Ah March, and it’s all to play for in London this month, as the winter chill is shaken off and we get back to what we do best; festivals, gigs and any excuse for an afternoon tea.
WEDS, MARCH 1st – WEDS MARCH 8th
MUSIC | Rock out classically
Wednesday March 1st, from 7pm
Finnish quartet Apocalyptica are at the Southbank Centre to play Metallica. Yes really. The classically trained cellists take on heavy metal classics like you’ve never heard them before.
FOOD | Ladies that cook
Tuesday March 7th, 6pm & 8pm
To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, Balls & Company has devised a special tasting menu, with each course cooked by a different amazing female chef. The ladies lining up include Freddie Jansses, Margot Henderson and Tania Steytler.
FESTIVAL | Women of the World Unite
The annual WOW festival is back at the Southbank Centre and bigger than ever. Workshops, debates, lectures and games that relate back to equality in the workplace and the wider world are all there, and you won’t find a better list of women anywhere in the capital. A highlight is Nu Civilisation Orchestra playing Joni Mitchell’s album Hejira.
Tickets: £22 for a day pass
THURS, MARCH 9th – WEDS, MARCH 15th
ART | Get down with the Renaissance
Until June 25th
The National Gallery’s blockbuster summer exhibition is a classical delight. The Credit Suisse Exhibition Michelangelo & Sebastiano explores the 25 year relationship between these two Renaissance masters and includes Michelangelo’s The Risen Christ on loan from Bassano Romano.
FOOD | Basque out for brunch
Every Saturday and Sunday, 11.30am-2.30pm
Forget the avo, there’s so much more to brunch. Book into Eneko at One Aldwych for a Basque-inspired take on London’s favourite meal. Choose between street food like suckling pig on brioche, endless egg dishes and regional classics like Guernica beans with Savoy cabbage.
WELLNESS | Discover your feminine side at a yoga workshop
Tuesday March 14th, 6.30pm-8pm
Ushvani spa runs weekly workshops to celebrate International Women’s Day, focusing on the warrior series to set intentions around leadership and goal achievement. It includes a 90 minute empowerment yoga class and refreshments designed to strengthen the body’s immune system.
THURS, MARCH 16th – WEDS, MARCH 22nd
GIG| Get Born Slippy with Underworld
Friday March 17th
The 90s favourite dance act are back with a gig at the Alexandra Palace. Think big visuals, lasers and whatever post-Techno is.
DANCE | Witness the dance fitness
Thursday March 17th & Friday March 18th, from 7pm
One of the UK’s leading independent dance companies, Company Chameleon, brings its latest production to the Laban Theatre. ‘Witness’ tells the story of a choreographer’s battle with bi-polar disorder.
FILM | Fall in love with the Ginger line
Thursday March 16th, 7pm-9pm
The London Transport Museum has a special film night to celebrate our love of the Overground. The film retraces London writer Iain Sinclair’s journey with film maker Andrew Kötting. See London in all its glory.
THURS, MARCH 23rd – TUES, MARCH 28th
CRAFT | Get stitched at the Stitch Academy
Saturday March 25th – Saturday April 22nd
Hackney Walk, the luxury outlet district, will host Stitch Academy for four weeks, bringing workshops and talks to the area. Ashley Williams, Piers Atkinson and Christopher Raeburn will be there to advise up-and-coming designers and creatives.
LECTURE | Learn something about London
Tuesday March 28th
Head to the Dulwich Picture Gallery for a one-off talk about London’s suburbs, the vast sprawl contained by the M25. Learn about how London’s suburbs have been there ever since the Romans, and how the impact of them ebbs and flows.
HOLIDAY | Buns and buses for Mother’s Day
Sunday March 26th, noon, 2.30pm or 5pm
Treat your mum to spot of pampering and sightseeing with an afternoon tea bus tour. B Bakery serve up all the sandwiches, scones and cakes while you point out the essential London sights, and there’s also a tour guide.