A new month means more brilliant things to do in London – here’s the best of what’s new in March 2018.
1) Dream big at SOMNAI, Clerkenwell
dotdotdot’s debut production, SOMNAI, will be pushing the boundaries of immersive theatre further than ever from March 1, with the addition of a series of high-tech twists. Your 90-minute journey through the world of lucid dreaming will be unique to you based on the decisions you make, resulting in a seriously impactful theatrical experience. SOMNAI mixes live performance, immersive technologies and multisensory elements… so anything could happen! This experience is not suitable for under-18s or those with a nervous disposition. Book your tickets here. 🌟Sponsored.
2) Discover Another Kind Of Life at the Barbican
This show collects the work of 20 photographers who each documented outsider cultures, including ‘sexual experimenters, romantic rebels, outlaws, survivalists, the economically dispossessed.’ Take a walk on the wild side, when it opens Feb 28.
3) Feel All too Human at Tate Britain, Pimlico
This major London art exhibition, opening February 28, celebrates British artists’ portrayals of the human figure, featuring works from Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and others. Tickets are £17 in advance.
4) Learn to make magical cocktails at The Cauldron, Dalston
Grown-up Harry Potter fans will get a kick out of this all-new magical cocktail workshop. running from March 7. Wield working magic wands, conjure the powers of molecular mixology, and with some stirs and spells, you’ll be on your way to brewing delectable, drinkable elixirs. Get your tickets here.
5) Celebrate the Women of the World at the Southbank Centre
This five-day festival (March 7-11) celebrates women and girls around the world: honouring their accomplishments, telling their stories, and critiquing the obstacles they face. 145 events are on the full programme, including panels, talks, stand-up comedy and workshops – prices vary, with some events free, and festival day passes are also available.
6) Explore Somewhere in Between at the Wellcome Collection, Euston
An intriguing set of immersive installations, opening March 8, is the result of four artists collaborating with scientists to depict topics such as ‘our food sources, our senses, our sexual health and the limitations of our bodies.’ Best of all, it’s free!
The Aeronaut, the west London pub that’s home to an amazing circus space, is putting on two nights of entertainment inspired by the films of Quentin Tarantino, March 10-11. Expect snakes, songs and samurai swords – although probably not a foot massage. Get tickets here.
8) Shake a feather at the new Proud Embankment
This new two-storey venue beneath Waterloo Bridge is the latest addition to the Embankment area. Part restaurant, part nightspot, part cabaret venue, there’ll be hosting high-kicking burlesque and other debuachery from March 10 onwards. Get tickets here.
9) Go wild at the Zoo Project party, Greenwich
The Zoo Project – the famous Ibiza party that takes place in an abandoned zoo – are bringing their particularly jubilant brand of good vibes to London’s Studio 338 on March 10 one night only. Grab your tickets here, tiger.
10) Bottoms up for Beer Week, London-wide
Celebrating the brewers and bars that keep London swimming in the sweet nectar, London Beer Week (March 12-18) offers seven days of hop-heavy hedonism across the city. Central to the offer will be the tasting flights of three different beers, each just £5, available from 100 bars across the city. Get a wristband here.
11) See something strange at Ten Days Six Nights, Tate Modern
This year’s slate of live performances centre around the work of artist Joan Jonas, with free-to-visit installations and sculptures, plus ticketed evening performances. Find out more here.
12) Get on the craic for St. Patrick’s Day, central London
Did you know there are more Irish folk in London than in Cork? One days after the actual St. Patrick’s Day (on Saturday, March 17) London’s Irish community will celebrate on Sunday, March 18, with a central London parade that starts in Piccadilly at midday, and a day of performances in Trafalgar Square. Alternatively, order a Guinness wherever you are!
13) Go clubbing at Swingers, Oxford Circus
Golf clubbing, that is. The team behind luxury City-based crazy golf course Swingers are opening a second venue in the centre of London, possibly as soon as the beginning of March. Operating in the basement of the former BHS building, just off Oxford Street, it’ll offer two nine-hole courses to try, street food and cocktails. Tickets are from £10 per person.
