Guide to March in The City

 Check out the eclectic mix of events you could be enjoying throughout March in The City of London.

March is a hopeful month as we head towards spring and the promise of warmer weather and brighter days. As ever there is plenty to do in The City of London, whether you’re visiting with family and friends or making the most of an hour or two between business appointments. Once you’ve checked into your serviced apartment, here are some of the things you can enjoy in the month ahead.

City in Spires – a tour of Wren churches – City Information Point – March 1st

This month marks 294 years since the architect Christopher Wren was buried in St Paul’s Cathedral. His influence can be seen across The City, where he was responsible for designing 51 churches that were rebuilt in the wake of the Great Fire of London. While you can’t expect to see all of them in a tour lasting an hour and three-quarters, you can tick off some of the finest examples of his work.

Meet at the City Information Point for 11am. Guided tour costs £7 for adults and £6 for concessions.

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Guildhall Yard Lunch Market – Guildhall Yard – March 9th

Always a highlight for those working in The City, the lunch market at the Guildhall Yard returns in March to tempt your taste buds. Conveniently located right in the heart of The Square Mile, it’s a great opportunity to indulge in something a little different for your lunch. Whether you are partial to Jamaican jerk chicken or Korean dumplings are more your thing, there’s something to suit all tastes.

Food is served between 12 noon and 2.30pm, but arrive early for the best selection.

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Tour the Thames: Liquid History – Westminster Pier – March 23rd

The Thames has been a focal point for London ever since the settlement was first established and just imagine all the changes it has seen. Now, you can do more than that, as you take a tour along a stretch of it in the company of two history experts, Hazel Forsyth and Alex Werner. They’ll tell you all about the people who have depended on the river, from mudlarks to smugglers, over the years and the way in which it has helped shape the city.

Depart from Westminster Pier on Victoria Embankment at 1.45pm for this three-hour tour. Tickets cost £38.

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The role of music in video games – Museum of London – March 27th

Have you ever thought what video games would be like with music? This is one of the questions being pondered at a special talk at the Museum of London this month. It also looks at the way video games have influenced pop music since they became a popular form of entertainment. The special guests discussing such issues will be digital curator Foteini Aravani, Dr Tim Summers of Royal Holloway University, gaming writer Jack Gosling, and game designer Jon Hare of Sensible Software.

The talk begins at 7pm and tickets, costing £12, should be bought in advance.

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New York Philharmonic Residency – Barbican – from March 31st

At the end of the month, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra will take up residency at the Barbican for a short time. The concert series will mark the last UK performances of the Philharmonic with Alan Gilbert as music director. Expect to hear a new concerto from composer Esa-Pekka-Salonen, as well as John Adams’ Harmonielehre being played. It’s set to be a wonderful celebration of modern American classical music.

Shows begin at 7.30pm and tickets are priced between £15 and £55.

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