This weekend the spotlight is on saving our planet's dwindling species as we pledge support to WWF's Earth Hour, while elsewhere, inspirational women dominate the culture scene. Claire Foy stars in gripping psychological thriller Unsane and The National Trust's exhibition Suffragette City celebrates the centenary of the women's vote by providing an immersive insight into what it was like for the women who fought for our rights at the frontline. Read on as we chart more of London's best bits...>>
With the tragic extinction of the white rhino still fresh in our minds, the urgency to save our planet’s animals has never been greater – a startling one in six animal species are threatened due to climate change, pollution and overconsumption. Marking efforts to save our planet is WWF's Earth Hour movement, an initiative encouraging us all to switch off our lights on 24 March at 8.30pm. Last year nine million took part in the UK alone, including public monuments and buildings such as Buckingham Palace.
Stock up on the champagne and make your way to the Thames this Saturday 24 March, as the annual rowing competition between Oxford and Cambridge Universities is back. There’s only one way to find out who will be crowned 2018’s champion and that’s to be there – for the best views of the action, head to Putney Embankment, close to the start line, Hammersmith and Barnes, positioned at the mid-course, or Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Bridge, to see the teams cross the finish line.
The Women's Boat Race starts at 4.31pm and the Men's at 5.32pm
Actress Claire Foy takes on a very different role in Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane, her first major film role since starring in the hugely popular Netflix series The Queen. The gripping psychological horror, shot entirely through the lens of an iPhone, tells the story of a woman unwillingly committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest phobias. Guaranteed to have you hooked, and possibly watching through your fingers, Unsane is a cinematic first as well as fascinated commentary on our society.
In cinemas nationwide now
Chef Bryn Williams has opened his first London restaurant in a decade at Somerset House, putting the spotlight on sustainability, seasonality and provenance. The talented chef, who's worked with Marco Pierre White and Michel Roux, has created a menu inspired by fresh fruit and vegetables, with small plates including rainbow carrots, hand-dived scallop, and pickled mooli, black garlic, raw apple, sage and Cumbrian beef – a delicious route toward your five-a-day. Commenting on his new venture, he said: “I’m thrilled to be opening a new restaurant that’s not only in a stunning location, but where fresh, locally sourced produce is the focus and fruit and veg take centre stage.”
This weekend is your last chance to catch Suffragette City, the National Trust’s fascinating, immersive exhibition in celebration of the landmark women's vote a century ago. The experience offers an insight into just what it was like for the women at the forefront of the campaigns in London during 1918, by recreating the Women’s Social and Political Union’s (WSPU) headquarters with authentic documents including Home Office, Metropolitan Police and Cabinet papers, and pamphlets and letters seized in raids.