Looking for things to do in the first month of spring? Here we bring you some of the most interesting activities that we could find. A little bit of history, a little bit of fashion… What is it going to be? Is all up to your choice!
Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story
The haunting carvings in the British Museum’s Ice Age Art exhibition last year brought a real taste for prehistory, so this new exhibition at the Natural History Museum should not let you down. Rarely seen specimens on display include a skull from the earliest known Neanderthal in Britain, and the oldest wooden spear in the world. These and other remarkable objects from our past are brought to life using the latest scientific techniques and life-size models. Incredible finds from sites around Britain will reveal what life was really like one million years ago, many years before even the Romans, Saxons and Vikings had wandered around this ancient land.
* Natural History Museum. Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD.
* Fri Feb 28 – Sun Sep 28
Gingerline: The Hideout
Gingerline is a clandestine dining adventure operating in secret and changing locations along the East London Overground (The ‘Gingerline’ refers to the East London Overground between Crystal Palace and Highbury & Islington). For a supper club devoted to mystery, Gingerline has revealed its secrets to an awful lot of people. Last year alone, the mother of all pop-up dining events fed 10,000 guests over eight sold-out months – and we’re sure they’ll have no problem shifting tickets to The Hideout – an event tipped as the guerrilla gourmands’ most ambitious to date. Obviously we can’t tell you exactly where this new experience is located – only that’s it somewhere on the East London.
* Sat Mar 1 – Sat Apr 12
* A Secret location on the East London. For more information click here
* £50 Wed, Thu, £55 Friday,Saturday.
Vikings: Life and Legend
Discover the Viking world in this major exhibition – the first at the British Museum for over 30 years. Swords and axes, coins and jewellery, hoards, amulets and religious images show how Vikings created an international network connecting cultures over four continents. At the centre of the exhibition will be the surviving timbers of a 37- metre-long Viking warship, the longest ever found. Artefacts dating between the late eighth century and the early eleventh century will be on display. Plus, recently excavated skeletons from a mass Viking grave in Dorset, all of the treasures from The Vale of York Hoard, ostentatious jewellery and more.
* British Museum 44 Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG.
* Thu Mar 6 – Sun Jun 22.
London Super Comic Convention
Hundreds of exhibitors and fans engaged in cosplay (dressed as their favourite characters) converge for the UK’s biggest comics and graphic novels fair. The weekend features panel discussions, autograph sessions and publisher reviews with Jonathan Ross, Marvel artist Arthur Adams, ‘World War Z’ writer Max (son of Mel) Brooks and ‘Walking Dead’ artist Charlie Adlard.
* ExCeL Centre. 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL
* Sat Mar 15 – Sun Mar 16
Country To Country Festival
Returning for the second year, this two-day indoor festival brings Nashville to Greenwich, attracting British fans of US country music. This year’s festival is headlined on Saturday by three-time Grammy-winning country rock six-piece Zac Brown Band – led by Georgia boy Brown – and on Sunday by Brad Paisley, the rib-tickling modern country star who’s an expert at inciting sing-alongs. C2C 2014 will also see the return of country superstars the Dixie Chicks, who will be performing in the UK for the first time in eight years. Rascal Flatts join the lineup after their phenomenal two sold out shows at London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in July. Also confirmed to perform is platinum selling artist Dierks Bentley, and Chris Young who has just released his latest album ‘A.M’.
* The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
* Sat Mar 15 – Sun Mar 16
UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards Exhibition
Work by the winners of the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards is displayed in this exhibition at the Museum of London. The show offers a great opportunity to see some of the most beautiful press shots taken during the year in the way that the photography should be viewed and to give the large- format, finely printed works the unhurried attention they deserve. There are images in categories including war photography, fashion, sport and business, as well as a new category for the BT Citizen Photographer of the Year.
* Museum of London. 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN
* Until Sun Mar 16
The Vogue Festival 2014
The third Vogue Festival will take place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 March 2014, this year in partnership with Harrods. The two-day extravaganza promises to be even bigger than its two predecessors, and will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre. Last year’s festival saw some of the world’s biggest fashion talents come together for a weekend of interviews and discussions, including Victoria Beckham, Donatella Versace, Alexa Chung and Cara Delevingne. This year’s Vogue Festival speakers include Phoebe Philo, Manolo Blahnik, Sarah Burton, Naomi Campbell and Valentino Garavani. But that’s not all. Alongside the main schedule of talks and discussions, a host of must-see fashion activities will be available for visitors. Guests will be able to pose for their own Vogue cover shoot; take part in a live catwalk show hosted by Harrods; listen to trend talks guiding you through the new season; watch styling presentations and Vogue fashion films; and participate in show-and-tell sessions, where guests will be given the chance to show their work to Vogue editors.
* Queen Elizabeth Hall South Bank, SE1 8XX
* Sat Mar 29 – Sun Mar 30
We hope you find these activities amusing. Otherwise, you can always just chill at our bar and that would make a great plan!