Guide to what’s on in London in February 2018
Wow, January flew by and 2018 is really getting moving. The days are getting longer, although the weather may not necessarily be getting better. St Valentine’s Day is bang in the middle of the month to give us a warm, fuzzy glow… or perhaps reaching for the nearest sick bag if you’re not one for romance! There is also the half-term holidays so parents will be looking for ways to entertain the kids.
For a guide to Valentine’s events in the capital for both couples and singles, click here.
- 1 – 4 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 are photography masterclasses, health advice and meet the experts. Open 10am-5.30pm. Tickets: £11 in advance. Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more information and tickets, visit the Destinations – Holiday & Travel Show website.
- 1 February until 24 March : Winterland
Pop-up winter experience returns to West London, featuring winter lodges, riverside igloos, curling, mini golf, karaoke booth, Prosecco pong, Jimmy Garcia’s fondue, hot toddies, wood-fired pizzas, two bars, heated pergola and more. Open Thur-Fri: 6pm-11pm, Sat: 2pm-11pm. Entry from £5. Winterland, 364 Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY. Nearest station: Wandsworth Town. For more information, visit the Winterland website.
- Now until 1 February : Food Film Festival 2018
The British Food Museum launches a new film festival that recognises the part that food and drink play on-screen. Produced by Bompas & Parr, the festival features screenings, themed culinary talks, workshops and events. 6pm-11pm. Tickets: £14. The Curzon, Mondrian Hotel, Upper Ground, SE1 9PD. Nearest station: Blackfriars. For more information and tickets, visit the Bompas & Parr website.
- 2 – 3 February : London Remixed Festival
A two-day celebration of emerging talents from the worlds of Latin Grooves, Afro beats, Tropical Bass, Vintage-Remix, Desert Remix Balkan Beats, Urban Roots, Acoustic Soundclash and Brass Band Remix and more. Open: Fri 8pm-1am, Sat 8pm-4am. Tickets: £7-£15. Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street or Old Street. For tickets, visit the London Remixed Festival website. Find out more on Metro Girl’s blog post on this year’s festival.
- 2 – 3 February : Hip Hop Karaoke & DJ Rob Pursey Payday Party @ Tate Modern
Late-night event at the Tate Modern, inviting guests to show off their rapping skills and enjoy the craft beer from the Brooklyn Brewery. 6.30pm-11pm. Tickets: £9.50. Level 1 Bar, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG. Nearest station: Blackfriars. For booking, visit the Tate Modern website.
- Now until 3 February : London 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 £9-29. Venues include the Barbican, Jacksons Lane, Platform Theatre, The Little Angel Theatre, Soho Theatre, Shoreditch Town Hall and The Peacock. For more information, visit the London International Mime Festival website.
- 4 February : Jasmine Hemsley’s East By West Brunch
Jasmine Hemsley will be marking the launch of her new book by curating a soulful brunch alongside Aster’s Executive Chef Helena Puolakka. Feast on a four-course brunch while listening to an exclusive talk by Jasmine and a signed copy of her book East By West to take home. 11am-3pm. Tickets: £35. Aster, 150 Victoria Street, Westminster, SW1E 5LB. Nearest station: Victoria. For booking, visit D&D London.
- Now until 4 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 – 11 February : Ealing Music and Film Festival
Five day festival in Ealing featuring musical performances, film screenings and walks. 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 £20. Nearest stations: Ealing Broadway or South Ealing. For booking, visit the Ealing Music & Film website.
- 7 – 18 February : Imagine Children’s Festival
Two week children’s festival at the Southbank Centre, including art, theatre, books, music, performances and workshops. Including Jacqueline Wilson, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, Greg James, Chris Smith, Ben Shires, Fun DMC, Bedtime Stories and more. 10.30am-4pm daily. Many activities and events are free, but some go up to £12. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and booking visit the Southbank Centre website.
