5 Fun Things to Do This Week March 14-20

From V&A’s new fashion exhibition to Hannah Gadsby’s stand up show, here are five things to do this week, that will add a little fun to your day…

Photo: V&A

1 Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear
Celebrating the power, artistry and diversity of masculine attire, this exhibition trace how menswear has been fashioned and refashioned over the centuries and how designers, tailors and artists (as well as their clients and sitters) have constructed and performed masculinity to deconstruct it and start again. It features looks from Harris Reed, Gucci, Raf Simons, as well as paintings, photograph, film and performance.
Date: Opens March 19
Tickets: From £20
Address: Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RLb
Website: vam.ac.uk

Rahemur Rahman, Collections, V&A, South Kensington. Photo: Rahemur Rahman/Daniele Fummo

2 Hannah Gadsby, Soho
Funny and thought-provoking, award-winning Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby brings her new show to The London Palladium this March. After winning an Emmy and a Peabody and recording a show for Netflix, 2020 saw Hannah bunker down in her homeland down under pondering what would come next. That initial seed has now grown into a show, Body of Work, and this is your chance to see this A-grade writer and performer.
Date: March 15-19
Cost: Tickets from £34.15
Address: 8 Argyll Street, London W1F 7TF
Website: lwtheatres.co.uk

Hannah Gadsby, Soho. Photo: The London Palladium

3 Banff Mountain Film Festival, Islington
For lovers of adventures in the great outdoors, Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to London, showcasing the world’s best adventure film-makers documenting extreme expeditions, untamed characters and remote, stunning scenery. Films include Exit the North Pole, in which polar explorers attempt to ski 1,500km across the Artic Ocean, via the North Pole in -40 weather, 24-hour darkness and the threat of polar bears to boot; Link Star which narrates the first ascent of one of the last unclimbed mountains in Pakistan’s Karakoram range; and Dream Mountain in which an elite climber returns her passion after the birth of her son to climb the Nepalese peak Cholatse.
Date: March 14-15; 17-19; 21-22; 24-25
Cost: From £16.71
Address: Union Chapel, Islington N1 2UN
Website: banff-uk.com

Dream Mountain Banff Mountain Film Festival, Islington. Photo: BFF

4 Ceilidh Jam Workshop, Southbank
The second dance class in the Southbank Centre’s  Mix & Move programme is on this week, and this one is a Celidh Jam with guests Folk Dance Remixed. So get ready for a right ol’ knees up and to bust out traditional folk dance and contemporary dance moves. No experience is necessary, and you don’t need to bring a dance partner either, and will be hosted by dance teachers Natasha Khamjani and Damien Anyasi.
Date: Friday, March 18; 1pm-3pm
Tickets: Free, unticketed, just turn up. 
Address: The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
Website: southbankcentre.co.uk

Southbank Centre’s Mix & Move Dance Series. Photo: Alice Boagey/Southbank Centre

5 Breakfast at The Barbary Next Door, Neal’s Yard
The Barbary Next Door has launched a brunch and breakfast menu that takes its cues from Moorish Spain and North African cooking, as well as European pavement cafes and continental breakfasts. There’s an assortment of pastries, baked in-house – Sfenj, Ras-el-hanout pumpkin bread served with a pumpkin and sunflower seed clotted cream. Date molasses granola, as well as maaqooda – a Moroccan tortilla and aioli with pickled peppers – and ‘roadside’ eggs are also on the menu.
Brunch Service: Thursday to Saturday 9am-2.30pm; Sunday 9am-4pm
Address: 16a Neal’s Yard, London, WC2H 9DP
Website: thebarbarynextdoor.co.uk

The Barbary Next Door, Neal’s Yard. Photo: The Barbary Next Door


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