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Published March 9th 2017
Enjoy London for FREE in March



Celebrate Spring around London with loads of free events this March for everyone in the family. Discover what lies beneath London at the Museum of London Docklands; recycle your old apparel; explore transgender issues; view the eye-catching installations of British and South Korean artists;go craft shopping; revisit childhood with board games; join in the St Patrick's Day revelry; and cheer the rowers at the Head of the River Race. Whatever event or activity suits your fancy, you'll find something for FREE around London this month.

1 to 18 March – Do Ho Suh: Passage/s Exhibit

Do Ho Suh: Passage/s
Photo courtesy of Victoria Miro


Victoria Miro is best known for featuring works in its extensive galleries occupying 19,000 square feet across three sites in Mayfair and Wharf Road. It is showcasing the most substantial exhibition of Korean-born artist Do Ho Suh who recreates architectural spaces in coloured translucent polyester. The artist was born and raised in South Korea, but has lived in different places all his life, finally calling London home. Passage/s is an exhibition that reflects the story of Do Ho Suh. You can view his large scale installation, smaller three dimensional works and new works on paper and films.

Time: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm (Tuesday to Saturday)
Venue: Victoria Miro, Gallery I & II
Address: 16 Wharf Rd, London, N1 7RW
Phone: 020 7336 8109
Web:https://www.victoria-miro.com/exhibitions/501/

1 to 31 March – Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered

snakes and ladders
Photo courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum


Silas X. Floyd once said, "The right to play is one of the divine right of men and women, of boys and girls, and is just as essential to the peace, happiness, and prosperity of the world as in the right to pray". Indeed games are not just for boys and girls but for everyone to enjoy. The V&A Museum of Childhood is hosting an exhibition of board games from all over the world.

You and your family can come face-to-face with a wide collection of more than 100 timeless favorites including Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Cluedo, Chess and even beautifully designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries like The Game of the Goose. You can also participate in hands-on activities during your visit. The exhibition will close on 23 April 2017.

Time: 10.00 am to 5.45 pm (Last admission is at 5.30 pm)
Venue: V&A Museum of Childhood
Address: Cambridge Heath Rd, London, E2 9PA
Web www.vam.ac.uk/moc/exhibitions/gameplan/

1 to 31 March – Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail & Family Festival Weekend

Mass burial site containing victims of The Great Plague of 1665 uncovered at Liverpool Street during Crossrail excavation August 2015
Photo courtesy of Museum of London


Crossrail (soon to be called the Elizabeth line), which ran from the West to East of London is London's latest railway and Europe's largest infrastructure project. The construction process stimulated a frenzy of extensive archaeological programmes that unearthed over 10,000 artefacts from almost every period of London's history. Now you and your family can visit the Museum of London Docklands and see the results for yourselves.

The "Tunnel: The Archeology of Crossrail" exhibition features the most complete range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail. They collectively showcase 8,000 years of history, from Mesolithic tool makers and inhabitants of Roman Londinium to those affected by the Great Plague of 1665 in London. These finds came from diverse locations including Canary Wharf, Tottenham Court Road, Abbey Wood and Westbourne Park. The exhibition runs till 3 September 2017.

Combine your visit to the exhibition with the Family Festival Weekend on 18 and 19 March. This festival has been developed in partnership with locals to celebrate East End and its many stories and memories. There will be live performances by the the area's talent and hands-on crafts and workshops.

Time: Daily 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Venue: Museum of London Docklands
Address: No.1 Warehouse, W India Dock Rd, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AL
Phone: 020 7001 9844
Web:https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands/whats-on/exhibitions/tunnel-archaeology-crossrail

1 to 31 March – Museum of Transology

Museum of Transology
Photo courtesy of Fashion Space Gallery


Head over to Fashion Space Gallery for the largest and boldest display of trans artefacts and photographic portraiture ever displayed in the UK. Located at London College of Fashion, the gallery will feature a collection of personal objects and stories donated by the public and curated by E-J Scott. Some of the highlights include My Genderation films by Fox Fisher and Lewis Hancox, Sexing the Transman and Mr Angel documentaries by adult film star Buck Angel and photography by Bharat Sikka and Sharon Kilgannon. You can also attend the following events in March:

1) 16 March - On Genderless Fashion: Hosted by E-J Scott, the curator of Museum of Transology, this event involves a panel of radical designers who will chat with the audience about breaking down fashion's gender stereotypes.

2) 18 March - The Young People's Museum of Transology: 17 year-old assistant curator of Museum of Transology, Colin Lievens, invites teens and parents to a tour of the museum followed by curatorial workshops.

