There’s a light at the end of the lockdown tunnel! As kids head back to school and we edge closer to 29 March 2021 – the date when groups of up to six people (or two households) will once again be allowed to meet in an outdoor space – it’s time to start daydreaming of seeing friends again! Until then, there’s still plenty of ways to get creative and see familiar faces online…
Lead image: Skye McAlpine’s Venice home, courtesy of Skye McAlpine (for details see No.7: Behind the Door Online Auction)
March diary dates
This month, don’t miss:
- British Pie Week (1-7 March)
- WRAP’s Food Waste Action Week (1-7 March)
- International Women’s Day (Monday 8 March)
- Mother’s Day (Sunday 14 March)
- St Patrick’s Day (Wednesday 17 March)
- World Sleep Day (19 March)
- Holi (28-29 March)
1 WOW Festival UK
For the first time ever, the WOW Foundation’s flagship UK festival, which is usually live at the Southbank Centre, London, will present events online daily. Marking International Women’s Day and recognising recent global events, 2021’s WOW UK programme will take a frank look at new obstacles women, girls and non-binary people now face. Highlights include intersectionality pioneer Kimberlé Crenshaw on the Black Lives Matter movement and her #SayHerName campaign; Ruby Wax on mental health and how recent developments in technology, education, business are turning our world into a better place; Lucy-Anne Holmes hosting an honest and positive conversation about sex and social distancing; and WOW’s Virtual Big Sing. Tickets start from £1. Season passes £25.
2 Love Wimbledon Local Market on the Piazza
Love Wimbledon’s Local Market on The Piazza returns at the beginning of March. The market will be food-only, in line with government restrictions, and social distancing will be in place. You’ll find street food from around the world, artisan bread, pastries and a variety of home-baked foods. Look out for Compa Food, which offers fresh made pasta in a Grana Padano cheese wheel, G-Whizz Kitchen’s savoury pies (incidentally, it’s British Pie Week from 1-7 March!), souvlaki from Little Greece, brownies, banana bread and more from Lukka Boutique Cakery, traditional bratwurst from Smoke House Sausages and New York-style 1/4lb cookies by Monster Cookies. The market is single-use plastic-free, meaning your foodie fix won’t cost the earth (visitors are reminded to take their own bag, too). 11am-6pm.
3 606 Virtual Jazz Club
Fulham’s 606 Club is keeping audiences entertained during lockdown with 606 Online Live, a series of pay-to-view live music streams running on Saturday and/or Sunday nights. Kicking things off in March are five-piece ‘Swamp Soul’ band The Coalminers (6 March) and soul singer/songwriter Louise Golbey (7 March). Next up is Anthony Kerr, one of the world’s leading exponents of the jazz vibraphone (13 March), soul and R&B singer Imaani (14 March), Emma Hatton, one of the leading ladies of West End theatre, performing Songbird, a tribute to Eva Cassidy (21 March) and one of the finest singer/songwriters in the country, Gwyneth Herbert (28 March). All from 8pm priced £5.95 (registration required to view).
4 Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet’s 11th Birthday Party
Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! celebrated its 10th birthday party in the fabulous ballroom at The Trafalgar Tavern, Greenwich, last year. Things will look a little different as the 70s and 80s soul-funk disco turns 11 this month, but the feelgood vibes will be just as strong. Taking place on Zoom, HSDY creator Nikki Spencer will host the 90-minute virtual event with DJ Lord Anthony playing everyone’s favourite disco tunes, while dancer Andrea Rose shows everyone the moves to tracks such as Car Wash, Disco Inferno and, of course, Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet. Partygoers are encouraged to dress up and decorate with disco lights, and there will be a dance-off competition too. 8pm-9.30pm. Tickets £10 (10% goes to Cancer Research UK). Click here to book.
5 Mayfair & Belgravia’s Wander Art Trail
Immerse yourself in art and design simply by wandering the streets of Mayfair & Belgravia. The area’s outdoor gallery trail, Wander Art, is home to creations from some of the world’s most exciting artists. Hosted by Landlord Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and curated by Alter-Projects, the bespoke walking trail features 12 artworks in a range of distinctive striking and colourful styles, from sculptures and installations to murals. In Mayfair, you’ll find Yinka Ilori on Mount Street, Margaux Carpentier in Brown Hart Gardens and Fernando Laposse on Mercato Metropolitano. In Belgravia, there’s Craig & Karl in Eccleston Yards, Kinska on Pimlico Road, Emily Forgot on Elizabeth Street and Jordan Söderberg Mills in Halkin Arcade. The new commissions add to existing artworks, including Camille Walala’s hugely popular Walala Lounge on South Molton Street and Neil French’s Three Figures in Bourdon Place. Find the art trail map via the link below.
