The whole weekend
LGBTQ+ HISTORY ARCHIVE: 40 key LGBTQ+ moments in London’s history are celebrated and explored in this free exhibition. Protest banners used in campaign against Article 28; a baton seized during a protest by Mark Ashton, founder of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners; and a poster promoting the UK’s first national conference on black gay men. The Curve (Barbican), free, just show up, February 28-March 21
POST-WAR MODERN: The Barbican Art Gallery is opening a new exhibition, Postwar Modern, dedicated to art produced in Britain in the aftermath of World War II. 200 works by 48 artists span painting, sculpture, photography and more. Barbican, £18, book ahead, March 3-June 26
BARNES MUSIC FESTIVAL: This is the 10th anniversary edition of the Barnes Music Festival, a program of choral, instrumental, orchestral, opera, jazz and film events in venues across SW13. Local talent and international artists are celebrated – highlights of this weekend include a Barnes Festival Orchestra opening concert and the Barnes Young Musician of the Year finale. Locations and prices vary, book in advance, March 4-20
ROYAL PHOTOS: The British Royal Family’s enduring relationship with the camera is explored in a new exhibition, Life Through A Royal Lens. It dates back to the beginnings of photography in the days of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, right up to the present day. Kensington Palace, included in admission (£20 adult), book ahead, March 4-October 30
WORLD BOOK DAY: Camden Market celebrates World Book Day with a weekend of family events, including authors Konnie Huq and Nicholas Allan reading their books aboard a houseboat. Area restaurants have created limited-edition menus inspired by children’s books, and there are also literary-inspired creative workshops. Camden Market, some events free, some chargeable, book ahead, March 5-6
JEWISH BOOK WEEK: Jewish Book Week 2022 has a final weekend of events, including a look back at the world 70 years ago; an exploration of the influence of Jewish collectors on the art world; and a discussion of the history of Antifascist Group 62. Full program here. Locations and prices vary, book in advance, until March 6
LAST CHANCE EXHIBITIONS: These exhibitions all end this weekend:
- LYDIA CHAN: NOW Gallery does not hesitate to organize colorful exhibitions, and Your Ship Has Landed is one of them. Lydia Chan focuses on the sparkling, fantastical side of science fiction, at a time when science is filled with doom and gloom. NOW Gallery (Greenwich Peninsula, free admission, advance booking, until March 6
- ORCHIDS: Kew Gardens’ celebration of Costa Rica’s orchid species adds a splash of color to the Princess of Wales Conservatory, with a calendar of events including yoga classes and late-night openings to accompany flower shows. Kew Gardens, included in admission, until March 6
- GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY: While you’re at Kew for Orchids, check out the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition, which is full of photos of plants and wildlife from gardens around the world. Kew Gardens, included in admission, until March 6
- BEANO: “Chaotic perfection” is how our reviewer described Beano: the art of breaking the rules at Somerset House. It celebrates comics in all their rebellious glory with original artwork, merchandise, and insight into how Beano has inspired other creatives. Somerset House, £16 / £12.50, book ahead, until March 6
- LOCK PHOTO: Portrait photographer Katrina Campbell put her skills to good use during the Covid-19 lockdown, and the results can be seen at the free exhibition When We All Stayed At Home. It combines footage and interviews with individuals, families, and couples, all caught on their doorstep. Culture Palace (Enfield), free entry, just show up, until March 6
Saturday March 5
SHANKAR 100: The bulk of Southbank Center events to celebrate the life of Indian composer Ravi Shankar take place today. Activities include yoga, dance classes and performances, a rangoli workshop, and access to the Shankar family archives. The events were to coincide with the centenary of his birth, but were delayed by two years due to the pandemic. Southbank Centre, prices vary, book ahead, 11am-7.30pm
FOX TIP: This brilliant craft market returns to the Mercato Metropolitano, offering handicrafts including pottery, t-shirts, jewelry and scented candles. Why not get your Mother’s Day gifts earlier this year? Mercato Metropolitano (Elephant and Castle), free entry, just show up, 11am-5pm
STUMBLE: There are four sets from up-and-coming street performers, plus live doodles from a cartoonist, at Stumble – a day-long event celebrating the region’s artistic talents, as well as its superb food scene. The Hatch (Homerton), £5 online or £8 at the door, 12pm-6pm
THE FUTURE IS FEMALE: Head to the Barbican Conservatory, bursting with the sounds of pianist Sarah Cahill. She performs works written by female composers throughout history, who did not receive the recognition or credit they deserved at the time. Barbican Conservatory, free, just show up, 12pm-8pm
DREAMS OF DAMASCUS: As part of the Arab Women Artists Now Festival, catch a screening of Damascus Dreams, a documentary-style film that follows filmmaker Emilie Serri as she travels from Canada to Syria to meet family members and others. Syrians forced to flee because of the war. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £5, book ahead, 2:30 p.m.
