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Spring has finally arrived and while we can’t go out and soak up the best of it just yet, we can still enjoy its sunny rays and blooming flowers at our local green spaces and parks. If you’re on the search for things to do before we can finally head out for picnics come March 8th, here are nine ideas to tie you over until then.

Get your live music fix with Black Country, New Road’s online concert 

Catch the band everyone’s talking about live on stage this weekend as you get front row seats to their livestream from the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The new rock kids on the block, Black Country, New Road, released their debut album early last month and have since been racking up the views, listens and fans. 

Dubbed a new age English rock group, with influences from post-punk and 90s acts, the seven-piece group is hot on every music critics’ lips thanks to their new sound and electrifying live performances. 

Known for putting on big shows with huge sounds, Black Country, New Road’s live streamed concert is set to throw out all of the stops. Get your live music fix this Saturday before we can finally see the London seven-piece band at one of their socially distanced gigs in June – fingers crossed anyway.

When? Saturday, 6th March 8pm
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Alongside the webinar, guests also have the choice to order in a special edition Comfort and Joy meal box at home. On the menu will be Aloo Tikki Channa Chaat; Paneer Braised in Kale, Spinach and Sorrel; Dhal Makhni; and Kishmish Pilau. Book your tickets now for Sunday’s special session.

When? Sunday, 7th March 6pm
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Book in for Jikoni’s first installment of their new Civilised Sunday Digital Series 

Popular Marylebone restaurant, Jikoni is bringing their sell-out Civilised Sunday Series into the digital world this March, offering a special for speakers from the journalism, literature and food world to read from their new books and chat with a stellar lineup of hosts. 

The first installment sees journalist, broadcaster and author, Sathnam Sanghera read and talk about his new book, Empireland, with historian and broadcaster Simon Schama.

Fall back in love with theatre with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Watch as the bewildering world of a sorcerer and his daughter comes to life, as she uncovers the explosive possibilities of her newfound magical powers in the Southwark Playhouse’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Despite the in house performances being cancelled due to COVID-19, Southwark Playhouse is putting on an online performance of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice to help bring a little magic to the current lockdown restrictions.

Directed by Charlotte Westnra, the musical follows the father and daughter duo as they try to rescue Midgard, a small town that’s on the brink of collapse.

Running until: 14th March 2021
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Celebrate National Pie Week at home

If you hadn’t guessed already, it’s National Pie Week! As if we needed any more of an excuse to delight in the flaky, buttery classic. And while we can’t delight in the British staple in restaurants right now, we can get the humble dish via post. 

To help you on your way to sampling the best pies by post in London, we’ve rounded up eight of our very favourites. From the Quality Chop House’s noteworthy pies to Claridge’s take on the British classic, here’s where to get your pie fix this week.

Check out the latest online art exhibition, The Sky was Blue the Sea was Blue and the Boy was Blue

What does the colour ‘blue’ mean to you? Does it invoke a certain feeling, emotion or energy? The new online art exhibition, The Sky was Blue the Sea was Blue and the Boy was Blue, sees nineteen Victoria Miro artists explore what the colour’s symbolic and conceptional associations mean to them through a series of mediums.

Paula Rego, The Sky was Blue the Sea was Blue and the Boy was Blue, 2017
Howardena Pindell, The Wave, 2011

Titled after the 2017 work by Paula Rego, the retrospective sees the artists explore blue beyond its colour, but delves deeper into what ‘blue’ means, from the mood or atmosphere it provokes to its interpretation. 

Some of the artists include: Paula Rego, Do Ho Suh, Chantal Joffe, Isaac Julien, Milton Avery and Jules de Balincourt. 

Looking for other online exhibitions? Check out our guide to the best here.

Running until: 31st March 2021
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Take part in an art class with a difference

Let your brain unwind in Consciously Connected Travel’s special art workshop with a difference. To mark International Women’s Day on the 8th March, the Saturday workshop will be dedicated to ‘Exploring Divine Feminine Through Art’. 

Hosted by art therapist and reiki master Jiah, the class will begin with an unconditional acceptance and relaxation meditation, followed by a guided imagery, in which you will be guided into a deep sense of relaxation. Following this, you’ll learn different, simple techniques of art making, allowing you to really connect with yourself and your choice of medium.

When? Saturday, 6th March 6pm
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Purchase some spring bulbs at one of these London garden centres 

With Spring now finally here, it’s time to get your gardening gloves out and get cracking on your little London garden. If you’re running low on seeds or want to spruce up your outdoor space with some new foliage, why not head out to one of London’s glorious garden centres? 

To help you decide which centre is best for you and your garden’s needs, we’ve rounded out eight of the best garden centres still operating during lockdown. Who knew heading to the local garden centre would bring so much joy…

Catch our latest Netflix obsession, Moxie 

The teenage revolution we’ve all been waiting for, Moxie follows a young teenage girl, Vivian (Hadley Robinson) who wants to rewrite the rules of high school by publishing a zine calling out the sexism that’s ever present in her school. 

Starring Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation, Mean Girls) as Vivian’s rebellious mom, Moxie showcases high school at its worst, calling out the bullies, the jocks and the popular cheerleaders. Of course, it might not answer all of your questions surrounding sexism and high school dramas but it’s certainly a lighthearted watch to indulge in this weekend.

Release Date: Wednesday, 3rd March
Watch it on Netflix

Listen to our album of the week, Jane Weaver – Flock

Once you listen to indie record shop favourite, Jane Weaver, you are transported to a sonic world full of dream-pop, English folk, electronica and 70’s psychedelic experimentations. 

A true artist in every sense of the word, Weaver returns with a record that keeps you guessing and cements herself as a shapeshifting genius who can do no wrong.

Release Date: Friday, 5th March
Listen on Spotify

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