COLAB have played an absolute blinder with their newest immersive theatre show. You’ll be part of a criminal network in 1920s London, trying to broker a deal with the Italian gang leader Sabini. There’ll be boxing matches to watch, traitors to uncover, and an almost ever-present threat of violence to contend with, as you follow your own individual storyline. Plus, you can dress up for the night and feel suave AF. READ MORE
Details: Wednesday – Sunday throughout March | King William IV, 16 Harper Road, London, SE1 6AD | £28
The programme for the 10th annual WOW (Women of the World) Festival looks staggeringly good. You can watch amazing female-led performances, head to a career mentor speed-networking session, or listen to talks by the likes of Deborah Frances White, Scarlett Curtis and Sandi Toksvig. This year they’re also staging a special edition of the sell-out Letters Live event, in which you’ll hear a secret line-up of celebrated speakers read powerful and touching letters either written by, or to, notable women. READ MORE
Details: 8th March | Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | £18-50
Orchids at Kew
Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew
Indonesia has over 5,000 different species of orchid scattered across its 17,500 islands. And Kew have done a pretty good job of squeezing most of them into one of its greenhouses. They’ve been putting on an orchid festival for a quarter of a century, so they’ve got the flower arranging down to a fine art. And on a couple of evenings, they’re opening their doors after hours, when you can walk through boughs of orchids with a drink in hand, before sampling Indonesian cooking and watching traditional dance performances.
Details: Until 8th March | Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond TW9 3AB | From £16.50
Slices of Time
This epic installation, created with thousands of individually cut out numbers and symbols, is just one of the new pieces of artwork by Emmanuelle Moureaux on display at Greenwich’s NOW Gallery. It’s called Slices of Time, which is a reference to the nearby Greenwich Meridian Line (where the GMT timezone begins), but could just as easily refer to the hours she must have spent creating it… READ MORE
Details: Until 19th April | The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, SE10 0SQ | Free, but book a timeslot in advance here
Coal Drops Yard – the majestic lifestyle hub in King’s Cross – has partnered up with artists Baker & Borowski to launch a new 80s and 90s rave culture-inspired mini outdoor golf course, running right through its centre. It’s nine holes in total, for just £5, which you can pay either on the day or by booking in advance here.
Details:Until 29th March | Mon-Sat, 12 – 8pm | £5 (Under 12s go free)
Enchanted Egg Hunt
The multi-sensory masterminds Bompas & Parr are back in town with a one-day pop up, creating a garden in bloom inside a Covent Garden wine bar. Book yourself a ticket, and you’ll be welcomed with a rose gold cocktail before you’re given 45 minutes to hunt around for Galaxy caramel easter eggs. Luckily it’s adults-only, so you won’t have to feel bad about elbowing small children out of the way.
Details: 10th March | Grays & Feather Wine Bar, 26 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7DD | £10
TT Liquor is one of Shoreditch’s eminent cocktail bars. And hidden away in their back room is a boutique cinema, where they host intimate screenings accompanied by a welcome drink. This month, they’re loading the slate with Hidden Figures, the story of three African-American women working at NASA during the Space Race; the Golden Globe-winning Irish coming-of-age story, Sing Street; Scandi horror Midsommar; and the iconic Lost In Translation. READ MORE
Details: 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st March | TT Liquor, 17b Kingsland Road, E2 8AA | £15, or £20 for two
The Penis Gallery x Vagina Museum
It takes a lot of balls to put on an event like this – but after a highly successful inaugural year, the Book of Man festival is back to discuss masculinity in the 21st century. And as with last year, they’ll be collating thousands of (solicited) dick pics for their Penis Gallery, designed to confront some of the anxieties around size and shape and er, keep everyone’s pecker up. But this time, they’ll also be joining forces with the newly established Vagina Museum, with director Florence Schechter talking about misconceptions around female genitalia, and Dr Chris Morriss-Roberts, who’s essentially an expert on penis envy.
