Is it Summer yet?
By Jen (follow Jen on Twitter: @JenBarnes207)
It’s been long and it’s been cold and I’m officially over it. I vote we skip Spring and head straight into Summertime! I’ve reached that point in the year where the holidays feel like a distant memory and summer feels painfully far away so I’ll do just about anything to keep myself distracted. That’s why this March list is a bit random- a bit of everything to keep you busy!
As always, some of my fellow BrokeinLondoners have some more ideas for you in the Free Entertainment in London section. If you’re looking for free films- more ideas on the Free Film Screenings in March post.
#1 Inferno: McQueen | Opening 20th March
This season it’s McQueen madness in London and the Gallery at Foyles is taking part in a big way with their latest exhibition Inferno: McQueen. Head over to the gallery on the 5th floor of the new Foyles on Charing Cross Rd to see behind-the-scenes photography from McQueen’s seminal show ‘Dante’ at Christchurch Spitalfields. The images accompany a new publication of the same name, available for purchase at Foyles. If you love McQueen- you can’t miss this show.
When: 20th March
Where: Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2N
#2 A World in London | 13th March
I’m sure you’ve already noticed that London is a fairly diverse and cosmopolitan place- it’s why you love it! Celebrate its diversity with A World in London at Rich Mix. The event is totally free but if you make a reservation you’ll get a complimentary drink!
When: 13th March, 8pm
Where: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
#3 Camden Comedy Club | Throughout March
If you haven’t been to the Camden Comedy Club at the Camden Head- you really should go. Along with a regular line-up of paid comedy gigs- there are always a few free ones thrown in the mix as well!
When: Various Dates in March
Where: Upstairs, The Camden Head, 100 Camden High Street, London NW1 0LU
#4 Film Screening: Pretty Poison| 5th March
More free screenings in London-yay! The Water Poet is inviting everyone along to the inaugural night of The Overlook Screening Room to watch the film Pretty Poison. This monthly film event is “dedicated to discovering and showcasing cinema’s best kept secrets”. I’m intrigued- are you? It’s free entry but there’s a pay-what-you-can bucket at the door so do donate some change if you can!
When: 5th March, 7pm
Where: The Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate St, London E1 6BX
#5 Women of the World Festival | 1st-8th March
That’s right- the Southbank is hosting a Women of the World Festival over an entire week (which isn’t nearly long enough if you ask me but I suppose they have other things to do). There are talks, exhibitions, screenings and many of them are free- check it all out online and follow along on social media with @WOWLDN. Bring your favourite women and men in your life for what promises to be an empowering experience.
When: 1st-8th March
Where: Southbank, London
#6 Human Rights Human Wrongs | All Month
It’s the last month to see Human Rights Human Wrongs at the Photographer’s Gallery- a harrowing exhibition of reportage images addressing how photographic images raise awareness of international conflict. The exhibition includes over 200 original press prints from 1945 to the early 1990s. The Evening Standard, Time Out and The Telegraph all loved it so I’m willing to bet that you will, too.
When: All Month
Where: The Photographer’s Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW
#7 Camberwell Free Film Festival | 19th – 29th March
Do you love films? Do you love Southeast London? Then I’ve got the festival for you! The Camberwell Free Film Festival takes place at pubs, schools and churches across South East London and you guessed it- it won’t cost you a thing! Some highlights of the list include Frozen; Two Days, One Night; Pretty in Pink; The Lego Movie and Pride! For all you North Londoners- it’s a good reason to venture south of the river.
When: 19th – 29th March
Where: Venues across Camberwell
#8 Roman Signer: Slow Movement| Opens 4th March
Site-specific installations are the best- and the Curve at the Barbican is a great space for them. Slow Movement by Swiss artist Roman Signer involves a kayak making its way through the 90-metre long gallery space as though it were navigating a canal. You’ll find a lakeside in the foyer and two additional kayaks playfully installed in the space.
When: Opens 4th March
Where: The Curve, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
#9 The Sleeping Giant | 24th March
Art and live music around the corner from Goldsmiths- what’s not to love? Head down to the Amersham Arms, a favourite of the New Cross and Deptford locals, for a painting exhibition and live music from 7pm until late. It’s a bit of a wildcard event but what have you got to lose?
When: 24th March, 7-12pm
Where: The Amersham Arms, London SE14 6TY
#10 Kal Lavelle plays Montreux Jazz Cafe | 28th March
She’s been on tour with Ed Sheeran and has been labelled one to watch by the Sunday Mirror and you can hear Kal Lavelle for free at Harrod’s Montreux Jazz Café on the 28th March. She’s only playing an hour long set so don’t be late! You know you want to be able to tell your friends that you loved her before she made it big.
When: 28th March, 430-530pm
Where: Harrods – Third floor 87-135 Brompton Road London
You may also want to check out our entertainment category to find interesting cheap things to do in London.