London’s rich and varied events calendar is full of annual festivals and one-off extravaganzas. This means there’s always something interesting to discover during your serviced apartment stay in the capital. If you’ve got a trip booked for the coming month, here are the shows, exhibitions, festivals and sporting events not to miss.
Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy – Tate Modern – from March 8th
An important new Picasso exhibition opens at the Tate Modern this month and curators have opted to look at one of the world’s best-known artists from a different angle. Few years have ever been as full of monumental events or incredible productivity for anyone as 1932 was for Pablo Picasso.
You’ll be taken on a month-by-month journey via no fewer than 100 painting, drawings and sculptures, accompanied by personal items, including family photos. The exhibition’s undoubted highlight is three paintings of Marie-Therese Walter – the artist’s lover – which have not been displayed together since they were created.
Tickets are priced at £22 for adults and £20 for concessions, while under-12s go free. Family tickets will save you cash if your children are in their teens.
London Beer Week – throughout the capital – March 12th to 18th
You don’t need an excuse to enjoy beer in London – which is among the best in the world – but if you did, London Beer Week would be it. More than 75 bars will be offering a beer flight to festival pass holders, each one showcasing a specific side of brewing or beer.
Among the establishments getting involved are Ghost Whale in Brixton, The Trading House in The City and The Hide in Bermondsey. You can also get involved by touring a brewery or enjoying a special beer-pairing dinner.
To take part in London Beer Week, you must purchase a £10 digital pass.
St Patrick’s Day Festival – Trafalgar Square – March 16th to 18th
To soak up some of the famous Irish spirit, head to Trafalgar Square on and around St Patrick’s Day. From music and dancing to arts and plenty of enticing food to tuck into, it’s set to be one of the biggest parties in England. You will be joined by around 125,000 fellow revellers all celebrating the patron saint of Ireland.
At 12pm on March 18th, the St Patrick’s Day Parade will set off from Piccadilly and make its way through the streets of London to Whitehall. It’s worth finding a good spot along the route to watch the floats and marching bands go by.
The St Patrick’s Day Festival event and parade are free to attend.
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical – Aldwych Theatre – previews from March 21st
She’s won 12 Grammy Awards and performed to millions of people all over the world, and now Tina Turner has had her extraordinary story turned into a stage musical. The hotly anticipated show is set to make its world premiere in London this month and is likely to be as popular as her famous songs.
Produced in association with Turner herself, written by Katori Hall – the Olivier Award-winning playwright – and directed by Phyllida Lloyd, it’s a production with impressive credentials. Get ready to raise the roof and sing along with all the hits.
Tickets start at £10.
Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race – River Thames – March 24th
The Thames is the watery heart of London, making the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race one of the highlights of the year. Spend a day down by the river picking a side, cheering on the teams and soaking up the atmosphere.
Putney Bridge is the starting point for both the women’s and men’s races, with the teams ending up at Mortlake between 16 and 18 minutes later. You can position yourself anywhere along the route to get a good view, but it’s worth arriving early to stake out a spot. The women will start at 4.31pm and the men at 5.31pm, but make a day of it with a picnic or a few pints in one of the pubs on the embankment.
Spectating the Boat Race is free.