Guide to what’s on in London in February 2020
Find out what’s on in London in February, including music, beer and literary festivals, immersive experiences, or meet your idol at a fan convention.
Winter is in full swing and with people’s bank balances starting to recover from the Christmas splurge, there’s more events on in London. There’s plenty of romantic events on in February for Valentine’s Day, while the half-term break (17-21 February) means parents will have to have to find things to entertain their children for a week.
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- 31 January – 1 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. Over 18s only. Open Fri 8pm-1am, Sat 8pm-4am. Tickets: £11.19–£16.49. 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.
- 1 – 2 February : Plant Powered Expo
New show celebrating the best of plant-based living. Featuring cookery classes, presentations, Vegan kitchen demos, health, fitness and over 230 stalls. Sat: 10am-6pm, Sun: 10am-5pm. Tickets: Adults £15. Olympia National, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more information, visit the Expo website.
- 2 February : Festival of Confidence
A one-day festival on building confidence in women, including workshops, talks and activities. 10am-5.30pm. Tickets: £19.76–£38.93. Lyric Hammersmith, King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0QL. Nearest station: Hammersmith. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.
- 2 February : Super Bowl Viewing Party @ Skylight
Fans of American football should head to rooftop destination Skylight for a screening of the big game. The game will be screened on the heated indoor level, with DJs, ping pong, air hockey tables, street food, and bookable cosy booths and igloos. 5pm-11pm. Tickets: £3-£8. Skylight, Tobacco Quay (Pennington Street entrance), Wapping, E1CW 2SF. Nearest station: Shadwell (DLR/TFL Rail) or Wapping. For more information, visit DesignMyNight.
- Now until 2 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.
- Now until 2 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 £10-£45. Venues include the Shoreditch Town Hall, Soho Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, Barbican, Wilton’s Music Hall, The Puppet Barge, Southbank Centre and more. For more information, visit the Mime London website.
- 6 – 8 February : Classical Vauxhall
An inaugural series of classical music concerts in Vauxhall. From 8pm. Tickets: £20. At St Peter’s Church (6 Feb), Brunswick House (7 Feb) and Garden Museum (8 Feb). Nearest station: Vauxhall. For more information, visit the BeInVauxhall website.
- 7 February – 21 May : Meet Vincent Van Gogh
An immersive, multi-sensory exhibition bringing the world of legendary artist Vincent Van Gogh to life. Open Sun-Wed 10am-6pm, Thu-Sat 10am-10pm. Tickets: Standard box office Mon-Fri £19, Sat-Sun £21. Advance online – Mon-Fri £18, Sat-Sun £20. Meet Vincent Van Gogh Experience, 99 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PP. Nearest station: Waterloo or Waterloo East. For tickets, visit the Meet Vincent website. Check out Metro Girl’s blog post, for more information.
- 8 February – 8 March : Orchid Festival
An orchid display is coming to the Princess of Wales Conservatory for four weeks, with this year being inspired by Indonesia. General entrance tickets to Kew Gardens includes orchid exhibition: Adults £18.15, Children (4-15yr) £4.50. Kew Gardens, Brentford Gate, Kew, TW9 3AB. Nearest station: Kew Gardens. For more information, visit the Kew Gardens website.
- 12 – 16 February : Ealing Music and Film Festival
Five day festival in Ealing featuring musical performances, film screenings (two on Valentine’s Day) and walks. Events take place at various venues, including Weston Hall, St Barnabas, William Barry Theatre and Lawrence Hall. Tickets range from free to £25. Nearest stations: Ealing Broadway or South Ealing. For booking, visit the Ealing Music & Film website. Check out Metro Girl’s blog post, for more information.
- 12 – 23 February : Imagine Children’s Festival
Two week children’s festival at the Southbank Centre, including art, theatre, books, music, performances and workshops. Including Michael Rosen, Dermot O’Leary, Cressida Cowell, Konnie Huq 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. 🐻
- 13 February : Imperial Lates
Evening of science and engineering with live demonstrations, creative workshop, interactive entertainment, and inspiring talks. 6pm-9pm. Tickets: Free (but register for a place). Imperial College London (College Main Entrance), Exhibition Road, SW7 2AZ. Nearest station: South Kensington. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.
- Now until 16 February : Light Festival @ Battersea Power Station
Battersea’s first ever light festival features four installations from international artists. Free. Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, Battersea, SW11 8AH. Nearest stations: Battersea Park or Queenstown Road Battersea. For more information, visit the Battersea Power Station website. 🐻
- 20 – 23 February : VidCon London
Festival for those who love and make online video (YouTubers, Vimeo-ers, etc). Featuring AmazingPhil, Sam & Colby, Anna Maynard, CC Clarke, Jack & Dean, Evie Clark, Josh Pieters, Kaiser Coby, Manny MUA, Ryan Bergara, Shaaba and many more. Open Thu 9am-7pm, Fri & Sun 9am-6.30pm, Sat 9am-8pm. Tickets range from £60-£600. ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest station: Prince Regent or Custom House. For more information, visit the VidCon London website.