Time: Monday–Friday: 10am–6pm, Saturday: 12pm–4pm (during term time), Sunday & Public Holidays: Closed
Venue: Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion
Address: 20 John Princes Street, W1G 0BJ, UAL
Web www.fashionspacegallery.com/exhibition/museum-transology/

3 to 31 March – The Iris by Rebecca Louise Law

The Iris by Rebecca Louise Law
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Louise Law


Spring is just right around the corner, and what better way to welcome spring than to head down to Now Gallery and witness the beautiful and positively blooming Irises floating from copper wire. This gallery regularly invites artists, designers and creatives to transform the space with exciting and exceptional installations.

This event will showcase the brilliance of British artist, Rebecca Louise Law. She is best known for using organic material in a sculptural and painterly fashion. Be prepared to be amazed as 10,000 blue, purple, yellow and white irises welcome you as part of Rebecca's latest Iris-filled installation. Exhibition runs till 7 May 2017.

Date: 07/03/2017
Time: 11.00 am
Venue: Now Gallery
Address: Greenwich Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0Es
Web nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/the-iris/

6 to 12 & 14 to 19 March - Urban Spring Pop Up & Spring Showcase

craft central
Photo courtesy of Craft Central


Head over to Craft Central this March for some artisan retail therapy. Formerly known as Clerkenwell Green Association, this organisation continues to support local craft and design through its pop-up exhibitions.

1) 6 to 12 March - 3 London based designers will be teaming up to showcase their works including baby gifts, botanical keepsake jewellery, hand pulled screen prints, unique home wares and cards. They include Scamp, Lizzy Chambers and Samantha Morris.

2) 14 to 19 March - 3 designers will be showcasing accessories designed and handmade in London including hats by Agnieszka, jewellery by Daisy Choi and shoes by Hetty Rose. They are also creating bespoke bridal commissions so you can meet the designers and discuss your special requirements. A private viewing and late night shopping will be held on 16 March from 5pm to 8pm.

Opening Times: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat & Sun 11am-4pm
Venue: The Showcase, Craft Central
Address: 33-35 St John's Square, London, EC1M 4DS
Phone: 020 7251 0276
Web:https://craftcentral.org.uk/calendar

11, 12, 25 & 26 March - Swish and Style

swish & style
Photo courtesy of North London Waste Authority


Instead of throwing away your wearable but unwanted clothes, why not exchange them for different apparel with other people? The exchange process is simple. You get a token that you can exchange for another garment (maximum 10 items) at any of the 4 events organised by the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) as part of its "Wise Up To Waste" programme.

It's all about working with the public to reduce waste and increase recycling. All the clothes, shoes and accessories collected from participants on the day of each event are sorted and displayed as in a retail environment. You get to choose what you like using the tokens on a first-come-first-serve basis. The Swish and Style locations include:

1) 11 March 12.30 – 3pm Leytonstone United Free Church, 55 Wallwood Road, Waltham Forest, E11 1AY

2) 12 March 12.30 – 3pm Johnston Hall, St Marys, Upper Street, Islington, N1 2TX

3) 25 March 12.30 – 3pm The Brewhouse, 369-370 Helmsley Place, Hackney, E8 3SB

4) 26 March 12.30 - 3pm Studio 5, Jackson Lane, 269A Archway Road, Haringey, N6 5AA

Visit the website for more details.

Web www.wiseuptowaste.org.uk/reuse/clothes-and-shoes/swish-and-style

17 to 19 March – St. Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day walking tour
Photo courtesy of Greater London Authority


In celebration of the feast day of St. Patrick, London is serving up three days celebration filled with fun, excitement and games commencing on 17 March through to 19 March. Here are some of the crowd favourites:

1) Underground Irish Music and Poetry, 17 March - Make your way down Victoria, Waterloo, Tottenham Court Road and Covent Garden Tube stations for more live entertainment.

2) Irish Walking Tour, 17 to 19 March - You can learn more about London and its Irish connections.

3) St Patrick's Day Festival, 18 March - Enjoy live music from Irish bands like Kila at Camden Market.

4) St. Patrick's Day Parade, 19 March - Celebrate the occasion with elaborate floats, marching bands from around the UK, pageantry, and many more. The parade starts at 12 pm, making its way down to Piccadilly, passing through some of London's most famous landmarks like The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.

Visit the website for more details on the various activities.

Venue: Various locations in London
Phone: 020 7983 4000
Web www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/7609013-st-patricks-day

25 March – Head of the River Race

Head of the River Race (HoRR)
Photo courtesy of www.horr.co.uk


One of the longest-running sports traditions of London is back once more with hundreds of rowers from all over the world competing to be the fastest crew, and to be crowned the winner. Join this much-awaited event as 400 national and international crews of eight rowers take on the challenge to compete in the annual Head of the River Race to be done at London's famous river, Thames. The rowers are expected to complete a 6.8km course over two hours, beginning at Mortlake by 2.15 pm and ending at Putney. Arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the event to secure a good view of the race.

Time: 2.15 pm
Venue: Chiswick Bridge
Address: Hounslow London W4 3UL
Web www.horr.co.uk/
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