Unmissable Things to Do in London in March 2017

Unmissable Things to Do in London in March 2017

Go Mad as a March hare by checking out all – yes ALL, we insist! – of the great things to do in London in March, listed for your pleasure below!

This month’s top picks include queer club culture, wonderful women, cutting-edge theatre and performance, sad films, short films, ace music, nights out, somewhere to shop & much more…


Queer City: London Club Culture 1918-1967 | Soho Square/Freud Café-Bar | Until Sunday 26th March | Times Vary | Prices Vary

Discover the untold history of Soho’s queer underbelly with guided tours, booze fuelled events and talks in Freuds bar. The series is presented by National Trust.

BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights | Tate Modern | From Friday 24th March

We saw Fujiko Nakaya’s foggy bridge in Bristol and are excited she’s bringing her low cloud to this 10 day live art fest. If you don’t know what live art is, find out at this free event.


French Fest | Brasserie Zédel, Picadilly Circus | Sunday 5th – Sunday 12th March

Ooh la la! French Fest is here to celebrate all things Gallic at the gorgeous cabaret cavern of The Crazy Coqs. Highlights for us include Christine Bovill’s extraordinary Piaf show and laugh and whine with Marcel Lucont.

WOW – Women of the World | Southbank Centre | Tuesday 7th – Sunday 12th March

WOW is such an amazing commitment to championing gender equality from the Southbank Centre year on year. The programme is always genuinely exciting, this year with a line up including X-Files legend Gillian Anderson, a free performance by rising music star Nilufer Yanya and an in conversation event with activist Angela Davis.

Strange Love Festival | Folkestone | Thursday 9th – Friday 24th March

Strange Love Festival invites 60 artists over 5 days to show off new, weird and wonderful time-based artworks by the sea.

Brainchild Festival Launch Party | Hackney Showroom | Saturday 11th March | 8pm | £8

‘brilliant music, new ideas, artworks, writing and creative projects’ combine to create a new sort of festival.

Sprint 2017 | Camden People’s Theatre | Tuesday 7th – Sunday 26th March

Camden People’s Theatre’s annual festival of adventurous new performance produces some truly exciting shows every year. Our tip: Don’t be shy, challenge yourself with something different and don’t be afraid of audience participation.


London SadFest 2017 | Genesis Cinema | Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th March

We love a chance to indulge in misery once in a while! Join Genesis Cinema in Mile End for a weekend of weepy.

Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess | Upstairs at The Ritzy | Sunday 5th March | 12pm | £8

Moonlight made you more ambitious with your movie choices? Well, head along to The Ritzy in Brixton for a tribal voyage to celebrate Jamaica’s sole female National Hero.

Short Sighted Cinema: Transform | Rich Mix | Thursday 9th March | 7:30pm | £10

‘Short British documentary films and live autobiographical performances exploring experiential transformation.’

BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival | Thursday 16th – Sunday 26th March

London is a shining light in the world of represtenting less heard voices. And there’s no time more poignant than now to have a wealth of new film talent showcasing the stories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and non-pigeonholed others.


The Shed with Jordan Hunt | Kansas Smitty’s | Thursday 2nd March | 7pm | £5

Kansas Smitty’s curates a night of unusual music. This month it’s ‘sad-boy pop’ from Jordan Hunt.

Future Noir | The Garage | Saturday 4th March | 11pm | £5

The revamped Garage at Highbury and Islington is aiming to revolutionise going out with an ongoing to commitment to ‘immersive’ clubbing. We’re not sure what that will mean in reality but we’re excited to see people taking a risk with their late night programme in London.

Shades of Bowie | The Islington | Friday 24th March | 7pm | £7

A Bowie themed variety night with artists from around Europe paying tribute to the legend’s epic songbook.

Theatre & Performance Art

The People’s Revolt | Tower of London, Tower Hill | Monday 6th – Saturday 18th March | Times Vary | £25.50

The Tower of London is revolting. Well erm, you are revolting at the Tower of London as part of differencEngine’s new immersive experience. Those wanting escapism be warned the story is centred round a violent revolt over taxes, austerity and unstable leadership. We should feel at home then!


Belonging in Beijing: LGBTQ+ in China | China Exchange | Thursday 6th | 6:30pm | £6

What shapes LGBTQ+ identities in 2017 China? Dr Trude Sundberg will share her first-hand experience of building an inclusive community for LGBTQ+ groups in China.

Mick’s Garage Sale | Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick | Sunday 5th March | 12-5pm

A new rummage sale from We Love Markets. Bring lots of change!.

Coocoolili Presents: Don’t Tell Mama! | Jamboree | Tuesday 7th March | 7pm | £2

A night of variety performance inspired by ‘YOUR MUM’.

Did we miss the perfect March event or opening? Let us know and we’ll do our best to add it in!


I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.