14) See things you people wouldn’t believe at Secret Cinema: Blade Runner
People are buzzing for Secret Cinema’s latest immersive experience, which will take audience members into the dystopian world of Blade Runner. The first performance is March 21 – find out more here.
15) Cheer on some goats… or some boats
It’s a weekend of two races on March 24. In west London, the classic Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race will see four teams of strapping, posh rowers sprint it out along the Thames in search of glory. In east London, meanwhile, two adorable goats will do much the same at a very gentle trot, at Spitalfields City Farm. What a nailbiter! (We’d go for the goats if we were you.)
16) Sing along to Hercules in south London
It feels like millennials have Disney fever right now. Here’s another chance to sip from the cup of nostalgia: a sing-along screening of musical favourite Hercules on March 29. Get tickets here and go from zero to hero!
17) Catch a brilliant gig
The ‘almost award-winning fourth-most-popular folk duo in New Zealand’ Flight Of The Conchords kick off three massive nights of musical comedy at the O2 from Thursday, March 29; and Elbow return to the venue on March 7. Elsewhere in the month, Morrissey, Wiley, At The Drive-In and Niall Horan play Brixton Academy; First Aid Kit, Tune-Yards and Young Fathers play the Roundhouse; and that’s just the start.
18) Go to the movies
Backyard Cinema‘s ‘Mission to Mars’-themed cinema quite literally launches in south London on March 21, and will be screening classic sci-fi films (and more besides) over the next few months.
Meanwhile, in your local multiplex, David Fincher’s latest psychological thriller Unsane is out March 23: shot entirely on an iPhone, it looks to be a hella-intense gaslighting NIGHTMARE. Perhaps it’s best paired with Isle of Dogs (March 30), from Wes Anderson – it’s not about the Canary Wharf peninsula, but about a literal island where dogs live. Which sounds nice!
Those after some easygoing action-adventure can look forward to Tomb Raider, Ready Player One and Pacific Rim Uprising.
19) Enjoy an hour less in bed
Yeah, you heard me. The clocks spring forward an hour on March 25, so although that means one less hour in bed (jokes, we’ll all just sleep in later, obvz) it DOES mean sunset will then be at 7.21pm or later for the next six months, which if you ask me is FUCKING BRILLIANT NEWS. It’s quite literally the start of British Summer Time, people!
20) Come to a Good end
March 30 is Good Friday, which means not only a day off, but the first day of a lovely four-day Easter weekend. Get in!
21) Keep on exploring!
If you’d rather avoid the crowds, why not check out one of these evergreen classic places to visit in London? Here are a few favourites we featured last month…
🛌 Electric Cinema: the luxury cinema with double beds
💖 Tonight Josephine: the Waterloo cocktail bar with serious girl power
🌴 Barbican Conservatory: the tropical greenhouse with bottomless prosecco
🍧 Basement Sate: the Soho spot that just dishes up desserts and cocktails
🥂 Prosecco House: London’s first all-prosecco bar by Tower Bridge
🥗 by Chl0e: the first UK site of the US vegan comfort food chain
😣 Tower Bridge’s Glass Floor: the most knee-trembling walk in London
🖍 Drink Shop Do: the venue with crafty classes and brilliant parties
🧙♀️ School of Witchcraft & Wizardry: the escape room Harry Potter fans will love
🌿 Palm Vaults: the lovely east London café that’s Instagram gold
🧥 Discount Suit Company: the cocktail bar hiding in a scruffy old tailors
🏎 Ice Karting at Queens: powerslide to happiness with go-karting on ice
🥊 Jack Solomons: the Soho speakeasy in a former boxing gym
🍥 Ms Cupcake: the all-vegan bakery in Brixton
🥑 Avobar: the all-avocado pop-up in Covent Garden
📚 Liberia: the lovely little bookshop in Spitalfields
Header photo: @katepaillat