Things to do and see in London this March 2013

If you have a few hours or even days to spare this March, or if you have overseas guests and you are wondering what to do with them, think about taking them to London, as there are so many events and exhibitions, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Picture courtesy: London Dungeons

Picture courtesy: London Dungeons

If you have a predeliction for all things creepy and love to be scared by gruesome parts of our historical past, then head off to the newly vamped up London Dungeons. You might have already seen the adverts, but nothing will prepare you for the sheer gusto in which the actors take to their roles. Delighting in breathing down your necks whilst regaling you with tales of dire misfortunes, a fabulously frightful experience that will leave you talking for days and nights afterwards.

Photograph-by-Brian-Duffy-©-Duffy-Archive

Photograph-by-Brian-Duffy-©-Duffy-Archive

If music is more your thing, and you were one of the 70’s glam rock children, then the David Bowie Exhibition at the V&A Museum is a must see. Featuring unseen outfits, photographs and music memorabilia connected to this remarkable artist, there are over 300 object available to view alone. You can see personal handwritten notes, peruse personal instruments and many of these items will be on display for the first time. The exhibition runs from March 23 to July 28 but tickets are already selling well.

Picture courtesy: London Zoo

Picture courtesy: London Zoo

Animal lovers would be best to get themselves down to London Zoo, where they are opening the Tiger Territory on March 22. This is a brand new £3.6m enclosure for critically endangered Sumatran tigers, and it is estimated to be five times the size of the current enclosure. The new enclosure includes a custom-built pool, so you can catch these beautiful animals playing in the water. There are also state of the art floor-to-ceiling glass windows in which you can view the tigers.

Picture courtesy: Design Museum

Picture courtesy: Design Museum

For those of you who are interested in design, the Design Museum is presenting its annual Designs of the Year exhibition. There are seven categories, including architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, transport and product. In the past, many of the design shown have gone to to inspire actual products and innovations. The designs are voted on, and the winners are decided by the judging panel on March 25, and announced to the public on April 17. The exhibition opens on March 20 and closes on July 7.

Picture courtesy: Natural History Museum

Picture courtesy: Natural History Museum

One of my all time favourite events in London is hosted at the Natural History Museum, and it celebrates the life-cycles of Butterflies. Sensational Butterflies runs from March 29 – September 15 and it follows the natural life cycle of these beautiful and delicate creatures. The event is hosted in the butterfly house on the museum’s front lawn, and it is truly an amazing event, with talks on these creatures, whilst they are actually flying around you at the same time.

Picture: Copyright-Soprintendenza-Speciale

Picture: Copyright-Soprintendenza-Speciale

For history buffs, and a great learning experience for children to boot, check out the Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum at the British Museum. This runs from March 28 to September 29, and is the first major exhibition in London to focus on the tragedy in almost 40 years. The exhibition is a collection of more than 250 objects, bought together from well-established discoveries, to more recent finds, that help us to understand the sequence of events in greater detail. This event focuses on the lives of the people that lived during that time and died at this catastrophic event.

Picture courtesy: Flamenco Festival

Picture courtesy: Flamenco Festival

Lovers of dance will be drawn to the Flamenco Festival London, which is held at Sadler’s Wells from March 15-27. There are eight productions which will take place in the main performance space, but you can also see a number of supplementary performances, masterclasses, workshops and film screenings.