Apart from being one of the most visited cities in the world, London is the representative figure of Britain. The very name of the city oozes class and royalty, yet the cosmopolitan always throws its arms open for everyone. London in itself has a very homely appeal, which is why foreign-born individuals form one-third of London’s population. London loves reveling in its past but has always been an exceptional ally of scientific advancements. All in all, it is safe to say that no matter what you are looking for, London will come through for you. Even with an unconventional choice like March for your trip, London can delight you in many ways.
What makes London in March Special?
Every place on this planet has its unique vibe. In the case of London, the vibe is basically characterized by a two-toned cityscape and a deep sense of nostalgia. And all of this gains a distinctive vigor when spring arrives. London in March almost resembles a traveler’s dreams. After a grim winter, the flowers foresee the warmth and begin peeking. Londoners finally regain their spirit, and as such, the nights come back to life again.
March is sufficiently distant from both the holiday season and summer. Consequently, the tourist footfall is way below average in London in March. Given the number of prominent tourist spots that lie within London, a reduced crowd is always welcome. This also means that securing small discounts on accommodations won’t be a problem either. Besides, London in March is not short of unique attractions. Read on to find out where you should be heading if you find yourself in London in March.
London Weather in March
London in March sees a dramatic increase in daylight hours from February and a comfortable average of 8℃. Highs of 10°C and lows of 4°C with an average of two snowy days are typical. London in March sees about 10 days of light drizzle and only 4 hours of daily, so expect overcast skies.
Visiting London in March : Things to do
One of the glowing examples of London’s scientific advancement is this marvelous structure. Unlike most other skyscrapers, The Shard was intended to be a vertical city, with residential quarters, office spaces, high-end eateries, and observation decks. In March, The Shard presents a bird's-eye view of a uniquely variegated London from its observation decks.
32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG,
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Tower of London
Also known as Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, this landmark has stood in its place since 1399. Apart from its unique architecture that is reminiscent of contemporary architecture, the Tower of London also hosts a wide collection of art and gemstones from around the world. The longer daylight hours in March will certainly help you explore the entire structure in peace. The Tower of London is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 9 AM and 5:30 PM and from 10 AM to 5:30 PM on Sunday and Monday.
St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB,
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Kensington Palace is currently the home to a large portion of the artworks from the Royal collection. Kensington Palace also has a tremendous cultural significance since it serves as the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke, and Duchess of Sussex, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. It is open daily from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX,
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The glory of Westminster Abbey is now limited to the Western facade of what used to be a truly gargantuan structure. Westminster Abbey is known for its near-perfect preservation and representation of Gothic architecture. Do not forget to explore the halls and attend special services when you visit Westminster Abbey. Given its popularity, the reduced crowd will certainly be helpful in March. You can visit it between 9 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday to Saturday.
20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA,
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Stonehenge - Day Trip
The representative of ancient Britain, the Stonehenge, has been standing at its site since 3000 BCE. Located at the outskirts of the main city, this cultural landmark is comprised independently erected stone blocks each weigh close to 25 tons. As with most ancient structures, many chilling myths are associated with the Stonehenge. In March, this supposed human burial ground is devoid of crowd and commotion. The attraction is open for visits between 9:30 AM and 5 PM.
Amesbury, Salisbury SP4 7DE,
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West End Theatre
If you are an art aficionado, London’s West End Theatre is the place for you. It is a paradise for anyone who likes dramatized musicals. Apart from the legendary works like The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera, you will experience a number of other innovative and critically acclaimed presentations. This March, you will witness a number of new shows that will debut at London’s West End after many successful shows in the US.
40 Bloomsbury Way Lower Ground Floor, London WC1A 2SE,
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Warner Bros. Studio - Harry Potter Tour
The wizarding world of Harry Potter has inspired quite a few generations since the first movie debuted in 2001. Warner Bros. Studio Tour lets you explore the famous sets from the movies franchise. The Harry Potter themed activities and gift shops will make this experience worth your while. In March, you will be able to take your time to poke around every hall and exhibition gallery in the studio owing to the lower crowd.