- 9 February : Late At The Library – Potter After Hours
Harry Potter fans will love this late night opening of the British Library. Featuring the chance to see the Harry Potter exhibition and Potter-themed activities. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Tickets: £25, Under 18s £21. British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB. Nearest stations: Kings Cross St Pancras or Euston. For booking, visit the British Library website.
- 10 – 11 February : Vegan Life Live
Two day festival celebrating and exploring the vegan lifestyle, featuring clothing, cosmetics and food stands, talks, live music, cookery demonstrations, workshops and Q&A sessions. Open Sat 10 10am-6pm, Open Sun 11 10am-5pm. Tickets start from £12 (under 16s free). The West Hall, Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY. Nearest station: Alexandra Palace. For more information, visit the Vegan Life Live website.
- 10 February – 11 March : Orchid Festival
An orchid display is coming to the Princess of Wales Conservatory for four weeks, with this year being inspired by Thailand. General entrance tickets to Kew Gardens includes orchid exhibition: Adults £16-£19, Children (4-16yr) £4-£5. Kew Gardens, Brentford Gate, Kew, TW9 3AB. Nearest station: Kew Gardens. For more information, visit the Kew Gardens website.
- 10 February – 28 April : Paint Pigment Photography exhibition
Exhibition inspired by the Hindu festival of Holi featuring Rob and Nick Carter’s stunning images of coloured powder captured at 1/8000th of a second. Open Tues-Sat 10am-6pm. Free entry. RN at 5a, 5A Bathurst Street, Connaught Village, W2 2SD. Nearest station: Paddington or Lancaster Gate. For more information, visit the Rob and Nick Carter website.
- 11 February : Great Bluebird Bake Off
Amateur bakers, pastry chefs and those who just love eating cakes and treats are invited to gather in the hunt for London’s best baker. The capital’s talented bakers and bakeries will be going head-to-head in a charity bake off to raise money for Water Aid. 12pm-3pm. Bluebird Chelsea, 350 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU. Nearest stations: Sloane Square, South Kensington or Fulham Broadway. For more information, visit D&D London’s website.
- 12 – 18 February : Maslenitsa Festival
Russian folk festival to celebrate the end of winter and coming of Spring, featuring fashion, theatre performances, film screenings, music, literary performances, culinary shows, contemporary art and a celebration concert at Cadogan Hall on 16 February. At various locations in London TBA. For more information, visit the Maslenitsa website.
- 13 February : Bankside Pancake Day Race
Watch local businesses from Bankside compete to win the 100m pancake flipping race, with money raised going to charity. 12.30pm-2pm. Free to spectate. Stoney Street, Borough Market, SE1 1TL. Nearest station: London Bridge. For more information, check out the VisitBankside website.
- 13 – 19 February : Glitterbox x Jealous Gallery
Exhibition celebrating five year of nightlife phenomenon Glitterbox, featuring artwork and photography. Open 11am-7pm. Free admission. Jealous East, 53 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PT. Nearest station: Old Street or Shoreditch High Street. For more information, visit Glitterbox’s website or the Jealous Gallery website. Check out Metro Girl’s blog post on the exhibition.
- 14 – 25 February : Flamenco Festival
Sadler’s Wells’ annual season of flamenco music and dance returns, featuring performances from Carmen Linares, Arcángel & Marina Heredia, María Pagés Compañía, Úrsula López, Tamara López and Leonor Leal, Isabel Bayón Compañía, Gala Flamenca La Chana, Ballet Flamenco Jesús Carmona and Compañía Rafaela Carrasco. Tickets: £12-£45 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.
- 15 – 18 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: £16 (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.
- 15 – 18 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 £25. ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest station: Prince Regent or Custom House (DLR). For more information, visit the London Classic Car Show website.
