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5 Fun Things to Do in the Capital This Week March 7-13

From forest-bathing to art fairs, here’s The Resident’s guide to what to do this week, March 7-13, in London…

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1 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park
With a host of galleries showcasing original artwork starting from £50, the Affordable Art Fair is for art lovers on big and small budgets. Both emerging and established galleries from the UK and further afield will have stalls at the fair, featuring sculpture, prints, photography, painting and mixed media works.
Date: March 10-13
Address: Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Queenstown Road SW11 4NJ
Cost: Tickets from £10
Website: affordableartfair.com

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2 Forest-Bathing at Kew Gardens, Richmond
If you’re feeling stressed and need to wind-down, forest bathing, inspired by the Japanese art of Shinrin-yoku, is a way to disconnect from all the stress and faff of daily life. In the beautiful Kew Gardens, go on a sensory woodland walk alongside an expert guide who will lead participants as they defrag from the everyday. Organised in partnership with the Forest Bathing Institute, and meet at the Waterlily Pond 15 minutes before starting time.
Date: March 9; 10.30am-1.30pm
Address: Arboretum, Kew Gardens (Lion Gate) TW9 3AE
Cost: £60, member discounts available
Website: kew.org

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3 International Women’s Day at Brixton Village
There’s a lot going on at Brixton Village for International Women’s Day. Try your hand at a still life drawing workshop with the village’s artist in residence and the London Drawing Group. Eat, drink and be merry at the Women Who Live Alone zine launch party that comes with DJ Tunesmith on the decks. For more music, Pure Vinyl is hosting a night of music made by south London women. There’s also a flower arranging workshop and a night championing conversations around mental health, hip hop, spoken word and song.
Date: March 8-12
Address: Various venues in Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS
Cost: Events individually ticketed, prices starting from free
Website: brixtonvillage.com

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4 To Kill A Mockingbird, West End
Adapted for the stage by Academy Award-winning Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing and The Social Network), Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize classic coming-of-age tale finally reopens in London. On at the Gielgud Theatre, To Kill a Mockingbird sees Atticus Finch (but perhaps not like in the book) and his daughter Scout take go against the social grain in America’s divided south of the 1960s.
Date: From March 10
Address: Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6AR
Cost: Tickets from £40
Website: tokillamockingbird.co.uk

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5 From the Ashes at KERB Counter, Shoreditch
KERB Counter, a new bar and test kitchen that will host a revolving roster of emerging food talents. Kicking the string of residencies off is From The Ashes (ex-temper), specialising in nose-to-tail barbeque. Try sharing dishes of the likes of Short Rib Barbacoa and Achiote Celeriac, as well as a selection of tacos including cochinita pibil, lamb and anchovy. Behind the bar, you’ve got Gipsy Hill Brewing Co, East London Liquor and Redemption Coffee.
Date: Until April 2
Address: 1 Bath Place, Shoreditch EC2A 3DA
Website: kerbcounter.com

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