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What's on in London in March 2016 near Canary Wharf, London

March is the start of Spring so it's a wonderful time to be out and about. We've got recommendations for sport, music, museums, theatre and Shakespeare this month.

CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
 
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is always worth exploring so why not enjoy the canal walks or download a free trail?

Cycling fans have the chance to see some sporting legends this month at the Lee Valley VeloPark for the UCI Track Cycling Championships on from 2 to 6 March. Watch sporting history made and experience the famous velodrome roar as Great Britain's track stars race against the world's best for the coveted rainbow jerseys.

SAMUEL PEPYS

This is the last month to see Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich as it closes on 28 March. I recommended this back in November when it opened. This is the largest ever exhibition about the famous 17th century diarist and gives a 'first person' insight into Stuart Britain.

ADELE

Over at North Greenwich, Adele brings her tour to The O2 this month. This is her first tour in four years and tickets are selling well so more dates have been added. Adele will play eight dates at The O2, her only London venue: 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22 March and 4, 5 April 2016.

THEATRE

Kenneth Cranham in The Father got rave reviews last year and the play is back in the West End for five weeks before going on a national tour. Cranham stars as Andre, now eighty years old and suffering the cruel loss of identity and rising panic caused by dementia. The Father is at the Duke of York's Theatre from 24 February to 26 March 2016.

CLANGERS & BAGPUSS

At the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green there's a major new retrospective for Smallfilms' childrens' cult classics. Opening on 19 March, The Clangers, Bagpuss & Co. looks at the characters created by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin with original puppets, sets and filming equipment on display. See how characters developed, and learn how they developed their stop-frame animation techniques.

SON ET LUMIÈRE

The City of London is celebrating its links to Shakespeare in many ways this year. Visit The Guildhall on 4 and 5 March and you can see the Son et Lumière light projections on the historic façade of the building set to music played by the Guildhall School of Music.

The display is free to see and takes place between 6.45pm and 8.45pm each day. Each show lasts around 20 minutes. This is part of The City's Shakespeare Woz Ere programme.

There's a pop up bar in Guildhall Yard and the Guildhall Art Gallery is staying open until 9pm so visitors can see the City of London Heritage Gallery where Shakespeare's signature is on display on a mortgage deed alongside Guildhall Library's copy of the First Folio - considered one of the five best in the world.

SHAKESPEARE'S LONDON WALK

If you would like to return in the daytime to get to see the London Shakespeare knew, the Museum of London has Shakespeare's London guided walks on Wednesday 9 March and Saturday 26 March (as well as more dates in April). You'll see and hear about London's medieval riverside theatreland and his Silver Street home, while exploring the landscape and street that inspired his plays.

BARBICAN

And continuing the Shakespeare theme – well, 2016 does mark 400 years since his death – Barbican Centre has Table Top Shakespeare on from 1 to 6 March. You'll see the complete works of the Bard condensed and presented on a table top using a cast of everyday objects. A salt and pepper pot for the king and queen. A spoon stands in for a servant and a candle for the Friar. Macbeth becomes a cheese grater, Pericles a light bulb and Hamlet's now a bottle of ink.

The Barbican Weekender returns in March for two days of events for all ages celebrating Shakespeare. Play On, 5-6 March, brings the Barbican's foyers to life with a range of free workshops, performances, installations, exhibitions, games, feasts and trails inspired by, and giving a unique twist to, the worlds of Shakespeare's plays.

By choosing to stay at Fraser Place Canary Wharf you will be in the heart of Canary Wharf, and a short ride away from some of these great events happening in March. Check out our Special Offers and we hope to welcome you soon! 

 

Laura Porter writes the About.com London Travel site and AboutLondonLaura.com, plus she contributes to many other publications while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival that of our Queen. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.

 Image credits required:
Table Top Shakespeare: © Hugo Glendinning
Bagpuss: Courtesy Smallfilms & Four Corners books