[Sunny Embankment. Photo: Joyce Dela Paz]
Read on for an outstanding compilation of all the amazing stuff you can get on with this March. Things to do, places to eat, art exhibitions, film, theatre, music and more. Enjoy!
COOL THINGS TO DO
March 1: Dance from dusk till dawn on the 24-hour glass-roofed terrace at brand spanking new club, Studio 338.
March 1: Technology fest the Barbican Weekender gets it gadgets and gizmos on.
March 2: Theatre, music and dance in Trafalgar Square for Russian Sun celebration the Maslenitsa Festival.
March 4: Flippin’ heck! Its Pancake Day!
March 6-16: Pens out for The Big Write at the Discover Children’s Story Centre, Stratford.
March 6-June 22: It’s all gone Norse as Vikings: Life & Legend opens at the British Museum.
March 7: Officially opening to the public, the canal-side bar, restaurant and gallery that is Number 90, Hackney Wick.
March 7: Support poetry power at the fourth WOW Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre.
March 11: Climb into a flying machine at the Open Cockpit Evening at the Royal Air Force Museum.
March 15-16: A fan of Marvel, DC, or Dark Horse? It’s the London Super Comic Convention at the ExCel Centre.
March 15-16: Get behind the scenes at London Transport Museum Depot, Acton.
March 16: Vintage homeware from Eames to Ercol at Midcentury Modern, Dulwich College.
March 17: Oh, hi there Ireland! It’s St Patrick’s Day!
March 21-23: Swim, run or cycle for Comic Relief at The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
March 21: Bond in Motion: see a fleet of Rolls-Royces and Aston Martins used by the great man himself.
March 22-July 13: By George! Check out the architect William Kent in Designing Georgian Britain, the V&A.
March 22: All piped up and really to whirl, the Kew Bridge Steam Museum is becoming the London Museum of Water and Steam.
March 28: Art from N17 at the V&A Friday late, the Tottenham Takeover.
March 28-30: Feel the flower power at Florimania: The Age of Elegance, Hampton Court Palace.
March 27: See Anglo-Saxon treasures as Sutton Hoo and Europe opens at the British Museum.
March 29-Sept 28: Take a rather regal tour at the Annual opening of Kew Palace.
TASTY PLACES TO EAT
March 1: Assado – Chef Cyrus Todiwala of Spice Café Namaste is set to open a new venture in Waterloo.
March 6: Bibo – Headed up by Theo Randall and Chez Bruce alumnus Chris Beverley, this Italian restaurant will open on Upper Richmond Road in early March.
March 14: One Kensington – The people behind Tamarind and Imli Street are set to open a new venture on Kensington High Street.
March 15: 160 Degrees Fahrenheit – On a different foot from his elegant haute cuisine establishments Pied a Terre and L’Autre Pied, restaurateur David Moore is opening a new US-style smokehouse-cum-cocktail bar in Hampstead.
Around March 20: Kurobuta – Japanese izakaya with an open kitchen from Scott Hallsworth, former head chef of Nobu and Wabi. It will also be open for breakfast, serving tea, coffee and ‘Japanese-inspired pâtisserie’.
March TBC: Barnyard – When Ollie Dabbous’ first restaurant opened in 2012, tables there soon became some of the most sought after in the capital, with waiting lists of months. The good news is they won’t be taking bookings at his second venture, which will open on Charlotte Street in March, but there will undoubtedly be long queues instead.
March TBC: Sardine – The Dock Kitchen’s chef Stevie Parle is set to move east with a second venture in Dalston. Sardine will specialise in Southern Italian food.
RAD THINGS TO SEE
FILM: New releases
March 7: The Grand Budapest Hotel and 300: Rise of an Empire.
March 12: Need for Speed.
March 14: Under the Skin and Zero Theorem.
March 21: Starred Up, Labor Day and Yves Saint Laurent.
March 28: Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Muppets Most Wanted.
From March 4: Bewilderingly beautiful decay at Ruin Lust, Tate Britain.
From March 13: The likes of Grayson Perry, Paula Rego and David Bailey display postcard art for the RCA’s Secret exhibition fundraiser.
From March 19: See sixteenth century masters at the Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice, the National Gallery.
From March 31: Awesome sculptor Phyllida Barlow is the latest selected artist for the Tate Britain Commission 2014.
Comedy heavyweights doing shows this month include…
March 12-13 and April 11-12: The queen of slapstick, Miranda Hart, performs live for the first time in five years.
March 15-17: Time Out cover star Jack Whitehall‘s on his first arena tour.
March 27, 29 and April 14-17: Russell Howard is on brilliantly cheeky form in ‘Wonderbox’.
And on the more intimate end…
March 10-29: ‘Alan Partridge’ star and poetical genius Tim Key gets comfy in ‘Single White Slut’.
March 3-8 Storytelling stand-up Brett Goldstein talks seriously about porn (with jokes, don’t worry) in ‘Contains Scenes of an Adult Nature’.
March 11-15 and 18-22 The ever-inventive Simon Munnery presents live animations in ‘Fylm’.
Find more comedy happening this month…
March 1-June 7: Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre.
March 6-29: I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole, at The Gate Theatre, Notting Hill.
March 11-22: Riverrun at The Shed, National Theatre.
March 10-14: Major Tom at Battersea Arts Centre.
March 13-May 24: Other Desert Cities at the Old Vic, Waterloo.
March 14-April 24: Grimm Tales at Shoreditch Town Hall.
Until April 5: Good People, at the Hampstead Theatre.
Until May 3: Urinetown at the St James Theatre.
Until April 12: We Are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 at the Bush Theatre, Shepherds Bush.
Until Oct 25: I Can’t Sing at the London Palladium, Oxford Circus.
ACE PLACES TO SHOP
March 1: New Warehouse ‘concept store’ opening on Oxford Street,with iPads in the changing rooms.
March TBC: Prism – cult hipster eyewear, swimmies and shoe brand opening on Chiltern Street.
March TBC: Lark London – stylish multi-brand womenswear boutique opening at 52 Chamberlayne Road.
March 14: Karl Lagerfeld opens first UK store on Regent Street.
Gigs in March: Earl Sweatshirt Radkey, Temples, Repeater, Azealia Banks, NME Awards Tour: Interpol + Temples + Royal Blood + Circa Waves, Nina Nesbitt, Black Star, Denai Moore, The Excitements, Black Lizard, Lethal Bizzle, The Warlocks, Gabrielle, TGT, Tom Paxton/Janis Ian, Raleigh Ritchie, Angel Haze, Skaters and more.
March 1: Disappearing Dining Club, Red Gallery – a slap up meal with DJs playing till 4am after.
March 3: Sneak, XOYO – new student night opening that focuses on ‘proper’ tunes rather than cheese and getting trashed.
March 7: Record Club, The Kings Head, Crouch End – a bring-and-play your own vinyl night at a pub.
March 8: Playhouse 038, The Waiting Room – celebrating International Women’s Day with female-heavy playlist.
March 8: Masquerade Party, Camden Centre – Slovenian-style carnival to celebrate Shrove Tuesday, with lots of (completely random) costumes. And doughnuts.
Club nights in March: Polari (LGBT), Lesbian Prom (LGBT), Club De Fromage Oscars Special, Four Tet All Nighter, Despacio, Memory Box, Darkside, Heavenly Social, Vid-E-Yo, Regression Sessions, A Night With… and the end of the Eats Everything residency at XOYO.
HAVE FUN OUT THERE!