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Our pick of the best things to do in London this March, including International Women’s Day, the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, Midcentury Modern in Dulwich, SAMPLE on Greenwich Peninsula, HOLI festival and London Dog Week
Lead image: House of HOLI at Cinnamon Kitchen
1 Wander Women Week, Stoke Newington
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Alexis Noble’s Stoke Newington restaurant, Wander, is hosting a series of events championing female entrepreneurs, from guest chefs to cheese makers and winemakers. The week culminates on Sunday 8 March with ‘Wander Women: 7 Women, 7 Dishes’, featuring Freddie Janssen (Snack Bar), Elizabeth Haigh (Mei Mei), Maxine Thompson (Polka Pants) and Anna Higham (Lyles/Flor), who will each contribute a dish, alongside one of Alexis’ own, plus one of Mandy Yin’s of Sambal Shiok and one of Anaïs van Manen’s dishes from the previous nights (menu £40 + £30 optional wine flight). Click here for the full listings.
214 Stoke Newington High Street N16 7HU; wanderrestaurant.com
2 Little Chelsea Decorative Arts & Antiques Fair
The Little Chelsea Antiques Fair returns to its old home of Chelsea Old Town Hall this month, in its 40th anniversary year. Revitalised and renamed Little Chelsea Decorative Arts & Antiques Fair under the expert eye of Guildford businesswoman Jane Alexander, best known as the organiser of Dorking Halls Antiques Fairs, the fair now includes the decorative arts. The event will have more than 60 stand holders, with a range and calibre to enhance and grow the fair’s reputation. Alexander’s vision is to broaden its scope and spectrum, attracting buyers from the general public to interior designers, decorators, collectors and dealers, making Little Chelsea Decorative Arts & Antiques Fair the ‘go to’ event for a new generation of buyers searching for potential family heirlooms or unique and beautiful treasures for their homes. Open Mon 3pm-8pm & Tues 11am-6pm. Tickets £3.50.
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5EE; dovehousefineantiquesfairs.com
3 Can I Help You? at Omnibus Theatre, Clapham
Can I Help You? by Playing ON brings to life their late co-founder Philip Osment’s final play. Susan Aderin (Guerrilla, Sky Atlantic; Peer Gynt, National Theatre) will appear as Fifi alongside Gabriel Vick (Les Misérables, BBC; Once, West End) as Francis in this poetic and uplifting examination of how race and gender intersect with issues of mental health. An off-duty English policeman is about to throw himself off Beachy Head when he is met by a Ghanaian woman carrying a laundry bag and a cat box. Over the course of one night, two very different people learn what it truly means to be touched by the magic of hope. A nuanced and compassionate piece, it finds hope in the bleakest of circumstances. Tickets £16 with Pay What You Can previews available from the Box Office.
Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common Northside SW4 0QW; omnibus-clapham.org
4 Jessie Ware x Yard Sale Pizza
3 March-5 April
Brit Award and Mercury Prize nominated artist Jessie Ware has teamed up with Yard Sale to create a brand-new pizza, available exclusively at Yard Sale shops throughout March. As well as releasing three incredible albums, which have sold over a million copies worldwide, Jessie and her mum Lennie are the hosts of the phenomenally successful podcast Table Manners, which has gained over 10 million listens since it first started in 2017. With guests including everyone from Ed Sheeran to Nigella Lawson, the podcast has spawned a series of live shows and, now, the duo’s debut cookbook, due to be published on 5 March. Inspired by the ‘Jewish-ish’ chapter of Table Manners, The Cookbook, the pizza is laden with Jewish comfort food classics, including a thinly sliced beef brisket, cola braised onions, smashed potato latkes and fresh dill pickles. The pizza will be available at all Yard Sale Pizza branches from 3 March until 5 April.
5 I, Elizabeth | A play in her own words at Cutty Sark, Greenwich
Theatre staged inside the hull of Cutty Sark has a special ambience, and with International Women’s Day around the corner, this place is perfectly timed for a powerful night out. Created by Dyad Productions, the award-winning creators of Orlando, The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe, Christmas Gothic, Austen’s Women, and Female Gothic, this new play tells the story of Queen Elizabeth I. In 1568, at a vital but volatile crossroads in history, a young queen steps from the shadows to reveal her thoughts on marriage, succession, religion and war. But time is against her… Using only Elizabeth’s words, Rebecca Vaughan explores the queen’s struggle to reconcile the desires of womanhood with the duties of sovereignty. Elizabeth I was a Queen at 25, a political phoenix and famously unmarried – but who was the woman beneath the crown? Doors 7.20pm, starts 8pm. Tickets £17.
King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT; rmg.co.uk
6 Vinyl Nights at Novikov, Mayfair
Vinyl Nights at Novikov return on 4 March with a fusion of rare grooves, funk, disco, boogie and retro classics. Head for Novikov’s Lounge Bar on the first Wednesday of every month, where DJs Mass and Tigerbalm will bring back the groove and reignite your love of vinyl. DJ Mass is a celebrated music obsessive, vinyl junkie, disco aficionado and Ibiza stalwart, while Tigerbalm’s sets are best described ‘as a modern fusion of Studio 54 70s funk, disco, Afrobeat, Latin-Disco and Afro-funk mixed with contemporary edits’.
