As I sit here typing this there are blue skies over London and a general sense of excitement in the air that we've gotten through the worst months and spring is on the way.
Soon we'll be wolfing down Easter eggs and actually choosing to sit outside on our lunch breaks, but until then here are my top picks of what to see, eat, drink and do in our fair capital this month...
Pulp Fiction, Grease, The Grand Budapest Hotel, True Romance, Gone Girl, Top Gun and a whole lot more at the Drive-In Film Club.
Ahhhhh, a big screen movie from the comfort of your car with hot dogs delivered to your window. What could be more wonderfully American? Open air cinemas have become a real London treat for the summer months, but there's no need to wait for good weather thanks to the drive-in at Ally Pall which is open already. There are fab classics as well as new releases showing throughout March and the price is £22 per vehicle as opposed to per person, so it's a cheap night out too. (Assuming you don't drive there on your own, natch). Full programme and tickets here.
Your dear mother for Mother's Day.
Don't forget Mother's Day on Sunday the 15th of March. It's easy to send a card and flowers but why not do something lovely like take her for a special Mother's Day tea? I can vouch for the afternoon tea at St Ermin's being thoroughly scrumptious having taken my own mother dearest last year. Expect the finest teas from Newby Teas, perfectly chilled Champagne, delightful finger sandwiches and aaaaaaall the yummy cakes. I went cake crazy last year and thought I'd never be able to do up my trousers again. Book for Mother's Day weekend here.
The Head of the River Race.
With over 400 crews from around the world competing for the coveted "Head of the River" title, this race along the Thames is definitely worth watching...especially if you can find a nice pub to watch the action from. The race takes place at midday on the 29th of March between Mortlake and Putney. Find more details here and figure out the best place to nab a spot to watch, but be warned that the best pubs fill up fast!
Step back to the 70s with a 5 course menu inspired by Abigail's Party.
Few things could be as dear to my heart as Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party, so this may just be the most exciting pop-up dining experience to come on to my radar for a long time. Prepare to step into a 70s living room and sample innovative takes on fondue and prawn cocktail classics. Takes place at the Rose Lipman Building in Haggerston (between Shoreditch and Dalston) between 11th March and 4th of April. £55 per ticket, more info and booking here.
A Happy Meal at Foundation.
Yes, you can order a Happy Meal at Foundation and get your burger, fries and an adult toy (ooo errr) brought to you in a special box. As well as beef and chicken burgers you can order one of Foundation's infamous dirty burgers, a signature smoked hot dog (complete with crunchy Asian slaw) or a falafel and spinach burger in a brioche bun. Food SHOULD make you happy. Book a table at Foundation here.
All the vegetarian goodness at The Moveable Feast.
Opening on the 9th of March, this six month vegetarian pop-up near The Shard (21 St Thomas Street) will be *the* place to get your veggie fix on your lunch break or way home from work. Open Monday-Saturday from 7am til 8pm, the stalls will rotate and show off the finest in vegetarian start-ups. And yes, there will also be cake. Follow The Moveable Feast on Twitter for updates.
Celebrate St Patrick's Day.
I'm sure you need no encouragement to do this, but St Patrick's Day is on Tuesday the 17th of March. Don't forget that as well as the Guinness hats, there's the official parade and free celebrations in Trafalgar Square on Sunday the 15th (daytime). More info here.
Party with Scott Disick.
The Lord himself will be hosting the party of all parties at Tiger Tiger London on Wednesday the 4th of March. Remind yourself why he's the very best here and book your £10 ticket here.
Your Saturday morning yoga overlooking the City.
Until the 28th of March you can enjoy Saturday morning yoga sessions at Coq d'Argent's rooftop ski lodge with SERENE London. The class is at 10am and tickets are £25. After your sesh you are encouraged to stay and socialise over an après-yoga breakfast, which is handily included in your ticket price. More info and booking here.
A lethal mix of vodka and tequila with cherry bitters and cherry coke and a side of ‘your name written on the cup’. Find it at Foundation. Book a table here.
A Shark's Tale.
An oceanic concoction surrounding a jelly sweet shark. Served long with Absolut vanilla vodka and Blue Curaçao merged with Passoa and peach bitters. A dash of vanilla syrup topped up with ginger ale finishes this deep sea tale....and yes, it really does come with jelly sharks! Find it at Foundation. Book a table here.
A You & Me Cooler.
This is a Jelly Belly Exclusive! Grey Goose Le Citron blended with apple and lime juices, grenadine, passionfruit syrup and mint are then muddled together and served long. Served with a side order of pomegranate flavoured Jelly Belly beans. Find it at Core. Book a table here.