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What's On - March 2012

March. The dawn of all things Spring-like and we've got a 'spring' in our step just thinking about it! There are a whole host of exciting goings-on this month, including some good old fashioned patriotism, fine art and circus moves. Time to start filling your diary...



1) Lucian Freud: Portraits (National Portrait Gallery: 9th February - 27th May)

Produced in close collaberation with the now late Lucian Freud (1922 - 2011), this is the first exhibition to focus soley on his portraiture. Impress your date by booking tickets to this once in a lifetime exhibition - even if you're not into art, he painted some pretty famous people... Book tickets now


2) St David's Day (1st March 2011)

Poor old St David never quite gets the same reception as St Patrick, and whilst you're sure to spot a few daffodils and leeks around London on 1st March, there is no 'official' London celebration. So, if you or your date are Welsh, it'll have to be a bit of a DIY affair. How about a trip to Borough Market to select the best Welsh cheeses, patês etc and then celebrating with an indoor picnic?


3) London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival (Camden Centre: 7th - 9th March)

I'm not sure this one needs a lot of explaining. Perhaps we could just tell you that there's free entry during the Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes? (Only £3.50 at other times, so panic not if lunch time drinking is not celebrated in your particular line of work)


4) The Affordable Art Fair (Battersea Park: 15th - 18th March)

Stroll around Battersea Park, hand in hand, gazing at wonderful art and assessing whether your artistic tastes are compatible. Make the date unforgettable by buying your loved one a little something to remember it by (a long term investment..?). There's a cafe and wine bar if that helps?


5) St Patrick's Day (17th March 2012)

London will be awash with Guiness, four leaf clovers and leprochauns for a whole week of Irish celebrations. The Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade is on Sunday 18th March this year with a colourful array of floats, marching bands, live music and dance. There'll be no short supply of pubs joining in on the action either...


6) CircusFest (Roundhouse, Camden: 28th March - 29th April)

Five whole weeks of contemporary circus from around the globe. Given that, according to The Times, circus is the sexiest of all the performing arts in Britain right now, we say you'd better book your spot!



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