Can you believe Christmas was two months ago and we’re about to head into spring? To help you warm up, here are some of the top London events in March 2015. From Noel Fielding’s exhibition to Mothers’ Day – March is going to be a rollercoaster of a month. Don't forget to check out the best pop-up restaurant events this March too!
What's on in London, March 2015
Noel Fielding Exhibition – Royal Albert Hall
Ever since Vince Noir and Howard Moon introduced the first episode of The Mighty Boosh, through to previous exhibitions featuring Bryan Ferry and Jelly Fox to E4’s Luxury Comedy Show, Noel Fielding’s mind has been a place I’d like to leap into for a little while. Being as Quantum Leap style mind transportation hasn’t become an actual thing yet, the closest thing we’ll get to that this March is his exhibition ‘He Wore Dream Around Unkind Faces,’ in the Royal Albert Hall.
He continues to be inspired by the work of Dexter Dalwood, Jean Michel Basquiat and Karel Appel and trained at Croydon Art College.
The exhibition runs from the 7th of March until the 17th.
Address: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
Phone: 0845 401 5045
Futurefest - Vinopolis
Innovation charity Nesta gather some of the world’s most forward-thinkers and action-takers to immerse visitors into a world of what the future may be like. How do they do this? Guest speakers, installations, performances and interactive experiences engage visitors into their thinking.
If you want hear, see and experience what some the world’s most persuasive authorities in this field have to say about the future of democracy, machines, money and more, head to Vinopolis on 14th and 15th March, under the Victorian Railway arches of London.
Address: Vinopolis, No.1 Bank End, London, SE1 9BU
St Patrick’s Day
There a number of activities you can find throughout the city to celebrate St Paddy's Day, so much more than just getting stone cold drunk on Guinness.
So what’s the craic? Well, on the Sunday closest to the 17th March (this year the 15th), London hosts a 1.5 mile St Patrick’s Day march. The event, decorated with themed floats, marching bands and dancers, passes Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square among other famous landmarks.
While we’re on Trafalgar Square, there’ll be a free event here on the 15th March featuring artisan food markets, comedy and performances. All Irish, of course.
Head of the River Race – Thames River
We all know of the Oxford v Cambridge race that takes part later in the year but this is the other BIG race in the London boating calendar. Crews of eight men from all over the world join in a race that will also see big crowds flock to The Thames.
Give the racers a push from the very start at Chiswick Bridge, or even try and get a spot at a riverside pub or bar. You’ll have to get there early and hopefully there’ll be a hint of spring in the air, so why not indulge in a Pimms or two?
Grab your diary now and write “BUY FLOWERS” on Sunday 15th March. Forgetting Mothers’ Day is like stabbing yourself in the leg with a fork – not recommended. For something a bit different, take your Mum to the Grayson Perry exhibition at the National Portrait gallery, have a delicious Sunday roast at The Orange Public House, a chic gastro pub in Pimlico, or take a relaxing stroll through the Sunday UpMarket at the Old Truman Brewery.
Six Nations – Twickenham Stadium
Who will come away victorious in the RBS Six Nations championship? In March, England takes on Scotland and France at Twickenham Stadium and you could be there cheering on the team. There are still tickets available – visit the England Rugby website for more details on the matches and you can buy tickets through ViaGoGo or Ticketmaster.
Address: Twickenham Stadium, London, TW1 1DZ
Phone: 0844 847 2492
International Women’s Day
Across the globe, Thursday 5th March marks the annual celebration of women and London is holding a wide range of events to honour the occasion. From organised fun runs, women in business conferences to lunches and cocktail parties – there is something for everyone to show their appreciation for the role of women in society.
For more information about events happening in London, visit the International Women’s Day website. You can even organise your own event and advertise it on the official website.
Coinciding with International Women’s Day is the:
WOW: Women of the World Festival
Being held from the 1st to 8th March, this festival will showcase international female comedians, writers, performers and inspirational speakers. There is also a mass mentoring session where 150 female participants will be mentored by leading women from a wide range of industries.
House of Holi – Cinnamon Kitchen, Devonshire Square
What better way to release some of that inner tension with a paint fight outside Vivek Singh’s modern Indian restaurant, Cinnamon Kitchen. In celebration of the festival of colour, you’re encouraged to loosen your tie, slip into a protective white suit and throw paint at your friends and family. Add a cocktail and some Indian canapés into the mix (or you can even stay for their three-course Holi menu) and you will lose yourself in a world of colour.
The House of Holi runs from 5th to 14th March and costs £8 for 30 minutes of paint-throwing fun, or £15 with a cocktail and canapés. The three-course Holi menu is £38.
For more information and to book tickets, visit the Cinnamon Kitchen website.
Address: 9 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YL
Phone: 020 7626 5000
Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty at the V&A
From the 14th March till the 2nd August, the largest retrospective of Alexander McQueen's work spanning from his 1992 graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection will be shown at London's beautiful Victoria and Albert museum. The works will be shown with the characteristically dramatic staging that made McQueens famous shows so thrilling.
If there's anything that we've missed out that we should put in, please let us know in the comments below or tell other readers about it! We'd love to know what you're going to this month.