- 20 – 23 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. Open Thu 4.30pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Tickets from £25. Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more information, visit the London Classic Car Show website.
- 20 February – 15 March : Mars & Beyond
An immersive experience spanning five floors will focus on the future of our planet and the developments in space exploration. Tickets: Adults: £12-£20, Children £5. Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, SE1 9PH. Nearest station: Southwark, Blackfriars or Waterloo. For tickets, visit DesignMyNight. 🐻
- 21 – 23 February : The Get Well Show
Showcase of innovative therapies, featuring a wellness town full of neighbourhoods, such as Healthy Gut zone, Chronic Conditions, Back & Joints, Allergies & Eco-Friendly, and Healthy Mind. Open Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-7pm and Sun 10am-4pm. Tickets: £20. Olympia Central, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more information, visit the The Get Well Show website.
- 22 – 23 February : Fan Fest London
Convention for fans of sci-fi, horror and heroes and villains. Including panels, experiences and the chance to have autographs or photos with your idols. Artists in attendance include Pilou Asbaek, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ryan Hurst, Iain Glen, Nadia Hilker, Vincent Ward, Irone Singleton, Johnathon Schaech, Manu Bennett, Kenny Johnson, David Labrava and Michael Rowe. Open Sat-Sun 10.30am-6pm. Tickets: £25-£450 (also includes entrance to Walker Stalker Con). ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest station: Prince Regent or Custom House. For more information, visit the Fan Fest website.
- 22 – 23 February : Walker Stalker Con
Zombie convention featuring panel discussions, meet and greets, autograph sessions and more. Tickets: Adults £25-£450 (includes entrance to Fan Fast London), Children 10 and under £7.50. Excel London, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest station: Prince Regent or Custom House. For tickets, visit the Walker Stalker Con website.
- 24 February : Mr Fogg’s Explorer Series presents Ollie Phillips
Listen to former England Rugby 7’s captain and Guinness World Record holder Ollie Phillips, who will share his inspirational story of resilience and overcoming the odds. 6pm arrival for a 7pm start. Free entry. Mr Fogg’s Residence, 15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, W1J 6JD. Nearest station: Green Park or Bond Street. For more information, visit Mr Fogg’s website. Check out Metro Girl’s blog post, to find out what else is on in the Explorer Series.
- 24 February – 1 March : Russian Maslenitsa
The Russian sun festival, featuring a host of events including workshops, exhibitions, culinary extravaganza, Shrovetide celebration for families with music, dancing and games and the Maslenitsa Celebration Concert. For more information, visit the Maslenitsa website. 🐻
- 27 – 29 February : BrewLDN
Festival of craft beer and music. Featuring 70 breweries and music from Greg Wilson, Old Dirty Brasstards, and DJ Artwork. Open Thu & Fri 6.30pm-12pm, Sat 12pm-5.30pm and 6.30pm-12pm. Tickets: £15-£25. The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, E1 6QR. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street or Old Street. For tickets, visit the BrewLDN website.
- 27 February – 1 March : The Stitch Festival
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 £15.50, Children £6. Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0QH. Nearest station: Angel. For more information, visit the Stitch Festival website.
- 27 February – 30 June : Scenes in the Square
Check out bronze sculptures of iconic film characters around Leicester Square. Eight interactive characters, such as Lauren & Hardy to Wonder Woman will be placed in the square for four months. Free. Leicester Square, Westminster, WC2H 7DE. Nearest stations: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Leicester Square website.
- 28 February – 1 March : Live Well London
Wellbeing, health and fitness festival, featuring different styles of meditation and fitness classes from beginner to expert, talks and shopping. Open 10am-5pm. Tickets: £11.43–£108.99. Old Billingsgate, 16 Lower Thames Street, City of London, EC3R 6DX. Nearest station: Tower Hill or Old Street. For tickets, visit the Live Well London website.
- Now until 29 February : The Elyx Chalet @ Rosewood London
The Terrace at the Rosewood London hotel has been transformed into a Swedish-inspired winter hideaway, with sparkling trees, snow and festive cocktails with a Swedish twist. Adults-only. Open daily from 4pm. Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 7EN. Nearest station: Holborn. For more information, visit the Rosewood Hotels website.
- 29 February – 1 March : London Film and Comic Con Spring
Film and Comic Con returns, giving you the opportunity for autograph sessions, photoshoots, and panels. Names include Jerome Flynn, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Englund, Dan Starkey, Afshan Azad, Femi Taylor, Brenock O’Connor, Ian McCulloch, Ian McDiarmid, Wendy Padbury, Charles Dance, Ashley Walters, Noel Clarke, Indira Varma, Samantha Bond, Colin Baker, Gethin Anthony, Sylvester McCoy, and more. Sat-Sun: 9am-6pm. Tickets: Adults £16-£18, Children £10-£12. Olympia National, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more information and tickets, visit the London Comic Con website.
