Guide to what’s on in London in February 2017

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Gloomy January is over so by now you’ve hopefully got used to the cold weather and your finances have recovered after the festive season. With winter in full swing, February gets a little injection of colour (well, pink and red) in the middle of the month with the saccharine fest that is Valentine’s Day (more on that in another blog post!). There’s also half-term holidays so no doubt parents will be looking for things to occupy their little ones. Here’s a guide to what’s on in London this February.

For a guide to Valentine’s Day events, click here.

  • Now until 2 February : Broadgate Ice

Temporary ice rink at Broadgate Circle in the City of London is open for over three months. There is also a rinkside bar and street food stalls. Open 10am-10pm. Session times last 1 hour. Adults £13.50, Children £9.50. Broadgate Ice Rink, Exchange Square, Broadgate, EC2A 2BQ. Nearest station: Liverpool Street. For more information, visit Broadgate’s website.

  • 2 – 5 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 lots of travel companies, there is photography masterclasses, health advice and meet the experts. Open 10am-5.30pm. Tickets: £11 in advance, Under 12s free when accompanied by paying adult. Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more information and tickets, visit the Destinations – Holiday & Travel Show website.

  • 3 – 4 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. Open: Fri 8pm-1am, Sat 8pm-4am. Tickets: £8-£15. Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street or Old Street. For more information, visit the London Remixed Festival website.

  • Now until 4 FebruaryLondon International Mime Festival

Festival at various events across London including performances of physical theatre, dance, circus, puppetry and live art. Workshops also available. Tickets range from £9.50-£29. Venues include the Barbican, Jacksons Lane, Platform Theatre, Soho Theatre, Southbank Centre, Shoreditch Town Hall and The Peacock. For more information, visit the London International Mime Festival website.

  • Now until 4 February : Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil

The newest touring production from the Cirque, a spectacular re-telling of The Tempest. Tickets range from £20-£115. Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. Nearest stations: South Kensington, Knightsbridge or High Street Kensington. For more information and booking, visit the Cirque Du Soleil website.

  • 4 – 5 February : Fare Healthy

Feel good festival of food, exercise and wellbeing. Featuring Deliciously Ella, Skye Gyngell, Anna Jones, Natasha Corrett, Martin Morales, Dale Pinnock, Madeleine Shaw, Melanie Sykes, James Duigan, Gaby Roslin and many more. 9.30am-6pm. Tickets: £25. Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6QL. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street, Liverpool Street or Aldgate East. For tickets, visit the Fare Healthy website.

  • 4 February – 5 March : Orchid Festival

An orchid display is coming to the Princess of Wales Conservatory for four weeks, with this year being inspired by India. 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: £8 adults or £2.50 children. Kew Gardens, Brentford Gate, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB. Nearest station: Kew Gardens. For more information, visit the Kew Gardens website.

  • Now until 5 February : Take A View exhibition

Exhibition of the winning and shortlisted images from this year’s Landscape Photographer Of The Year are on display on the balcony at Waterloo station. Open during station hours. Free. Mezzanine level, Waterloo Station, SE1 8SW. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information, visit the Take A View website.

  • 7 February : Candlelight Opening @ Sir John Soane’s Museum

Late-night opening of the Sir John Soane’s Museum, the former home of the 19th century architect, which is full of his sculptures, painting and antiquities. First 200 visitors in the queue at 5.30pm guaranteed entry, After that it will be one-out, one-in until 8pm. 6-9pm. Free. Sir John’s Soane Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, WC2A 3BP. Nearest station: Holborn. For more information, visit the Sir John’s Soane Museum website.

  • 8 – 12 February : Ealing Music & Film Festival

Five day festival in Ealing featuring musical performances, film screenings and walks. This year’s theme is Ealing’s cultural heart. Events take place at various venues, including St Mary’s Church in South Ealing, University Of West London, Ealing Club Red Room, St Barnabas Church. Tickets range from free to £30. Nearest stations: Ealing Broadway or South Ealing. For booking, visit the Ealing Music & Film website. For more information, read Metro Girl’s blog post on the festival.

  • 9 – 19 February : Imagine Children’s Festival

Two week children’s festival at the Southbank Centre, including art, theatre, books, music, performances and workshops. Including Chris Riddell, Julia Donaldson, The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, Moomins illustrator Tove Jansson, The Little Mermaid screening, Nimble Tots and Rave-A-Roo. 10.30am-4pm daily. Lots of activities and events are free. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and booking visit the Southbank Centre website.

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The Imagine Festival will return to the Southbank Centre

  • 9 February – 29 May : David Hockney @ Tate Britain

The most comprehensive exhibition of artist David Hockney’s work to date. Open 10am-6pm. Tickets: £17.70-£19.50. Tate Britain, Millbank, Pimlico, SW1P 4RG. Nearest station: Pimlico. For booking, visit the Tate website.

