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We’re all for exploring London’s fascinating parks, open air theatres and urbanised beaches, but at this time of year the weather can be all over the place, sun shining its rays one minute and then pelting down with rain the next. One place that always comes through on these dreary days is London’s brimming museum scene, bursting with exhibitions aplenty for those hungry to get their culture fix.

From heading into an exhibition with nothing but darkness surrounding you to exploring one of the world’s most renowned artists works, here’s 9 places to get your culture fix this March:

Filthy Lucre: Whistler’s Peacock Room Reimagined

Curious minds can explore this captivating installation at the V&A this month and explore the inner workings of James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s glorious Peacock Room. 

Famed for its flamboyant dinner parties back in the 19th-century, contemporary American artist Darren Waterston has recreated the extravagant gold details in all of their glory. Catch it this month and see its beauty for yourself.

When: Running until Sunday 3rd May
Where: Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, SW7 2RL
Website: www.vam.ac.uk

‘Love’ Trail & Masterclasses at the Royal Exchange

Love in all of its gloriousness is explored in regal style at The Royal Exchange this March. 

Those looking for love, The Royal Exchange has crafted a special ‘Love’ Trail that highlights products, services and masterclasses centred around the all encompassing theme of love. Find everything you need from Bamford Grooming Department’s rose collection to Castle Fine Art’s funky art collections. 

Along the trail you’ll have the chance to join masterclasses centring around the romantic theme too, including Vashi’s free class on 19th March that’ll guide you through the process of co-creating your special piece of jewellery (email [email protected] to take part) and Equinox x Fortnum & Mason’s revitalising yoga session on 26th March, followed by a nourishing breakfast at The Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant. Super fancy, super fun.

When: Running until Thursday 26th March
Where: The Royal Exchange, Bank, EC3V 3LR
Website: www.theroyalexchange.co.uk

Among The Trees

Embark on a journey far, far away from the city to a land of towering trees, bellowing bushes and acres of green space. Okay, you get the picture. We’re actually talking about the forestland exhibition that’s landed at the Hayward Gallery in the Southbank Centre. 

Among the Trees is a brand new compilation of work exploring human relationships with trees and forests. Expect to venture from Colombian rainforests through to olive orchards in Israel in a matter of footsteps.

When: Wednesday 4th March – Sunday 17th May
Where: The Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Bishop’s, SE1 8XX
Website: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

You know his name, you know his work, but do you know his story?

While the exhibition explores the wonderful world of the twenties and thirties, Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things underlines his own transformation from the little middle-class schoolboy to the iconic Vogue star we’ve grown to love.

When: Thursday 12th March – Tuesday 7th July
Where: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE
Website: www.npg.org.uk

Culture Move (Sampled History): Workshops

London Borough of Culture for 2020, Brent has a whole series dedicated to exploring the best in the cultural realm this year and we couldn’t be more excited. 

This month they’re turning their cultural expertise to an exhibition that roles art, music and performance into one, tracing the diversity and cultural heritage of Brent. The project hopes to bring the local community together and represent the area’s creativity through these three areas.

When: Select dates from Saturday 21st March
Where: Brent Museum and Archives in The Library, 95
Website: www.brent2020.co.uk

Dialogue in the Dark

Think you have what it takes to enter an exhibition in complete darkness and only rely on your four other senses? Put your mind and body through their paces as you embark on Dialogue in the Dark’s immersive sensory exhibition. 

Expect complete darkness as you wander through a simulation of London locations, only relying on your smell, sound and touch. 

We hope you aren’t too scared of the dark…

When: Select dates throughout March
Where: Space Studios, 129-131 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3RH
Website: www.dialogueinthedarklondon.co.uk

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

Kimonos are elegant, stylish and constantly have us in awe of their revolving styles. Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk explores the history of these Japanese staple pieces following their footsteps from the 1660s through to the present day. 

Expect bold colours, statement patterns and a whole lot of silk.

When: Running until Sunday 11th June
Where: Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, SW7 2RL
Website: www.vam.ac.uk

Cao Fei: Blueprints

Explore the mind boggling world of technology and its epic advances in Cao Fei’s multi-media portrayal at The Serpentine Gallery this Spring. Using film, photography and social changes happening across China, Cao Fei’s work asks major questions surrounding ever changing technology in today’s world.

When: Wednesday 4th March – Sunday 17th May
Where: Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA
Website: www.serpentinegalleries.org

When: Thursday 12th March – Sunday 6th September
Where: Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG
Website: www.tate.org.uk

Andy Warhol

We’ve all seen his work splattered across billboards, magazines and secondary school art classes like there’s no tomorrow, but have you ever had the privilege of catching his work in person? 

Andy Warhol comes to London this Spring so now’s your chance to catch his iconic Marilyn Monroe feature in person.

The Handbook has teamed up with The Grill at The Dorchester for an exclusive competition. Entrants will have the chance to win a dinner for two at The Grill at The Dorchester when it re-opens! www.dorchestercollection.com