As the days get longer and brighter with spring time in the air, March is the perfect time of year to enjoy a visit to London with your family. You’ll find plenty of appealing things to do, from great outdoor activities to take advantage of the lighter days, and plenty of culture to inspire some great new ideas in everyone.
With excellent packages available at Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, it’s the ideal time to book a special stay in the city with your loved ones. To help you plan a great visit, read on for some ideas on what to do.
Get active in London’s parks
After the cold, dark days of winter, March is the perfect time to embrace the outdoors, and there are plenty of great spaces to enjoy them with your family in London. Throughout the month, many of London’s major Royal Parks will be hosting a variety of events and activities, providing plenty to keep busy and active kids occupied during your time in the city.
In Greenwich Park, you can take part in a variety of Play in the Park sessions, featuring craft activities, sports and games. Whether you and your family are looking for something to inspire your creative side or want to enjoy a fun adventure out in the open, you’ll never be stuck for something to do. For older children who love to learn about history and the fascinating stories of the past, a walking tour around the fascinating sights of Hyde Park can be a wonderful way to learn something new, or if you’d rather hone your adventuring skills, you can take part in the fun Bushcraft skills workshop, where you’ll learn to make a variety of knots and build your own outdoor shelter.
As well as organised events, London’s parks also provide a great location to walk, stroll and play in, and with a huge variety of spacious parks across the city, they can be an ideal location to enjoy some refreshing time outside, while still being conveniently close to all the main attractions in the city itself. And for those who are especially keen on getting active, this month’s Where’s Wally? themed fun run in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a great way to dress up and win some goodies, while having a great day out.
Parks can also be a great place to host a small family gathering, but if you’re visiting the capital for a special occasion with a larger group, you’ll find some great event venues in Shoreditch.
Celebrate the planet
This March, you’ll have the chance to experience the dramatic splendour of the BBC’s acclaimed nature documentaries in a special live concert, Planet Earth II, at the O2 Arena in London. The special live performance features the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and is hosted by the outstanding documentary presenter, Liz Bonnin, as you experience an unforgettable and breath taking show that combines award-winning music with some extraordinary footage of the natural world.
For families who love learning more about nature and wildlife, it will be an amazing opportunity to catch something very special, and with two shows at the end of the month, it’s sure to sell out. Book ahead to make sure that you and your family can catch these magnificent sights live on the immense ultra high-definition screen.
Celebrate Mother’s Day in the city
Mother’s Day might be a day to honour and commemorate the mothers in your family, but it’s even more enjoyable when you get to spend the day together. There are plenty of ways to enjoy a lovely Mother’s Day as a family, from enjoying a delicious meal in one of the many restaurants and bars in Shoreditch, to indulging in some extra-special afternoon tea, complete with plenty of tempting cakes and sweet treats.
For a less indulgent, but equally enjoyable celebration, try heading to one of London’s top sights for a special tour. The London Eye will be sporting a stunning shade of pink by dark, making it a fun and colourful place to see London’s famous landmarks from above, while spending time together.
Take in the St Patrick’s Day festivities
On March 15, London will be marking the annual festivities for St Patrick’s Day, and it’s always a fun and lively spectacle to enjoy together as a family. Throughout the day, there will be plenty for everyone to take part in, including a colourful and vibrant parade, running through the centre of London, featuring marching bands, live music, Irish dancers, fun floats and plenty more to see.
Closer to the centre of the action near Trafalgar Square, you’ll also find some great family-friendly stalls, where workshops and classes will offer a variety of activities to take part in, while sellers will offer plenty of delicious food and drink to keep you satisfied throughout the day.
Head to the West End
If you’re in search of a more relaxing activity to do as a family while in London, a trip to the West End for a show might be just the right solution. With an enormous diversity of performances on offer, from rousing musicals to stunning shows packed with great dancers, sets and costumes, the only challenge will be choosing which one to go to.
Many of the top West End favourites will continue to run throughout March, including The Lion King, Wicked, and Matilda. Many of the main shows will offer matinee and evening performances, as well as relaxed shows that provide a calmer and friendlier environment for families with members who might prefer less sensory stimulation.
During busy periods such as school holidays and half term, shows can often sell out in advance, so if you’re staying at the Montcalm Hotel Old Street, it’s a good idea to book your show tickets ahead of time. And with plenty of restaurants and bars in Shoreditch, you can conveniently head back to Shoreditch for a relaxing family meal, after the performance.