50A Berkeley Street, Mayfair W1J 8HA; novikovrestaurant.co.uk
7 House of HOLI at Cinnamon Kitchen, the City
Cinnamon Kitchen’s iconic powder-paint throwing pop-up returns to the City for its sixth residency this month. Leave the drab and dreary winter at the door, don your protective white suit and step into the madness at the House of HOLI for 30 minutes of paint-pelting fun to mark the Indian festival of colour. This year, there’ll be an added burst of colour thanks to the Franklin & Sons’ Holi bar, transforming the terrace into a tropical garden bar with vibrant blooms, an insta-worthy floral hoop and flower-adorned entrance, as well as Holi-inspired cocktails. Play Holi tickets are £12pp, or you can book the House of Holi pod for £250 per session for up to 25 players (click here to book). Chef Vivek Singh will also be hosting an exclusive Holi Supper Club on 5 March (£45 pp) and a Holi cookery masterclass on 14 March (£225pp).
9 Devonshire Square EC2M 4YL; cinnamon-kitchen.com
8 SAMPLE Spring at Greenwich Peninsula
Back for spring, Greenwich Peninsula and HemingwayDesign present SAMPLE Spring, London’s most vibrant urban market. Celebrating its 10th Edition this spring, the event champions the best creatives from the world of food, fashion, homewares, health and beauty, with a line-up DJs and workshops to create a great alfresco hangout for the weekend. As well as artisan food stalls with vegan brownies, gluten-free baked goods and smoked salmon, you can also indulge in street food from Rendang Thank You Ma’am, Original Fry Up Material and Grate Gourmet Rosti. SAMPLE Spring takes place in the roomy public spaces outside the O2 Arena, from Peninsula Square outside NOW Gallery to The Tide, the newly landscaped elevated walkway and linear park stretching along the Thames. Free entry. 11am-7pm.
Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0ES; greenwichpeninsula.co.uk
9 Eternal Youth by Dan Hall at JM Gallery, Notting Hill
Eternal Youth by photographer Dan Hall showcases bold snapshots of contemporary identity, where striking portraits depict the contrasts and similarities of the young and old at opposite ends of adulthood. At once delicate and fierce, Hall’s evocative images convey raw power and emotion, focusing on self-reflection and consciousness, with a contemporary edge. The series explores forms of intimacy and vulnerability, from the delicacy of two young lovers bathing to the poignancy of an older woman looking at herself in the mirror. Joy and beauty radiate alongside a sense of sadness, caught in the full-hearted smile of an older woman gazing out her window or the complicit stare of two teens smoking a cigarette. Echoing the thematic emphasis on touch, the series is all shot on 35mm film. Profits from prints and an accompanying photo-book will be in aid of Young Minds, the UK’s leading mental health charity for the young, and Age UK. Private view Friday 6 March at 7pm.
230 Portobello Road, Notting Hill W11 1LJ; danhallphotography.com
10 Darling Dog Brunch Clubs at Hello Darling, Waterloo
7-8 March & 23-29 March
Hello Darling is celebrating Crufts and London Dog Friendly Week with the launch of their all new Darling Dog Brunch Clubs. Dine with your doggies at ease with this brand-new bottomless brunch menu compete with a specially created a la carte menu of dog friendly food, such as spinach frittatas and chicken hot pot with brown rice and peas, as well as Pawsecco. The special menu will be available for a limited time only, to coincide with Crufts on 7 & 8 March and London Dog Week from 23-29 March. For humans, Hello Darling’s new bottomless brunch menu features twists on classic dishes, such as boiled eggs with smoked haddock rarebit soldiers, and French toast with caramelised apple and crispy bacon, including 90 minutes of unlimited cocktails (choose from Peach and Apricot Bellini, Blood Orange Mimosa, Darling Margarita, Kir Royal and Bloody Darling) for £25-£30. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your spot.
131 Waterloo Road SE1 8UR; hellodarling.com
11 The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor at the Sydenham Centre
7 March-5 April
Coronavirus statement: Despite the current health scare performances of Sinbad the Sailor are going ahead as scheduled. Please check the website for details
From humble beginnings in Baghdad to sailing the seven seas in search of adventure, join Sinbad on his incredible voyages in Spontaneous Productions’ latest production, in association with Kirkdale Bookshop. With giant birds, an amorous mermaid, a hungry giant, two dancing camels and a murderous sultan to contend with, can Sinbad get home in one piece? Expect a magical story, amazing original songs and dance routines, comedy, special effects, animation and lots of audience participation. Shows at 2pm & 4pm every Sat & Sun from 7 March-5 April. Adults £10, kids aged 3+ £5 (under 3s free but must sit on laps).
Upstairs at the Sydenham Centre, 44a Sydenham Road SE26 5QX; spontaneousproductions.co.uk
12 Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! 10th Birthday Disco Ball at Trafalgar Tavern, Greenwich
Hugely popular disco party for grown-ups Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! returns to where it all started – at the fabulous upstairs ballroom overlooking the Thames at The Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich – to celebrate its 10th birthday. Mum-of-two, Nikki Spencer, from Lewisham, started HSDY in her late 40s as she wanted to be able to go out dancing without feeling like she was gate-crashing one of her teenager daughters’ parties, and the event now regularly sells out nights at Islington Assembly Hall, Blackheath Halls and other venues across London. The HSDY 10th Birthday Disco Ball will feature vinyl DJs playing feelgood 70s & 80s, soul, funk and disco classics and choreographer-led dance routines to get everyone into the groove, including Carwash (complete with shiny rags), Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet (of course!) and Love Train. Plus there’s a best outfit competition, eco-friendly glitter face painting and free retro sweets and ice pops. 7.30pm-12pm. Tickets are £15, with 10% of profits going to Cancer Research UK (click here to book).
Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9NW; haventstoppeddancingyet.co.uk
13 The First Time Buyer Home Show, Stratford
Aspiring homeowners can kick start their home-buying goals at the First Time Buyer Home Show, which returns to the Old Town Hall in Stratford this month. The free-to-attend event offers first-time buyers a wide range of advice and support to help them get on the property ladder, from mortgages and finance to the different types of home-buying schemes available, the buying process, the kinds of homes that are available to buy locally and more. There will also be informative seminars on key home-buying topics delivered by industry specialists. 10am-4pm.
The Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford E15 4BQ; ftbhomeshow.com
14 Identity Festival at Museum of London Docklands
The Museum of London Docklands is inviting families to celebrate their individuality at a free two-day family festival celebrating #Identity. The festival will be full of lively, thought-provoking and creative activities exploring who we are and what makes us different from others around us. Over the weekend, families can learn all about Bangladeshi culture by taking part in a Bengali street food workshop, making their own traditional hand fans or opting for some decorative henna, as well as immersing themselves in other cultures with a Silent Disco Zone exploring music from around the world, a Conversation Booth allowing visitors to record their own story, a zine-making workshop encouraging people to share their own identity, and performances by east London community and arts groups. 12pm-4pm. Free.
No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay E14 4AL; museumoflondon.org.uk
15 Barnes Music Festival, various locations across Barnes
Coronavirus statement: Most events are going ahead as planned but some have been cancelled and we are ticket-holders if they will consider forgoing a refund to donate to the musicians
A magnificent event filled with some of the most talented musicians the area has to offer, Barnes Music Festival is always a highlight of the local events calendar. This year’s theme is Musical Journeys: A Voyage of Discoveries. Throughout history, musicians and musical ideas have crossed borders and thrived on new perspectives and connections, shaping the music and career of many a composer and musician. Highlights this year include the Opening Concert: Journeys across Europe with Hugo Ticciati and O/Modernt Ensemble on Saturday 7 March, Howard Goodall presents The Beatles: a musical appreciation on Sunday 8 March (sadly sold out), The Queens’ Favourites: Linos Piano Trio, on Wednesday 11 March, and The Cunning Little Vixen: A most extraordinary and unconventional opera, on Saturday 14 March.
16 Afterplay at the Coronet, Notting Hill
7 March-4 April
Mariah Gale plays Sonya alongside Rory Keenan as Andrey in Brian Friel’s one-act masterpiece, Afterplay. When Andrey and Sonya were young, they were told how their lives should be – marriage, children and happily ever after. Decades later they meet by chance in a Moscow café to discover their dreams have given way to a rather different reality. In the course of their encounter, they catch sight of what might have been, and the possibility of a different future. In this masterful one-act play, Brian Friel (Translations, Faith Healer, Dancing at Lughnasa) revisits characters from Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya and makes them his own; hauntingly evoking what might have happened if two of Anton Chekhov’s most iconic characters from two of his greatest plays had met. Tickets £15-£30.
103 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington W11 3LB; thecoronettheatre.com
17 The Cockapoo Cafe & Dachshund Disco, Shoreditch
Cockapoos of the capital are invited to take their humans along to a cafe filled with ‘pupcakes’ and excessive ‘doggy decor’ when The Allegory in Shoredtich is transformed into a dedicated Cockapoo Cafe this month. All dog lovers are welcome, so it’s no biggie if you don’t have your own pooch, you can still cuddle Cockapoos, meet some new furry friends and enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience. There’ll be brunch and lunch options, puppy love-themed cocktails and spritzes, Pawsecco and Champaws on tap, pupcakes, and a free PUPUCCINO on the house for all dogs. Don’t miss the Kiss-Me-Cam, Love Bench or Kissing Frame either – perfect for those Insta moments. More of a sausage dog person? A Dachshund Disco is taking place on the same day (time slots differ). Dog Owners & Adult Guests £10, Dog Lovers (no dog) & Adult Guests £14.
1A Principal Place, Worship Street, Shoreditch EC2A 2BA. Book in advance at pugcafe.com
18 Kew Orchid Festival 2020: Indonesia, Kew Gardens
Until 8 March
Kew’s 25th annual orchid festival will celebrate the incredible wildlife and vibrant culture of Indonesia. An archipelago of more than 17,504 islands, Indonesia’s landscape is as diverse as the flora and fauna that inhabit it, from tropical rainforests to spectacular volcanoes. The Princess of Wales Conservatory will be transformed into an immersive paradise where beautiful orchid displays will represent various aspects of Indonesian wildlife and culture, from bright orange orangutans to an erupting volcano. There will also be a programme of specially curated evening events, Orchids: After Hours (running 5 & 6 March from 6.30pm-10pm), with live gamelan music, traditional dancers, and an interactive look at how Kew is fighting the extinction crisis. Entry to the festival is included in the standard ticket to the gardens but visitors must book a timed ticket slot online in advance.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew TW9 3AB; kew.org
19 Space Jams with Ashley Henry at The Royal Observatory, Greenwich
For the first time in over 300 years, the Royal Observatory is inviting a selection of respected musicians to perform improvised sets as the live score to the awe-inspiring space visuals in the intimate Peter Harrison Planetarium. The visuals will be selected on the fly by an astronomer, and with both sound and visuals improvised in tandem, the event will create a truly symbiotic collaboration. On 9 March, acclaimed jazz pianist Ashley Henry will provide the musical accompaniment for your journey into space. You’ll also have the chance to explore the museum’s Space Galleries after hours, prior to each performance. The evening will consist of two shows, both 50 minutes in length, and since each will be a one-off, why not buy tickets to both? Other Space Jams on the horizon include Charles Hayward (8 April) and Thomas Truax (7 May). From 7.15pm & 8.30pm. Tickets £18-£21.
Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich SE10 8XJ; rmg.co.uk
20 Life Drawing at Nº11 Pimlico Road
Head for the beautiful upstairs space of Nº11 Pimlico Road for this monthly evening of life drawing, complete with music and drinks. Join artist and life drawing tutor @LilyHolder, in collaboration with FreeForm Life Drawing, for a relaxed and informal approach to teaching and a focus on experimentation and creative freedom. The class is fully tutored and designed for all abilities. No previous experience needed; all materials provided. Tickets £12 (click here to book).
11 Pimlico Road, Pimlico SW1W 8NA; darwinandwallace.co.uk
21 Lilith & KaraOkay at The Bunker, Southwark
Ahead of The Bunker’s closure at the end of March, Week 6 of its Take Over Season will see the world premiere of Lilith from world-renowned teacher and theatre-maker, Jennie Buckman, who passed last year. This lyrical, searing play draws on Jewish mythology to explore stillbirth and the vilification womxn face in their fight for equality. A short piece from Sabrina Mahfouz, KaraOkay, will accompany it, combining karaoke classics with stories of abortion and miscarriage, questioning whether we could one day talk about such issues as easily, if as awkwardly, as we can take part in karaoke? A programme of talks offers the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the subject matter both pieces explore. Ten £10 tickets are available at each performance for under 30s, otherwise tickets are £16.
53A Southwark Street SE1 1RU; bunkertheatre.com
22 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
The Affordable Art Fair returns to Battersea this month, offering of 1000s of original art works with prices from £50 to £6,000. This year, AAF joins forces with leading affordable art consultant Nicholas Campbell in the inaugural edition of its curated section, Access, focusing on prints and what makes them so collectable. Plus, to honour International Women’s Day, Affordable Art Fair will dedicate Friday 13 March to celebrating women in the arts with creative workshops and a Talks Lounge, backed by Katy Hessel, the art historian behind the popular @thegreatwomenartists Instagram account. Now in its 21st year, AAF is continuing its mission to democratise art for all with new Family Day initiatives, such as the Parents & Pushchairs hour and drop-in family workshops, to make the event accessible to all visitors and inspire children. Open Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm (Charity Private View, Weds 5.30pm-9.30pm).
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Queenstown Road SW11 4NJ; affordableartfair.com
23 Six Nations Lunch with a Legend Series at Brigadiers, the City
Brigadiers, the Indian barbecue, beer, whisky and live sports venue, has teamed up with Guinness to create a Six Nations Match Day Experience for the duration of the tournament, including the final installment of this year’s The Lunch with a Legend series. On Friday 13 March you can sit alongside former English rugby player Ed Jackson and former Welsh Rugby Union player Tom Shanklin, who will share insider stories of their time on the field, and predictions on the Six Nation championships. While you listen, indulge in a three-course menu of signature dishes, paired perfectly with Guinness Open Gate Brewery beer. £100pp.
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, the City EC4N 8AR; brigadierslondon.com
24 MEAT at Theatre503, Battersea
Until 14 March
MEAT, a finalist in the Theatre503 Playwriting Awards in 2018, debuts this week. Written by Gillian Greer – recently appointed as Soho Theatre’s new Literary Manager – MEAT is a story of consent, class and how modern-day Ireland reckons with transgressions surrounding harassment, sexual assault and consent buried in its past. Over the course of one wine-soaked evening, two past-lovers are thrown back into the eye of the storm where old wounds are exposed, and new truths uncovered. But how do you make sense of the fallout of one night, seven years ago, if you can’t agree on what happened? A daring exploration of the aftershock of sexual assault revelations, Greer’s frank play tests their biases, perspectives and beliefs about how sex and power can operate in the modern world.
503 Battersea Park Road, Battersea SW11 3BW; theatre503.com
25 Vegan Life Live at Alexandra Palace
It’s easy to think that being a vegan is all about what you can’t have, but Vegan Life Live is here to show you just how much is on offer. Try pizza, kebabs, ice creams, pasta, curry, soul food – it’s recommend you arrive with an empty stomach. For those who want some ideas to take home to their own kitchens, learn from amazing vegan chefs who will be whipping up everything from quick family dinners to delicious desserts in the cookery demos. Tickets £15 per day or £24 for both days. Doors 10am. (under 16s free when accompanied by an adult).
Alexandra Palace Way N22 7AY; alexandrapalace.com
26 Gallery Yoga + British Surrealism at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Try a yoga session with a difference at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Stretch, strengthen and energise among the gallery’s beautiful collection of Old Master paintings, led by experienced British Wheel of Yoga teachers. After the class, you’ll get early access to Dulwich Picture Gallery’s latest blockbuster exhibition: British Surrealism. Tickets are £25 (£12 for Friends) including yoga, exhibition entry and a hot drink from the Gallery Café. 8.30am-10am.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
27 SEA LIFE London Aquarium’s Rock Pool Explorer Experience, South Bank
From 15 March
Coronavirus statement: Our business is operating as normal. The safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff is our priority. We have implemented enhanced cleaning regimes throughout SEA LIFE London Aquarium and increased the availability of hand sanitisation products, and we ask all guests to observe good hygiene practices.
Britain’s coastline may seem idyllic, but a new hands-on rockpool experience opening on London’s South Bank will reveal the perils creatures face in one of the UK’s most extreme habitats. SEA LIFE London Aquarium’s new Rock Pool Explorer experience, its most immersive yet, offers kids and their parents the chance to get their hands wet and learn more about Limpets, Common Starfish, Dhalia Anemones and Hermit Crabs. Interactive displays will share the incredible stories of a constantly changing landscape and how creatures must adapt to survive. Expert Aquarists will be on hand to invite guests of all ages to touch and feel some of the weird and wonderful inhabitants of this amazing landscape.