Studio Tour Dr, Leavesden WD25 7LR,
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River Thames Cruise
The river Thames is famed worldwide for its picturesque banks. Pick a cruise of your choice and explore London from a unique perspective. Begin from Westminster and glide on to the Greenwich Pier. Lying on both sides of the river is The Cutty Sark, Tower of London, The Shard, etc. The well-stocked cafés on board and the mild March weather will make your experience a bit more enjoyable.
Pipers Island, Bridge St, Reading RG4 8AH,
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Britain loves its sports. When you find yourself in London, make sure you check out the stadium tours available in London. The majestic Wembley Stadium and the illustrious Wimbledon Museum are a must-visit. If you are a fan of Arsenal or Chelsea, the Emirates and Stamford Bridge tours are also up for grabs. Alternatively, you can make a short trip to visit Liverpool FC’s fortress, Anfield. March is a relatively quiet time for tourism, and you would do well to take advantage of it.
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Built right after the Norman invasion in the 11th century, this historic castle is worth a short trip from London. This is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Its size, however, fails to dwarf the architectural brilliance on display. In its 900 years’ lifetime, the Windsor Castle has braved several dynasties, the Civil War, and the World Wars. To witness the castle and its premises in all its glory, visit during the daylight hours in March. Windsor Castle is open for visits between 9 AM and 5:30 PM.
Windsor SL4 1NJ, UK,
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London in March : Events to Look Out For
St. Patrick's Day
March 17, 2019
London celebrates the Irish culture on this day with joyful celebrations throughout the city. The parade through central London is quite a spectacle. Trafalgar Square hosts a festival with free entry. The pubs in the city are adorned in vibrant green decorations and invite the Londoners for a night of frenzied celebrations.
English Premier League
March 2, 9, 16, and 30, 2019
English Premier League reaches its climax in March as the race for the title heats up. The month begins with a heated North London derby as Tottenham Hotspurs host rivals Arsenal. Manchester United will visit Arsenal in the second week. In the last two weeks, Fulham will host Liverpool FC and defending champions Manchester City. Catch any of these games to understand London’s football craze.
Head of the River
March 30, 2019 (tentative)
One of the longest standing sporting traditions in London is the Head of the River race. Several teams of eight rowers gather in London in this race along the river Thames. The best viewing spots are at the Chiswick Bridge, Hammersmith Bridge, and the Barnes Bridge. You may also try to find a nice pub along the bank to witness this event.
March 5, 2019
Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day is a day to gorge on pancakes and crepes. It marks the beginning of the 40-day fasting period before Easter. A number of charity events take place all over London, some of which see celebrities and politicians take part. Pancake races are a characteristic feature of Pancake Day celebration in London.
London Beer Week
March 12-18, 2019
If there is one thing that Londoners genuinely love, it is their pint. London Beer Week provides everyone in the city with another license to drink their fill in March. For an entire week, The Whiskey Exchange at Covent Garden will host this booze-fest where beers will be available for as low as £3. Do not miss this golden opportunity.
March 31, 2019
Mother’s Day is an important event in London. Most businesses in the city work towards providing activities that sons and daughters undertake with their mothers. From a hearty brunch to a serene river cruise, a fancy cocktail party to a dizzy helicopter ride, it's all possible on this day in London. So if you are in the city on Mother’s Day, thank your mum in the most London-way possible.
London in March : 5-day Itinerary
Wanting to spend at least 5 days during your visit to London in March? Here's our ultimate 5 day itinerary to spend 5 unforgettable days in London.
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London March Essentials
London Weather in March
London just begins to warm up a little in March, but the change is not discernible at the beginning of the month. It may snow in the first two weeks of March. Rains are very likely and for more than half the month the sky is likely to remain overcast. A cold wind of moderate speed is also likely.
Where to Stay in London during March
Since the weather is still on the colder side and peak holiday season is yet to arrive, accommodations would be very easy to secure. Plan out your itinerary well in advance and then choose your lodging. Whilst central London is convenient for sightseeing with city limits, choosing a hotel on the outskirts might be better if you are planning a few day trips. London has enough options regardless of your budget.
