Last updated on May 6th, 2022
I’m pleased to report that the magnolia madness is settling in nicely across the capital and that the daffs are popping up to say a pre-springtime hello. Happy tossing to you all on this Pancake Day, and here’s to another roundup of some of the best cultural things to do in London this March 2022 – including plenty of free events too.
Art and Exhibition in London this March
They are one of the most photographed families in the world, with everything from state ceremonies and royal tours to deeply personal moments captured on camera. Now, a major new photography exhibition at Kensington Palace will explore the British Royal Family’s enduring relationship with the camera; from the reign of Queen Victoria right through to the present day. Life Through a Royal Lens will see some of the most iconic royal photographs ever taken go on show alongside a host of images providing a glimpse of the Royal Family off duty.
Life through a Royal Lens | 4 March – 30 October | Adult: £16 | Book tickets
Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain 1945 – 1965 is an ambitious and timely reassessment of art produced in Britain during the twenty years after the Second World War. This major exhibition brings together around 200 works of painting, sculpture and photography by 48 artists.
Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain 1945–1965 | Barbican Art Gallery | 3 March to 26 June | Adults: £18 | Book tickets.
Dappled Light, a new exhibition by Rana Begum RA at Pitzhanger Gallery, explores the perception of light, colour and form within sculpture, painting and installation. Visitors will immediately encounter a newly-created, ethereal cloud installation of diffused light and veils of colour dramatically suspended within the Gallery. The exhibition blurs the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, design and painting. It is the first solo show in a London public gallery by Academician Rana Begum, co-curator of the architecture room at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Dappled Light | Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery | 25 March to September | inc. in general admission | Book tickets.
In Focus: The Grand Tour, the two Horaces and the Court of Florence is dedicated to the Italian Grand Tour, in particular the friendship between Strawberry Hill creator Horace Walpole and the British Envoy to Florence, Horace Mann. Both men were infatuated with both Florence and the Medici family. Books, paintings and objects coming both from public and private collections will tell us about the passion of the two Horaces for Florence, and their antiquarian pursuits will be on display.
The Grand Tour, the two Horaces and the Court of Florence | 24 March to 24 July | Inc. in general admission | Book tickets
Opera and Classical Music in London this March
A production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers is coming to a freshly renovated Hackney Empire this March. It’s the tale of two happy-go-lucky gondoliers who discover that one of them is the heir to the throne of a distant kingdom. In a show packed full of fun, they set off to rule with an idealistic – if somewhat chaotic – plan. Set and Costume Designer Dick Bird embraces the absurdity of Gilbert’s libretto by bringing the story to life with fabulously inventive props – which are never quite what they seem – and exquisitely detailed costumes to transport audiences to Venice’s Grand Canal.
The Gondoliers | Hackney Empire | 30 March to 2 April | Adult: £44 | Book tickets
For one day only, the Garrison Chapel plays host to Chelsea’s premier salon where you are invited to immerse yourself in a programme of vivid and lyrical works by female composers. Just as the intellectual playgrounds of 19th century Parisian salons were presided over by women of rare talent, this celebration sees female genius take centre stage. Performed by three rising stars of the International concert stage, in an immersive salon environment, don’t miss the chance to share in this celebration of voice.
The Garrison Salon | Garrison Chapel | 8 March | £35 | Book tickets
The annual festival in southwest London is back this March and includes orchestral, choral, instrumental, opera, jazz and film events with international stars and young artists.
Barnes Music Festival | 4 – 20 March | Book tickets
Theatre and Stage in London this March
Ralph Fiennes stars in David Hare’s blazing account of the life of a man whose iron will exposed the weakness of democracy in the face of charismatic conviction.
Straight line Crazy Bridge Theatre | Bridge Theatre | 14 March to 18 June | Book tickets
Rafe Spall will play Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin’s new play based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, directed by Bartlett Sher.
To Kill a Mockingbird | Gielgud Theatre | 10 March to 13 August | Book Tickets
Two-time Olivier Award-winner Ruth Wilson stars in The Human Voice, the searing story of a woman’s heartbreak over the course of a final phone call with her former lover. Directed by Ivo van Hove.
The Human Voice | Harold Pinter Theatre | 17 March to 9 April | Book Tickets
Taron Egerton, Jonathan Bailey, Jade Anouka and Phil Daniels star in Mike Bartlett’s razor sharp play which redefines the battle of the sexes.
