What’s on in London for March 2016

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This month there are some big names performing in London, also some new stage shows open and of course its Easter, Mother’s Day, St Patricks Day and St David’s Day, so a lot of things to celebrate and listed below are our top 10 things to see and do during the month,. Enjoy all the events London has to offer and if you are a keen sports fan have a look at our other blog showing what sporting events are also happening in the capital.

No 1. 4th March to 31st August ” I am the Greatest, Muhammad Ali” at the O2. This exhibition showcases the extraordinary life and career of the world’s most famous heavyweight boxer, Muhammad Ali. I Am The Greatest will tell Muhammad Ali’s story both inside and outside of the ring, from his humble beginnings in Kentucky where he was known as “The Louisville Lip”, to becoming one of the most recognisable sports figures of the 20th Century, now known as “The Greatest of All Time”. The exhibition will feature more than 100 artefacts – including unseen footage, photographs and rare personal memorabilia – taking visitors through Muhammad Ali’s incredible journey. Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10.00 – 16.00 last ticket entry (clear by 17.30). Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 – 17.30 last ticket entry (clear by 19.00). Prices: Adult £18.00 plus £2.75 booking fee, Child £9.00 plus £1.50 booking fee, Family £36.00 plus £4.48 booking fee, Concession £15.00 plus £2.50 booking fee.

No 2. 4th to 5th March “Leona Lewis” at London Palladium. The R&B and pop-soul singer embarks on her first UK tour to promote her second studio album Echo, which features the hit single Happy. Leona Lewis shot to fame in 2006 after winning the third series of the reality TV show, The X Factor. Leona has achieved worldwide success since winning the TV show, with her debut album Spirit, breaking records on both sides of the Atlantic. Leona’s debut single was a cover of A Moment Like This, which was previously recorded by American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. It was the release of the singer’s second single Bleeding Love, which saw her achieve worldwide fame, as the single shot to number one in many countries. Other singles from Leona’s debut album include Better In Time, Forgive Me, Footprints In The Sand and a cover of Snow Patrol’s single, Run. The singer has become one of the most popular recording artist’s to come from a reality TV show and looks set to continue her success with her second album and her world tour. Prices: Adult Ticket: From £29.50 per ticket

No. 3. 7th March to 9th April “Miss Atomic Bomb” at St James Theatre. Experience a blazing new musical inspired by true events as Miss Atomic Bomb premieres at St James Theatre. It’s 1952 in Las Vegas. Tourists watch nuclear tests light up the sky as they lounge around hotel pools. Candy can’t work out how her sheep have died, Joey has left the army, Myrna is practising her fashion design skills on pigs, and Lou is desperately searching for an atomic gimmick to boost his business. With the local mob, the military and a spy running the show in the city, how will things turn out for the four friends? Award-winning television and stage actress, Catherine Tate (Doctor Who, The Office, Assassins) joins the cast as Myrna alongside Florence Andrews as Candy, and Simon Lipkin as hapless hotelier Lou. West End’s Dean John-Wilson will also star as Joey before his performance in this summer’s hotly anticipated musical adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin. Prices: Adult Ticket: £25.00 to £51.00 per ticket.

No.4. 11th to 13th March “Country to Country” at the O2. Some of the biggest names in country music are coming to London. Miranda Labert, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church are just some of the big names who will be performing at this year’s massive Country music festival.

No.5. 13th to 17th March “St Patrick’s Day in London 2016”. Everyone loves the traditional celebrations that make up St Patrick’s Day. This event celebrates all things Irish, with laughter, fun and, of course, Guinness! St Patrick’s Day is on 17 March but you’ll find special events taking place in London throughout the week. Every year there is a St Patrick’s Day Parade in London, which is arranged on the Sunday closest to 17 March. It features spectacular pageantry, wonderful floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools. The London St Patrick’s Day Parade makes its way down Piccadilly, on a 1.5 mile route, passing some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and onto Whitehall. This year the parade takes place on 13 March, starting at midday on Piccadilly. For the best St Patrick’s Day London has to offer, attend the free St Patrick’s Day Festival in Trafalgar Square, and take part in one of the best Irish events in London. Families can take part in a selection of St Patrick’s Day activities, with an artisan Irish food market, comedy and film festivals, ceilidhs, music and dance. The festival also makes for a great St Patrick’s Day for kids, and includes many children’s activities to give the little ones a great all-round St Patrick’s Day experience. This year the festival takes place on 13 March, from midday at Trafalgar Square.

No.6. 15th March to 5th April “Adele” at The O2. Join the best-selling singer-songwriter on her first tour in four years. After the recent release of her latest album, 25, the singer-songwriter from London is setting out on a tour of the UK and Europe. Expect to hear the likes of hit songs Someone Like You, Rolling in the Deep and Chasing Pavements, as well as Adele’s theme song to the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall and her brand new and already record-breaking single Hello.

No.7. 18th March to 3rd April “Ideal Home Show 2016” at Olympia. The Ideal Home Show sets up shop once again at Olympia, offering visitors the chance to sample some of the finer things from the world of furnishings. A firm favourite with home owners for well over 100 years now, the show covers everything you could possibly wish for to create the perfect living space. From kitchens and bathrooms to bedrooms and living rooms, the hundreds of exhibitors offer all the gadgets, hardware, fixtures and fittings needed to become the envy of your neighbours. If you are stuck for ideas then get tips and advice on decor from the legion of experts taking part in various seminars and talks, while a host of celebrities share ideas on their ideal home. The show is divided into eight dedicated areas, each of which boasts unique show homes and inspirational room sets. With everything at your fingertips, including the kitchen sink, this is the one stop venue to assemble the home of your dreams. Don’t forget if you need transport to take you and bring you back from the show then why not contact Harmony cars to arrange a chauffeur driven car. They can be contacted on 07976 374498.

No. 8. 25th March “The Passion of Jesus” at Trafalgar Square. See a free, full-scale re-enactment of the crucifixion The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. Witness this moving performance from the Wintershall Players, which commemorates the day Jesus is believed to have been arrested, tried and crucified. A cast of more than 100 as well as horses, doves and donkeys help to create an authentic scene in the famous square. Returning for the seventh year, the show has become a permanent fixture on London’s Easter weekend events calendar and attracts tens of thousands of spectators, encompassing all faiths. There are two 90-minute performances during the afternoon and you’ll also be able to follow the action on big screens, so you won’t miss a thing. Please note: The Passion of Jesus has a realistic interpretation of the crucifixion, so parental guidance is advised.

No.9.   26th March to 14th May “The Caretaker” at The Old Vic. Timothy Spall stars in one of Harold Pinter’s most celebrated plays. Relive one of the most influential plays of modern times as Harold Pinter’s ground-breaking work The Caretaker is revived at The Old Vic. This darkly comic tale follows the story of a handyman named Aston. While staying in his brother’s London flat, Aston invites a bad-tempered tramp to stay with him. The controlling tramp begins to manipulate the weak-willed Aston, but when Aston’s brother Mick unexpectedly returns home, the dynamics of the play shift and the tone veers between downright sinister, moving and at times incredibly funny, as a power struggle ensues between the three men. Prices: Adult Ticket: £39.00 to £77.00 per ticket.

No.10.   31st March” Janet Jackson” at The O2. The American singer-songwriter and actress performs her brand of pop-infused R&B. Prices: Adult Ticket: £56.50 to £76.50 per Ticket.

 

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