15 Great Things to Do in London this Weekend: 21-22 March

These are uncertain times. The outbreak of Coronavirus has many of us worried, especially those of us with elderly or immune-suppressed relatives to take care of.

Many of us hold the view that it would be prudent to steer clear of busy venues and public transport at this time, but there are many who want to carry on as best they can and support London’s independent businesses. For those, we are writing these listings.

For those worried about the spread of the virus, the venues that remain open are stepping up cleaning and sanitising measures, and will undoubtedly be quieter than usual, making keeping your distance from others easier. But the decision can only be yours – please do what you feel is best for your family, and if that is social distancing or self isolation, then so be it. Get yourself a good box set, settle in, and order delivery from your favourite local restaurant.

If you’d like to continue to support your local venues, perhaps you could buy tickets for an event/exhibition you don’t intend to go to – if you can afford it, of course – or how about buying a gift voucher so that you can attend an event/exhibition in the near future?

We have provided a brief edit of each venue’s Coronavirus statement, where available, but please do check with the venue before travelling in case of any schedule changes.

Do what you can, and stay safe.


The best things to do in London this weekend from The Open Art Fair in Chelsea to Artists Unknown at Wilton’s Music Hall and an All You Can Eat Doughnut Workshop in Wandsworth

Lead image: Nico Muhly: Drawn Lines with Britten Sinfonia at Sadler’s Wells (photo: Hugo Glendinning)

1 The Open Art Fair, Chelsea
18-24 March
Coronavirus statement: We take the health of our visitors and exhibitors seriously, and are following government guidelines on how to keep our event safe. We are providing hand sanitisers throughout the fair, as well as keeping the temperature in the tent cool. 
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

2 Nico Muhly: Drawn Lines with Britten Sinfonia at Sadler’s Wells, Clerkenwell
19-21 March
Coronavirus statement: Following government advice, all Sadler’s Wells performances have been cancelled for a period of up to 12 weeks, effective 16 March 2020

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 Iván Pérez, choreographer for Balletboyz, Ballet Moscow and Netherlands Dance Theater, 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

3 Artists Unknown at Wilton’s Music Hall, east London
20 & 21 March
Coronavirus statement: Following the government’s advice that people should not go to pubs, clubs, theatres and other venues, Wilton’s will be closing for the foreseeable future. We will reopen neither as a theatre nor bar before the end of March. All bookers for Artists Unknown will be contacted. 
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

4 All You Can Eat Doughnut Workshop, Wandsworth
22 March

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

5 DARKFIELD, King’s Cross
Until 22 March
Coronavirus statement: We have cancelled all remaining performances of DARKFIELD. We have done everything we can to keep the company afloat so that we can support our team during this unprecedented time. Therefore, if you can afford to, please consider donating the price of your ticket to help us get through this period.
Unique British theatre concept, DARKFIELD, brings its enigmatic triple-whammy to King’s Cross this month: COMA, SÉANCE and FLIGHT. All three shows take in shipping containers in total darkness, using binaural 360-degree sound to immerse audiences into scenarios played out through headphones. The absence of any visuals provokes every emotion possible and transports you beyond the realms of reality. The newest of DARKFIELD’s concepts, COMA invites you to take part in a mass experiment, lying down together and slipping into a collective dream for 30 minutes. In SÉANCE, a 24ft container is transformed into a Victorian séance room to explore the psychology of a group who have been bombarded with suggestible material. FLIGHT takes visitors on a disconcerting journey of peril at 35,000ft, presenting two parallel worlds and two realities – with two possible outcomes. Tickets £8-£9 (click here to book).
Lewis Cubitt Square, 11 Stable Street N1C 4BT; kingscross.co.uk

6 Spring into Spring, Battersea Power Station
10-29 March
Coronavirus statement: With your health in mind, we are postponing our Spring into Spring classes for the foreseeable. However, we are looking to reschedule some of our amazing workouts online instead. Bear with us while we finalise the details.
Spring into Spring returns to Battersea Power Station for a second year, with an exciting series of wellness and fitness sessions. Spring into Spring will take place on the Grade II* listed Coaling Jetty on the River Thames, which offers stunning views across the London skyline and the iconic Battersea Power Station as a backdrop. This year’s line up includes high adrenaline 30-minute workouts with Be Military Fit (BMF); riverside boxing classes taught by ex-pros from Carney’s Community Boxing; Pilates PT classes to help you to strengthen and stretch your way to a positive relationship with your body; and outdoor spin classes with Boom Cycle; OyoGo’s Open Vinyasa and Power Yoga classes; and BusyLizzy’s Mummy & Me bootcamps and HIIT sessions for mums. Sessions from £10. Travel there the fun way – take the Thames Clippers River Bus Services to Battersea Power Station pier – only a 15-minute journey from Embankment, 20 minutes from Blackfriars and 40 minutes from Canary Wharf.

