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The biggest and best things happening in London this week
This year we're welcoming March with open arms – not only do we say hello to springtime, but also to a whole load of excellent events. This month brings us the likes of Vikings: Life and Legend at the Britain Museum, Classic Car Boot Sale along the Southbank and Designs of the Year at the Design Museum. Plus, don't forget to dig out your best green garms for St Patrick's Day, and be sure to red marker Sunday March 30 in the diary: it's Mother's Day.
Below is a handful of great happenings in the city just this week, so go on, head out and live it large this month.
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The ten hottest things to do this week
If you start seeing rainbow-coloured soot billowing the capital – nobody’s burning a big pile of My Little Ponys, don't worry. It’ll just be hundreds of people chucking powdered paint at each other. The roots of this increasingly popular Technicolor pastime lie in the Hindu festival of Holi – an annual celebration held on the first day of spring (Holi falls on Monday March 17 this year). Though London's Holi events are often removed from the religious aspects of occasion, the same air of convivial fun and abandon are at their heart. Over the next few weeks, playful Holi parties are springing up around town, with the first taking place in Devonshire Square on Tuesday. The House of Holi is a pop-up pod in which revellers can dance in vibrant powder, with nearby restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen offering up scrumptious Holi-inspired snacks and cocktails as a tastier accompaniment to the paint particles.Check out more Holi festival parties in the capital
If anyone knows how to party, it's the Irish, and on St Patrick's Day they do it bigger and better than ever. London's annual paddy parade takes place this Sunday (which means, appropriately, that some of us may be looking pretty green the day after, Monday March 17, which when St Patrick's Day actually falls). Find your Irish roots for the weekend and follow the St Patrick's Day Parade floats and marching band, which begin in Piccadilly at 2pm, then head to Trafalgar Square for a whole load o' craic – there'll be dancing, singing, Irish food, comedy and Gaelic-themed entertainment for the kids.Check out more of the capital's biggest events this month
- Rated as: 5/5
ET landed in the cosy American suburbs and wanted to go home. Now Scarlett Johansson – or something that looks like her – lands in modern Glasgow and thinks about sticking around in Jonathan Glazer’s creepy, mysterious and bold ‘Under the Skin’. One can only guess that the weather is beyond dire on her side of the galaxy. The film is an adaptation of Michel Faber’s 2000 novel and the first in nearly a decade from the director of ‘Sexy Beast’ and ‘Birth’. It’s an intoxicating marvel, strange and sublime: it combines sci-fi ideas, gloriously unusual special effects and a sharp atmosphere of horror with the everyday mundanity of a woman driving about rainy Scotland in a battered transit van.Check out more movie releases this month
- Cinemas nationwide
- Released Fri Mar 14
The Royal College of Art's annual fundraising event is an exhibition and sale of postcard-size artworks, each priced at £50, which include drawings, paintings and photographs by RCA students, along with work by established artists, illustrators and designers and famous names. The secret bit is, however, that since the artist's signature is on the back of the postcard, you won't know for certain whose work you're buying until you've paid for it. Card viewing takes place online and at the gallery beforehand, with the actual postcard sale working on a first-come, first-served basis. This year's contributors include the likes of Grayson Perry, Yinka Shonibare, David Bailey, Jeremy Deller and Sir Paul Smith, so it's well worth taking a sneak peek at what's on offer.
- Rated as: 4/5
This Japanese spot in Marylebone's extensive menu has a huge range of classics: sushi, tempura and deep-fried breaded pork (tonkatsu), plus ramen and other noodle dishes. All of which are undoubtedly done well – our sushi selection contained faultlessly fresh fish, while a section of grilled skewers was pleasingly smoky. But there are also a few less common options, which definitely shouldn’t be ignored. A rich and meaty miso stew came packed with pieces of tender braised tripe and tofu. And a Japanese pub classic of rice in a green tea broth with salt-pickled plum (ochazuke) made the perfect conclusion to our meal.Looking for more Japanese restaurants in the capital?
- 110 George St, W1U 8NX
The Southbank Centre plays host to some serious vintage loveliness this spring as the Classic Car Boot Sale returns. Now extended into a second day, pedestrians with pockets full of change can pick up any number of retro bits-and-bobs from the 100 or so traders displaying their wares from ice cream-colourled cars. Once you've emptied your pockets, fill up your stomach on street food and retro tipples. You never know, you might even spot Kenickie buying Rizzo a drink.Get your rummage on at more of London's car boot sales
This Thursday, bantering sketch duo McNeil & Pamphilon mix together their two loves – comedy and video games – for a live night of funny, pixely fun, which was a big hit at the Edinburgh Fringe. They describe it as being 'like "GamesMaster" off the telly, but in a pub', where guest comedians perform gaming-based material and battle it out on classic videogames. This month's gig sees 'Show Me The Funny'' star Stuart Goldsmith and Australian comic Brendon Burns battling it out on the retro games. If you're a big gaming nerd, you'll be in perfect company.Looking for more LOLs in London this week? Look no further...
The UK's answer to Vampire Weekend, Bombay Bicycle Club have successfully hybridise choppy pop, gloomy drama and harmonious punk energy, and have moved on from straightforward indie into dark, electronic-edged alt pop over the last few years. Since the release of their storming fourth album 'So Long, See You Tomorrow' last month, the preppy, north London foursome have cemented themselves as one of Britain's most creative and credible bands in recent years. At Brixton this Thursday, look forward to hearing the likes of 'Carry Me' and 'Luna', to name just a few solid-gold tunes from their latest record.Looking for more live music? See what else is on this week
A few months ago much-loved Dalston nightspot The Shacklewell Arms announced a tasty-looking new bi-monthly festival. Kicking off this Friday, Repeater is promising us three days of ace live bands and DJs, a record fair, zine swap, poster sale and real ale showcase. The line-up of bands will change daily so plan to spend more than just one of your well-earned days off down at the Shacklewell this weekend. With a sparkling programme of entertainment, we reckon Repeater should hit near-illegal levels of fun.
It’s easy to see why the Affordable Art Fair, which takes place in Battersea Park this weekend, is so popular: the artists include both emerging talents and household names, and there's nothing remotely snooty about the atmosphere. There's paintings, photography, sculpture and prints from over a hundred UK galleries at the fair and pieces are strictly priced from £40-£4,000. As funds are short for many of us these days, the organisers have arranged 'Really, Really Affordable Art' tours to help you identify the biggest bargains of the lot. So, what masterpieces will bag this weekend?See more top-notch event happening in the capital this month
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