Guide to March in The City of London

The City of London is a fascinating place to be based, whether you are visiting for work or pleasure. There’s always so much going on, from exhibitions and events to shows and seasonal activities and March is no exception. Read on to find out what you could be getting up to in The City in the coming month.

Rock Archive’s A Chunk of Punk – Barbican Music Library – from March 2nd

Anyone who loves punk or has an interest in this fascinating period of music history will love the opportunity to snoop around the archives of Jill Furmanovsky. The renowned music photographer opens up her collection of images, featuring some of the most anarchic names of the day. Think The Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks and The Clash to name but a few. This event is part of the wider Punk.London: 40 Years of SubversiveCulture taking place this year.

Entry is free.

Unseen City – Guildhall Art Gallery – from March 4th

Did you know that The City has a photographer-in-residence? Well it does and since 2013 Martin Parr has been taking pictures throughout the Square Mile to highlight everything from everyday life to huge events that attract the attention of the world. In March, an exhibition opens at the Guildhall Art Gallery that puts many of these photographs on display. Unseen City will offer the opportunity to look at this part of London in a different way.

While general admission to the gallery is free, a £5 entry fee will be levied for this exhibition. It is possible to save some money on a combined ticket for the Martin Parr curated display at the Barbican. Entry to both together is £13.

Shakespeare Son et Lumiere – Guildhall Yard – March 4th and 5th

All year the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death is being marked and this event is a highly unique way of getting involved. 3D projection mapping will bring an astonishing array of colour and light to the façade of the Guildhall, all based upon the theme of the bard. It will be accompanied by a specially composed score performed by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

The event will be repeated continuously between 6.45pm and 8.45pm each evening, with the full performance lasting 20 minutes each. It’s free to attend and there’s no need to reserve a spot, so simply stop by and be amazed.

Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time – St Lawrence Jewry – March 9th

Written while in a German prisoner of war camp, this performance of Quartet for the End of Time will be held in the suitably solemn St Lawrence Jewry. The first time it was ever played, a group of fellow musicians brought it to life. Now, Michael Foyle will take on the violin part, Maksim Štšura the piano, Joe Shiner the clarinet and Yelian He will feature on the cello. Expect a beautiful and moving experience.

Tickets start at £10 and include refreshments. The performance begins at 6pm, so arrive in time to take your seat.

Families Find Out Festival – Museum of London – March 12th and 13th

Between 11am and 4pm over the weekend of March 12th, the Museum of London will be taken over as part of British Science Week. The Families Find Out Festival is a great opportunity to get kids aged from five upwards interested in science and technology. Activities will help them to take a look at the past of these areas as well as developments that are likely to occur in the future and really spark their interest in these subjects.

Adults and children get in free.

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