Guide to what’s on in London in February 2015
We’re one step closer to spring and with the nights gradually getting lighter, we’re being encouraged to venture out more. Of course there is the distraction of Valentine’s Day in the middle of the month, but if you’re cynical of the commercial celebration of love or are happily single, there’s plenty more going on in February. Here’s a guide to what’s on in London in February… and thankfully, most of the events are indoors.
For Metro Girl’s special Valentine’s guide, click here.
- 29 January – 1 February : Destinations – The Holiday & Travel Show
Presented by The Times, the Holiday and Travel show is full of inspiration for your next adventure or holiday. As well as meet lots of travel companies, there is also the Experience The World zone, where you can sample culinary delights from around the world, or see a nurse for vaccination advice. Tickets: £11 in advance. Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest tube: Kensington Olympia. For more information and tickets, visit the Destinations – Holiday & Travel Show website.
- 3 February : Budvar Tank Tuesdays Closing Party @ Zigfrid von Underbelly
Enjoy an evening of art, music and drinking at London’s smallest gallery. Photographer Claude Crommelin will be unveiling his final exhibition of street art images, representing Hoxton Square, while DJ Francois Dirty South and DJ duo Gem Precious & Judy Walsh will be on the decks. There will also be a free pint of Budvar Tankové Pivo to the first 102 people through the door. Open 6pm-1am. Zigfrid von Underbelly, 11 Hoxton Square, Hoxton, N1 6NU. Nearest station: Old Street or Hoxton. For more information, visit the Zigfrid von Underbelly website.
- 6 February : Farewell Leicester Square – Friday Lates @ London Transport Museum
Mark the end of the Goodbye Piccadilly exhibition, which focuses on Londoners during WWI and the onset of the jazz age. Featuring activities, workshops, illustrated talks, live music from the KD jazz and dance orchestra band and cocktails mixed by Erik Lorincz, head bartender from The Savoy’s American Bar. 6.45-10pm. Tickets: £10, £8 concession. London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB. Nearest tube: Covent Garden or Charing Cross. For tickets, visit the London Transport Museum website.
- 6 – 7 February : London Remixed Festival
A two day celebration of emerging talents from the worlds of ghetto funk, drum and bass, reggae, anarchic hoedown, Latin breaks, brass band hip hop, electro-Afro music, Balkan beats, blues remix, electro swing, tropical bass, Ethiopian dub, DMC scratch masters +and more. Tickets £7-£15. Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street (overground) or Old Street. For more information, visit the London Remixed Festival website.
- 7 February – 8 March : Orchid Festival
An orchid display is coming to the Princess of Wales Conservatory for four weeks. The sea of colour from one of the world’s most stunning flowers will certainly brighten up a dull winter’s day. General entrance tickets to Kew Gardens includes orchid exhibition: £15 adults or £14 concessions. Brentford Gate, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB. Nearest tube: Kew Gardens. For more information, visit the Kew Gardens website.
- 9 February : Trader Vic’s Tiki Cinema
Trader Vic’s in the London Hilton are hosting monthly screenings in their Tiki-themed bar and restaurant. This month’s screening is Casablanca. Film starts at 7.30pm, food is served from 6pm. Tickets: £13 (including screening and a cocktail). Trader’s Vic, 22 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1BE. Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner. For more information, visit the Trader’s Vic website.
- 9 – 22 February : Imagine Children’s Festival
Two week children’s festival at the Southbank Centre, including art, theatre, books, music, free fun and workshops. Including readings and appearances from Russell Brand, Judith Kerr, Lauren Child, Laura Dockrill, Anthony Horowitz and Helen Skelton. Lots of activities and events are free. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. Nearest tube: Waterloo. For more information and booking visit the Southbank Centre website.
- 10 – 15 February : Ealing Music & Film Valentine Festival
Five day festival at Ealing Studios featuring musical performances, film screenings, tours of the studios, talks and exhibitions. This year’s theme is Polish heritage. Ticket prices vary. Events take place at various venues, including Ealing Studios, University Of West London, Ealing Town Hall and Ealing Abbey. Nearest tube: Ealing Broadway or South Ealing. For more information, visit the Ealing Music & Film website.
- 11 – 17 February : The Rio Carnival @ Guanabara
If you can’t afford to fly to Brazil for the real thing, let the spirit of Rio come to London as Guanabara hosts a week of celebrations. Including performances from Samba, percussion and capoeira artists, Brazilian street food and the best rum cocktails in town. Open Mon-Tues 5pm-1am, Wed-Sat 5pm-2.30am, Sun 6pm-midnight. Entry ranges from free to £12. Guanabara, Parker Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5PW. Nearest tube: Holborn or Covent Garden. For more information and daily listings, visit the Guanabara website. Check out Metro Girl’s blog post on Guanabara’s Carnival celebrations.
- 12 – 15 February : Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show
The UK’s largest exhibition for adventurous people who like travelling, photography, climbing, watersports and exploring the British countryside. Tickets: £14-£17 in advance, £20 on the door (also includes entrance to The London Bike Show, Triathlon Show and the London International Dive Show). ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest tube: Custom House (DLR). For more information and to book tickets, visit the Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show website.
