include guest speakers such as Caitlin Moran, as well as a boxing workshop, theatre performances and music by electro-pop sensation, Tune-Yards.
From 1st – 8th March 2015.
The National Gallery will unveil a new exhibition celebrating the enormous influence of Parisian art dealer, Paul Durand-Ruel on the Impressionist movement. Featuring 85 works by prominent Impressionist artists, the exhibition will include Renoir’s Dances and paintings from Monet’s Poplars series, as well pieces by Degas, Sisley and Manet.
From 4th March – 31st May 2015.
Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War
Taking place at the Imperial War Museum, Truth and Memory looks at the role of the artist during the British First World War. The largest exhibition of WWI artwork for over a century, the exhibition will feature all kinds of commemorative and exploratory works from the period. Take advantage of the free, guided tours taking place on 7th March at 11am, 3pm and 1pm.
Until Sunday, 8th March 2015.
This in-the-round production of Puccini’s seminal opera, Madam Butterfly, sees the Royal Albert Hall transformed into rural Japan. The spectacular tale tells the tragic love story of an American naval officer and a young geisha, played by sopranos Nam-young Kim, Hyeseoung Kwon and Myung-Joo Lee. The production will be accompanied by music from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and is scheduled for a limited 20 performances.
Until Sunday, 15th March 2015.
St. Patrick’s Day
Among the most raucous London events in March, St. Patrick’s Day brings plenty of festivities to the capital, and plenty of Guinness, too. St. Patrick’s Day is on 17th March, but you’ll find lots to do over the course of the preceding weekend, including a special St. Patrick’s Day festival in Trafalgar Square. Featuring Irish dancing, comedy, film screenings and food tents, this is a great option for entertaining the kids.
From 15th– 17th March 2015.
Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden
This exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace examines the influence of horticulture on art over the last five centuries. Featuring works from Da Vinci to Rembrandt and Fabergé, Painting Paradise will showcase 150 paintings, manuscripts, decorative arts and botanical drawings, including some of the oldest depictions of plants and flowers in existence.
From 20th March – 11th October 2015.
Lionel Richie at the O2 Arena
Following 70 international shows, Lionel Richie’s wildly successful ALL THE HITS ALL NIGHT LONG tour lands in London’s 02 arena in March. Celebrating a career that spans over three decades, Richie will perform hit records such as Dancing On The Ceiling, Three Times a Lady, and All Night Long, as well as some more recent releases.
Tuesday, 31st March 2015.
Header Image: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, in partnership with Swarovski, supported by American Express, with thanks to M-A-C Cosmetics and made possible with the co-operation of Alexander McQueen.