- 16 – 17 February : The Best You Expo
A personal development event encouraging you to improve your life, featuring wealth, health, entrepreneurship, confidence, aging, mindfulness practices, phobia cures, passionate living, female empowerment, breaking self-limiting beliefs, divorce coaching. Fri 9.30am-6.30pm and more, Sat: 10am-6pm. Tickets start from £10. Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For tickets, visit The Best You Expo website.
- 18 February : Chinese New Year
Festivities to mark the Year of the Dog take place across Chinatown, Shaftesbury Avenue and Trafalgar Square. The parade from north of Trafalgar Square to Shaftesbury Avenue will start at 10am. From 11am-6pm there will be performances from Chinese artists in Trafalgar Square. Free. Nearest stations: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, check out Visit London.
- Now until 18 February : Crème Egg Camp
Cadburys are hosting a pop-up to celebrate Crème Egg hunting season. At the camp, you’ll be able to see the biggest Crème eggs you’ve ever seen in a giant nest, climb the tree house, whizz down the slide and search for the rare white Crème Egg. You’ll also be able to feast on chocolate Crème Egg goodies, such as Forest-top Fongoo, Campfire Cookies, Woodland Waffles, Fire-pit Toasties and more. Proceeds going to the Prince’s Trust charity. Open Thu-Fri 5pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 2pm-6pm. Tickets £5 (inc 45 mins at camp, a treat from the menu, a hot or cold drink). Last Days of Shoreditch, 288 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9LA. Nearest station: Old Street. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.
- 22 February : National Margarita Day @ Cantina Laredo
To celebrate National Margarita Day, Cantina Laredo is teaming up with Jose Cuervo 1800 Tequila for an evening of tequila tasting, tacos and talks. 5.30pm-10.30pm. Tequila tasting dinner and talk: £30pp, Additional Margarita Flight: £15pp. Cantina Laredo, 10 Upper St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, WC2H 9FB. Nearest station: Covent Garden or Leicester Square. For more information booking, visit BookATable or Cantina Laredo’s website.
- 22 – 24 February : CBR London 2018
The Craft Beer Rising festival features over 170 exhibitors, including talks and tastings, a special area for cider producers, live music and street food. Opening hours: Thu 22 and Fri 23 6.30pm-12.30am and Sat 24 (afternoon or evening sessions) 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.
- 22 – 25 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 from £20, Silver from £45, Gold from £60. The Store Studios, 180 The Strand, WC2R. Nearest station: Temple. For more information, visit the London Fashion Week Festival website.
- 23 February : An Evening At Home With The Soanes
Late-night candlelight opening of the Sir John Soane Museum, based on Susan Palmer’s novel. Featuring expert staff tours, author readings and access to rare archives. 6pm-9pm. Tickets: £25. 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.
- 23 February : Fierce Queens – Queen’s House Late
Celebrate GBT History Month with an evening of gender-bending performances and cabaret at the 17th century Queen’s House. Feature five performances, free cocktail on arrival, an adult storytelling session and learn about the queer history of the House. Over 18s only. 7pm-11pm. Tickets: £12, Members £10. Queen’s House, Romney Road, Greenwich, SE10 9NF. Nearest station: Greenwich, Cutty Sark (DLR) or Maze Hill. For booking, visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website.
- 23 February : Prophecy tour @ Kings Place
Scottish Ensemble’s first tour of 2018, Prophecy, comes to London one night only. In collaboration with Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, the show is a tribute to the musical tales of Ancient Greece. 7.30pm. Tickets: £16.50-£39.50. Hall One, Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross, N1 9AG. Nearest station: Kings Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit the Kings Place website.
- 23 – 25 February : Telegraph Travel Show
Plan your next travel adventure with over 200 exhibitors. Featuring travel experts at Destinations Theatre, world food pop-ups and Travel Genius Bar. Open Fri 23 10am-5pm, Sat 24 10am-5.30pm, Sun 25 10am-4pm. Tickets free for Telegraph readers. ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest station: Prince Regent or Custom House (DLR). For tickets, visit the Travel Show website.