- Now until late February : The Enchanted Woods @ Madison
St Paul’s rooftop bar Madison’s terrace’s winter makeover continues. Cosy up under a blanket in wooden chalet surrounded by twinkling lights and heaters and sip hot cocktails while gazing at the City views. Open Mon-Thu 11am-late, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 12pm-9.30pm. Madison rooftop terrace, 1 New Change, City of London, EC4M 9AF. Nearest stations: Mansion House or St Paul’s. For more information, visit the Madison London website.
- Now until 1 March : Secret Cinema presents Stranger Things
Step into the Upside Down as Secret Cinema bring this ’80s sci-fi horror to live for an immersive, cinematic experience. Visit Hawkins, Indiana for an interactive 80s experience. Fancy dress required. Times vary. Tickets: £52-£120. At a secret east London location to be revealed to ticket holders. For more information and tickets, visit the Secret Cinema website.
- Now until 1 March : Lightopia Festival
Festival of lights featuring installations, 3D projections, interactive pieces, live music, acrobatics, food and drink, craft stalls and more. 5pm-10pm. Tickets: Adults £20/£22, Children £13/£15. Chiswick House Gardens, Chiswick, W4 2QN. Nearest stations: Turnham Green and Gunnersbury. For more information, visit the Lightopia Festival website. 🐻
- Now until 1 March : Luzia by Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil bring their show Luzia to Europe for the first time. The show is inspired by Mexico, with a mix of the traditional and modern acrobatics. Times vary. Tickets range from £28.50-£108. Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. Nearest stations: South Kensington, Knightsbridge or High Street Kensington. For booking, visit the Cirque Du Soleil website. 🐻
- Now until 7 March : Winter Night Garden @ Backyard Cinema
Backyard Cinema’s new permanent home has been transformed into a magical festive garden for its new winter cinematic experience. Walk through a magical wardrobe and travel through a mysterious kingdom to reach the big screen, which will be showing festive favourites and new releases. Tickets from £18.99. Backyard Cinema’s Capital Studios, 13 Wandsworth Plain, Wandsworth, SW18 1ET. Nearest station: Wandsworth Town. For more information and booking, visit Backyard Cinema’s website. 🐻
- Now until 22 March : Vault Festival 2020
Eight-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. Ticket prices vary. The Vaults, 10 Leake Street, Waterloo, SE1 7NN. Nearest station: Waterloo and Lambeth North. For booking, visit the Vault Festival website.
- Now until 29 March : Winterland
Alpine wonderland pop-up returns to the riverside, with plenty of heated winter lodges, cabin and igloos, fire pits, hot tubs, games, hot and cold cocktails, comfort food and more. Open: Wed-Thu 6pm-12am, Fri 5pm-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-6.30pm. Entry: Wed-Fri, Sun £5pp, Sat £10pp. Winterland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY. Nearest station: Wandsworth Town. For more information, visit the Winterland website. For Metro Girl’s review, click here.
- Now until 5 April : Secret Theatre Project presents The Invitation
The Secret Theatre Project returns to London with a new immersive theatre production. Attend a secret masquerade performance in an opulent East End venue in an evening filled with mystery and intrigue. Tickets: £39.00-£109.99. Masquerade Palace (Bethnal Green Town Hall), 8 Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, E2 9NF. Nearest station: Bethnal Green or Cambridge Heath. For more information, visit the Secret Theatre Project website. Read Metro Girl’s blog post for more information.
- Now until 19 April : Unbound
Exhibition celebrating seven female textile pioneers, featuring archives of Edith Durham, Louisa Pesel, Olive Matthews, Enid Marx, Muriel Rose, Jennifer Harris and Nima Poovaya-Smith. Open Mon, Thurs-Sat 10am-4:30pm, Wed 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-4:30pm. Free entry. Two Temple Place, 2 Temple Place, Temple, WC2R 3BD. Nearest station: Temple. For more information, visit the Two Temple Place website. Read about the history of Two Temple Place.
- Now until 3 May : Tutankhamun – Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt, an exhibition features over 150 priceless treasures from the boy King. Opening hours vary. Tickets: Adult: £28.50/ £24.50. Children: £19.50/£16.50. Saatchi Gallery, King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 4RY. Nearest station: Sloane Square. For tickets, visit the Saatchi Gallery website.
- Now until June : Sculpture In The City 2019/2020
Public art exhibition, bringing contemporary pieces to the streets and spaces of the City of London. Free. 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 Sculpture in the City website. Check out Metro Girl’s gallery of the 2019/2020 exhibition. 🐻
- Now until 30 August : Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds – The Immersive Experience
A new immersive experience from DotDotLondon. Inspired by the classic story, travel back in time to Victorian London and the Martian invasion of 1898. Experience immersive theatre, virtual reality, augmented reality, holograms and other cutting-edge technology. Over 12s only. Times vary. Tickets: £39.50-£84.50. The Old Metal Exchange, 56 Leadenhall Street, City of London, EC3A 2BJ. Nearest station: Aldgate or Fenchurch Street. For more information and booking, visit DotDotLondon. Check out Metro Girl’s review of the show.