Guide to what’s on in London in March 2017
Spring is here… allegedly! The temperatures are rising – just a bit – and the nights are getting lighter. With the advent of March, London starts to come alive with a lot more festivals and events on around town. There’s also a host of film, food and drinking festivals if that whets your whistle.
For a guide to what’s on in London over the Easter holidays, click here.
- 1 – 5 March : Cinema Made In Italy
Film festival of the newest features from Italy at the Ciné Lumière, featuring screenings and Q&As including 7 Minutes, Ears, Pericles The Black, The Confessions, In Guerra Per Amore, Slam, Pawn Streets, Vangelo and I Was A Dreamer. Tickets: Adults £12, Children £10. Ciné Lumière, 17 Queensbury Place, SW7 2DT. Nearest station: South Kensington. For more information, visit the Ciné Lumière website.
- 1 March – 3 September : The Art Of The Brick – DC Super Heroes
Lego artist Nathan Sawaya has created an exhibition of Lego sculptures of Super Heroes and Villains including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Joker and Harley Quinn. Open Sun-Wed 10am-6pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-7pm. Tickets: Adults £16.50, Children £11. The exhibition is in a temporary structure on the corner of Upper Ground and Cornwall Road, South Bank, SE1 9PP. Nearest station: Waterloo. For booking, visit the Art Of The Brick website. For a review of the previous Art Of The Brick exhibition, click here.
- 3 March – 7 May : The Iris @ Now Gallery
A new art installation from artist Rebecca Louise Law, featuring 10,000 fresh irises suspended from the ceiling. Open Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm. Free entry. NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich, SE10 0SQ. Nearest station: North Greenwich. For more information, visit the NOW Gallery website.
- Now until 5 March : Orchid Festival
An orchid display is coming to the Princess of Wales Conservatory for four weeks, with this year being inspired by India. The sea of colour from one of the world’s most stunning flowers will certainly brighten up a dull winter’s day. General entrance tickets to Kew Gardens includes orchid exhibition: £8 adults or £2.50 children. Kew Gardens, Brentford Gate, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB. Nearest station: Kew Gardens. For more information, visit the Kew Gardens website.
- Now until 5 March : Vault Festival
Six week arts festival in the tunnels beneath Waterloo across three venues, five bars and a restaurant. Entertainment includes live music, theatre, film, dance, comedy and late-night parties. Open Wed-Sun. Ticket prices vary, although venue entry is free. The Vaults, Arch 233, 10 Leake Street, Waterloo, SE1 7NN. Nearest station: Waterloo and Lambeth North. For booking, visit the Vault Festival website. For highlights, check out Metro Girl’s blog post on this year’s festival.
- 5 – 12 March : French Fest @ Live At Zedel
An eight day celebration of French culture, featuring music, opera, theatre and comedy in French or English or both. Dining options also available. Live At Zedel takes place at Crazy Coqs or Brasserie Zédel, 20 Sherwood Street, Soho, W1F 7ED. Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Brasserie Zedel website.
- 7 – 12 March : Women Of The World Festival
A festival of talks, debates, music, film and comedy celebrating women. Gillian Anderson, Sandi Toksvig, Catherine Mayer, Nilüfer Yanya, Reni Eddo-Lodge, among the featured names. Events range from free to £30 or many included with day pass £22. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and booking, visit the Southbank Centre website.
- 8 – 10 March : London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival
CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) North London host a beer and cider festival. As well as over 150 beers, ciders and perries to choose from, there is also food, tombola and ‘shut the box’. Opening times vary. Tickets: £4 (£3 for CAMRA members), but free during Wed and Thur lunchtime openings. Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, WC1H AU. Nearest station: King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information visit the CAMRA North London website.
- 9 – 12 March : Affordable Art Fair @ Battersea Park
For those among us who aren’t loaded, this event is a chance for people to buy a unique piece of art or photography for their homes at an affordable price. There is over 100 galleries, with pieces for sale ranging for £40 to £4,000. Tickets: £10-£12 in advance, more on the door. Battersea Evolution, Battersea, SW11 4NJ. Nearest station: Battersea Park or short bus ride from Sloane Square tube. For more information, visit the Affordable Art Fair website.
- 9 March – 18 June : American Dream – Pop To The Present
Look back over 60 years of the world superpower with prints from American artists including Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker and Julie Mehretu. Tickets: Adults £16.50, Children under 16 free (w/ a paying adult). British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3DG. Nearest station: Holborn or Tottenham Court Road. For more information, visit the American Dream Exhibition website.