6 Food Waste Action Week with Hame by Adam Handling
Hame by Adam Handling is offering a zero-waste delivery box for the inaugural Food Waste Action Week, running 1-7 March. Launched by WRAP, the UK’s leading sustainability charity, Food Waste Action Week is linking organisations across the food and drink sector to halve the contribution food waste makes towards climate change. Adam Handling’s new zero-waste food box, available nationwide on Friday 5 March, via his hugely popular nationwide delivery service, Hame. The five-course menu uses surplus ingredients and offcuts in dishes like sourdough and chicken butter using chicken fat and skins, beef and caviar tartare, utilising leftover beef chain cuts, a rich lobster shell soup made from lobster coral and shells, and a Venison Wellington, made using venison wrapped in offal. Available to order now for £150 for two with 15% of profits going to The Felix Project.
7 Behind the Door Online Auction
From 19 March
The worlds of design, art, fashion and interiors have come together to support a female homelessness fundraising campaign, offering up once-in-a-lifetime prizes for an online auction. Hosted by Museum of the Home, the auction will raise funds for Behind the Door, a new campaign delivered in partnership with the London Homeless Collective, to tackle the issue of homelessness for women and families. Prizes include an exclusive cooking experience for four with Skye McAlpine at her Venice home, cocktails and dinner at Claridges, a personalised shopping experience and shopping voucher to spend at MATCHESFASHION, and Anya Hindmarch’s bespoke Ultimate Box, designed to be treasured and passed down through generations. For the full list of donors and prizes, and to bid for items, visit the Museum of Home website (below).
8 The Crystal Maze Dome from Home
The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience has re-launched its popular virtual game, Dome From Home, to help alleviate the lockdown boredom. The online version of the live experience offers you the chance to seamlessly enjoy all of the mental and physical challenges of The Maze from the safety of your own home via a video call. Tour the four famous zones and play eight brand-new Crystal Maze-style games of varying difficulty and skill, before finishing your journey with a visit to the iconic Crystal Dome. £20pp. You can also opt to have an official Maze Master run the experience for you.
Winfield Wines usually runs fun group wine tastings in London, but that we’re all stuck in our isolation stations, it’s time to get to know your grapes online. The virtual tutored wine tastings offer a wine education from a WSET qualified instructor conducted via Zoom. Hop online beforehand and book your ticket, which includes six sample bottles of wine that will be mailed out to your address. Tickets are £60 per household. Taking place on the following Saturdays: 13 Mar, 27 Mar, 10 Apr & 24 Apr.
To book see designmynight.com
10 The Chesterfield Mayfair’s Virtual Gin Tastings
The Chesterfield Mayfair is hosting its Gin & Tonic tasting experiences online, live streaming a pro’ mixing tutorial right into your home. The hotel’s resident mixologist will guide you through an innovative gin and tonic tour via video call, and will deliver a special G&T kit ahead of the experience so that you can make three bar-quality cocktails at home. The sessions cost £40 per person for an hour of live mixology, including a G&T kit with three gins, three tonics, a complementary garnish, a gin balloon glass and a mixing spoon. Delivery is £10 per person to any UK postcode and 10 days’ notice is required (collection from the hotel is also available). Availability 12pm-9pm daily (minimum of 10 people per session).
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11 THEWHODUNNIT? Presents Murder on The Underground Express
Until 28 March
THEWHODUNNIT?’s Murder on The Underground Express is a virtual murder mystery that revolves around the killing of self-made millionaire Langdon Park during the inaugural outing of his new underground train, the Express Line. Only guests of the victim were present at this private opening ceremony – so whodunnit? As a guest aboard the Underground Express, you are cordially invited to attend an evening of investigation and revelations with world-famous detective, Reynard Gull. Tickets £10pp, offering access to the interactive virtual murder mystery experience via Zoom. Private experiences available for groups of 15-20.
To book see designmynight.com
12 The Online Immersive Sherlock Holmes Adventure
Until 14 April
The Case of the Hung Parliament is a new immersive Sherlock experience that blurs the lines between theatre, gaming, escape room and board game. The online adventure was created by Les Enfant Terribles, the Olivier-nominated creators of Alice’s Adventures Underground, together with virtual reality company LIVR. Suitable for ages 12+, the online ‘whodunnit’ invites audiences to follow in the footsteps of the great detective himself alongside live actors and 360°, multi-sensory technology. The Home Secretary, The Foreign Secretary and the Lord Chamberlain, have all been found hanging. Each victim died on their birthday, and each received a card with a mysterious quote written in it. Can you solve the case before the murderer strikes again? Public shows £15pp, private shows £90 for up to six players.