County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road SE1 7PB; visitsealife.com
28 Madama Butterfly & La Bohème at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley
15 March & 20 April
The award-winning producer Ellen Kent returns to Bromley this spring with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly on 15 March and La Bohème on 20 April. Madama Butterfly is Puccini’s tragic tale that the hit West End musical Miss Saigon is based on. One of the world’s most popular operas, it tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Featuring international soloists and a full chorus and orchestra, Ellen Kent’s stunning traditional productions of Puccini’s masterpieces Madama Butterfly and La Bohème will star international sopranos Elena Dee, originally from Korea, and Alyona Kistenyova, with the two performers sharing the role of Mimi in La Bohème. With exquisite sets featuring a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costuming including antique wedding kimonos from Japan, Madama Butterfly will be told in the original Italian with English surtitles.
High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk
29 Midcentury Modern, Dulwich
Midcentury Modern is back at Dulwich College this Sunday 15 March with 85 midcentury dealers and modern designers spread across seven rooms. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for with everything on sale from an original Cherner chair to a contemporary piece from a hot young British designer. New designers appearing this time around include Richard Mason Art with beautiful, simplistic mobiles using found materials; modernist jewellery from Anja Capuzzimati and Elsiem, sculptural pieces made from recycled plastic and resin by Bronwen Gwillim, and Nick Hammond Lighting and Furniture. 10am-4pm. Advance tickets (online only) £9 from 10am, 2 for £10 from 1pm, free from 3pm.
Dulwich College, Dulwich SE21 7LD; modernshows.com
30 The Open Art Fair, Chelsea
Featuring thousands of objects from an eclectic inter-disciplinary mix of dealers, The Open Art Fair – vetted by the British Antique Dealers Association – offers a celebration of excellence in a surprising multiplicity of fields. Works on display stretching from ancient antiquity to the contemporary, from English and Continental furniture and objects, Art Deco and 20th century art and photography by LAPADA regular 3details (trading name of Peter Woodward) to beautiful furniture crafted by The Edward Barnsley Workshop, quirky antique jewels from Sue Brown and fine art from David Brooker and John Adams. Superb cocktails and delicious artisanal food will also be available. Tickets £15 in advance online or £20 on the door.
Duke of York Square, Chelsea SW3 4LY; theopenartfair.com
31 The Other Art Fair at Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane
Coronavirus statement: The Other Art Fair regretfully announces the postponement of its Spring Fairs in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation
The Other Art Fair returns to the Old Truman Brewery this month, with comedian, actor, artist and musician Noel Fielding as special Guest Artist. Fielding will be showcasing an exclusive exhibition of new paintings and releasing a limited-edition print, priced at £100, available exclusively at the fair. Having studied fine art at Croydon University under Turner-nominee Dexter Dalwood, Fielding has since exhibited artworks in the Royal Albert Hall, the Saatchi Gallery and The Tate Liverpool, with works seamlessly bridging the imagined worlds and counterculture references of Mighty Boosh and Luxury Comedy. Other highlights of the 19th London edition of this vibrant artist-led fair, presented by Saatchi Art, include 140 hand-picked artists, a 50/50 ratio of male/female participants, The CALM Art Collective, curated by The Connor Brothers to push forward the conversation on mental health, and Hand Poke Tattoos by artist Charlotte Lacheussee, AKA Sticks Not Stones. Private view, 19 March 5pm-10pm.
Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane E1 6QR; theotherartfair.com
32 Nico Muhly: Drawn Lines with Britten Sinfonia at Sadler’s Wells, Clerkenwell
Third in Sadler’s Wells’ Composer Series is prolific contemporary composer Nico Muhly with a new one-off triple bill. Led by the music of Muhly and played live by Britten Sinfonia with choreography by Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Julie Cunningham, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Michael Keegan-Dolan and New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer Justin Peck, this production challenges choreographers to respond to the music of living composers by making new work. 7.30pm. Tickets £15-£65.
Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell EC1R 4TN; sadlerswells.com
33 Artists Unknown at Wilton’s Music Hall, east London
20 & 21 March
Artists Unknown debuts at Wilton’s Music Hall this month, pairing the artists you are yet to fall in love with the artists you’ve loved for years – the catch, you’ll only find out who is headlining on the night itself. Described as a love letter to the music world, co-founder Tom Figgins explains, ‘Artists Unknown is about celebrating and supporting deserving musicians who are struggling to be heard in a very loud industry’. On Friday 20th, Milly Upton will deliver soulful pop songs, followed by singer-songwriter Uri Sade and a surprise headline act to be revealed on the night. On Saturday, Austel and LIO will play. The event is presented by TNT Productions Ltd in support of the Australian Bushfire Appeal, with TNT Productions donating 20% of their profit from ticket sales and 100% of donations received on the night to Australian Red Cross. Tickets £12.50-£25.
1 Graces Alley, near Wapping E1 8JB; wiltons.org.uk
34 VAULT Festival, Waterloo
Until 22 March
Time’s running out to catch the best of VAULT Festival. London’s biggest, boldest and most diverse arts festival has more than 500 shows on the bill, with 64% of works being female-led, 33% by the LGBTQ+ community and 25% by BAME artists. This year, VAULT Festival will bring global stories to London, with Freedom Hi exploring the ongoing Hong Kong protests against China’s Extradition Bill; and Far Gone, inspired by writer John Rwothomach’s experience of nearly being kidnapped by a guerrilla rebel group in Uganda; Santi & Naz, a queer love story set against the backdrop of partition in India. Other highlights include Supernova, a hilarious pop-culture romp about dating when dealing with depression; Tinted, a story about disability and the Me Too movement; and Beach Body Ready, which sticks two fingers up at the media’s beauty standards.
