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London Insider Calendar: March 2018

The best cultural and creative events in March.

Spring has sprung in the capital! We’re embracing bright starts with riverside walks and making the most of longer evenings spent discovering the history of our favourite cocktails in Soho with our gin Insider, Chris.

There’s plenty to look forward to if the weather takes a turn for the worse, though, and we’re here to help. The monthly London Insider calendar lists our pick of the best cultural and creative events in the city this March.

Art

Affordable Art Fair Battersea
Battersea Park
8th-11th March
Cost: From £8

Venture south of the river to the verdant Battersea Park, where the Affordable Art Fair returns this spring. Proving you don’t need to have a serious budget to acquire spectacular original paintings, photography and sculptures, the Affordable Art Fair showcases both established artists and emerging talent. A must for any art lover looking to start – or expand – a collection.

Design

Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics, 2008-2018
Design Museum
28th March – 12th August
Cost: From £10.90

Through the most volatile decade of politics, uncover the power of visual communication of political messages from political parties to grassroots campaigns by examining works by both high-profile designers and amateur activists. Discover how graphic design can amplify political messages and empower individuals at the Design Museum’s first major exhibition of 2018.

Food

Urban Food Fest
Euro Car Parks, 162-167 Shoreditch High Street
24th March – November 2018
Cost: Free Entry

For a low-key and leisurely Saturday, what better way to indulge than at this year’s revival of Urban Food Fest. Tuck into gourmet street food from 15 different food trucks and stalls, washed down with an ever-changing selection of beers, wines, and cocktails. The first open-air food festival of the year truly heralds the start of spring!

Think you know British food? Discover the producers at the vanguard of London’s local revival on an Experience with Victoria.

Fashion

Embellishment in Fashion
Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court
Until 31st March
Cost: From £16.00

Gain a privileged insight into the Royal School of Needlework’s extraordinary collection of historic textiles to examine how embroidery and embellishment have been used to elevate garments and accessories since the 18th century. With extremely limited viewing opportunities, don’t miss the two-hour curator’s talks and tours for a truly in-depth fashion experience.

Drinks

Honest Grapes Fine Wine Tasting
Maison Assouline
20th March 2018
Cost: £50.00

Maison Assouline’s weighty tomes are a must-have for any discerning coffee-table book connoisseur, and you can now experience their glamorous St James’s HQ at your leisure with a glass of wine in hand. Join Honest Grapes wine director Tom Harrow and founder Nathan Hill to sample flights of wine from the best artisanal producers from around the world.

Theatre

Macbeth
National Theatre
7th March 2018
Cost: From £40.00

Boasting an all-star cast, Rufus Norris returns to direct Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy with a bold new interpretation. Celebrated actors Anne Marie Duff and Rory Kinnear star as the notorious couple, both with plenty of experience impressing National theatregoers. We look forward to hearing how this fresh new interpretation plays out on the stage during this landmark run.

Join actor Michelle Butterly on an in-depth discovery of London’s theatre scene on her three-hour walking tour.