This month brings with it the promise of spring and (hopefully) warmer days in London. We’re certainly looking forward to spending time with our mums for Mother’s day and unleashing the Irish in all of us for St. Patricks Day. With lots to look forward to this month, it’s easy to miss some of exciting events taking place in London, so we’ve brought you our line-up of alternative things to go to this month.
Image: Vault Festival Instagram
24th January – 18th March 2018
Catch the end of Vaults Festival, London’s biggest arts festival, this hidden gem tucked away beneath Waterloo station, running until 18th March. The Vaults is a huge platform for artists to present innovative, daring work such as theatre, film, comedy, live performance and so much more.
This year, the highly anticipated annual festival came back with a bang, listing over three hundred new shows packed into just three months. The excitement is all but over yet – if you haven’t had a chance to visit one of their imaginative performances, there are tickets still available.
Delancey British National Alpine Championships
25th March – 6th April 2018
We hope you’re as excited as we are for the Delancey Ski Championships at the end of the month. This year, the Championships will be returning to the high-altitude ski resort of Tignes in the French Alps for its fourth successive year. The event will see Senior and Junior races run from 25th March – 1st April, and the British U16 and U14 Ski Championships plus U12 and U10 Race Events running from the 2nd until the 6th April. To keep up with our British team and all the latest news live from the Championships, follow Team BSS on Twitter.
Image: Harmonics in Space
Sat, Sun 11am-4pm
Tube: North Greenwich
Artist Fred Butler will be taking over the latest instalment at the Now Gallery to present his work on chromotherapy. For those of you who, like us, found that the meaning didn’t immediately spring to mind, his collection plays with colour therapy.
Butler explores themes of shapes, colour, light and sound to recharge and heal the body, mind and soul, promising a very therapeutic afternoon. So, don’t miss an opportunity to pop your head in one of Butler’s ‘healing spheres’ and feel your mood lift as colourful lights flood your senses.
Image: Garden of Light
Garden of Light
In honour of the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal, Paternoster Square will exhibit a garden of stained-glass and luminous daffodils to celebrate the work Marie Curie Nurses and hospices make to those who are affected by terminal illness. 4,000 illuminated daffodils will feature in the display to represent the people the terminal illness charity will support throughout March.
You can visit this beautiful display for free but you may wish to do more. If you wish to show your support, you can donate and wear a daffodil for the Great Daffodil Appeal this March.
WOW: Women of the World Festival
7 – 11 March 2018
In time for International Women’s Day (8th March), WOW: Women of the World Festival returns for its 8th year, promising an exceptional edition in the wake of recent political movements for women such as #MeToo, No Grey Area and Time’s Up.
WOW Festival celebrates female achievements and highlights the obstacles that prevent women from achieving their full potential. As 2018 marks the 100th anniversary since the first British women won the right to vote and with gender equality at the tip of everyone’s tongue, we can’t wait to see what WOW Festival has in store.
So far they’ve shared an impressive panel of female champions from famous artists, writers and comedians, to activists and politicians – including Munroe Bergdorf, Afua Hirsch, Sandi Toksvig, Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Laura Bates. To read up on the programme of discussion, debate and performances available to attend, head to the website.
Image: London Visions
Museum of London
150 London Wall
19 January – 15 April 2018
Tube: St Paul’s/Barbican
Following the return of Blade Runner, future dystopias are a big trend right now. London Visions exhibition suggests some exaggerated realities for the future of London to provoke conversation around this popular topic. For a day trip that will really get you thinking, head across to St Paul’s and share your thoughts via #LondonVisions.
Other popular exhibitions currently at the Museum of London include Pulse, The Whitechapel Fatberg, Votes for Women and The Suffragette legacy. Find more events to suit your tastes here.
What will you get up to in London this Spring? Let us know and comment below!