What’s on in London for March 2014

london-drivingLots to see and do this month, especially if you are a soccer fan, as you will see below. Our other recommendations are not all as specific as in previous months, as a lot of the locations are held all over London. For example Mother’s day and St Patricks day are listed, and as you can appreciate London celebrations for these days are all over the capital so look in the London evening newspapers for more information about what is going on. We have also listed lots of other great things to see and do so I hope you enjoy our recommendations.

No 1.   1st March “Dydd gwyl dewi hapus! Celebrate St David’s Day – the national day of Wales” – in London in 2014. St David is the patron saint of Wales and on 1 March London devotes itself to a host of Welsh festivities. Look out for choral celebrations, Welsh food festivals and special Welsh menus in London restaurants and bars. St David, or Dewi Sant, was a monk born in the fifth century who wandered around Wales, spreading knowledge and doing holy deeds. According to legend, St David died on 1 March and it has been a significant day of Welsh national pride ever since. People often wear a daffodil or leek to mark St David’s day, as both are traditional symbols of Wales.

No 2.  2nd March “Capital One Cup Final, Manchester City Vs Sunderland” at Wembley Stadium. First football final of the season. City will be favourites but sometimes the underdog can pull off a surprise. City are hoping to win  both the Premier League, FA cup and the Champions League, so can their dream of winning all four titles stay alive we will know after this match.

No. 3.  2nd March “Maslenitsa Russian Festival” in Trafalgar Square. Celebrate the arrival of spring with a free day out. Marking the end of winter, Maslenitsa combines a Russian Orthodox religious celebration with an older pagan festival welcoming the arrival of spring. During the festival, Trafalgar Square is transformed into a large entertainment zone with live music, children’s shows and dancing. Watch as folk musicians and entertainers perform traditional Russian songs and dances, with plenty of audience interaction. Sample delicious Russian food, such as beef stroganoff, borscht (beetroot soup) and pelmeni (dumplings) from the stalls set up on Trafalgar Square. With a bustling bazaar and craft activities to also get involved in, this mini festival offers all the best in Russian culture in one handy London location.

No.4.  4th March “Pancake Day”. Pancake Day is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – is traditionally a time of fasting. Pancake Day became a great way to use the foods that were given up for Lent: milk, butter, and eggs. Pancakes have featured in recipe books as far back as 1439! As well as eating pancakes, there’s a long tradition of pancake races in London. Participants have to toss pancakes in a frying pan while completing the course. The races often raise money for charity, and among the most notable of these is the Great Spitalfields Pancake Race. If you don’t fancy racing yourself, you can always cheer on the runners!

No.5.  8th March “Barclays Premier League Chelsea Vs Tottenham Hotspur” at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are still contenders this season to win the league, meanwhile Tottenham will be happy with coming in the top four and European Champions league qualification. Both teams are on form at the moment and this London derby will be very important to both teams. Chelsea will be favourites but Spurs have only lost one game since manager Tim Sherwood took over. Who will win remains to be seen, but a good attacking game is virtually guaranteed.

No.6.   9th March “Rugby’s RBS 6 Nations England v Wales” at Twickenham stadium. RBS 6 Nations is an annual event which sees England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy fight it out for the rugby championship title

No.7.  16th March “St Patrick’s Day Parade”. Every year London hosts a St Patrick’s Day Parade with marching bands, floats, street theatre and more. All 32 Irish counties are represented, dressed in their traditional county colours. Other parade participants include members of London’s Irish community and other Londoners.

No. 8.   16th March “St Patrick’s Day Festival” in Trafalgar Square.  This special free event held in the centre of town is a great chance to experience Irish culture: you can enjoy traditional music, dancing, comedy and film, and sample produce from the Emerald Isle. St Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over London, with parties in many pubs, clubs and bars.  you can also expect green decor everywhere, and lots of Guinness.  You might also find a special menu or two at some of London’s restaurants.

No.9.  22nd March “Barclays Premier League Chelsea Vs Arsenal” at Stamford Bridge. Both teams are in the top four of the league, both still have the chance to win it. This could be one of the deciding matches of the season. If you are a football fan this is a game not to be missed.

No.10.   30th March “Mothers Days”. Mother’s Day, also known as Mothering Sunday. Say thank you to your mum and spend an unforgettable Mother’s Day. London has got it covered from pampering to gifts, special lunches to West End shows. So go ahead and spoil your mum. She deserves it! Find somewhere nice your mum would love, whether that’s a traditional British restaurant or a fancy Michelin-starred eatery! A Top tip is that Mothering Sunday is a very popular date for dining out so book restaurants in advance and make sure you mention any special offers at the time of booking.

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