35 All You Can Eat Doughnut Workshop, Wandsworth
Who doesn’t love a doughnut? How about learning how to make the delicious treat in a two-hour all-you-can-eat doughnut making workshop? Start the friers, please… The Avenue Cookery School in Wandsworth has its very own doughnut master, who will be with you every step of the way during this hands-on class where you will learn how to whip up three different types of tasty miniature doughnuts, with smooth and creamy custard, classic jam and delicious dulce de leche. Then you get to indulge in heaps of the fresh, doughy treats with a tea, coffee or cheeky tipple if you fancy. 3pm-5pm. £65pp.
The Avenue Cookery School, 3 Enterprise Way, Wandsworth SW18 1FZ; theavenuecookeryschool.com
36 London Dog Week, various locations
Coronavirus statement: We have made the decision to postpone The Pet Gala and the Superpaw Model Brunch due to concerns surrounding Covid-19. Tickets are still available for other events scheduled during the week – please see our event schedule for full details as there will be updates directly in the event listings if any changes are to occur.
London Dog Week returns for its second year of celebrating and helping to grow London’s dog-friendly hotspots and raise awareness of the benefits of dog ownership. London dog lovers will be encouraged to get involved in a number of tail wagging initiatives, from the London Dog Week Parade at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 29 March to a Superpaw Model Fashion Brunch at Chucs Restaurant Hyde Park on 28 March and Late Night Hounds at Mama Shelter on 27 March. According to research (Mintel 2015), the average owner splurges £1,150 per year on their pooch, and 71% of dog owners would take their pets everywhere with them if they could – so come on pubs, bars and restaurants, you know it makes sense!
37 Shaken, Not Stirred at Box Galleries, Chelsea
Until 24 March
With No Time to Die due for cinematic release in early April, Shaken, Not Stirred at Box Galleries is a great way to get back into Bond. The immersive Bond experience comprising a series of new and archival works from Terry O’Neill, Simon Claridge, Douglas Kirkland, Helmut Newton, Russell Young, Russell Marshall and Michael Turner, celebrating the world’s most famous spy’s influence on 20th and 21st century art. The exhibition features a curation of illustrations, screen prints and silkscreen paintings, as well as the posthumous launch of the new photography review, BOND: Photographed by Terry O’Neill, on 24 March – the final night of the show. O’Neill had a long-standing association with Bond, capturing every James Bond actor, from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, on camera. The archive photographs are flanked by never-before-seen commentary from O’Neill, as well as exclusive interviews with a number of actors.
402 King’s Road, Chelsea SW10 0LJ; boxgalleries.com
38 Balletboyz at Sadler’s Wells, Clerkenwell
The multi-award winning BalletBoyz are back and celebrating their 20th anniversary year with this production of Deluxe. Deluxe fuses the work of some of the world’s most exciting and innovative choreographers and composers, including Chinese dancer and choreographer Xie Xin (TAO Dance Theatre), who has created a work set to an original score by composer Jiang Shao-feng, and Maxine Doyle (Punchdrunk), who has collaborated with jazz musician and composer Cassie Kinoshi of the Mercury-nominated SEED Ensemble. Tickets £15-£50.
Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell EC1R 4TN; sadlerswells.com
39 Organ Reframed Festival 2020, Islington
Organ Reframed, the only festival of its kind in the UK, aims to challenge perceptions of the organ as a redundant church instrument and embed it in the music of the 21st century. Returning for its fourth edition, this year’s event see gothic organ artist Anna von Hausswolff, enigma of synth music Abul Mogard and sonic maestro Ipek Gorgun each compose a new work for organ on the first night. On the second evening, Chris Watson, famous for his work recording wildlife sound with David Attenborough, will explore the sonic possibilities of the organ, composing two new pieces in collaboration with the festival’s founder, Claire M Singer. Also, on 28 March, ahead of the evening performance, the venue will also host a free family workshop in collaboration with WOOFYT, encouraging children to explore the connections between music, science, engineering and technology while building an organ that up to 20 people can play at a time (sessions at 11.40am for ages 7-10 and 12.30pm for ages 11+.
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Islington N1 2UN; unionchapel.org.uk
40 The Birdcage Cabaret, FEST Camden
Until 28 March
The Birdcage Cabaret is currently enjoying its second season at FEST Camden, running every Saturday night until the end of March. Join hosts Ruby Murry, Miss Polly Rae and Miss Ems for a raucous night of burlesque, comedy, drag, circus and magic, complete with a sumptuous three-course meal served while you enjoy the entertainment. Special guests from West End musicals Kinky Boots, Wicked, Saturday Night Fever, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Chicago will join in the fun each week, and afterwards you can hit the dancefloor to shimmy the night away to disco DJs. Ticket packages range from £35pp for a drink on arrival, cabaret and the club night, to £49pp including a two-course dinner and £59pp for three courses.
Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden NW1 8AH; festcamden.com
41 Day Light Saving Cruise Aboard London Shell Co, Paddington
London Shell Co. will be celebrating the clocks going forward and the days beginning to get longer with a special one-off daylight-saving cruise. Taking place on Sunday 29 March, the evening will begin with a welcome cocktail aboard The Prince Regent before the boats sets off along the Regents Canal for a night of seasonal mackerel, Loire Valley wines and a celebration of spring. You’ll be able to witness the change in seasons, reflected both on the plate with the best of the season’s ingredients, and directly out of the window as you cruise through Regent’s Park. Tickets £30 for a welcome drink and the cruise. Doors at 6pm, cruise departs 7pm, returning for 9.30pm.