- Now until 24 February : Ice Rink Canary Wharf
Skate over ice 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.
- Now until 25 February : No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain
Exhibition at the Migration Museum focusing on seven turning points in Britain’s history which have changed its people and communities. Open Wed-Sun 11am-5pm (late opening on last Thursday of the month until 9pm. Free admission. Migration Museum @ The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, Lambeth, SE1 7AG. Nearest station: Vauxhall, Westminster or Lambeth North. For more information, visit the Migration Museum website. Read Metro Girl’s blog on the exhibition here.
- 25 February : Winter Pride
Brighten up the dark winter nights with a seasonal edition of the Pride festival, featuring entertainment and live music. 9pm-6am. Tickets on the door TBC (advanced sold out). The Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, N1 9NL. Nearest station: King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit the Winter Pride website.
- 25 February : The Vintage Collections
Vintage fashion fair comes to the stunning art deco surrounds of Freemasons Hall, featuring 50 traders, cocktails and afternoon tea. 11am-5:30pm. Entry: £5 (£2 with NUS card). Freemasons Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5AZ. Nearest station: Holborn or Covent Garden. For more information, visit the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair website.
- 28 February : Science Museum Lates – Sport & Wellbeing
Late night opening of Science Museum on the theme of sport and wellbeing. Also including the usual talks, silent disco and live music. Over 18s only. 6.45pm-10pm. Free entry. Science Museum, Exhibition Road, Kensington, SW7 2DD. Nearest station: South Kensington. For more information, visit the Science Museum website.
- Now until 4 March : Vault Festival
Six week arts festival in the tunnels beneath Waterloo across three venues. Entertainment includes live music, theatre, film, dance, comedy, immersive experiences and late-night parties. Open Wed-Sun. Ticket prices vary. The Vaults, 10 Leake Street, Waterloo, SE1 7NN. Nearest station: Waterloo and Lambeth North. For booking, visit the Vault Festival website. To find out about this year’s highlights, click here.
- Now until 4 March : Snow Kingdom – Backyard Cinema
Backyard Cinema have created a wintry immersive cinematic experience in the foodie surrounds of Mercato Metropolitano. Travel through an ice cave and across a frozen lake to watch new and classic films in the atmospheric Snow Kingdom. Tickets from £17. Backyard Cinema, 42 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6DR. Nearest station: Elephant & Castle. For booking, visit the Backyard Cinema website. For Metro Girl’s review, click here.
- Now until 4 March : Ovo by Cirque du Soleil
The newest touring production from the Cirque, a spectacular exploration of the ecosystem, with insects working, playing, fighting and looking for love. Tickets range from £25-£231. 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.
- Now until 8 April : Winnie The Pooh – Exploring A Classic
AA Milne’s beloved bear is celebrated with sketches, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion. Tickets: £8. Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL. Nearest station: South Kensington. For more information, visit the V&A website.
- Now until 22 April : Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz In Britain
Exhibition exploring the impact of jazz on Britain from 1918, featuring painting, printmaking and cartoons, moving film, instruments and, of course, jazz. Open Mon, Thur-Sat: 10am-4:30pm, Wed: 10am-9pm, Sun: 11am-4:30pm, closed Tues. Two Temple Place, 2 Temple Place, Temple, WC2R 3BD. Nearest station: Temple. For more information, visit the Two Temple Place website.
- Now until June : Sculpture In The City 2017/2018
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. Check out Metro Girl’s gallery of this year’s exhibition.
- Now until September : Painted Hall Ceiling Tours
The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College is undergoing a huge restoration. For a limited time only, visitors will be able to ascend 60ft to see the painted ceiling up close. Times vary. Tickets: Adults £10, Children £5. Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9NN. Nearest station: Greenwich, Maze Hill or Cutty Sark (DLR). To book, visit the Old Royal Naval College website. Read Metro Girl’s review of the tour here.