What's on in London this March 2017 near Canary Wharf
March heralds the start of spring and we celebrate our mums this month as UK Mother's Day is on Sunday 26 March. Don't forget the clocks go forward by 1 hour on that day too for British Summer Time.
ART IN THE PARK
To give you a really good reason to spend time outdoors this month why not explore the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park artworks? There are 26 artworks that have been made to be experienced in the landscape, both up close and from afar. Some are large and striking while others are smaller and harder to find, but they are all inspired by the many histories of the area.
You can pick up a copy of the Art in the Park field guide when you arrive or you can download it here.
While at the Park, why not try the slide at The Orbit? For those wanting a more sedate visit you can still enjoy The Orbit as a viewing platform. But for those wanting some exhilaration I can recommend the world's longest tunnel slide. The descent is over in under a minute but in that time you'll circle The Orbit 12 times in an amazing corkscrew.
The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill (easily reached on London Overground) has an interesting new exhibition. The Robot Zoo is on until 29 October and has animals recreated in robot form to reveal their inner workings.
These larger-than-life robots and hands-on interactives – including a platypus, a giraffe and a 10 foot wide housefly – show anatomy as a host of familiar machine parts and gadgets such as shock absorbers, springs and pumps, which demonstrate how animal bodies work.
While this will certainly appeal to the family audience don't think it's just for the kids as there's an adult-only Robot Zoo Late on Thursday 2 March evening. Scientists, curators and artists will explore human, animal and robot behaviour through talks, performances, fun and games after hours.
If a great night out means live music you'll be impressed by the options at The O2 this month.
The Kaiser Chiefs start the month in The O2 Arena on 1 March as part of their first arena tour in two years.
The O2 Arena has the C2C Festival on 10-12 March. C2C is UK and Ireland's largest country music festival bringing three days of the world's best country stars as well as emerging talent from Nashville, UK and Europe.
Craig David has The O2 Arena on 25-26 March for his 'Following My Intuition' tour. The tour is his biggest UK arena tour in 15 years.
And Olly Murs ends the month in The O2 Arena on 30 March to 1 April. His last tour in 2015 sold out all 27 dates including four shows at The O2.
WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George's displeasure, has invited the new professor Nick and his wife Honey to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha's toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 27 May 2017. Four-time Olivier Award winning Imelda Staunton stars alongside fellow Olivier winner Conleth Hill, who may be best known to audiences for his role as Lord Varys in the HBO series Game Of Thrones.
This exciting revival of multi-Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee's celebrated play is also a fitting tribute to the revered writer's theatrical legacy as he died in September 2016.
There are reduced price tickets for the preview shows until 8 March and from 9 March, 100 tickets for each performance are priced at just £15.
EAST END FESTIVAL
On 18 and 19 March the Museum of London Docklands has a Your East End family festival weekend. Families can get involved with crafts and workshops and there are plenty of performances too from some of the area's local talent.
East London is a wonderfully diverse and creative area so this is an interesting opportunity to hear stories and memories.
Some of the best contemporary designer and craft makers in the country are showcasing their products at the Canary Wharf Made London design and craft fair.
You can meet over 60 makers and designers to discuss their craft and creative processes and, of course, to buy – or even commission – products direct with the designer.
NIGHT OF ADVENTURE
The Night of Adventure is at the East Wintergarden on the evening of Thursday 23 March. You can hear incredible explorers and daredevils celebrate the spirit of adventure while sharing their captivating stories of exploration, escapism and wonder.
To keep things fast-paced, each speaker is limited to just 20 slides to accompany their tales, each slide leaving the screen after just 20 seconds.
And it's all for a good cause as all proceeds support the work of Hope and Homes for Children.
WILTON'S MUSIC HALL
On most Mondays at 6-7pm, you can take a history tour of Wilton's Music Hall. It's fascinating to see the last surviving building of its kind. The tour explains how a Victorian sailors' pub went from music hall to Methodist Mission and was forgotten before becoming the venue it is today.
Make a night of it as there's often free music in the Mahogany Bar on Mondays. On 6 March the Jim Hammond Duo are performing from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Expect a special mix of R&B, Rockabilly, Country Blues, Surf and Rock & Roll, plus plenty of laughs too.
The Mahogany Bar is the oldest part of Wilton's dating from as early as 1690. Originally an ale house, it was furnished with a magnificent mahogany bar and luxurious fittings in 1828. While the famous fixtures and fittings are long gone the atmosphere lingers on.
By choosing to stay at Fraser Place Canary Wharf you will be in the heart of Canary Wharf, and a short ride away from some of these great events happening in March 2017. Check out our Special Offers and we hope to welcome you soon!
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Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com and contributes to many other publications while maintaining an impressive afternoon tea addiction. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.
Image credits: Robot Zoo: © Horniman Museum | Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?: © Charlie Gray | Wilton's Music Hall: © Alexander Baxevanis | East End Festival: © Museum of London