- 5 & 4 star Hotels - The Connaught, Hotel 41, The Goring
- Mid-Range Hotels - The Montague on The Gardens, Park Grand London Kensington, The Chesterfield Mayfair
- Budget Stays - The Hide London, Premier Inn London City (Aldgate) Hotel, Hotel Moonlight
What to Pack for Visiting London in March
Technically, half of March still exhibits winter characteristics, so pack plenty of warm clothes including scarves and gloves. Be prepared to encounter snow. Do not forget to pack your umbrella, waterproof jacket and boots since raining is a realistic possibility. The warmest temperature you will experience in London in March is 17°C/63°F.
Getting Around London in March
The city of London is quite large and is thus divided into 32 territories or boroughs. Public transport is convenient and frequent in all of the boroughs. Tube railway is the most common and fastest mode of transport in the city. It connects all major boroughs. The rest of the boroughs are connected by a well-maintained network of local trains. Driverless trains operate in East and Southeast London. The city is also well served by a large fleet of double-decker buses. Besides, the waterway is also a viable option as it combines the convenience of congestion-free commute and flair of a cruise.
Must Try Dishes While Visiting London in March
Where else should you have English Breakfast if not in the capital of England? This breakfast specialty is now a representative of a traditional English spread. It generally comprises of toast, sausages, eggs, mushrooms, blood pudding, mashed potatoes, and other veggies. An English Breakfast is just what you need to start off a day of sightseeing. The Breakfast Club and Hawksmoor Guildhall are the places that serve the best English Breakfast.
Tea is another English staple. Be it morning or afternoon, a light gossip over tea is always welcome at an English household. It is one of those things that puts the English apart from the rest of the world. A little snack is also warranted with a hot cup of tea, mostly biscuits or scones. The best tea experience can be obtained at the Aqua Shard and The Ampersand Hotel.
If you are in London, you are not leaving the city without having fries in some form or the other. Duck Fat Fries are quite unique in the sense that they are fried in duck fat as the name suggests. Then comes a generous dip in raclette cheese, and finally a hearty amount of truffle mayonnaise. Head to The Frenchie Bistro to know the sinful taste of Duck Fat Fries.
Despite the use of the word ‘pudding’, this British classic is a savory dish. This heavy dish is served with a side of roast meat, typically beef, turkey, or ham. A batter constituting of eggs and flour is baked and is then soaked in gravy for flavor. Vegetables are added in some cases. The best Yorkshire pudding is available at Joanna’s and Mr. Fogg’s Tavern.
This is a controversial choice given how cleanly the city of London is divided in opinion regarding Avocado Toast. That doesn’t make this breakfast specialty any less yummy. It’s creamy and has a dash of black pepper and balsamic vinegar. Some variations use orange zest as well to balance out the flavors. The best Avocado Toasts are available at Riding House Cafe and Lundenwic.
Tips for Visiting London in March
- Keep an eye out for interesting events throughout London on International Women’s Day on March 8.
- Make sure you get a Visitor Oyster Card upon landing in London to receive discounts on the commute and various attractions.
- Visit some of the famed gardens in London like Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens to witness the first bloom of Spring.
- Explore the Battersea Spring Affordable Art Fair and get your hands on some of the most impressive pieces of contemporary art.
- Pick a warm day and set out on a nighttime Jack the Ripper tour to revisit the alleys believed to be the infamous serial killer’s hunting ground.
What are the top things to do in London in March?
The month of March, along with the arrival of spring brings with it heartwarming weather. If you’re looking for touristy things to do, the Shard, British Museum, the Tower of London and a Thames River Cruise tops the list. Also. don’t miss out on public events like Premier League matches, St. Patrick’s Day, and the London Beer Week!
What is the temperature in London in March?
The temperature in London in March sees highs of 12°C and lows of 6° C There is occasional sunshine interspersed with bouts of rainfall on most days, with maybe even snow during the first two weeks.
Are any famous attractions closed in London in March?
There are no public holidays during the month of March, which means that most of London’s top attractions will be open.
What is an ideal itinerary for visiting London in March?
Depending on the number of days you’d like to visit London, check out our tailor made itineraries for visiting London in March.
Is March a good time to visit London?
Yes ! March is sufficiently distant from both the holiday season and summer. Consequently, the tourist footfall is way below average in London in March. Given the number of prominent tourist spots that lie within London, a reduced crowd is always welcome. This also means that securing small discounts on accommodations won’t be a problem either.
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