Guide to what’s on in London in February 2019
Guide to what’s on in London this February 2019, including festivals, Chinese New Year events, winter pop-ups and more.
It’s February and winter is in full swing. The weather is pretty freezing, so a host of London’s events are taking place inside. Halfway through the month, things get a bit soppy for Valentine’s Day. Throughout the month, there’s music, beer and winter pop-ups. There will also be celebrations for Chinese New Year in the West End, while half-term means there’s plenty of family-friendly events on around town.
For a guide to London’s Valentine’s Day events for singles and couples, click here.
- 1 – 2 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: £11.19–£21.79. 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. Check out Metro Girl’s blog post on the London Remixed Festival.
- 1 February – 7 April : Lost Lagoon
Bompas & Parr have created an immersive, subterranean journey inspired by the world’s most famous buccaneer Captain Henry Morgan. Expect whirlpool cocktail station, beach-inspired food and entertainment. Tickets: £20-£30. West 12 shopping centre, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 8PP. Nearest station: Shepherd’s Bush. For booking, visit the Lost Lagoon website.
- Now until 1 February : French Winter Village @ The Langham
The Langham Hotel are teaming up with Grey Goose to create a winter paradise in their courtyard garden. Expect hot and cold Grey Goose vodka cocktails, festive food from the woodfire, heaters, cosy blankets and more. Open Wed-Sat 4pm–10pm. Minimum spend of £60pp (for bookings between 6-60 people). The Langham Hotel, 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, W1B 1JA. Nearest station: Oxford Circus. For more information, visit The Langham website.
- 2 February – 14 July : Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams @ V&A
Exhibition of Christian Dior designs, from 1947 to the present day. Open daily 10am-5.45pm. Tickets: £20-£24. Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL. Nearest station: South Kensington. For more information, visit the V&A website.
- 3 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.
- 3 – 9 February : Pisco Sour Week @ Mr Foggs Society of Exploration
A special menu will be on offer all week celebrating Peru’s iconic cocktail. Relax with a concoction in the Map Room or the Train Carriage. Open Mon-Sat 4pm-12am. Mr Foggs Society of Exploration, 1A Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9HH. Nearest station: Charing Cross or Covent Garden. For more information, visit Mr Foggs website.
- 3 February – 19 March : Festival of New Masculinity
Inaugural festival from the Book of Man, featuring 10 events across two east London venues. Exploring issues facing modern men today. Including live podcasts, special guest panels, photography exhibition, grooming lounges, boys brunches, and a Penis Gallery. Ticket prices vary. Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square, Hoxton, N1 6NU and the Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4RH. Nearest station: Old Street. For more information, visit the Book Of Man 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 £12.50-£30. Venues include the Barbican, Jacksons Lane, Platform Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, Shoreditch Town Hall and Southbank Centre. For more information, visit the Mime London website.
- Now until 3 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.
- Now until 3 February : Destinations – the Holiday & Travel Show
Travel show, featuring tourist boards, travel agencies, cultural entertainment, world food and drink, travel celebrities, talks, presentations, workshops, panel sessions and more. 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.
- 4 February : The WineBarn’s Annual Portfolio Tasting
An evening of German wine, featuring over 120 to choose from and learn more about how the wines are made. 6pm-8pm. Tickets: £35pp. Army & Navy Club, 36-39 Pall Mall, St James, SW1Y 5JN. Nearest station: Green Park. For more information, visit the Wine Barn website.
- 6 – 7 February : Dining With Daisy Supper Club @ The Little Blue Door
Hollyoaks actress and foodie Daisy Wood Davis teams up with the flatmates to host a supper club over two nights. The four-course menu features sentimental dishes with names such as The Hangover, Scampi Fry @ The SU, and Lambrini Sundae. 7pm-9.30pm. Tickets: £40. The Little Blue Door, 871-873 Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6 5HP. Nearest station: Parsons Green. For more information and booking, visit DesignMyNight. Read Metro Girl’s review of, The Little Blue Door.
- 8 February – 2 June : Swinging Sixties exhibition
New exhibition celebrates the fashion, textiles, homewares and furniture of the Swinging Sixties. Including vintage designs by Mary Quant, Laura Ashley and Terence Conran. Open Tues-Sat 11am–6pm, Thurs until 8pm, Sun 11am–5pm. Tickets: £9.90. Fashion & Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF. Nearest station: London Bridge or Tower Hill. For more information, visit the museum website.
- 9 February – 10 March : Orchid Festival
An orchid display is coming to the Princess of Wales Conservatory for four weeks, with this year being inspired by Colombia. General entrance tickets to Kew Gardens includes orchid exhibition: Adults £18.15, Children (4-16yr) £4.95. Kew Gardens, Brentford Gate, Kew, TW9 3AB. Nearest station: Kew Gardens. For more information, visit the Kew Gardens website.
- 10 February : Chinese New Year
Festivities to mark the Year of the Pig 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.
- 11 – 28 February : #LoveSpot installation
Over Valentine’s Day and throughout February will be a special light installation in Wembley. The #LoveSpot is a huge pulsating love heart that will provide the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram shot. Located outside Sunglasses Hut at London Designer Outlet, Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley Park, HA9 0QL. Nearest stations: Wembley Central or Wembley Park. For more information, visit the London Designer Outlet website.
- 13 – 17 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, St Mary’s Perivale, University Of West London, the Brentham Club, St Barnabas Church and MetFilm School. Tickets range from free to £25. Nearest stations: Ealing Broadway or South Ealing. For booking, visit the Ealing Music & Film website.