  • 10 February : Late At The Library – You Are Here

Evening event at the British Library dedicated to maps, atlases and the cartographic. Visit the Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line exhibition, as well as enjoy the sounds of DJ Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne. Try out the latest mapping technology and applications, make your own maps, try 3D modelling, meet artists and enjoy themed cocktails, drinks and food. 7.30-11pm. Tickets: £17.50. British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB. Nearest station: Euston, King’s Cross or St Pancras. To find out more, visit the British Library website.

  • 11 February : Rebel Bingo

Rebel Bingo turn the traditional numbers game on its head with competitions, loud music and lots of attitude. Not for the faint-hearted and strictly over 18s only. 8-11.30pm. Tickets from £13.50. Mecca Bingo, 180 Arlington Road, Camden,  NW1 7HL. Nearest station: Camden Town. For more information, visit

  • 15 – 26 February : Flamenco Festival

Sadler’s Wells’ annual season of flamenco music and dance returns, featuring performances from Israel Galvan, Eva Yerbabuena, Mercedes Ruiz, Manuel Linan, Santiago Lara and Rocio Marquz featuring Miguel Angel Cortes. Tickets: £12-£42 depending on show and seating. Sadler’s Well Theatre, Roseberry Avenue, Clerkenwell, EC1R 4TN. Nearest station: Angel. For more information, visit the Sadler’s Wells website.

  • 16 – 19 February : Outdoor Adventure & Camping Show

The UK’s largest exhibition for adventurous people who like travelling, photography, climbing, watersports and exploring the British countryside. Opening hours vary. Tickets: £12-£18 (also includes entrance to the London Bike Show and the Triathlon Show: London). ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest station: Custom House (DLR). For more information and to book tickets, visit the Outdoor Adventure & Camping Show website.

  • 17 February : Friday Late – Urban Fabric

Late night opening drawing on the Designology exhibition. Featuring talks by Fashion Curator Jenna Rossi-Camus and Annalisa Atkinson from Central Saint Martins, create your own pocket square or bespoke bow tie, have your portrait drawn by an illustrator, workshops, cocktails, themed quiz, music and more. 6.45-10pm. Tickets: £12. London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB. Nearest station: Covent Garden. For more information, visit the London Transport Museum.

  • 17 – 19 February : London Gin Festival

This year’s Gin Festival is bigger and better than ever, with over 100 gins being showcased. Opening times split into afternoon or evening ticket sessions, with tickets highly likely to sell out in advance. Open Fri 6.30-11pm, Sat 12.30-11pm, Sun 11.45am-10pm. Tickets: £14 (includes Gin Festival Copa Balloon glass to take home). Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Wapping, E1W 2SF. Nearest station: Wapping. For more information, visit the Gin Festival website.

  • Now until 19 February : Winter Happiness Festival

Cheer yourself up at the Museum Of Happiness, featuring a giant ball pit (book time slots in advance from 16 Jan), talks from speakers from the happiness world, yoga and mindfulness, enjoy mindful colouring in and more. Museum of Happiness (back of Canvas Café), 42 Hanbury Street, Shoreditch, E1 5JL. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street or Aldgate East. For more information, visit the Museum Of Happiness website.

  • 19 February : Vintage Fashion Fair

Vintage fans will love this fair, with 50 stalls selling unique vintage pieces, cocktails and afternoon tea and live music. 11am-5pm. Entry: TBC. Courthouse Hotel, 335-337 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9LL. Nearest station: Old Street or Shoreditch High Street. For more information, visit the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair website.

  • 19 – 26 February : Maslenitsa Festival

Russian folk festival to celebrate the end of winter and coming of Spring, featuring lecture, exhibitions, fashion showcase, concerts and screenings. At various locations in London TBA. For more information, visit the Maslenitsa website.

  • 23 – 25 February : CBR London 2017

The Craft Beer Rising festival features over 170 exhibitors, including talks and tastings, a special area for cider producers, live music and food. Opening hours: Thu 23 TBA, Fri 24 6.30pm-12.30am and Sat 25 12.30pm-12.30am. Tickets: £15-£20 (includes branded glass and programme). Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6QL. Nearest stations: Shoreditch High Street, Liverpool Street or Aldgate East. For booking, visit the Craft Beer Rising website.

  • 23 – 26 February : London Fashion Week Festival

London Fashion Week Festival replaces London Fashion Weekend, giving access to everyone who loves fashion. Featuring catwalk shows, designer shopping and industry talks. Tickets must be bought in advance. Bronze package £20+, Silver £40+, Gold £60+. The Store Studios, 180 The Strand, WC2R. Nearest station: Temple. For more information, visit the London Fashion Week Festival website.