7 The Incident Room, Greenwich Theatre
17-21 March
Postponed due to coronavirus. Statement: With the US travel ban now extended to include the UK, this week’s production of The Incident Room (which was set to play here ahead of a New York transfer) has been postponed.   
Following New Diorama Theatre’s award-winning productions of Secret Life of Humans and Down & Out in Paris and London, the theatre group goes behind the scenes to investigate the case that nearly broke the British police force… It’s 1975, and in Leeds, the Millgarth Incident Room is the epicentre of Britain’s biggest manhunt. Follow Sergeant Megan Winterburn as she joins hundreds of officers working around the clock to find the man known as the Yorkshire Ripper and resorts to increasingly audacious attempts to catch one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers. Suitable for ages 14+. Performance times 7.30pm (Sat Mat 2.30pm). Tickets £20 (Friends of Greenwich Theatre £10.50).
Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk

8 Afterplay at the Coronet, Notting Hill
Until 4 April
Like many other theatres, we at The CorWe have taken the sad but necessary decision to cancel all performances of Afterplay. The theatre will remain closed until further notice.
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

9 LOOKING UP by Helaine Blumenfeld, Canary Wharf 
16 March-26 June
The majority of this exhibition is outdoors and will be going ahead as planned. Full coronavirus statement here
Helaine Blumenfeld’s largest solo exhibition, LOOKING UP celebrates the American sculptor’s 50-year career, featuring more than 25 large-scale works. Exhibits in the Lobby of One Canada Square will show the range of media that Blumenfeld uses – Statuario marble, Travertine marble, bronze, wood and terracotta. Included are seven pieces specifically created for the exhibition, including Toward the Precipice 2019 carved from marble, and Flight and Aurora 2019, elegant pieces sculpted from cedar wood, which each stand at over 2.5 metres high. The array of sculptures on show will feature an extensive group of works dating from the 1970s to current day, and includes Blumenfeld’s new three-part sculpture, Taking Risks 2019, carved from Carrara marble. Taking place in the lobby of One Canada Square and across the Canary Wharf estate.

10 Barnes Music Festival, various locations across Barnes
7-22 March

Coronavirus statement: The governments advice has changed, and we have taken the sad but necessary decision to cancel future events in the Festival. We will be in touch with ticket-holders by e-mail. Please be patient with us.
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. Still taking place this weekend are: The Music of Bells – St Mary’s Bellringers on Friday 20 March at St Mary’s from 6pm, free), Britten — Death in Venice, a film by Tony Palmer (Sunday 22 March at Olympic Studios from 10am, tickets £15) and Festival Choral Evensong (Sunday 22 March at St Mary’s from 6pm, free entry with collection).

11 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

12 The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor at the Sydenham Centre
Until 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 and updates
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 until 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

13 Love, Loss & Chianti at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
Until 17 May
Coronavirus statement: In light if the guidance we have received from SOLT, we will be suspending all performances, public events and film screenings with immediate effect until further notice. 
Cold Feet and Downton Abbey star Robert Bathurst is currently treading the boards alongside Rebecca Johnson (The Trip, The Flood) in Love, Loss & Chianti at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. Love, Loss & Chianti is a double-bill that beautifully combines acclaimed poet Christopher Reid’s Costa Book Prize-winning, startlingly beautiful exploration of grief (A Scattering) with his fictional comedy about a reckless attempt at rekindling an old flame (The Song of Lunch). Directed by Jason Morell and set to a backdrop of Charles Peattie’s witty and richly inventive animation, this is an evening of two parts – one autobiographical, one fictional; one sad, one funny. If you’ve ever suffered a loss, and/or been on a rubbish date, this one’s for you… Tickets £30.
101 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith W6 9BN; lovelossandchianti.com

14 British Surrealism at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 17 May
Coronavirus statement: In order to protect the health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and community, we have made the decision to close Dulwich Picture Gallery and its grounds from today, Tuesday 17 March until further notice.
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

15 Andy Warhol at Tate Modern, Bankside
Until 6 September
Coronavirus statement: From 18 March all four Tate galleries will be temporarily closed until 1 May, in line with advice from Public Health England. For queries please contact hello@tate.org.uk
A new look at the extraordinary life and work of the pop art superstar. Andy Warhol was one of the most recognisable artists of the late 20th century, yet his life and work continue to fascinate and be interpreted anew. A shy, gay man from a religious, migrant, low income household, he forged his own distinct path to emerge as the epitome of the pop art movement. This major new exhibition at Tate Modern – the first at the gallery for almost 20 years – offers a rare personal insight into how Warhol and his work marked a period of cultural transformation. As well as his renowned pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, the exhibition features work never seen before in the UK, including the largest ever grouping of Warhol’s Ladies and Gentlemen series. Drawing upon recent scholarship, it will provide a new lens through which to view this American icon, emphasising recurring themes around desire, identity and belief that emerge from his biography. £22 (Concessions available).
Bankside SE1 9TG; tate.org.uk 


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