Events in London – March 2014

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Music, comedy & film

The best music, movie and comedy events in London this month

Southbank Centre
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Pete Firman - Udderbelly Festival

Pete Firman is the UK's top comedy magician, and his brand of magic includes amazing feats and a rapid rate of gags that will leave you dumbfounded for days!
99 Club
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Hal Cruttenden, at the 99 Club

Hal Cruttenden ('Live at the Apollo', 'Rob Brydon Show') will be the pick of the comedians performing at the 99 Club, alongside Prince Abdi and Robert White.

Theatre shows

The best plays and musicals running in London’s West End

Old Vic
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Other Desert Cities

It's Christmas Eve in Palm Springs, and novelist Brooke Wyeth has returned home to celebrate Christmas with her family. But then she drops a bombshell — she is planning to write a tell-all memoir, exposing some of the most painful chapters of her family's past. Will Brooke's revelations push her fractured family relations to the point of no return?
Olivier Theatre
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Shakespeares King Lear

Lear is an ageing monarch in a divided kingdom. When he asks his three beloved daughters to profess their love for him, two of them humour the elderly king with flattering platitudes. But when his third daughter Cordelia confesses to love him just like a daughter should, he casts her out of his kingdom for wounding his pride. His world soon descends into chaos, and all that he once believed is brought into question.

Family & Kid’s events

When was the last time you took your kids to London for a family day out?

Natural History Museum
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Dino Snores - Sleep over at the Natural History Museum

Have you ever seen the movie "Night At The Museum"? Well... now's your chance to find out what really stalks the corridors of the Natural History Museum as night descends, with the towering bones of Diplodocus nearby. Activities include a torch-lit tour of the famous galleries, and a live show called "Revenge of the Minibeasts".
Alexandra Palace
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London Festival of Railway Modelling

Alexandra Palace welcomes the Festival of Railway Modelling -- London's leading railway modelling event suitable for modellers of all ages and experience. The show will include over 40 working layouts and 100 exhibitors, selling everything from paint to trains and railway tracks.

Art & Museums

Here are some of the March exhibitions in London’s galleries and museums

National Gallery
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Paolo Veronese - Magnificence in Renaissance Venice

This exhibition will showcase ten of the National Gallery's own paintings by Paolo Veronese, alongside 40 other works loaned by museums around the world. Veronese was one of the most influential and beautiful painters of the Venetian Renaissance, creating complex fresco decorations, large-scale altarpieces, devotional paintings, portraits and historical pictures.
Royal Academy of Arts
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Renaissance Impressions - Royal Academy of Arts

"Renaissance Impressions" will explore Chiaroscuro woodcuts from two of the finest collections in the world. This 16th-century printing technique made dramatic use of light and dark to breathe new life into well-known biblical scenes by famous Renaissance painters like Parmigianino, Raphael and Titian.

Royal & Religious

For tourists interested in visiting London’s palaces, churches and cathedrals

St. Paul’s Cathedral
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Sunday organ recitals, at St. Pauls Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral puts on a regular program of Organ Recitals on Sunday afternoon. They last for half-an-hour and are free to attend.
Old Royal Naval College
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Explore Royal Greenwich

The tour will focus on the history of Royal Greenwich, which dates to the 1400s when Greenwich Palace was Henry VIII's favourite retreat. You will learn some of the stories behind the kings and queens who shaped the magnificent buildings that you see today.

Political & Military

Daily parades and political events taking place during March

The Blitz Party
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The Blitz Party

Dust off your old army uniform and get down to Shoreditch for a Blitz Party! Revellers will be able to dance to some of the East End's finest swing bands and DJs, including World War II-era hits from Glenn Miller and Dame Vera Lynne. Ration books will replace the menus, and old wartime films and black and white newsreels will be projected onto the walls.
Museum of London
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Explore Londons Roman Fort

Enjoy a short tour of the remains of the western gate of London's Roman military fort, located beneath the streets around the Museum. The fort stood in the north-west corner of a huge wall that surrounded Londinium around 200 AD, and was re-discovered in 1956.

Sightseeing tours

If you’re visiting London in March then try one of these sightseeing tours

Museum of London
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Guided walk: The City of London

The Museum of London will be putting on a walk through the City of London, where you'll learn about the historic buildings and modern architecture and people who lived here, from the Romans to the Lord Mayor.
Museum of London
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Guided walk to the Roman amphitheatre

The Museum of London will be putting on a walk through the streets of Roman London, to the city's Roman amphitheatre (at Guildhall) and back again. Along the way you will learn how the city's residents worked, rested and played throughout the life of Roman Londinium.

Classical music

All of the classical music, operas and ballets in London during March

Royal Festival Hall
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London Philharmonic - Mendelssohn and Mahler

Join conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin, pianist Nicholas Angelich and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Mendelssohn and Mahler.
Royal Festival Hall
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London Philharmonic - Poulenc, Berlioz and Saint-Saens

Join conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin, soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Poulenc, Berlioz and Saint-Saens.

Free events

Visit London on the cheap in March, by trying these great free events

City Hall
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Mayors Question Time, at City Hall

Once a month the 25 London Assembly members gather together to grill the Mayor of London (Boris Johnson) about his policies, and Boris is one of the few politicians that people will happily sit and watch. City Hall is a stone's throw from Tower Bridge, and is home to the London Assembly.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
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Free lunchtime concert, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square has a proud history of hosting some of London's best live classical music events. Some of their most popular events are the lunchtime concerts which they put on for free. They feature everything from solo pianists and violinists, to string quartets and vocal groups.

Other London events

Here are some more great events that are worth trying during March

The Ritz
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Afternoon tea at The Ritz, on Mothers Day

Treat your mum to something special this Mother's Day, with Afternoon Tea at The Ritz. You will be treated to 17 different varities of loose leaf tea, sandwiches, pastries and, of course, a selection of scones with clotted cream and preserves. You can even request songs from the piano player!
Lyttelton Theatre
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Andrew Sachs - I Know Nothing

Join the actor Andrew Sachs, best known for his role as Manuel in "Fawlty Towers", as he talks to David Cohen about his autobiography "I Know Nothing". The talk will be followed by a book signing.
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Afternoon tea, in the Long Room at Lords

Enjoy an afternoon tea in the historic Long Room at Lord's. If you're a cricket fan then this will be an opportunity to have a short tour of the museum and enjoy the commanding views over the outfield. The tea will consist of hand-baked scones and Cornish clotted cream, finger sandwiches, and plenty of fancy cakes and dainties.
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