Details: 10th March | The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH | £11.37
Hidden Jazz Club
Ironically, The Hidden Jazz Club is probably now the most talked-about jazz spot in the city. But what it lacks in hiddenness, it more than makes up for in quality – you’ll still find some of the best musicians in town gathering in a beautiful, unusual venue, and spoiling you with wonderful music. SEE MORE JAZZ BARS IN LONDON
Details: 12th, 28th & 29th March | Across London | £18
The Candlelight Club
The Candlelight Club remains – and we feel confident in this claim – the city’s finest itinerant 1920s shindig held in an old ballroom lit almost entirely by candles. And they’re back this month with their inimitable mix of swinging live music, cocktails and vintage DJs playing into the wee hours. READ MORE
Details: 14th March | Secret Location | From £25
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Yes, it’s time to once again raise a toast to the man who drove the snakes out of Ireland – and as usual, there’s a bevy of spots in which to do so. Barge East are hosting a night of Irish poetry, food and music aboard their century-old boat; The Midnight Apothecary are serving hot toddies round their rooftop campfires and live singalongs in the tunnel below; and The Grand Duchess is holding an Irish banquet on the canals, with a free platter of oysters for anyone who can prove their Irish nationality. Which is ironic, seeing as St. Paddy himself wasn’t actually Irish.
Cinema Nights at The Rivoli Ballroom
London’s only remaining 1950s ballroom is hosting a pair of pop up film screenings this month. You’ll be able to sip cocktails and munch on classic cinema snacks as the chandeliers are dimmed, and they load up the slate with Fight Club and Pulp Fiction. Of course, if cinema’s not your thing, you could always head to their jive party on Saturday instead, featuring live music from The Revolutionaires.
Details: 19th-21st March | 350 Brockley Road, Crofton Park, SE4 2BY | From £10/Jive Party £17
Mushrooms: Gallery Late
Somerset House are opening their doors for an after-hours look around their mushroom exhibition, where you’ll also be able to ‘get hands on with mushrooms’ and witness the performance of STINKHORN by artist Siôn Parkinson. In the vaults beneath Somerset House, amongst peeling plaster and crumbling brickwork, he’ll be performing his one man show inspired by the Stinkhorn mushroom, which apparently looks like a penis and smells of rotting meat. It’ll all be accompanied by live theremin music and – be warned – a specially-developed scent.
Details: 19th March | Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA | £10
The Little Orchestra
DUH DUH DUH DUUUUUUUUUH. That was the opening of Beethoven’s fifth symphony, as played in your head by three letters of the alphabet.
Now imagine it played by an actual orchestra. One that’s just a few feet away from you, for a spine-tinglingly intimate experience in a gorgeously atmospheric space… READ MORE
Details: 19th – 21st March | Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN | £5-30 for a sofa
It’s the inaugural edition of this future-focussed festival, founded by the appropriately mysterious-sounding Nesta, an ‘innovation foundation’ who are hoping to answer some of the big questions about our future. And they’ve bussed in an excellent team to help: there’ll be speakers like Louis Theroux and Richard Ayoade; a giant inflatable cosmic balloon to lie down in; an interactive experiment to see how you can best get to know a stranger; and a chance to make your own female semen… READ MORE
Details: 20th March | Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, E1W 2SF | £25-80
Music From The Movies
Fancy hearing a movie tonight? The London Concertante orchestra – who pride themselves on their laid-back concerts – will be playing through a set of iconic film soundtracks, including The Godfather, Schindler’s List and Jurassic Park. Plus, it’s all taking place in a stunning, newly restored Victorian theatre.
Details: 21st March | Alexandra Palace Theatre, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY | £16.92-42.50
VAULT Festival 2020
London’s answer to the Edinburgh Fringe is back, and promises (as ever) an extraordinary motley crew of performers. This year, you can catch a one-to-one immersive physical theatre show based on the diaries of Dalí; a VR holiday where you can taste and smell the world around you; a theatrical cookery lesson inspired by Dungeons & Dragons; a dramatised first-hand account of the slave trade through traditional African Griot storytelling; and an attempt to answer the age-old theatrical dilemma: “how pregnant is too pregnant to perform a one-woman show?” READ MORE
Details: Until 22nd March | The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN
Darkfield: Séance – Flight – Coma
Inside three shipping containers in King’s Cross lie a series of pitch-black immersive experiences blending art with theatre. In a Victorian séance room, an economy airplane cabin or a dystopian dormitory, you’ll sit down, put on a pair of headphones, and be taken through parallel worlds, psychological experiments and more… READ MORE
Details: Until 22nd March | Lewis Cubitt Square, 11 Stable Street, London, N1C 4BT | £8/9
London Gypsy Jazz Festival
This festival rolls into town at the end of the month, showcasing the genre of jazz pioneered by Django Reinhardt in the nightclubs of 1930s Paris. Over the week there’ll be six gigs held in the intimate attic bar of the Toulouse Lautrec in Kennington, with the likes of Benoit Viellefon, Lollo Meier and the Café Manouche Quintet taking to the stage.
