London Highlights to Look Out For in March 2019

1–2 March

Following sell-out performances in 2016, “Disney’s Broadway Hits” returns to the Royal Albert Hall. Expect songs from your favourite Disney films such as “Aladdin” and “Mary Poppins” performed to a score played the BBC Concert Orchestra. The concert also celebrates some of the greatest lyricists, from Alan Menken to Elton John.

5 March

If you've been in taking part in a period of abstinence, you’ll be looking forward to Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day—this traditionally takes place on the last day before Lent. Have a flipping fantastic time and watch Pancake Day races, including the annual Parliamentary Pancake Race. To get even more into the spirit, find a place selling pancakes—maybe a food stall in Camden Market or Crepe Affaire in Spitalfields Market.

Keith Urban, C2C Festival, London, UK

8–10 March

A touch of Nashville comes to the capital for the Country to Country at The O2 for its seventh year, with an incredible line up featuring Lady Antebellum, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban, alongside emerging country stars. Europe’s biggest country music festival welcomes more than 50,000 visitors.

Other Art Fair, London, UK

14–17 March

The Other Art Fair is back at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, offering a chance to peruse, ponder and purchase the latest creations by emerging artists. With prices starting at just £50, the fair promises genuine shopping on most budgets—and more modest pricing most art fairs. You might be able to meet the 130 artists displaying here. The fair also offers 10-month, interest-free loans—just in case you fall in love with a piece.

St Patrick's Day, London, UK

17 March

Things get green when Ireland’s biggest celebration hits the city. London’s St Patrick’s Day Festival takes over Trafalgar Square with Irish food stands, art showcases and plenty of live music on a large temporary stage beneath Nelson’s Column. A vibrant parade winds through central London, starting at noon from Piccadilly. It’s all in honour of Ireland’s foremost patron saint, who died on 17 Mar 461 AD and famously used Irish shamrocks to explain the Christian holy trinity.

23 March

Simone Biles maybe small, coming in 4 foot 8, but she displays big, boundary-pushing, artistic athleticism in the gymnastic world. The Olympic champion, along with other global stars, appears at the O2 Arena to dazzle in the Superstars of Gymnastics, which also showcases Britain’s double-Olympic and world champion Max Whitlock. Whether it’s floor, beam, bars or pommel horse, prepare to be wowed by their athletic prowess. www.theo2.co.uk

Female crews in the Head of the River Race, London, UK

30 March

Rowing has always had a quintessentially English feel. The historic Head of the River Race takes place on the River Thames along a 4.5 mile (7.2km) course from Mortlake to Putney. This usually takes place a week or two before the even older Oxford and Cambridge boat race. Today's racers include around 2,800 women in around 320 crews—it's the only UK event where novice female rowers can compete in the same race as Olympic champions. Pick your spot along the Thames and watch for free.

Russian Ballet, London Coliseum, London, UK

31 March

Star dancers from the world’s most iconic ensembles, including the Bolshoi, Mariinsky and Royal Ballet, perform at this glamorous Russian Ballet annual event at the London Coliseum. The evening celebrates Russian classical and contemporary masterpieces and dancers from Steven McRae to Xander Parish. The gala is accompanied by the English National Ballet Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Valery Ovsyanikov. 

Emma Levine
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