CHINGFORD HISTORY: Travel to the far reaches of London and join Footprints of London guide Joanna Moncrieff on a walk through Chingford. The area has transformed from a logging village to a suburb of London and has been shaped by the likes of TE Lawrence, Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and the creator of the FA Cup. Chingford station, £12 / £9, book ahead, 2 p.m.
THE : Today is your last chance to see Lal, one of our Women’s History Month picks. It is set in the East End and tells the story of the women who kept the capital running while the men of London were away fighting in the war. Lal herself struggles with domestic violence, while the country as a whole faces the threat of war. Hen & Chickens Theater (Islington), £12.50, book ahead, 2:30 p.m./7:30 p.m.
MOUNTBATTEN FESTIVAL: The Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines play this second of two nights at the Royal Albert Hall for the Mountbatten Festival of Music, giving the public a chance to admire the versatility of some of the army’s finest musicians. Royal Albert Hall, £20 to £63, book ahead, 2pm/7.30pm
TALK ABOUT CAMELLIA: There’s a lot more to the humble camellia than many people realize – learn about its uses in art, medicine, religion, horticulture, commerce and social behavior at a special talk in the part of the camellia festival. Chiswick House and Gardens, £10, book ahead, 3 p.m.
RISK: A new music and spoken word event, RISK takes guitars as the theme for its inaugural release. Performances include Malagasy virtuoso Modeste, multi-instrumentalist Charlie Cawood and Chinese instrumentals with Cheng Yu, as well as poems by James Goodman. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £20, book ahead, 7 p.m.
RIOT GRRL: Breaking gender stereotypes and showing everyone what it’s really like to ‘fight like a girl’, EVE – Riot Grrrls of Wrestling returns to east London’s Signature Brew. Among the admirers of these noisy events are Kate Nash and Kathy Burke. Signature Brew (Walthamstow), £22.03-£27.39, book ahead, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
LONDON SONGS: Barbican hosts a tribute to London through song, co-hosted by songwriter Chris Difford and DJ and presenter Nihal Arthanayake, and performed by a myriad of musicians. From music halls and punk to rock and grime, discover how London has been immortalized in music, at a special event to mark the Barbican’s 40th anniversary. Barbican Hall, £22.50-£30, book ahead, 8 p.m.
Sunday March 6
FROCK ME! : Refresh your wardrobe, at Frock Me! Vintage Fair’s biggest event for 2022. Browse clothing and accessories from over 60 traders, with items dating back to the 1920s. It’s not uncommon for designer items such as Chanel and Biba to pop up, so keep your eyes open. Kensington Town Hall, from £5, book ahead, from 11 a.m.
THE DEVIL’S ACRE: Have you ever heard of Devil’s Acre? It is the name given to an area near Victoria Street in Westminster, which was a notorious slum in the early Victorian era. On this guided walk, follow the route that Charles Booth is said to have taken when mapping the area for his famous poverty maps – although it was much improved by then. 55 Broadway, £12/£9, book ahead, 2 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
GREEK MYTHS: The legends of the Crick Crack Club tale gather at the British Museum for an afternoon of Greek mythology. Atalanta is the story of a remarkable hunter of virgins and devotee of Artemis who wants nothing to do with men, told by storyteller Ben Haggarty. 16 years and over. British Museum, £10, book ahead, 2:30 p.m.
SUNDAY CONCERTS: Young musicians Callum Smart, Ben Goldscheider and Richard Uttley join forces to perform Conway Hall’s Sunday Concert, a performance that culminates in Brahms’ trio for horn, violin and piano, written to commemorate the death of his mother. Conway Hall (Holborn) or online, £10-£14, book ahead, 6:30 p.m.
DOCTOR JEKYLL: Cara Hamilton brings the story of The Curious Case of Dr Jeyll and Mr Hyde to life in a talk and performance in a former operating room. Expect an evening of nightmarish monsters, witches, devil worshippers, thieves and spiritualism. Standard Sunday evening, therefore. The Old Operating Theater (London Bridge), £20, book ahead, 7 p.m.
DIRT ROAD STRIP: Naked, the return to the sources of the blues is the rule of the game with the Dirt Road Band trio. They also know their onions; between them, they starred in The Specials, Badfinger and Dr. Feelgood. The Half Moon (Putney), £15, book ahead, 8 p.m.