With March finally here, we’re excited to finally wave goodbye to the long-winded winter and welcome an assortment of spring-fuelled adventures coming to London and beyond. This weekend is filled with a host of unmissable events, from a limited-run free David Bowie exhibition to a giant flea market landing in Walthamstow. Here’s what to look out for: 

Things To Do This Weekend, From David Bowie Exhibitions To Film Festivals 

Stop by Mejuri’s Selfridges pop-up 

In the market for a new ring? Mejuri will be popping up at the iconic department store, Selfridges, for a limited time only.

From diamonds to 14k gold, you’ll be able to shop Mejuri’s popular range, as well as discover two styles from their new Puffy Charlotte range, available exclusively at Selfridges. There’s a beautiful coral incarnation, complete with a ridged finish and a 14k gold number with a glistening orange citrine. 

When: Until 17.03.2024 

Where: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB

Website: www.mejuri.com

Explore this free Bowie exhibition 

A free David Bowie exhibition is set to open this weekend for a limited run. Taking over the Fitzrovia Chapel from 1st – 20th March, David Bowie – A London Day brings together a collection of works by contemporary portrait artist, Kevin Davies. 

Free to the public, this series of photographs were taken over the course of a single day in 1992, a time when Bowie was preparing for the release of Black Tie White Noise. This collection of photographs was used to help promote the album and only a select number were used and approved by Bowie. The original films, contact sheets and prints were put into storage, where they stayed for almost 30 years. 

This exhibition features 20 photographs from the day and offers a rare opportunity to explore both Bowie as the subject, but also analogue photography showcased in a special way. 

When: 01.03.2024 – 20.03.2024

Where: Fitzrovia Chapel, Fitzroy Place, 2 Pearson Square, W1T 3BF

Website: www.fitzroviachapel.org

Rummage for a bargain at this flea market 

This Sunday sees Big Penny Social transform into a secondhand lovers’ paradise as it welcomes the Walthamstow Flea Market. 

Whether you’re a lover of rummaging through bargain bins or want to refresh your space with a unique piece, there’ll be over 60 flea and vintage traders selling pre-loved gems. Expect to uncover everything from furniture to textiles and vintage clothes.

When: 03.03.2024

Where: Big Penny Social, 1 Priestley Way, E17 6AL 

Website: www.bigpennysocial.co.uk

Add to your art collection with this auction 

Interested in owning some original art? Art On A Postcard returns for its fifth annual International Women’s Day Auction, featuring a mix of artists picks from eight guest female curators. 

You’ll have your chance to get an original postcard-sized artwork from one of the emerging and established female artists. All proceeds go towards the Hepatitis C Trust, supporting the work they do with women affected by the criminal justice system. Bidding had officially opened, with bids open until 12th March.

When: Bidding is open until 12.03.2024 

Where: Online via the Auction Collective

Website: www.artonapostcard.com

Visit this new music-led exhibition 

NOW Gallery has launched a new limited-run exhibition running for two weeks in March. Presented by War Child, Secret 7” is an anonymous charity record sale whereby leading names from the music and art scene collaborate to produce 700 exclusively limited 7” singles. 

Running from 2nd – 17th March, NOW Gallery will display all 700 individually designed sleeves, from household names to rising stars. The exhibition runs alongside an online auction, where you can bid on your favourite design. 

There’s one twist: the identity of the artist behind the record sleeve isn’t revealed until it’s sold. All proceeds will go towards War Child, the only specialist charity for children affected by conflict.

When: 02.03.2024 – 17.03.2024

Where: NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0SQ 

Website: www.nowgallery.co.uk

Book into this supper club 

If you’re after a foodie experience, Cinnamon Kitchen’s supper club is one to bookmark. This weekend sees BBC One’s 2020 Masterchef: The Professionals final four return for an epic two-day kitchen takeover. 

It’ll see Santosh Shah, Philli Armitage-Mattin, Bart Van der Lee and Alex Web reunite for a special five-course menu showcasing each chef’s unique style and flair. 

Each chef will prepare a canapé to be shared family style, from Bart’s white crab with avocado, pickled celery, puffed quinoa and tarragon to Santosh’s spiced pomelo with fenugreek seeds, dalle khursani, mustard oil, marigold leaf, sorrel and edible flowers, alongside another dish.

When: 01.03.2024 – 02.03.2024

Where: Cinnamon Kitchen, 9 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YL 

Website: www.cinnamon-kitchen.com

Try a theatrical cocktail 

If you’re looking for a unique cocktail experience to try out, make sure you stop by Velvet by Salvatore Calabrese and its new theatrical cocktail menu. 

Hidden inside Corinthia London, this seductive cocktail bar has unveiled a new cocktail list featuring innovative serves. Exploring the power of AI and decades of history, the list features inspired cocktails alongside Salvatore’s classics, like the Breakfast Martini and Spicy Fifty. 

The creative cocktail team has drawn inspiration from iconic figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. Expect to dip into the evening on the Love Generation, a cocktail inspired by Greta Thunberg featuring the ‘wasted’ skin of citrus fruits used within the bar and repurposing them into a cordial, with Ketel One Vodka; and the Double Fantasy, inspired by Yoko Ono featuring velvety Japanese vodka and Junmai Sake with clarified banana juice to create a mellow, yet elegant style.

Where: Corinthia London, Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BD 

Website: www.corinthia.com

Celebrate World Book Day early at one of these shops 

With World Book Day around the corner – it’s on Thursday 7th March! – why not head to your local bookshop to grab yourself an engaging tome to read in celebration? 

Whether you’re after a literary classic, an educational story or a secondhand gem looking for a new home, there’s no greater pastime than wandering around a bookshop. We’ve put together a guide to the very best bookshops in London, from the iconic Daunt Books to London’s only floating bookshop, Word on the Water: The London Bookbarge.

11 bookshops worth visiting 

2 Events Worth Travelling For 

Venture back in time at Bolton Castle 

This weekend sees Bolton Castle reopen for the spring-summer season and to celebrate they will be hosting a two-day Tudor-inspired weekend. 

You’re invited to venture back in time to 1485 to see just how different life may have looked for those living during the Tudor period. From the beginning of King Henry VII’s reign to the head of Henry’s granddaughter in 1603, the last Tudor monarch, Elizabeth I, you’ll see just how the times changed. 

When: 02.03.2024 – 03.03.2024 

Where: Bolton Castle, Nr Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4ET

 Website: www.boltoncastle.co.uk

Get inspired at this film festival 

Banff Mountain Film Festival is once again touring its 2024 winning films and shorts, and they are landing in a town near you. 

Bringing to life the spirit of extreme adventure in some of the world’s most remote places, the UK and Ireland tour has kicked off. 2024’s lineup of films looks incredibly brilliant, with shorts from inspiring individuals taking on impressive challenges. 

This Saturday 2nd March sees the tour land in Tunbridge Wells, with a matinee performance of its Blue film lineup and an evening screening of its Red film lineup. 

When: Various Dates 

Where: Various locations

Website: www.banff-uk.com

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