Sheldon Square, Paddington Central W2 6PY; londonshellco.com
42 Waiter! There’s a Murder in my Soup! at Troubadour Wembley Park
Until 29 March
Coronavirus statement: Troubadour Theatres is following advice from UK Chief Medical Officers and can confirm that at present the risk to individuals is still low, therefore we have no plans to cancel or postpone any productions or performances. We are closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation. We have implemented additional cleaning and disinfecting in all public areas and backstage.
Travel back to the year 1946 in this immersive theatre event, where socialites, dignitaries and cultural bigwigs have gathered for the grand opening of Marchioness du Jour’s performance. But all is not as it seems… When a chilling murder is discovered on the hat rack, the lavish soiree quickly becomes a crime scene, and over the course of dinner – yep, that’s an IRL three-course meal in the newly opened Studio 5ive restaurant at Troubadour Wembley Park for you and your mate/date – renowned detective Susan Gusset and her fellow diners must race against time to unmask a killer before coffee is served. The specially curated menu includes dishes such as heritage beetroot with lambs lettuce, hazelnuts and goat’s curd & braised beef cheek with heritage carrots and parsley puree. Tickets are £49.50 (click here to book).
3 Fulton Road, Wembley HA9 0SP; troubadourtheatres.com
43 CROOKS 1926 at King William IV, Elephant and Castle
Until 29 March
Plunge deep into the gritty, criminal underworld of 1920s London at COLAB’s new immersive experience, CROOKS 1926. Game mechanics collide with a pulsing, hair-raising narrative giving audiences the chance to throw themselves into one family’s brutal battle for supremacy in the immersive theatre company’s most ambitious project to date. In a world where nothing is certain, violence is rampant, and deals are made to be broken, the audience will have complete autonomy to shape their own thrilling experience. While some might to choose to orchestrate a grand territorial takeover of London or broker an alliance with The West End Boys, others might ‘go it alone’ by scheming with a devious traitor – no two shows will be the same. COLAB, the group behind The Great Gatsby Immersive Experience, debuts CROOKS 1926 at their brand new permanent space. Tickets £28.
16 Harper Road, Elephant and Castle SE1 6AD; colabtheatre.co.uk
44 Colour Pressures at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
Until 31 March
Colour Pressures by the Edinburgh based contemporary artist Paul Muzni is currently running at the newly reopened multi-arts venue Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. Muzni, who trained at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen and The Slade School of Art in London, takes an abstract approach to his landscapes and life forms, creating vibrant, colourful pieces. A free evening viewing of Colour Pressures will take place on Monday 3 February from 6.30pm-8.30pm, with drinks, canapes and a talk from Muzni himself (click here to confirm your space). Paul’s artworks are all for sale.
Atrium & Studio 4, 101 Queen Caroline St, Hammersmith W6 9BN; riversidestudios.co.uk
45 Tribute Ink at the National Army Museum, Chelsea
Until 17 April
The Royal British Legion’s unique exhibition, Tribute Ink, brings to life the powerful and poignant stories behind the tattoos of people in the Armed Forces. Tribute Ink showcases how the military community use tattoos to commemorate comrades and loved ones who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country. The exhibition explores how serving personnel also use the art of tattooing to mark their service, achievements and sense of belonging to the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force. Renowned photographer, Charlie Clift was given unprecedented access to military-inspired locations, from RAF Aircraft Hangars to the decks of Royal Navy vessels, to capture service personnel and veterans for Tribute Ink. The images in the exhibition are designed to immerse visitors in the powerful personal stories behind the tattoos. Alongside Clift’s photographs are life-sized replicas of some of the tattoos, which have been meticulously transferred onto 3D sculptures.
National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4HT; rbl.org.uk
46 Slices of Time at NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula
Until 17 April
As part of its on-going Design Commission, NOW Gallery has selected Emmanuelle Moureaux – who has been seducing audiences with her colourful works from Paris to Tokyo – to present a large-scale installation in the UK for the first time. Inspired by the gallery’s location on the Greenwich Peninsula, near to Prime Meridian, Moureaux has composed of layers of numbers in 100 shades of colours and white to express the flow of time. Each layer of numbers reflects the now, the past and the future, and the exhibition will be a round representation of a moment, a slice of time – the earth floating in the gallery space. The installation will also offer visitors the time to remember a significant date – write down your chosen date and why it is important in coloured pen, and stick the piece of paper along a timeline on the window of the gallery to create a kaleidoscope of colour.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square SE10 0SQ; nowgallery.co.uk
47 The Clash: London Calling at Museum of London, Barbican
Until 19 April
The Clash’s groundbreaking London Calling was an album that rocked the music scene, serving as an anthem for London and for music lovers globally – and now you can go behind the scenes of its making. Released as a double album in the UK in December 1979 and in the US in January 1980, the Museum of London is celebrating the album’s 50th anniversary by showcasing personal objects, images, music and memories from the band’s history – some never seen before – in a free display. London Calling was driven by a fierce desire for social justice, and the album’s music and lyrics remain as relevant today as they were on release. Items on display include Paul Simonon’s broken Fender Precision Bass, smashed on stage at The Palladium in New York City on 21 September 1979, and Joe Strummer’s notebook from the period when the London Calling album was rehearsed and recorded. The exclusive exhibition also examines how the capital influenced The Clash as they became the most popular British band of the 20th century. Free entry.
150 London Wall, Barbican EC2Y 5HN; museumoflondon.org.uk
48 British Baroque: Power and Illusion at Tate Britain
Until 19 April
British Baroque: Power and Illusion, which opened in early February at Tate Britain, is the first ever exhibition to focus on baroque culture in Britain. From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, the exhibition explores the rich connections between art and power in this often-overlooked era. The show includes many new discoveries and works displayed in public for the first time, many on loan from the stately homes for which they were originally made. Tickets £16.
