What's on in London: March/April 2015

As winter's chill recedes to be replaced by warmer weather the British capital city is filled with even more things to keep you busy. Here's our list of our hottest happenings in London this spring.

From a raw seafood restaurant opening in Hackney to provocative contemporary art in Mayfair and artisan wine tasting in Islington, get out and about in London with the best of this month's cultural highlights and culinary delights.

HALFLIFE, Kings Cross
If you are arriving in from Europe on the Eurostar or travelling through Kings Cross in the coming months, be sure to check out the light installation HALFLIFE which has been specifically created and designed for the pedestrian foot tunnel by designers Spiers + Major. Its combination of light, dark and colour is created from 180 light sources within the tunnel's walls and the outcome is a unique visual masterpiece revealing 92,160 colours.

The Slow Food and Living Market, Rosewood Hotel


Sundays should be all about taking it slow, and from Sunday 1st March Holborn's Rosewood Hotel is making sure we keep our food shopping and eating habits 'slow', and by this they mean 'sustainable, local, organic and wholesome' with the launch of their Slow Food and Living Market. Held every Sunday from 10.30am – 3.30pm in the Edwardian building's neo-classical inner courtyard, stallholders include meat and chacuterie purveyors Gastronomica, fish suppliers Hansen & Lydersen, cheese from Bath Soft Cheese and flowers from Field of London.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, V&A
Following its outstanding success at the New York Met, Savage Beauty, a retrospective of the work of fashion designer Alexander McQueen comes to London's V&A this spring. The exhibition showcases a wide range of the designer's creations including some early rare designs, as well as 13 never before seen photographs of the designer by Ann Ray acquired by the V&A.


The exhibition, which opens on March 14th, has recently been extended to run until August 2nd.

The Richmond, Hackney
No, this is not another southwest London gastro-pub opening, but London's first and only raw seafood restaurant. The much-anticipated transformation of the Richmond Pub in Hackney into 'neighbourhood' restaurant, The Richmond, opens its doors to dining connoisseurs on March 20th. Brought to us by the three-time Michelin Bib Goumand winner Brett Redman and stylist Margaret Crow, you can be assured of style soaked and ethically sourced oysters, Carpaccio and tartars.

A View from the Bridge, Wyndham's Theatre


After its sell-out run at the Young Vic last year, visionary Belgian director Ivo Van Hove's production of A View from the Bridge comes to London's West End. The unique barefooted, no set, pared-back version of Arthur Miller's tragic and dark drama is not to be missed at the Wyndham's Theatre until April 6th.

Street Feast, across London
For a culinary experience like no other in London, head to one of the city's three Street Feast destinations Hawker House in Haggerston (until April 11th), Dalston Yard and Model Market Market in Lewisham (both from May to September) which see quirky locations transformed into indoor and outdoor street and night markets, featuring pop up street food traders offering the best of local and international food and drinks as well as music and DJs and a genuine street party vibe. Think craft beers, rum shacks, jerk stations and tequila tree houses.


For location details and opening times go to www.streetfeastlondon.com

Ghosts at The Fine Art Society, Mayfair
As specialists in contemporary British art and longtime residents of Mayfair, this March sees The Fine Art Society host six contemporary artists, including Stuart Semple, Laura Oldfield Ford and Macarena Yañez, for an exhibition entitled Ghosts. Each artist uniquely explores the social effects of urban regeneration in UK cities, in particular London, and with many of London's galleries and cultural landmarks under threat from exponential building projects, the exhibition is particularly poignant.


From March 4th – April 10th, www.faslondon.com

Cheese & Wine Festival, Islington


You don't need to head to the wineries of Stellenbosch or the fromageries of France to sample delicious and varied wines and cheeses. From March 25-27th London's Cheese & Wine Festival returns to the cosmopolitan streets of Islington in North London to its Business Design Centre. Get your artisan fix and your taste-buds in tune with fine wines, farmhouse cheeses, chutneys, prosecco, cider and chocolate from over 30 shops including some of London's finest culinary suppliers including Paxton & Whitfield, Gastro Nicks and La Cave à Fromage. There are also tutored wine and chocolate tastings from wine writer Jane Parkinson and baking demonstrations from American baker David Muniz.

1 HALFLIFE at Kings Cross
2 The Slow Food & Living Market: Rosewood London Hotel
3 Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty V&A
4 The Richmond, Hackney
5 A View from the Bridge, Wyndham’s Theatre
6 Street Feast, across London
7 Ghosts at The Fine Art Society, Mayfair
8 Cheese & Wine Festival, Islington