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London Events - March 2017

Head Of The River Race Rowing  

 Watch the crews speed along London’s famous river Thames in the annual Head of the River Race rowing event.

Every spring, 400 national and international crews of eight rowers take to the waters to compete in this historic event. Rowed over the 4.25 mile (6.8km) Thames Championship Course, the race begins at 2.15pm at Mortlake and ends at Putney, taking around two hours from the time the first crew sets off to the time the last crew crosses the finish line. Crews start one after the other, at 10-second intervals, with the previous year’s winner starting first. The winner is the crew which completes the race in the fastest time.

Founded by Cambridge and Tideway oarsman Steve Fairbairn, the historic race first took place in 1926 as a way for crews to practice long rows during winter. The annual event now receives entries from hundreds of crews from all over the world, from Australia to Germany.

See the crews off from Chiswick Bridge, cheer them on from Barnes Bridge as they gather pace, or watch them approach from the Hammersmith Bridge.

 Various Locations by the Thames

 Date: 25 March 2017   

St Patrrick`s Day in London 2017

Join in the lively Irish celebrations with St Patrick’s Day events and activities in London.

Every 17 March, Ireland celebrates one of its patron saints, St Patrick, with a national holiday and a traditional feast. While St Patrick’s Day is not a public holiday in the rest of the UK, London hosts fun and spectacular events every year to mark the day, usually on the weekend closest to 17 March.

In 2017, the official three-day celebration in London begins on 17 March, and culminates in the annual St Patrick’s Day parade in Central London and Trafalgar Square festivities on 19 March.

St Patrick's Day Parade in Central London

Be amazed by flamboyant pageantry, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools in the annual London St Patrick's Day Parade. The procession makes its way down Piccadilly, on a 1.5-mile (2.4km) route, passing some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and onto Whitehall.

St Patrick's Day Festival in Trafalgar Square

Watch fun St Patrick’s Day performances, take part in Irish cultural events and enjoy special children’s activities for free with the Trafalgar Square St Patrick's Day Festival. Tuck into traditional and modern Irish food from the market as you enjoy comedy, Irish music, ceilidhs and lively dancing.

 Various Locations across London

 Date: From 17 March 2017 to 19 March 2017