March City Events in London
March is upon us and so is the start of spring; bringing the chocolaty joy of Easter and the more liquid fun of St Patrick’s Day. In between these two self-indulgent events London offers a stack of amazing things to do so here are just a few to keep you entertained this month:
The Audience – Helen Mirren at Gielgud Theatre – All Month
If you liked “The Queen” then this play is a must for you. Legend of stage and screen Dame Helen Mirren is reprising her award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II. Did you know that the Prime Minister has a private audience with the Queen once a week at Buckingham Palace? Although in real life there is an unspoken agreement of absolute confidentiality between Queen and Prime Minister, the writer has imagined the secrets of these pivotal meetings. The first audience our Queen had was with Winston Churchill then the prime ministers come and go until the most recent one, David Cameron.
David Bowie is at V&A Museum – from 23rd March onwards
David Bowie; a cultural figure that is almost so much larger than life it is difficult to tell what is real. He has influenced style and pop for decades and now you can take a glimpse behind the genius. The exhibition features handwritten lyrics by Bowie, original costumes, fashion, photography and film as well as music videos, set designs and even Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork. See some of the stunning Ziggy Stardust bodysuits as well as some of Bowie’s sketches which will give you an idea of what really goes on in his head!
Love & Peace Blooms on Park Lane, London – All Month
If you are wandering down Park Lane then you may see an unexpected bloom of colour this spring. A huge, beautiful red flower to symbolise Love & Peace is part of a global project by Croatian artist Ana Tzarev. These dazzling pieces are a planned series of flowers that will spring up in cities across the world including Venice, New York and Prague. The artist says “My Flowers are my love letters to the future generations” – long live Flower Power.
St Patricks Day Parade Trafalgar Square – 17th March
St Patrick’s Day is one of those saints’ days that cannot go past without a celebration, and London is no exception. The annual St Patrick’s Day parade is a colourful spectacle of marching bands, floats, costumed characters and street theatre groups. To get a prime spot you will need to make sure you are at the route by mid morning as the parade leaves Green Park at noon. The parade will wind around Piccadilly Circus, along Pall Mall and finally ending up at Trafalgar Square. But the party doesn’t stop there as all day Trafalgar Square will be host to traditional and modern Irish entertainment, everything from dance and music to storytelling and stand up comedy.
The Black Cat Cabaret at Cafe de Paris – Every Friday night in March
If you are looking for a more unusual night out in London then stop at the Cafe de Paris near Leicester Square. The Black Cat Cabaret is more than just an evening show it draws inspiration from the absinthe-soaked heyday of Montmartre’s dark and daring cabaret underworld. With a spectacle of street singers and acrobats, dancers and illusionists the show oozes sensuality and hedonistic fun; you will be tempted to the dark side. If you feel like splashing out you can get a combined ticket which includes a delicious dinner from £47.20. Alternatively, if you want the show on a budget there is an early bird ticket for just £12.
Harry Hill – Sausage Time at Apollo Hammersmith – from 26th March onwards
Harry Hill has been described as being like Marmite, you either love, love, love him or hate, hate, hate him. Laugh out loud funny, Hill will have you in stitches with his jokes for grown-ups, about Shakespeare and organised religion. You might think that with huge hits like the Bafta award winning TV Burp and You’ve Been Framed under his belt Hill would like to sit back and reap the rewards. However, like many comedians of his era he still craves that ultimate feel of working a live audience in his skilful hands and squeezing out the last drop of laughter.
The Jump Off at Scala – 11th March
Literally a hip hop, skip and a jump from Generator is Scala one of London’s premier venues. This month host to “The Jump Off” the UK’s biggest Hip Hop event. Watch as crews of homies battle it out on the dance floor to the latest underground tunes. This event is the highlight of the hip hop calendar and also includes a singing battle where up and coming singers get the chance to perform their own interpretation of popular rap songs. If you are down with the posse then why not check it out? If you are feeling brave you can even take part by applying online before the event.
Doctor Brown – Befrdfgth at Soho Theatre – 25th March onwards
If you like clowning around then see Doctor Brown at the Soho Theatre. The man behind the face paint is a graduate of the famous clown school just outside Paris, Ecole Philippe Gaulier that has illustrious alumni like Emma Thompson and Sacha Baron Cohen. Doctor Brown (aka Phil Burgers) can be aggressive and his “get the heckler before they get me” style will have you jumping out of your seat. However, despite this his comedy is unique and cleverly done with laughs coming sometimes from a tiny gesture or eyebrow tweak. He is not just big shoes and a squirty bow tie!
Wild Card: Reverie at Lilian Baylis Studio – 15th March
A pioneering new event at the Lilian Baylis Studio at Saddlers Wells is the Wild Card series. This is the chance for young and emerging artists to show their own work and is hopefully a way to bring fresh ideas to the stage. This month Ivan Blackstock will present the third in the series of Wild Card events. Blackstock is a celebrated figure in the hip hop world and is the Artistic Director of the BirdGang Dance Company. If you are up for a bit of contemporary dance with an unusual twist then this is for you.Stiff Little Fingers at Forum – 22nd March
Stiff Little Fingers are touring again and supporting them are The Men They Couldn’t Hang and Edward Tudor Pole; a veritable feast of 70’s punk rock. Formed in Belfast at the height of the “Troubles” Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the fierce punk era and they are still going strong. Despite varies break up and line up changes their sound has matured into a more guitar based hard rock. And the two support acts are hardly any less illustrious with The Men They Couldn’t Hang continuing a 20 year off and on relationship with fame. Edward Tudor Pole is the name behind Eddie Tenpole and the hugely successful 70’s band Tenpole Tudor! So get pogo-ing with this 70’s punk nostalgia trip.