  • 23 – 26 February : London Classic Car Show

The capital’s biggest classic car event, featuring a live motoring runway, 70 years of Ferrari, talks, interviews, stalls and many more. Opening hours vary. Tickets from £18. ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest station: Custom House (DLR). For more information, visit the London Classic Car Show website.

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Visit the Cadbury’s Creme Egg Hunting Lodge in London this January and February

  • 25 – 26 February : Cadbury’s Creme Egg Hunting Lodge

A touring immersive chocolate experience is coming to London. Guests will be able to enjoy a special Creme Egg-inspired menu in the cosy lodge. Proceeds will go to the Prince’s Trust charity. Open 4.50pm-9pm (book in advance). Coca-Cola London Eye, Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, SE1 7PB. Nearest station: Waterloo. Visit the Facebook event page, or tweet @CadburyUK using the hashtag #CremeEggHuntingSeason, or booking, check out Eventbrite. Check out Metro Girl’s blog post for more information.

  • Now until 25 February : Luminocity – Ice Rink Canary Wharf

Skate over ice filled with 8km of LED lights in the middle of the soaring skyscrapers of Canary Wharf. Non-skaters can watch the action from the bar or street food stalls. Session times last 1 hour. Opening times vary. Adults £9.95-£16.95, Children £9.95-£10.95. Canada Square Park, E14 5AB. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. To book, visit the Ice Rink Canary Wharf website.

  • 26 February : The Salesman screening @ Trafalgar Square

Free screening of Iranian movie The Salesman, which is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. Introduction from the Mayor of London. Food and drink available for sale. 3-7pm. Free, but arrive early to get a good spot. Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DN. Nearest stations: Charing Cross. For more information, visit the website.

  • Now until 26 February : Magical Lantern Festival

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with an immersive journey through a sea of lights. Over 50 life-sized sculpted lanterns will be dotted through the gardens with light depictions of animals and nature. Tickets: Adults £16.50, Children £10.50. Chiswick House Gardens, Chiswick, W4 2QN. Nearest stations: Turnham Green and Gunnersbury. For tickets, visit the Magical Lantern Festival website. For photos of last year’s festival, click here.

  • Now until March : Backyard Studios (Pop-up cinema)

Watch classic and newer movies as Backyard Cinema sets up camp at the Mercato Metropolitano Italian food market. Tickets from £16.50. Backyard Cinema, 42 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6DR. Nearest station: Elephant & Castle. For booking, visit Backyard Cinema’s website. For a review of Backyard Cinema’s Lost World in the same location, click here.

  • Now until 5 March : Vault Festival

Six week arts festival in the tunnels beneath Waterloo across three venues, five bars and a restaurant. Entertainment includes live music, theatre, film, dance, comedy and late-night parties. Open Wed-Sun. Ticket prices vary, although venue entry is free. The Vaults, Arch 233, 10 Leake Street, Waterloo, SE1 7NN. Nearest station: Waterloo and Lambeth North. For booking, visit the Vault Festival website. For highlights, check out Metro Girl’s blog post on this year’s festival.

  • Now until 21 May : Quentin Blake: The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits

To mark Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, illustrator Sir Quentin Blake has drawn portraits of some of the author’s best characters. Open Mon-Thu 9.30am-8pm, Fri 9.30am-6pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm and Sun 11am-5pm. Free entry. Second Floor Gallery, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB. Nearest station: Euston, King’s Cross or St Pancras. To find out more, visit the British Library website.

  • Now until June : Sculpture In The City 2016/2017

Free public art exhibition, bringing contemporary pieces to the streets and spaces of the City of London. At various sites around the Square Mile. Nearest stations: Fenchurch Street, Monument or Liverpool Street. For more information and a map of the artworks, visit the City Of London’s official website. For Metro Girl’s blog post on the exhibition, click here.

  • Now until 3 September : Star Wars Identities

Star Wars fans are in for a treat as over 200 costumes, props, models and artwork from the franchise are displayed in a special exhibition. Find your own Star Wars character in an interactive quest. Open 10am-6pm. Tickets: Adults £20-£25. Children £10-£15. The O2, Peninsula Square, Greenwich, SE10 0DX. Nearest station: North Greenwich. For more information, visit the Star Wars Identities website.

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Posted on 31 Jan 2017, in Families, Festivals, London, music, Tourist Attractions and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Having lived in London between the years 2000 to 2014, I read your blog with anticipation and long for a return. Regrettably as a tourist, not a resident alien. Your blog, to include text and photos, is wonderful, and I cannot imagine why you do not have a larger following. I write from Colorado and blog at Come and visit. We would have a lot to talk about.

  2. This postscript is to correct an error. The sentence should read, I long to return, not as a tourist but as a resident alien.

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