- 13 – 24 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, Malorie Blackman, Chris Riddell, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Peppa Pig, Nadine Kaadan, the Singing Mermaid and more. 10.30am-4pm daily. Many activities and events are free, but some go up to £16. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and booking visit the Southbank Centre website.
- 14 – 17 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.
- 14 – 17 February : VidCon London
Festival for those who love and make online video (YouTubers, Vimeo-ers, etc). Featuring Max & Harvey, Merrell Twins, Rhett & Link, JC Caylen, Jack Maynard, Saffron Barker and many more. Open Thu 9am-7pm, Fri & Sun 9am-6.30pm, Sat 9am-8pm. Tickets start from £35. ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest station: Prince Regent or Custom House (DLR). For more information, visit the VidCon London website.
- 15 – 16 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 and more. Open Fri 9.30am-6.30pm. Sat: 10am-6pm. Tickets start from £10-£25. Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For tickets, visit The Best You Expo website.
- Now until 16 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.
- 16 – 17 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 £139-£251. The Store X, 180 The Strand, WC2R. Nearest station: Temple. For more information, visit the London Fashion Week Festival website.
- 21 – 23 February : CBR 19 (Craft Beer Rising)
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 and Fri 6.30pm-12.30am and Sat (afternoon or evening sessions) 12.30pm-12.30am. Tickets: £16.80-£21.60 (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.
- Now until 23 February : Winterland
Discover an alpine paradise by the River Thames. Expect heated winter lodges, fire pits, igloos, karaoke booth, Beer pong, Boogie Nights lodge, curling, DJs, hot cocktails, comfort food and more. Open Tues-Fri 6pm-11pm, Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-8pm. Entry: £5pp. Neverland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY. Nearest station: Wandsworth Town. For more information, visit the Winterland website.
- Now until 26 February : Totem by Cirque du Soleil
The Cirque’s touring production Totem tells the story of humankind’s journey through history. Tickets range from £39-£99. 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.
- 27 February : The Last Tsar – Lates @ Science Museum
Late night opening of the Science Museum celebrates the exhibition of the lives and deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. Featuring talks, activities, silent disco, drinks and more. Over 18s only. 6.45pm-10pm. Free entry. Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD. Nearest station: South Kensington. For more information, visit the Science Museum website.
- 28 February – 3 March : The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show
Haberdashery festival featuring hundreds of workshops, demonstrations, interactive features and 200 exhibitors selling specialist craft supplies. Open Thu-Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sun: 10am-5pm. Tickets: Adults £14, Children £6. Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more information, visit the Knitting & Stitching Show website.
- Now until 28 February : The Chalet @ Madison
St Paul’s rooftop bar Madison’s terrace has been given a cosy winter makeover. Featuring wooden chalet, twinkling lights, cosy blankets, warming heaters and warming cocktail menu. Madison, rooftop terrace, 1 New Change, City of London, EC4M 9AF. Nearest station: St Paul’s. For more information, visit the Madison London website. Check out Metro Girl’s review of Madison’s winter terrace.
- Now until 9 March : Qu Leilei – Echoes
A solo exhibition from Qu Leilei at the newest branch of the international 3812 Gallery. The show features pieces in water and ink, the ancient medium for painting and calligraphy in Chinese culture. Mon–Sat 10am-6.30pm. 3812 Gallery, 21 Ryder Street, St James’s, SW1Y 6PX. Nearest station: Green Park. For more information, visit the 3812 gallery website.
- Now until 17 March : Vault Festival
Seven 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. Check out Metro Girl’s shows to watch at this year’s festival
- Now until 31 March : Marvel’s Avengers
Multi-room experience for fans of Marvel’s Avengers, where they will find out their favourite characters’ back story and mind and interact with props and the characters themselves. Opening times: Mon-Thu: 10am–6.30pm, Fri: 10am–8.30pm, Sat: 9.30am-8.30pm and Sun: 9.30am-6.30pm. Tickets: Adults £25, Children £14. ExCel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest station: Prince Regent or Custom House. For tickets, visit the Avengers Station website.
- Now until 22 April : John Ruskin – The Power Of Seeing @ Two Temple Place
Exhibition of the paintings, drawings, daguerreotypes, metal work, and plaster casts of John Ruskin. Free entry. Two Temple Place, 2 Temple Place, Temple, WC2R 3BD. Nearest station: Temple. For more information, visit the Two Temple Place website.
- Now until May : Last Nights Of Havana
Nightlife pop-up in Tobacco Dock brings a slice of Cuba to London. Featuring live music, DJs, dance, drinking and street food. Open 5pm-12am. Tickets: £25 (inc complimentary arrival cocktail). Masterclass: £60pp (include rum flight, special cocktail and discount towards evening event). Last Nights Of Havana, Quayside Bar, Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane (Gate Entrance), Wapping, E1W 2SF. Nearest station: Shadwell or Wapping. For more information and tickets, visit lastnightsofhavana.com. See Metro Girl’s blog for more information.
- Now until early June : Sculpture In The City 2018/2019
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 the 2017/2018 exhibition.
- Now until summer (TBC) : Room To Breathe @ Migration Museum
Interactive exhibition of a migrant’s experiences when they arrive in the UK and what it means to live as migrant. Open Thu 12pm-8pm, Fri-Sun 12pm-6pm. Free admission. At the 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. For Metro Girl’s review on the exhibition, click here.