- 13 – 15 February : Move It
Dance festival featuring performances, classes, retail, and talks by experts, including Flawless, Lord Of The Dance, Duplic8, Soul Mavericks, Twist & Pulse, Elena Glurdjidze, Strictly Come Dancing stars Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor; and Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec. Tickets: 1 day adult pass £15/£18, 1 day child pass £11/£13.50. Kensington Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX. Nearest tube/overland: Kensington Olympia. For more information, visit the Move It website.
- 13 – 20 February : Apothic Red Pop-Up Bar
Discover your dark side using the first Twitter Psychoanalysis at the Apothic Red Pop-Up bar in Spitalfields. On Valentine’s Day (12-3pm), people will be invited to have their ‘dark side’ revealed through the world’s first Twitter analysis by celebrity psychologist Dr Sandra Scott and enjoy a glass of red wine. Open Tues 13 and Thu 19 11am-7pm, but Twitter analysis will be available throughout the week. Old Spitalfields Market, Spitalfields, E1 6EW. Nearest station: Liverpool Street, Shoreditch High Street or Aldgate East.
- 15 February : Maslenitsa Russian Festival
Russian folk festival to celebrate the end of winter and coming of Spring in Trafalgar Square. Family friendly event with children’s theatre performances, music, food and a Russian bazaar. Free. Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DN. Nearest tube: Charing Cross, Leicester Square or Embankment. For more information, visit the Maslenitsa Facebook site.
- Now until 15 February : Mapping The City
An innovative exhibition featuring over 50 international artists from the street and graffiti art world expressing their chosen cities through art. There will also be events including talks, workshops, performances and film and music evenings. 10am-6pm (last entry 5.30pm). Free. (Enter via the River Terrace), Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest tube: Temple, Embankment or Holborn. For more information, visit the Somerset House website.
- 16 February – 1 March : Flamenco Festival
Sadler’s Wells’ annual season of flamenco music and dance returns for the 12th year, featuring performances from Eva Yerbabuena, Ballet Nacional de España, Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, Gerardo Núñez, Arcángel, Ángel Rojas, Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodríguez and Jesús Carmona. Sadler’s Well Theatre, Roseberry Avenue, EC1R 4TN. Nearest tube: Angel. For more information, visit the Sadler’s Wells website.
- 16 – 22 February : London Beer Week
From the people behind London Cocktail Week, here comes a celebration of beers, ales and ciders alike with venues across the capital hosting tastings, master classes, pop-ups and parties. To have access to the special deals of £3 speciality beers or £5 boilermakers in over 100 of the best beer bars, all you need is a £10 wristband. For more information and to purchase your wristband, visit the London Beer Week festival website. Check out Metro Girl’s blog post on London Beer Week.
- 17 February – 29 March : Richmond Performing Arts Festival
Six week festival featuring dance, music, singing and drama at various venues across Kew and Richmond. For more information, visit the Richmond Festival website.
- 20 – 22 February : Impossible exhibition at the Hoxton Gallery
Three day exhibition showcasing a new generation of instant photographers, featuring work from Alison Mosshart, Scout Willis, Chuck Grant, Kate Bellm, Paulina Surys, Elegia, Andrew Millar and Oliver Blohm. 12- 7pm. Free. The Hoxton Gallery, The Arch, 9 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, E2 8AA. Nearest station: Hoxton (Overground). For more information, visit the Impossible Project website.
- Now until 20 February : Portraits For Posterity Exhibition
Exhibition of portrait photographs of people who survived the Holocaust before making new lives in the UK. Many of the subjects were held in Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz concentration camps, until they were liberated 70 years ago. Open 12-6pm. City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2AA. Nearest station: London Bridge. For more information, visit the London.gov.uk website.
- 22 February : Chinese New Year
Festivities to mark the Year of the Horse take place across Chinatown, Shaftesbury Avenue and Trafalgar Square. The parade from Duncannon Street to Shaftesbury Avenue will start at 10am. From 12-6pm there will be performances from Chinese artists in Trafalgar Square, including the Chen Brothers Flying Lion Dance. Free. Nearest tube: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Chinatown website. For Metro Girl’s blog on London’s Chinese New Year celebrations, click here.
- Now until 26 February : Broadgate Ice
Temporary ice rink at Broadgate Circle in the City of London is open for over three months. This year’s rink will be accompanied by luxury pop-up bar and restaurant The Tasting Room, which will serve smoked dishes, gourmet doughnuts, local craft beers and winter warmers. Open 10am-10pm. Session times last 1 hour. Adults £12.50, Children £8.50. Broadgate Ice Rink, Exchange Square EC2A 2BQ. Nearest tube: Liverpool Street. For more information, visit Broadgate’s website.
