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    What's on in London this March 2016 near Kensington, London

    Spring arrives this month so as the flowers appear it can be the perfect time of year for strolls in a London park. Or how about raising a pint of Guinness for
    St Patrick's Day on 13 March? It's chocolate indulgence time too as Easter is at the end of the month. (Easter Sunday is on 27 March 2016.) There are UK public holidays (called Bank Holidays) for Easter on Friday 25 March and Monday 28 March making the Easter weekend even more special.


    As ever, there are lots of good reasons to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum this month.

    Botticelli Reimagined opens on 5 March (and runs until 3 July 2016). This is the largest Botticelli exhibition in Britain since 1930 and includes around 50 original works by Botticelli from great collections across the world, shown alongside 150 more recent masterpieces of art and design including work by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, René Magritte, Elsa Schiaparelli and Andy Warhol. The exhibition explores his enduring influence, looking across the centuries at his impact on art, fashion, design and film.

    Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century is a major retrospective of the work of American photographer and film maker at the V&A. The exhibition runs from 19 March to 3 July 2016 and is and the first in the UK since the artist's death in 1976. Strand was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century and the exhibition has around 200 objects spanning his entire career, including candid street portraits and extended explorations of the American Southwest, Mexico, New England, France, Italy, Scotland, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, and Romania.

    This is the last full month to see Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection as it closes on 10 April. This exhibition showcases over 100 exceptional jewels, jewelled artefacts and jades from the early 17th century to the present day; all made in the Indian subcontinent or inspired by India.

    And for an interesting evening event, see author Joanna Trollope on Tuesday 8 March as she discusses fashion in fiction, plus the letters and life of Jane Austen.

    VOGUE 100

    Speaking of fashion, this exhibition opened last month at the National Portrait Gallery and is well worth seeing. Vogue 100: A Century of Style showcases the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916. There are over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections on display to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.


    For more exceptional art this month the Royal Academy has Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse on until 20 April 2016. Many say Monet has been the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, but he is not the only artist to be fascinated by the horticultural world. The exhibition also features paintings by Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro, Manet, Sargent, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Matisse, Klimt and Klee, and looks at the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s.


    And moving on to another art form, Pre-Raphaelites on Paper: Victorian Drawings is the first exhibition at Leighton House Museum in 2016 and runs until 29 May. The selection of artworks ranges from preparatory sketches to highly finished drawings intended as works of art in themselves. Highlights are the works of the foremost Pre-Raphaelite artists, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, as well as exceptional drawings by artists such as Edward Burne-Jones, George Frederic Watts, and Frederic Leighton himself.

    With the exception of Leighton's painting studio, the permanent collection has been cleared from Leighton House and the drawings hung throughout the historic interiors.


    The thrilling transfer from The National Theatre to London's West End is People, Places and Things. On at Wyndham's Theatre for 12 weeks from 15 March, this was one of last year's most impressive, if disturbing, plays. Denise Gough is Emma who was having the time of her life but addiction led to rehab. It's about what it's like to live now and about surviving the modern world. it's definitely powerful but also funny and moving. For a really up close view, there's special on-stage seating available with tickets from only £15.


    Ballet's most beautiful and romantic ghost story, Giselle is on at the Royal Opera House until 15 April 2016. Peter Wright's production of Marius Petipa's classic is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death. Giselle transformed the dance world when it was first performed in Paris in 1841 and remains at the centre of the classical repertory.


    This was all still unconfirmed at the time of publication but Tom Sellers of the massively successful Restaurant Story is opening Restaurant Ours at 264 Brompton Road in South Kensington. Word on the street is the opening will be in March and it promises to have a dramatic design with three enormous interior trees. Sellers will be overseeing the menus while Daniel Phippard will be Head Chef.

    By choosing to stay at Fraser Suites Queens Gate you will be in the heart of Kensington, and a short walk away from some of these great events happening in March. Check-out our Special Offers and we hope to welcome you soon! 


    Laura Porter writes the London Travel site and, plus she contributes to many other publications while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival that of our Queen. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.


    Image credits:
    Botticelli Reimagined: Venus, after Botticelli by Guillaume Duhamel. Courtesy Duhamel Fine Art, Paris.
    Painting the Modern Garden: Claude Monet, 1914-1915. Photo © Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon.
    Giselle: Marianela Nuñez as Giselle. © ROH, Tristram Kenton.