arch promises to be a big month in the capital. Not only does it herald the start of the new season – and the beginning of spring is always cause for celebration – but March also marks International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day, Shrove Tuesday and St Patrick’s Day. Needless to say, it’s going to be a busy one. Here are the best new openings, events, cultural must-sees and things to do in London in March 2022...
The members’ club: 1989 Clubhouse
Covent Garden will welcome the capital’s newest members’ club this month – but this is no Soho House-style spot for coffee and business meetings. The 1989 Clubhouse is an old-school pleasure palace dedicated to offering the most hedonistic of nights out on the town. Strictly for those aged 21 and over, inspiration comes from fin-de-siècle Paris, with opulent interiors, rich colour palettes and cosy corners for getting up to no good. The main bar serves champagne, cocktails and pan-Asian snacks while the White Room restaurant is the destination for Eastern-inspired seafood and plant-based fare. Want to try before you buy? Temporary membership grants access for one night only.
The pubs: The Ganton Arms, The White Horse and The Princess Royal
It is a truth universally known that, in London, you are never more than a few hundred feet from a good pint. You may have to bypass some subpar pubs to find it but there’s always one to be had. It is an encouraging sign for the hospitality industry, then, that in a city so stacked with decent boozers, three new pubs will be opening in the capital this March.
First up is The Ganton Arms, a new watering hole in London’s nightlife epicentre: Soho. Taking over a site just off Carnaby Street that was formerly Pam’s and, before that, The Diner, The Ganton Arms styles itself as a modern update on the traditional pub. Yes, you’ll find abundant beer and wood panelling, but there’s also red velvet banquettes, small-batch gins and an international menu featuring the likes of pigs’ cheek nuggets, vegan burgers and chicken Schnitzel.
Over in Mayfair, the team behind Hedonism wines and Hide has recently opened the door to The White Horse, an utterly chic drinking den that’s somewhere between an upscale pub and a wine bar. The drinks menu is extensive. Alongside a considered range of draught beers and global spirits is a truly vast list of wines by the glass and bottle, all carefully selected by the Hedonism wines team to pair with a small-plates menu of refined pub classics.
Finally, Cubitt House, the publican behind Chelsea’s Builders Arms, Marylebone’s Grazing Goat and Belgravia’s Thomas Cubitt, among others, will welcome guests to its newest venture in Notting Hill. Replicating Cubitt House’s winning formula of hearty, seasonal food, welcoming interiors and good drinks, The Princess Royal will boast a walled garden, private dining room and, upstairs, four bedrooms for when the tube feels like too much hassle.
The restaurants: Cédric Grolet and Goddard & Gibbs
Hotel restaurants have, it’s fair to say, not always had the best reputation. For every three Michelin star Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester there’s a handful of bland, corporate eateries churning out unlovable food in an unmemorable setting. Two new restaurants joining London’s fine-dining scene this month hope to be very much the former.
Rockstar pastry chef Cédric Grolet, whose exquisite creations light up the feeds of 2.2 million Instagram followers, is opening his first site outside of Paris in The Berkeley hotel. Designed by Remi Tessier as a minimalist lab-like space that lets Grolet’s colourful cakes do the talking, the eponymous space will sit alongside the new Berkeley Café, with the two areas offering Grolet's menus for breakfast, takeaway, dessert and as a six-course patisserie tasting menu accompanied by champagne.
Over in East London, Shoreditch’s newest luxury hotel, One Hundred Shoreditch, will begin welcoming guests to its flagship restaurant Goddard & Gibbs this month. An inviting, artistic space designed by Jacu Strauss, alongside a crowd-pleasing all-day menu of informal British seafood, the restaurant will also boast a hatch serving lobster rolls, calamari and guest creations by local chefs to takeaway, and a 40-cover wine bar offering craft cocktails and tempting sharing plates.
The festival: WOW London 2022
Now in its 12th year, the WOW (Women of the World) Festival will return to the Southbank Centre this month with a packed line-up created to coincide with International Women’s Day. Running from 11-13 March, with a pre-event digital programme taking place from 6-9 March, this inspirational event promises music, talks, panel discussions, workshops and performances from some of the world’s most influential women. Among the many, many insightful speakers will be Candice Braithwaite, Adwoa Aboah, Stella Creasy, Elizabeth Day, Pandora Sykes and Laura Bates, with topics spanning everything from Black Lives Matter and the right to protest to the science of love and an evening of comedy and culture featuring Bridget Christie, Deborah Frances-White and Marian Keyes.
The pop-up: StyleSwap
StyleSwap, the luxury pre-loved fashion platform founded by Josephine Waddington in November 2021, will be celebrating its first bricks-and-mortar venture with a pop-up on South Molton Street this month. The pop-up promises to bring StyleSwap's community-minded online experience to a physical environment, offering visitors IRL access to pre-loved pieces from the likes of Gucci, Rixo, Stine Goya, Christopher Kane and more. Guests will also be able to bring luxury items from their own wardrobes to sell at the pop-up, providing an environmentally-friendly way to find your premium pieces a new home.
The culture: After The Rain by Chris Martin
We know we said March would herald the start of spring – but that doesn’t mean the weather is going to follow suit. Happily, those in need of a little light and brightness can simply pop over to Mayfair’s Timothy Taylor Gallery where American artist Chris Martin will be hosting his first London solo show. Known for his vibrant palettes, abstract compositions and large-scale outdoor installations, Martin’s inspirations swing from Beat artist Harry Everett Smith and the landscapes of the Catskills mountains to the works of William Hogarth, and themes of spirituality, astrology and music.
The workshop: Bloomsbury Flowers x Charlotte Street Hotel
Florals for spring? They may not be groundbreaking but a bouquet of seasonal blooms is sure to bring a little dose of everyday joy – especially when you’ve arranged them yourself. Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks’ hugely respected Bloomsbury Flowers has teamed up with the ever-chic Charlotte Street hotel to offer a masterclass in creating beautiful, modern arrangements and hand-tied bouquets. Each participant will also be treated to a champagne brunch in the hotel’s Oscar restaurant. Personally, we can think of few finer ways to spend a Saturday.