- 26 February : Great Gatsby Movie Night
The Bluebird on the King’s Road is hosting a film night, to tie in with D&D’s Love Wine and Film campaign. The restaurant’s Gallery room will become a luxe movie lounge so guests can watch Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the classic novel, with a a glass of Moet & Chandon Champagne and a box of Truffle Imperial Popcorn. Tickets £25pp (reserve in advance). Doors open at 7pm, film starts at 7.30pm. Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU. Nearest tube: South Kensington. For more information, visit the D&D wine website.
- 26 February – 1 March : Vodafone London Fashion Weekend
London Fashion Weekend follows London Fashion Week, giving access to everyone who loves fashion (who has tickets!). Tickets must be bought in advance, which are available for different prices and packages, starting from £20 for the bronze package. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest tube: Temple or Holborn. For more information, visit the London Fashion Weekend website.
- 27 February – 1 March : View Festival
Three day festival of art history, featuring debates, talks, film screenings, student presentations, exclusive museum tours and an art book fair. Some events are free, while others cost up to £10. Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7 2DT. Nearest tube: South Kensington. For more information, visit the View Festival website.
- 27 February – 1 March : BBC Good Food Eat Well Show
The inaugural BBC Good Food Eat Well Show comes to Olympia, bringing together healthy food brands, products and producers and featuring book signings, dieticians’ clinic and Eat Well interview stage. Celebrity guests include Phil Vickery, Jenni Falconer, Davinia McCall, Natasha Corrett, Lorraine Pascal and Liz Earle, among others. Open 10am-6pm. Tickets: £15. Kensington Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX. Nearest tube/overland: Kensington Olympia. For more information, visit the BBC Good Food Eat Well Show website.
- 27 February until end of March : Curl’s Best Friend pop-up
Beauty brand Benefit Cosmetics are opening a month-long pop-up cocktail bar and beauty parlour in Soho. With hair and make-up makeovers, cocktails and cupcakes available. Curl’s Best Friend, 26 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 5DE. Nearest station: Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road or Piccadilly Circus. Open Tuesday to Saturday between 11am-11pm (Noir bar open from 7pm). To book appointments and reserve tables, call 020 3620 4747 or via the free Curls Best Friend By Benefit mobile app on Apple/Android. Click here for the Amazon link to the app. To find out more, visit Metro Girl’s post on the pop up here.
- Now until 28 February : Ice Rink Canary Wharf
In the middle of the soaring skyscrapers on Canary Wharf and surrounded by shops is another pop-up rink. Session times last 1 hour. First session times vary from 9.45am/10.45am ending at 11pm most nights. Adults £14.50, Children £9. Canada Square, E14 5AB. Nearest tube Canary Wharf. To book, visit the Ice Rink Canary Wharf website.
- Now until 3 March : Post Pop: East Meets West
An exhibition of pop art and its influence from the US to Russia to China. Artists includ George Pusenkoff, Leonid Sokov, David Mach, Vitaly Komar, Alexander Melamid and Michael Lin, among others. 10am-6pm. Free. Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 4RY. Nearest tube: Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Saatchi Gallery website.
- Now until 8 March : Vault Festival
Six week arts festival in the tunnels beneath Waterloo, featuring 10 performances a day. There will also be free live music every Wednesday and Sunday. On Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays there will be late night parties, including a Valentine’s Ball and Mardi Gras. Tickets range from free to £15. The Vaults, Arch 233, 10 Leake Street, Waterloo, SE1 7NN. Nearest tube: Waterloo and Lambeth North. For tickets and listings, visit the Vault Festival website. For more information, check out Metro Girl’s blog post on Vault.
- Now until 29 March : Bond In Motion
An exhibition of over 50 James Bond vehicles, including the Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me and Aston Martin DB5 from Goldeneye. Tickets – Adults: £14.50, Children: £9.50. Booking in advance highly recommended. London Film Museum, 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7BN. Nearest tube: Covent Garden or Temple. For more information, visit the London Film Museum website.
- Now until 12 April : The Art Of The Brick
Nathan Sawaya’s Art Of The Brick exhibition features a range of sculptures made from millions of Lego building blocks, from recreations of iconic artwork to new contemporary pieces. Tickets – Adults: £14.50-£16.50, Children under 12: £8-£9.50. Open daily, hours vary. Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6QL. Nearest station: Aldgate or Shoreditch High Street. For more information, visit The Art Of The Brick website. For Metro Girl’s review of the exhibition, click here.
- Now until 12 April : Sherlock Holmes exhibition
An exhibition of the world’s favourite fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, featuring historic artefacts from Victorian London and author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Tickets: £12 adults, £10 concession. Museum Of London, 150 London Wall, City of London, EC2Y 5HN. Nearest tube: Barbican or St Paul’s. For more information and tickets, visit Museum Of London website.
- Now until 30 August : Wildlife Photographer Of The Year exhibition
An exhibition of the annual Wildlife Photographer Of The Year – the 50th year of the competition. Although entrance to the museum is free, this exhibition is ticketed. Adults: £12.60, Children & Concessions: £6.30. Open 10am-5.50pm daily. Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD. Nearest tube: South Kensington. For more information and booking, visit the NHM website.