Millbank SW1P 4RG; tate.org.uk
49 Filthy Lucre: Whistler’s Peacock Room Reimagined at the V&A
Until 3 May
Filthy Lucre, an installation by American artist Darren Waterston, opens in the Porter Room at the V&A on 25 January. The installation is an immersive interpretation of James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room, a sumptuous 19th-century dining room once housed just a stone’s throw away from the V&A. In Waterston’s re-imagining, the Peacock Room is transformed into a magnificent ruin, crumbling under the weight of material decadence to highlight the tension between art and money, ego and patronage. Initially invited by his friend and patron Frederick Leyland to consult on the room’s colour scheme, Whistler proceeded to redesign the room while Leyland was away from London, causing a huge row that ended up splashed across the tabloids. Entrance is free.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk
50 British Surrealism at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 17 May
British Surrealism at Dulwich Picture Gallery is a major exhibition marking 100 years since the birth of surrealism. Championing the British artists that contributed to the iconic movement, the gallery will showcase more than 70 eclectic works from 42 artists, including Leonora Carrington, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore and Paul Nash, as well as lesser known figures such as Marion Adnams, Conroy Maddox, Reuben Mednikoff and Grace Pailthorpe. While you’re there, look in on Journeys, a display that shines a new light on works from the Gallery’s Collection and seeks to question the nature of migration from the 17th century to today (included in the admission price). Tickets £16.50.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
51 Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience, South Bank
Until 21 May
Coronavirus statement: Visitors to Meet Vincent Van Gogh Experience are advised that there is currently no change to opening times, and the exhibition will run as scheduled. The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our number one priority and thus all of our staff are following guidelines as suggested by the WHO and local & national public health authorities in terms of hygiene.
The Van Gogh Museum’s blockbuster Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience is an interactive and multisensory experience that allows you to follow in the footsteps of the world’s most iconic artist. The fragile nature of Van Gogh’s original works prevents them from travelling beyond the Museum walls, but this experience ensures the collection can continue to enrich and inspire audiences across the world. Upon entering the experience, a fully-automated audio-guide, breathtaking projections, interactive installations, state-of-the-art set-work and a compelling narrative will transport you through the most important phases of Vincent’s life: from his childhood in the Netherlands to the streets and studios of Paris, the golden countryside of Arles, his asylum in St. Rémy and the wheat field where he fatally wounded himself. Tickets £18-£21.
99 Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PP; meetvincent.com
52 Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk at the V&A, South Kensington
Until 21 June
A kimono owned by Freddie Mercury will be shown to the public for the first time as part of the V&A’s major fashion exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk. Worn by the musician at home, the kimono has remained in a private collection until this moment, and will provide audiences with a glimpse into the personal life of the singer, who began to collect Japanese art and antiquities after touring the country with Queen. The ultimate symbol of Japan, the kimono is often perceived as traditional, timeless and unchanging. This exhibition will counter this conception, presenting the garment as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion. Freddie Mercury’s kimono will sit alongside the dress designed for Björk by Alexander McQueen, an original Star Wars costume based on the shape of a kimono, as well as the Jean Paul Gautier ensemble worn by Madonna in her video Nothing Really Matters. Tickets £16.
53 GENDERS: Shaping and Breaking the Binary at Science Gallery, London Bridge
Until 28 June
GENDERS at Science Gallery London is a playful and kaleidoscopic view of gender today, explored through the lenses of art and science. The free season will bring together artists, social scientists, biologists, neuroscientists and activists, drawing on interdisciplinary research from King’s College London and reflecting the understanding of many scientists that gender is both biological and cultural. Artworks will immerse visitors in individual and collective stories, considering themes such as the role of technology in gender expression, how gaming and roleplay can help us consider different perspectives, and how changing social norms are demanding more fluid understandings of the female and male ‘binaries’.
Great Maze Pond, London Bridge SE1 9GU; london.sciencegallery.com
54 Cocktail Time Machine, east London
Until 30 August
Cocktail Time Machine is the city’s first immersive bar experience with a time travel twist. Created by Funicular Productions, the team behind the award-winning Murdér Express, the one-of-a kind cocktail experience invites you back in time to enjoy some of the world’s greatest cocktails at the moment of their inception. You’ll be transported through three decades and countries via three different, delicious, era-defining cocktails. Back in the present, intrepid time travellers are invited to continue the adventure in Timeless Bar, a drinking destination in itself with an all-day happy hour offering two-for-one cocktails from opening till close. In-keeping with the theme, timeless classics will be served from the kitchen too, with a menu created by MasterChef finalist Louisa Ellis. Snacks will range from original biltong to whipped cod’s roe potato skins, and small plates include sage risotto with thyme and cultured cream and slow cooked beef with tarragon gravy. Tickets from £36 (click here to book).
55 Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs at Horniman Museum and Gardens, Forest Hill
Until 1 November
252 million years ago, in a period called the Permian, Earth was dominated by fearsome sabre-toothed predators, giant insects and bizarre-looking sharks. The Permian ended with a mass extinction that destroyed 90% of all life, paving the way for the planet’s next great rulers – the dinosaurs. This fascinating, family-friendly exhibition – produced by Gondwana Studios and travelling to the UK for the first time – offers an insight into this mysterious time period, with fossil skeletons, full-size models and animatronics bringing the Permian back to life. You can also sift through interactive dig pits and get creative in an art area. Kids £5, adults £9 (family ticket £20).
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk
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