Unmissable Things to Do in London this March
March may not have been great for Julius Caesar (beware the Ides and all that), but it should be better for you with our list of Unmissable Things To Do in London (and beyond) this March!
Make your life fabulous by ticking off everything on this list – but do it safely!
Life Between Islands in London | Various Locations | Until 6 March | FREE
Tate Britain’s groundbreaking exhibition of British Caribbean art breaks out of Pimlico and to the streets of London’s communities. See history come to life on your doorstep, including the amazing Cummin’ Up restaurant in New Cross Gate near us.
Empty When Full | Online | All Month | FREE
An online exhibition featuring works by four artists including Jay Price, whose Canaries is a sculpture made of clear resin (pictured above). Described as ‘a lightless chandelier, offering no enlightenment, just a ringing of bells. This artwork, which has been digitally rendered for Empty When Full, explores the role that disabled people are forced into as ‘Canaries’ or warning beacons to the rest of society.’
Naughty | Camden People’s Theatre | 1 & 2 March @ 7:15pm | £12
Tongue-in-cheek comedy about treating women like children.
Out and About! | Barbican | Until 21 March | FREE
Free exhibition of enlightening LGBTQ+ archives from the Bishopsgate Institute.
Peninsula – Malaysian Street Food | Boxpark Shoreditch
Dishes from this hot new foodie haunt include flaky Roti Canai, Sensational Nasi Lemak, Flaming Satays, Dim sum Heaven, Banana leaf Experience, Hawker style Crispy rolls and Sumptuous Beef Rendang.
Mois de la Francophonie | Institut français du Royaume-Uni | All March
A month celebrating the French-speaking world. Highlights include:
- Aline, The Voice of Love – A reimagined biopic of Celine Dion
- Music Rendezvous with Sages Comme Des Sauvages – A joyous blend of globe-trotting French chanson
Sounds Queer #001 Dyvr & St Bishop | Paper Dress Vintage | 2 March @ 7:30pm | From £11.50
A first-of-its-kind platform and safe space for LGBTQIA+ musicians and the community.
Frankie Thompson: Catts Wip | Soho Theatre | 3-5 March @ 9:15pm | From £14
A b*tshit bonkers romp through Cats the Musical, by one woman.
She Grrrowls | The Albany | 5 March, 10am-11pm | From £7
Performances, workshops and talks highlight local artists in celebration of International Women’s Day in Lewisham, London’s Borough of Culture 2022.
Passion Fruit | New Diorama Theatre | 8-19 March @ 7:30pm (3pm Matinee on 19 March) | £16
‘Romeo is a Black, Gay, British-Jamaican boy growing up on a North London housing estate. Around the corner, joy awaits…‘ Dior Clarke is one to watch out for, and pulls no punches exploring gang violence and doomed relationships, homophobia and hedonistic sex.
Disabled, Queer and Hear – Artist of the Year | The RVT | 9 March @ 7pm | £10
Watch the acts and help crown the first LGBTQ+ Disabled Artist of the Year UK!
Queefy Cabaret Presents: Queerdos Quest! | The Two Brewers | 10 March @ 8pm | From £8
Unexpected joy is hard to find but Queefy are here with bucket loads including drag, dance, burlesque, live music and surprises.
KUNST THE CLOWN & FRIENDS & Dead Flowers // New Faces | Gallery 46 | Until 6 March, and then -20 March | FREE
London’s best gallery is here with two exciting exhibitions, which will open your eyes and mind.
Swiss Selection Live | Brixton House | 8-12 March | From FREE
Discover the freshly opened Brixton House with this trio of Swiss performance, from the confrontational comedy of Ntando Cele, to binaural soundscapes of Alan Alpenfelt, via Trân Tran’s witty interactive mayhem.
I Hate It Here | Camden People’s Theatre | 11 March @ 7:15pm | £12
Theatre newcomers Sweet Beef tackle zero-hour contract culture in an interactive (not-scary) journey through precarious work.
They say: ‘A game show. A nurse. A chicken shop. Dolly Parton. A golden umbrella. Making it rain. Quite a lot of hopping. Some bingo. Zero hours contracts. You better work bitch’
WOW – Women of the World Festival | Southbank Centre | 11-13 March | From FREE
Highlights of the epic festival of womxn on the South Bank include:
- Little Wimmin – A cheeky feminist adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel of sisterhood.
- Warsan Shire at WOW: Bless the Daughter – See Beyoncé’s Lemonade inspiration live
Sink The Pink Jumble Sale | BGWMC | 12 March @ Midday | £5 Donation
Drag and dressing up fans need to diarise this epic charity jumble sale from the pop princesses at Sink the Pink.
BFI Flare | BFI Southbank & Online | 16-27 March | Various Prices
Explore the diverse programme and take a punt on something you wouldn’t usually see at this LGBTQIA+ festival of film, events and conversation.
International Women’s Month Exhibition | adidas LDN | 17 March @ 6pm
100 creatives celebrate women through their practice in this epic free exhibition curated by:
- Balany Piti, curator and manager of events at @creativedebuts
- Ema Marinova, founder and creative director of @cluster__illustration
- Maryam Lawal, founder of @houseofafricanart
- Mia Maxwell, founder of @femzinelondon
- Skye Kelly-Barrett, founder of @roarartists
- Tina Ziegler, director and curator at @monikerartfair
Letters – A Theatrical Play | Network Theatre | 22-24 March @7:30pm | £10
Two long-distance friends ditch Facebook, Instagram and emails to return to a pen-pal relationship across the ocean, with intimate letters unravelling their stories. Check out this new play from a promising new theatre company.
Psychodrama | BAC | From 23 March @ 8pm | Pay What You Can
Boundary-smashing pioneers Christopher Brett Bailey and Sleepwalk Collective unite for a ‘pop-cultural exorcism’. This is likely to be unmissable outrageous performance at its best.
Pink Mango does The Birth of Venus | The Pleasance | 25 & 28 March @ 7:45pm | £12
A saucy mix of music, dance and two aliens exploring Earth makes for a delicious cocktail.
Jacksons Lane Reopens
The contemporary circus powerhouse in Highgate is back with shows like Piste, Piste, Piste by Portmanteau (pictured above), and a whole host of workshops so you can run away with the circus.
Springboard Festival | King’s Head Theatre | From 29 March
A festival of new shows – including the hilarious Drag Queens vs Zombies – in this lovely pub theatre.
Transpose JOY: Pit Party | Barbican | From 31 March | £18
‘Filmmaker and writer Campbell X curates the latest edition of Transpose, an electric evening of live music, theatre, rap and unbelievable twerking from some of the UK’s most exciting trans artists.’
A must-see night out in the Barbican basement.
Chatham House Rules | The Pleasance | 15-19 March | £15
The secret world of hospitality work is put under the microscope in this expose of the 1% and the power of social media, written and performed by Louis Rembges.
Live Music! | Electric Brixton | Throughout March
Head to Electric Brixton for epic gigs from the stunning songwriter Tirzah, Neo-soul sensation Curtis Harding or the pure juvenile punk joy of The Chats. The latter’s song Smoko makes us so happy to be alive.
Did we miss any amazing, beautiful things to do in London (or beyond) this March?
We almost certainly did – please let us know in the comments below!
Occasionally the To Do List team are forced to work together.
Rupert likes: free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.
Stuart likes: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.