13 Drake & Morgan At Home’s Brunch Box & Cocktail Kits
Drake & Morgan has come to the rescue of dull weekends in lockdown 3.0 with their brand-new at-home boxes. First up, the Vegan Brunch kit, made in collaboration with Symplicity Foods’ chef Neil Rankin, feeds two and contains smashed avocado on toast with Symplicity vegan n’duja, feta and pesto, accompanied with a Breakfast Martini and an Elderflower Gin Fizz cocktail (£40 for two). Other brunch boxes are also available. To up your Zoom celebrations, order one of Drake & Morgan’s cocktail boxes, created in collaboration with The London Essence Company. There’s Tales of Tequila, Captain Hook’s Ransacked Rums, Alice in Wonderland’s Gin Cocktails and The Three Wishes of Whiskey. Choose from a six-serve box for £35, or a four-serve kit for £25. Both boxes come with free delivery to London and the home counties. Order online by 11.59pm Wednesday for Friday delivery.
14 Digital Murder Mystery Co
The Digital Murder Mystery Co is offering a great way to liven up lockdown with off-the-peg, download-ready murder mysteries and bespoke immersive experiences. Choose from themes such as Studio 54, 1920’s Paris, 1930s Nile Cruise, Vintage Circus, Alice in Wonderland, the Grand Horror Hotel and more. One thing remains constant throughout the themes – somebody won’t make it through the night, and it’s your job to find out whodunnit! Each mystery is set up for 12 players, with the option to buy more characters for £5 each. Players will receive party-planning tips, character profiles, mini-scripts, clues for the action and custom playlists. From £69.
15 The Original Sweetshop Afternoon Tea Takeaway
The Chesterfield Mayfair, which offered festive afternoon tea takeaways throughout Christmas, is now offering its Original Sweetshop Afternoon Tea – complete with the irresistible Drumstick lolly macaroon – for delivery of collection. Inspired by Hardys Original Sweetshop, the afternoon tea celebrates the joy of rediscovering old favourites and the thrill of finding something new and scrumptious. Savour freshly made finger sandwiches, homemade scones and a selection of delicious cakes and pastries including a Coca-Cola slice, Reece’s peanut butter cup and raspberry cheesecake liquorice allsort. A delivery charge of £10 applies postcodes in W1, SW1 and SW3. Delivery can be organised across London’s Zones 1-4 with respective delivery charges applied. Collection is also available from The Chesterfield Mayfair free of charge. Two hours’ notice required.
16 Hackney Herbal’s Online Workshops
Hackney Herbal, a social enterprise that teaches you how to incorporate herbs into their lives in the form of recipes, skincare and natural remedies, is offering online workshops throughout lockdown. Upcoming workshops include Introduction to Essential Oils (a three-parter running Tuesdays 2, 9 & 16 March), Growing herbs: Plan your herbal year (6 March), Grow your own food (27 March) and Essential Oils for the Face (28 March). Workshops are all priced £20 (Introduction to Essential Oils is £50) and all profits are reinvested into free community activities in Hackney.
17 The Sofa Singers
The Sofa Singers is a twice-weekly online singing event that offers 45 minutes of simultaneous singing for hundreds of people in real time. You’ll learn a classic song with some optional harmonies and backing parts, and then just sing as if no-one is listening… because they won’t be: due to latency (delay), it’s not possible to hear all of the singers the same time, but you will be able to see each other. Afterwards, there’s a virtual tea break followed by some ‘open mic’ slots where you can say hello and share a song, poem or story. Taking place Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm and Friday mornings at 11am. Book a single session for free or become a paid-up member for access to all sessions for £10 a month.
18 Pure Sport CBD’s Free Virtual Run Club
Pure Sport has been going above and beyond for its community during the Covid-19 crisis, and the wellness product brand’s most recent endeavour was to start a virtual Run Club. Led by elite runners Will Goodge and Lloyd Kempson via Strava, the Run Club, which had over 300 sign ups in the first week, offers Pure Sport’s community the chance to connect with other athletes and get the motivation needed to stay active by sharing workouts and competing in challenges. To get involved, join the Pure Sport Run Club on Strava and follow @puresportcbd on Instagram. You can even compete in challenges to win running stash.
19 Lockdown Learning with Leiths
London-based Leiths School of Food and Wine has introduced two new online courses to be enjoyed from the comfort of your own kitchen at home, one exploring an exciting range of enticing plant-based dishes and the other designed for ambitious novice cooks. On the heels of the success of Leiths’ professional online course offering, the school has expanded to offer courses for home cooks, kitchen enthusiasts and would-be professionals looking for a way to expand their knowledge and skill set. The courses deliver accessible and flexible elite culinary training through a series of easy-to-follow video tutorials, alongside written resources, round-the-clock mentorship, and an interactive messaging feed to connect with your like-minded fellow students. There are even courses for teenagers. Find the full collection of online courses, prices and start dates online.