IN THE DIARYMEN'SWOMEN'S
Though, theoretically, March heralds the beginning of spring, the actuality of temperature and temperament often tells a different tale. Ever the optimistic types, we’re hoping that the start of the season will bring more sunshine and less showers – the ideal climate for getting out and exploring the various events that the month brings.
So, for cultural cheer in March read our guide to what to do, how to eat, what to see, and where to be seen.
Arguably the month’s most delectable date, Tuesday the 4th of March marks Shrove Tuesday, the eve of Lent. If you’re anything like us however, rather than thoughts of what to forgo for Lent, your primary concerns will be those of the culinary variety.
This year we’ll be making our way through stacks of American-style pancakes doused in all manner of unashamedly decadent toppings. And, though home-made pancakes do have their charm, for us The Delauney‘s much-lauded take are our tip for pancake perfection.
55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB. Closest tube: Temple
THE VOGUE FESTIVAL
The aftermath of last month’s fashion week extravaganza left a gaping hole in your fashion calendar? Fear not because the fellows at Vogue have dedicated the last weekend in March to celebrating all things stylish.
Housed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre, the festival will host some of fashion’s most famous faces as guest speakers alongside trend workshops and other activities. Put quite plainly it’s a must for aficionados of fashion.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX. Closest tube: Waterloo
The latest ‘it’ restaurant to hit down in London, Barnyard is the second gastronomic venture from chef Ollie Dabbous. As the chef’s first restaurant had full bookings for what seemed like an interminable stretch, it’s sensible to expect that the new venue’s no bookings policy will make for one almighty queue.
Nodding to the eatery’s name, diners can expect to eat ‘wholesome comfort food in a ‘distressed farm’ setting. To date just a few of the menu’s dishes have been teased, highlights include homemade sausage rolls with piccalilli and the dreamily-titled cloudberry crumble with clotted cream.
As the official open date is yet to be disclosed, keep your ear to the ground throughout March for the sound of stampeding feet in London’s Fitzrovia.
18 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2LY. Nearest tube station: Goodge Street.
VIKINGS: LIFE AND LEGEND
Coinciding with the opening of the Sainsbury Exhibition Gallery at the British Museum,’Vikings: Life and Legend’ is an exhibition dedicated to some of history’s most infamous conquerors. While visitors will find retrieved jewellery, weaponry and paraphernalia from the Viking age at the exhibition, the highlight is surely the surviving timbers of a 37-metre-long Viking warship.
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG. Closest tube: Tottenham Court Road