- 10 – 12 March : Move It Festival
Dance festival featuring performances, classes, workshops retail, and talks by experts from all genres, including Kimberly Wyatt, Ryan Jenkins, Theo ‘Godson’ Oloyade, Flawless, Ballet Boyz, Twist & Pulse, Jennifer Ellison and Strictly’s Neil Jones and Katya Jones. Tickets: Adults from £15.95, Children from £11.95. Kensington Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more information, visit the Move It website
- 11 March : Believe In Yourself @ Inner Space
Celebrate International Women’s Day with short talks, reflective exercises and meditations. 11am-1pm. Free, but visit the website to book a slot. Westminster City Hall (17th Floor), 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP. Nearest station: St James’s Park or Victoria. For more information, visit the Inner Space website.
- 13 – 19 March : London Beer Week
A celebration of beers, ales, largers and ciders with venues across the capital hosting tastings, beer tours, master classes, pop-ups and parties. To have access to the special deals of £3 speciality beers or £5 boilermakers in over 100 of the best beer bars, all you need is a £10 wristband. For more information and to purchase your wristband, visit the Drink Up London website
- 16 – 19 March : Asia House Fair
The Asia House Fair is returning for the eighth year, with stallholders selling unique handicrafts, textiles, jewellery, homeware, clothes, accessories, gifts, art and food. There will also be an exhibition of Asian art and embroidery exhibition in the Asia House Gallery. Opening hours: Thurs 16: 5pm-8.30pm, Fri 17 11am-7pm, Sat 18 10am-6pm, Sun 19 11am-4pm. Free entry. Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone, W1G 7LP. Nearest station: Regents’ Park, Oxford Circus or Great Portland Street. For more information, visit the Asia House website.
- 16 – 26 March : BFI Flare
The British Film Institute hosts the 11 day festival of LGBT film featuring the world premiere of Against The Law, a BBC drama about the 1967 Sexual Offences Act. Ticket prices vary. BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XT. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and booking, visit the BFI website.
- 17 – 19 March : St Patrick’s Day Festival
A series of events to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. The parade on 19 March starts at 12pm in Piccadilly, before proceeding to Trafalgar Square for the festival. The Square will play host to the free St Patrick’s Day Festival from 12-6pm, which includes music, comedy, and a farmers’ market. Nearest stations: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square or Embankment. For more information, visit the Greater London Authority website.
- 18 March – 25 April : London Handel Festival
Six weeks of concerts, talks and walks in venues, including Frederick Handel’s own parish church St Georges in Mayfair, as well as the Britten Theatre (Royal College of Music), the Foundling Museum, Grosvenor Chapel, Duke’s Hall (Royal Academy of Music), Cadogan Hall, The Charterhouse, St Lawrence Little Stanmore and Wigmore Hall. For more information, visit the London Handel Festival website.
- 22 March – 9 April : The Last Chapel – Backyard Cinema
A season of Quentin Tarantino inspired films featuring the director’s back catalogue and other gritty classics. Films include Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Drive, Mad Max and many more. Tickets from £16.50/£18.50. Backyard Cinema, Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6DR. Nearest station: Elephant & Castle. For booking, visit Backyard Cinema’s website. For a review of Backyard Cinema’s Lost World in the same location, click here.
- 24 March – 30 April : Ideal Home Show
A place of inspiration for homeowners including interiors, fittings and gardens. Includes plenty of opportunities to buy things both big and small for the house and food. Celebrity guests include George Clarke, Jonnie Irwin, Fred Sirieix, Martin Lewis, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Katie Piper, Theo Randall, Lisa Faulkner, Ken Hom, Gregg Wallace, Phil Vickery, Rosemary Shrager and many more. Open daily 10am-6pm (Thurs lates until 9pm). Tickets: Adults £13 (weekday) or £15 (weekend). Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more tickets, visit the Ideal Home Show website.
- 24 March – 9 April : Eat & Drink Festival
Next door to the Ideal Home Show is a new live experience, featuring modern cuisine, mixology and street food. Learn from the best at the Foodie Lab, Chef’s Table and Cook’s Academy. Tickets: Weekday – £13, Weekend – £15 (also includes free access to Ideal Home Show). Kensington Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more information, visit the Eat & Drink Festival website.
- 25 March : Gung-Ho! London
A giant inflatable obstacle course is coming to South London for one day only. Featuring 5k of obstacles, including the five-storey-high, 200ft-long Thriller slide. Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, SE24 9BJ. Nearest station: Herne Hill or 20 minute walk from Brixton. Time slots from £41. Runners must be at least 3ft tall. Spectators can watch for free. For tickets, visit Gung-Ho’s website. For more information, read Metro Girl’s blog post on the event.
