No, it’s not an instruction. The Poll Tax guys aren’t about to reclaim the streets and nor are we about to see hoards of the middle classes saunter around in annoyance at the rising cost of smoked salmon.
Rather, the month of March is upon us, the buds of spring are starting to shoot and London is awash with fresh optimism as we put the rainy, dreary, cold winter behind us!
Valentine’s Day is on Friday so by the time you read this, you should have booked the restaurant, ordered the flowers, written something appropriately romantic in the card and, perhaps for some of you, bought the ring…! If you’re coming to London from further afield, you still have time to book a short-stay apartment in London so call us on +44 (0) 20 8420 7666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know we keep saying it, but we think London really is the very best city in the world. There’s so much to do so get your diary and start planning where you’re going to go and what you’re going to do when you’re here!
Music in London
Indie-inspired contemporary hip-hop ‘bright young things’ Rizzle Kicks are playingHammersmith Apollo, as is ex-Westlife star Shane Filan, The Stranglers, Mike & The Mechanics and Status Quo with Tinie Tempah playing the O2.
For the more cultured among you, the London Handel Festival returns for its 26th year and the English Touring Opera are bringing Mozart’s The Magic Flute to the Hackney Empire. You will also be ecstatic to know that The X Factor Live Tour featuring all your favourite, instantly-forgotten Cowell-cash-cows is at Wembley Arena!
Sport in London
March is a great month for live sport in London with the highlight being the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley. Manchester City comfortably beat West Ham 9-0 on aggregate in the first semi-final and Sunderland narrowly saw off Manchester United in one of the worst penalty shoot-outs in living memory. We can only see a City win but in one-off games, who knows?
England face Denmark, also at Wembley, in our penultimate World Cup warm-up match; England’s rugby union stars play Wales at Twickenham in our second and last Six Nations home game and on the 29th, the Energizer Night Run takes place. There’s a 5k or 10k illuminated run followed by a massive party at Battersea Park!
Museums in London
The Natural History Museum are putting up a tropical butterfly house on the front lawn where visitors can take on butterfly challenges, games and activities as well as strolling around surrounded by thousands of free-flying butterflies!
At Tate Britain, there’s a photography exhibition called Ruin Lust which explores our endless fascination with images of ruined buildings and at the British Museum, they have the first major Vikings exhibition there for over 30 years.
Festivals and Shows in London
Some are wacky, some are serious and some capture the zeitgeist perfectly but as with all events in London, there is literally something for everyone! For the fashion-aware, the Vogue Festival returns for its third year at the Southbank Festival with workshops, performances and of course makeovers from fashion’s biggest names.
If you were proposed to on Valentine’s Day, then grab your future husband and head down to Brides The Show at Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park. It’s interactive, there’s loads to do and he’ll love it. Probably. Perfectly timed by luck or judgement, you can go from the bridal show to the Cruise Show at Olympia and book a honeymoon! Honestly, he’ll have a fab day…!
There’s the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival at the BFI Southbank; join 100,000 revellers in Trafalgar Square for the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade; the Ideal Home Show at Earl’s Court and Britain’s current Queen of Funny, Miranda Hart is playing five live shows at the O2 Arena.
Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre celebrates ‘the formidable power of women to make change happen’ and as any man can attest to, they really do have formidable power!
Lastly, is any trip to London complete without stopping off at The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race? No, we don’t think so either! There’s fancy dress, running with frying pans and batter, wandering clowns and string bands…what’s not to love?!
Whatever you’re into, you can find it in London that’s for sure! This is only a snippet of what you can find to do in London in March but whatever you do you’ll need a base that’s central and economical so have a look at our apartments in London and call us on +44 (0) 20 8420 7666 or email email@example.com.
Have a great month and we’ll see you again in March.