Details: 25th-29th March | 140 Newington Butts, London SE11 4RN | Buy individual tickets here
Green Rooms Market
If you’ve got green fingers, then you’ll a) probably want to get that checked out, and b) be keen to head along to the next Green Rooms Market. This month, it’ll be popping up in Peckham Springs, where you’ll be able to browse hundreds of indoor and outdoor plants, grill the experts, and brush up on a few skills in their botanical workshops. READ MORE
Detail: 28th March |
The Oxford-Cambridge Goat Race
It’s that time of year when the two oldest universities in the UK go head to head on the river to settle an age-old rivalry. Meanwhile, over on the other side of town, two goats in outfits will be racing through Spitalfields City Farm to establish a more reliable result. Tickets always go quickly, but somehow there are still a few left – and you can even plump for a VIP ‘Goat Encounter’.
Details: 29th March | Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, London E1 5AR | £17.50-50
When You Believe: The Musical World of Stephen Schwartz
You might not recognise the name Stephen Schwartz, but you’ll definitely recognise his music – he’s the multi award-winning songwriter behind the music of Wicked and Disney films including Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. For one night only, he’ll be joined by the 60-strong BBC Concert Orchestra, plus the full London casts of Wicked and The Prince of Egypt, for an epic play-through of his best work.
Details: 29th March | London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4ES | £15-75
This party is going to go down in history. It’s set in 1734 at King George II’s birthday bash, where you’ll be right in the midst of a heated love triangle between the King, Queen Caroline, and his mistress, Henrietta Howard. It’s the latest immersive show from Les Enfants Terribles (the theatre company behind Alice’s Adventures Underground), and will actually take place in the rooms where it all happened… READ MORE
Details: Until 30th March | Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX | £35-49
Orchestral Renditions at XOYO
We like to think that music sounds at least 80% better when it’s performed by a full orchestra. We call it the Big Band Theory. And you can see for yourself at XOYO this month, where the celebrated Re:imagine orchestra will be staging epic play-throughs of cult albums. For the very specific price of £16.96, you can bop along to Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Frank Ocean’s big hitters; or a play-through of classic Daft Punk with an ‘elaborate light show’.
Details: Throughout March | XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, London EC2A 4AP | £16.96
What is this an invitation to, exactly? Well, it’s the next show from Secret Theatre, which has just sold out its run in Hong Kong and is now settling in to the 5* Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel. You’ll be required to don a mask before entering an exclusive club committed to the debauched and the occult. Described as Eyes Wide Shut meets SE7EN, there’ll be a sinful dinner (prepared by Simon Shand at The Corner Room restaurant); passwords to exchange; live music to enjoy and deadly secrets to uncover… READ MORE
Details: Wednesday-Sunday until 5th April | Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel, 8 Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF | From £39
See The Best London Theatre Shows On Right Now
Ever since the dawn of time, human beings have gazed at the stars in awe and asked themselves “Where can I get a list of only the best London Theatre shows playing right now – divided into musical, comedy, drama, and immersive categories – in which I can also discover a heap of nearby bars and restaurants to help me make a night of it?”
And the answer is… well, here.
March Talks & Lectures
This month, you can hear from Michael Palin on his recent jaunt into North Korea; delve into the unusual history of East End radical printing houses; hear how peer pressure could be used to battle climate change; and listen to legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke muse on the meaning of life. SEE WHAT’S ON
Head To One Of London’s Top Museums
There’s a host of new exhibitions to check out, including a stunning new fashion exhibition dedicated to the kimono; a peek at 1000 year-old Hebrew manuscripts; and a newly unveiled gallery of bizarre medical artefacts… SEE WHAT’S ON IN LONDON’S MUSEUMS
Peruse Exhibitions At London’s Best Art Galleries
And over in the art corner, we have a gallery filled entirely with spherical artwork; the arresting, beautifully patterned portraits of Kehinde Wiley; a fascinating collection of David Hockney’s drawings from life; and a seminal exhibition on masculinity… SEE WHAT’S ON IN LONDON’S ART GALLERIES
Check Out The Best Recently Opened Restaurants in London
We’re talking Nigerian tapas in a pink Tottenham eatery; the revival of a Michelin starred classic; and the unveiling of an iconic fresh pasta spot in Shoreditch… SEE ALL LONDON’S RECENTLY OPENED RESTAURANTS
Then Get Excited For New Openings This Month
Coming up, we’ve got a permanent solo spot for vegan taqueria Club Mexicana; a restaurant in a former courthouse (with a rooftop bar); a new Peckham spot owned by neighbours Levan; and a new resident in the Mayfair pop up space that keeps churning out hits… SEE ALL RESTAURANTS OPENING SOON