- 25 March : Head Of The River Race
Four hundred crews from around the world take their boats to race 4.25 miles from Mortlake to Putney. The race starts at 2.15pm so grab a spot along the Thames to catch the action. Free. Nearest stations to spectator points: Mortlake, Barnes Bridge, Hammersmith or Putney Bridge. For more information, visit the Head Of The River Race website.
- 25 March – 1 April : West Norwood Free Film Festival
Free film festival comes to West Norwood for the first time featuring screenings of Back To The Future, The Goonies, Memento, Babette’s Feast, Paterson and Northern Soul. At various venues in SE27 including St Luke’s Church, Knowles Of Norwood, The Clockworks and more. Nearest station: West Norwood. For more information, visit the Free Film Festival website.
- 25 March – 9 April : Telegraph Hill Festival
Arts and entertainment festival in South East London, including music, open studios, art shows, interactive exhibits, classes, workshops, talks, literary events, plays, performance art and music events. Lots of events are free, but some will cost. At various venues across New Cross, Nunhead, Hatcham, Brockley and Honor Oak. For more information, visit the Telegraph Hill festival website.
- 27 March – 23 April : Beanz Meanz Heinz Pop-Up Bar
Heinz is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ‘Beanz Meanz Heinz’ slogan with a pop-up bar serving baked beans with a modern twist. Open Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 11.30am-6pm. Food Hall, Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1A 1AB. Nearest station: Bond Street or Marble Arch. Check out Metro Girl’s blog post for more information.
- 30 March – 1 April : Cocktails In The City
A three-day extravaganza will see some of London’s and Europe’s best cocktails bars coming together under one roof. A host of pop-up bars and food venues will be spread across four levels. 6-11pm. Ticket: £15 includes 1 cocktail, multiple complimentary experiences and cocktail booklet. One Marylebone, 1 Marylebone Road, Marylebone, NW1 4AQ. Nearest stations: Great Portland Street or Regents Park. For booking, visit the Cocktails In The City website. For more information, visit Metro Girl’s blog post on the event.
- 30 March – 9 April : London Games Festival
An event to promote gaming and interactive entertainment, including EGX Rezzed at Tobacco Dock, the British Academy Games Awards, Now Play This at Somerset House (7 – 9 April) and the Games Character Parade (8 April). For more information, visit the Games London website.
- 31 March : Festival Of The Dead
A unique festival for one night only in the stunning Art Deco venue Troxy. Featuring carnival-esque pageantry, giant skull processions, acrobats, dancers, decorative art & costumes, pinatas, light shows, DJs, face-painting and much more. Over 18s only. 9pm-2am. Tickets: £24.75. Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, Limehouse, E1 0HX. Nearest station: Limehouse. For more information and tickets, visit the Troxy website.
- 31 March – 1 April : Whisky Live
Whisky festival comes to 18th century surroundings, featuring masterclasses, food pairings, the VIP Lounge and exclusive private VIP pourings. Open Fri 31 4-10pm, Sat 11am-5pm. Tickets: £45-£65. Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, EC1Y 2BQ. Nearest station: Old Street or Moorgate. For booking, visit Eventbrite.
- Now until 21 May : Quentin Blake: The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits
To mark Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, illustrator Sir Quentin Blake has drawn portraits of some of the author’s best characters. Open Mon-Thu 9.30am-8pm, Fri 9.30am-6pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm and Sun 11am-5pm. Free entry. Second Floor Gallery, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB. Nearest station: Euston, King’s Cross or St Pancras. To find out more, visit the British Library website.
- Now until 29 May : David Hockney @ Tate Britain
The most comprehensive exhibition of artist David Hockney’s work to date from his early creations to present day. Open 10am-6pm. Tickets: £17.70-£19.50. Tate Britain, Millbank, Pimlico, SW1P 4RG. Nearest station: Pimlico. For booking, visit the Tate website.
- Now until June : Sculpture In The City 2016/2017
Free public art exhibition, bringing contemporary pieces to the streets and spaces of the City of London. At various sites around the Square Mile. Nearest stations: Fenchurch Street, Monument or Liverpool Street. For more information and a map of the artworks, visit the City Of London’s official website. For Metro Girl’s blog post on the exhibition, click here.
- Now until 3 September : Star Wars Identities
Star Wars fans are in for a treat as over 200 costumes, props, models and artwork from the franchise are displayed in a special exhibition. Find your own Star Wars character in an interactive quest. Open 10am-6pm. Tickets: Adults £20-£25. Children £10-£15. The O2, Peninsula Square, Greenwich, SE10 0DX. Nearest station: North Greenwich. For more information, visit the Star Wars Identities website.