Cock | Ambassadors Theatre | 5 March to 4 June | Book tickets
Events in London this March
Take a Moment is a unique collaboration between Art of London and celebrity photographer and artist Ray Burmiston, Over the last 10 years Ray has been working on a project in which he invites his subjects to take a moment of calm and self-reflection prior to their shoot. The resulting images of celebrities with their eyes shut present a powerful vulnerability and intimacy rarely, if ever, seen in pictures of the A-list stars. In March 2022 (exact launch date TBA), Art of London, will bring the exhibition to life on Europe’s largest advertising display, the Piccadilly Lights. For a moment each day, the ad screen will pause from commercials to exhibit the eyes closed portraits of celebrities, coupled with a call to action for members of the public to join in and share their own Take A Moment selfies via social media.
Take a Moment | Piccadilly Circus | March TBC check website | Free
Immersive giants Punchdrunk return to London with The Burnt City, set in the Trojan War via a couple of hangers in Woolwich. If you haven’t already booked a ticket for this, you had best get clicking fast!
Punchdrunk: The Burnt City | One Cartridge Place | 22 March to 28 August | Book tickets
It’s not every day you get to visit Pope’s Grotto in Twickenham, but this March for one day only, there is a two-hour window when you can. Alexander Pope’s Grotto is the last remaining part of his famous villa and gardens, which he built in 1720 on the banks of the Thames at Twickenham. A mine of minerals gathered from all parts of the world, the Grotto is listed as Grade 2* and as Heritage at Risk ‘Of outstanding national importance’.
Pope’s Grotto | 26 March | Book tickets
Moniker Culture is joining forces with Creative Debuts at the adidas London Flagship for a four-floor art extravaganza on 17th March in celebration of International Women’s Month. As one of London’s leading female art curators, Moniker’s Tina Ziegler will shine a spotlight on today’s finest women-led NFT projects and female digital artists by taking over the stores’ digital screens. Expect everything from thought-provoking zines, mind-blowing NFTs, jaw-dropping live art and artworks from the best and brightest artists from the UK and beyond. There will also be special surprises including a scavenger hunt, free art and interactive elements.
Moniker Culture Z adidas Flagship store | 17 March 6-10pm | Book free tickets (limited spaces)
Free things to this March in London
Hidden Masterpieces is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the treasures collected by Sir John Soane, leading Regency architect and prolific collector. From medieval Books of Hours to Mughal miniatures and drawings by Piranesi, Robert Adam, William Chambers and Soane himself, these objects are rarely displayed due to their sensitivity to light. On from 9 March to 5 June.
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, The Royal Opera presents Lost and Found this March 8, a series of free pop-up performances created by women composer and librettist teams. Drop in to London’s iconic railway station, St Pancras International, to watch brand new micro-opera commissions sung by rising stars of the opera world.
Go check out the spiffing classic car collection at the RAF Museum between the Thursday 3 and Sunday 6 March. Silverstone Auctions are bringing their classic collection to the museum prior to being auctioned off.
Join the rising stars of opera in the beautiful rooms of The Great Hall at St Barts with the City Music Foundation. Latvian soprano Laura Lolita Perešivana is performing on 10 March and it’s free (donations welcome).
Visit the second largest conservatory in London’s Barbican. Tickets to this tropical oasis are released one week in advance online on Thursdays at 10am.
A special exhibition at Hogarth’s House in Chiswick explores the artist’s relationship with animals through his work as an artist and in his personal life. No booking required.
Staying in Chiswick, head over to Chiswick House and check out the camelias in bloom. Shipped from China in the 18th century, it’s one of the oldest camellia collections under glass in Europe. There will be a free self-led camellia trail and a camellia-themed pop-up shop selling plants and gifts.
London: Portrait of a City delves into archives to explore the formats chosen by artists and surveyors since the eleventh century to create their representations of the capital. From simple wax seals to intricate engravings; elegant watercolours to digital prints, the exhibition reveals the visual history of one of the great cities of the world
The Vagina Museum (yes, you read that right) re-opens on 19 March in its new home in Bethnal Green.
Ahead of the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, the Climate Clock has been installed in London’s Design Museum. The clock displays a countdown to a deadline: the time remaining to prevent planetary global warming rising above 1.5°C. It displays all of the researched timelines that are currently being tracked in relation to climate change including the ‘deadline’, which counts down the critical time window the earth has to reach zero emissions; and three ‘lifelines’, which track the planet’s progress on key solution pathways. The three lifelines include the amount of land currently protected by Indigenous peoples, the percentage of the world’s energy that comes from renewable sources, and the amount of money dedicated to the Green Climate Fund.