WOW: Celebrate Women of the World at Southbank Centre with stacks of events covering feminism to porn. A three day pass is £30, one day passes are £12 each. Runs Friday to Sunday.
TRAVEL: The TNT Travel Show takes place at Islington’s Business Design Centre with loads of discounts on trips and holidays, expert advice and inspiration for your travel planning. Don’t miss our very own Zoe Craig giving the lowdown on ‘secret London‘ at 11am on Saturday. Tickets £2, pre-register. Open 10am-6pm on Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday.
SCIENCE: High Performance celebrates extraordinary women in science and technology over a three-day festival at Science Museum.Meet motorsport engineers, fuel chemists, particle physicists, military engineers and a Red Arrows team manager plus lots of events – check the website for details. Entry is free.
GREEN: Explore some of London’s lesser known nature spots.
Saturday 9 March
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: As well as all the good stuff going on at WoW on the Southbank, there’s a special event by women, for women happening at London School of Economics called Fearless Fear Less comprising short talks, reflective exercises, conversations and meditation. Tickets are free but pre-register, runs 11am-1pm.
BOOKY KIDS: will enjoy the Spring Voices literary events at Dulwich Books this morning with storytelling sessions. Free but reserved seating so please call the bookshop for availability. From 11am-1pm
CIDER: Bromley CAMRA stage a Mad March Cider Festival at the HG Wells Centre to promote the year-round pleasures of drinking cider and perry. 30 ciders and perries will be on offer, alongside food, entertainment and even a splash of real ale. Entry is £1 or free for CAMRA members, open from 12-11pm.
AUDIO PLAYS: Sprint Festival presents unusual, physical and interactive theatre and today Encounter launch City, a collection of audio plays designed to be listened to as you take a contemplative hike through London’s streets. The makers will be at Camden People’s Theatre for launch day to set you off and welcome you back with tea and biscuits. The plays will then be available to download and experience at any time during the rest of the festival. Tickets £10, concessions £8, slots between 12-6pm.
THE PERFECT WIFE: Wendy Moore recounts the extraordinary decision of Thomas Day to raise a foundling into the perfect wife, at the Foundling Museum. Free with entry to the museum (adults £7.50/concessions £5/u16s free), starts 2pm.
ST JAMES’S: Find out about exclusive clubs and posh shops on a walk round St James’s with Westminster Guide, Colin Davey. £8, just turn up - Green Park exit from Green Park tube, by the Diana statue – starts 2pm.
TUBE ETHICS: Philosopher Richard Baron looks at the ethics of the Underground, at the Bishopsgate Institute. Example: “Should you be utilitarian, limit your spending on safety equipment, and trade off a few deaths against lower fares for everyone, or should you say that every life is of infinite value, and buy every possible safety device?”. Free, just turn up, 2.30pm
LENT: Visit Eastbury Manor House in Barking and you’ll have the chance to taste Tudor foods for Lent, including Kent Lent pie, tartes owte of Lent and almond biscuits. Entry to the house is £4 adults, £2 concessions. Tasting is free but donations welcome between 2-3.30pm.
SPOKEN WORD: More from Sprint Festival — grab a ticket for an intimate and unusual spoken word performance from J.Fergus Evans, My Heart is Hitchhiking Down Peachtree Street, thinking about home and evoking the sticky heat of Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets £10, concessions £8, shows at 4pm, 6pm and 7.30pm.
COMEDY: See the brilliant Nish Kumar at the Camden Head with three frighteningly young comics in support: Phil Wang, Glenn Moore and Ivo Graham (7.30pm, £3).
Sunday 10 March
KEEP MUM HAPPY: It’s Mother’s Day.
BOOKNIK KIDS: Marianne Levy and Joe Craig are two of the authors appearing at Little Bookniks at the Jewish Museum. Tickets £5 per event, runs from 10am-4pm.
MAKE YOUR MARK: Share what you are grateful for on the London Art Wall in Shoreditch and be part of the launch of the iDeedGood I AM GRATEFUL campaign at Peter the Pleaters, 17-19 Great Eastern Street, London EC2. Free, just turn up anytime.
EATING: Are you an eating legend? Take part in the London Eating Challenge at Boxpark and see if you can eat three pies in five minutes at Pieminister. Please be careful! Preregister £10, runs from 1-3pm.
CHOIR: 1,200 children sing you “Around the World in 18 Tunes” and singing star Russell Watson joins them to sing the epic “You Raise Me Up” at the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets £11.50-£21.50, prebook, starts 5pm.
BLACK MARIA: Have you been into Richard Wentworth’s shed like structure in the Granary Building at Kings Cross yet? Tonight’s a good time to go as it’ll be inhabited by Nomad Lab who will be creating some kind of sound performance in and around it, followed by performances and videos by MA Fine Arts students from Central St Martin’s. Free, just turn up, between 5-11.30pm.
TYPOGRAPHY: Explore fonts round Islington on an evening walk photographing the lettering from signage and the environment to make up a phrase or saying. Tickets £12 (includes a glass of wine), pre book: apply to email@example.com and you will be sent a Paypal link. Event runs 6-9pm.
Other good stuff
- What’s on stage and art reviews
- Live comedy in London
- Booky and spoken word events
- Events for curious-minded Londoners
- Free things to do in London
- What’s on in the big Museums and Galleries
Image of Black Maria used with permission.