Lead Image: Orchids Festival at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (photo: Jeff Eden)
1 Massaoke’s A Night at the Musicals, KOKO Camden
Massaoke, the UK’s smash hit sing-along band, debuts its latest show, A Night At The Musicals, at Camden’s KOKO this Friday. Sing along to all the hits from well-loved musicals like Mamma Mia!, The Greatest Showman, Grease, Frozen, Dirty Dancing, Evita, Phantom Of The Opera and more, accompanied by a live band. There’s no karaoke spotlight here. The entire crowd is the star of this show, singing together in celebration of all the best-loved musicals from stage and screen, guided by giant video lyrics. The Massaoke band knows how to get a crowd going like no one else. Thousands have sung along with them at The Scoop on the South Bank for the last three summers, at Winterville in Clapham and even at Glastonbury. Advance tickets are sold out but tickets are available on the door.
1A Camden High Street NW1 7JE; massaoke.com
2 The Shy Manifesto at Greenwich Theatre
In a plea for a little bit more self-restraint in our world today, The Shy Manifesto is about embracing shyness. The play comes to Greenwich Theatre this month and invites you into the world of 17-year-old Callum who is proud to be shy in this bittersweet comedy drama about a boy sick of being told to come out of his shell. It features Theo Ancient (Albus Potter in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) in the lead role of the play written by Michael Ross and directed by Cat Robey. Tickets are £13.
Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk
3 Deptford Heritage Festival
Make sure you don’t miss out on the events being staged all over Deptford this month for the third Deptford Heritage Festival. Launching on 1 February, the festival will screening the BBC documentary The History of our High Streets, Deptford as well as hosting a Concert for Deptford featuring local choirs and classical musicians later that night. In celebration of LGBTQ+ history month, there will also be a performance of Liberty, a new play telling of Kath Duncan, a Scottish left-wing activist and primary school teacher in Deptford, who took on the power of King, parliament, and the entire legal establishment.
New Cross Road, Deptford SE14 6TJ; ticketsource.co.uk/deptford-heritage-festival
4 Cougar at Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond
1 February-2 March
Mike Noble and Charlotte Randle lead the cast in the world première of Rose Lewenstein’s new play Cougar this month. The show is a co-production with English Touring Theatre, which explores the impact of climate change and consumerism. It’s created by an all-female creative team led by director Chelsea Walker, who returns to the Orange Tree following her production of Clare McIntyre’s Low Level Panic in 2017 along with designer Rosanna Vize who won the Off West End Award for Best Design. Tickets from £12.50.
1 Clarence Street, Richmond TW9 2SA; orangetreetheatre.co.uk
5 Crafty Fox Market at Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant & Castle
Crafty Fox Market, the well-loved creative marketplace, will be back this month at the urban food market Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant & Castle. From 11am until 5pm, the market will feature more than 30 original traders selling homeware, artwork, crafts, jewellery, fashion and more. As well as the markets, Crafty Fox will also be back holding creative workshops to inspire you, which will be confirmed closer to the market date.
Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway SE1 6DR; craftyfoxmarket.co.uk
6 Open City Architecture Tour of the Thames, Victoria Embankment
Open City are hosting a tour along the River Thames on 2 February surveying the iconic landmarks of London architecture. Starting at Crown Pier, the tour travels up river to look at Battersea Power Station and the American Embassy before heading down river to explore Somerset House and the Shard. The tour is led by specialist guide Benedict O’Looney, who brings in-depth knowledge as a practicing architect and a teacher at the prestigious Architectural Association to his commentary. Tickets start at £35.50
Departing and returning to Crown Pier on Victoria Embankment EC4Y; open-city.org.uk
7 South Social Celebrates Black Culture, Peckham
South Social Celebrates Black Culture is a two-day festival showcasing film, music, art, dance, cuisine and more, all around the theme of Black Culture. The event, which takes place at Theatre Peckham, aims to launch a public debate on gentrification and culture with Jennifer G Robinson, Women of The Lens, Chairmaine Simpson, Black History Studies, Akua Gyamfi, The British Blacklist and Reece Brown of Block Party Cinema. You’ll also find a lively market of food, craft and fashion stalls. The event is supported by Film Hub London and managed by Film London, in partnership with The British Blacklist, Black History Studies, Women of the lens, Pempeople and more. Tickets £15 (£25 for both days), concs £10.
Theatre Peckham, 221 Havil Street SE5 7SD; billetto.co.uk
2 February-16 March
Brigadiers, the barbecue, beer, whisky and live sports venue inspired by the army mess bars of India, has teamed up with Guinness to kick off the Six Nations Championship with a bespoke Match Day Menu and Guinness Butler Service. Watch the games live in the Blighters bar area while sharing starters like Poppadum’s & Chutneys, Cheese & Onion Bhajias, and Nargisi Kofta Venison Scotch Eggs, followed by a choice of three main courses such as Dum Beef Shin & Bone Marrow Biryani and Brigadiers Butter Chicken Pot Pie. The Guinness Butler Service will keep the Guinness flowing throughout the match, while cocktail lovers can opt for the limited-edition Match Day Martini – a Nitro Chai Martini made with premium Ketel One Vodka, Cold Brew Coffee, Chai and Milk Sugar.
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, the City EC4N 8AR; brigadierslondon.com
9 Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at V&A Museum
2 February-14 July
The V&A’s latest exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams has been hotly anticipated since it was announced last year. Spanning from 1947 to the present day, it traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers and how Dior’s work has had a lasting impact of the fashion world. Highlights include a selection of sketches by the designer, photographs of everyone from the Queen to Yves Saint Laurent and a collection of dresses from the Dior Héritage collection in Paris. Tickets start at £20.
Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk
10 The London International Mime Festival, various venues
Until 3 February
The London International Mime Festival, directed by Helen Lannaghan and Joseph Seelig, is a unique event in the theatre calendar. The annual showcase of the very best contemporary visual theatre embraces cutting edge circus, dance, physical theatre, juggling, object manipulation, physical comedy and productions that interweave theatre and film. UK artists are at the forefront of this year’s programme, with the Barely Methodical Troupe opening the festival with its latest acrobatic spectacular at the Platform Theatre, while Gandini Juggling & Alexander Whitley, and Gecko, make their main stage debuts at Sadler’s Wells and Barbican theatres respectively.
11 Katya Kabanova at Royal Opera House
Rising stars Amanda Majeski and Pavel Cernoch are to make their Royal Opera debuts in this production of Katya Kabanova. The work by Leoš Janáček follows the story of Katya who is enticed by another man’s advances when her husband leaves town, embarking on an affair. When her husband returns, she’s racked with guilt in this tense and emotive production. Directed by Richard Jones, the opera is the second work in The Royal Opera’s Janácek cycle. Tickets start from £6.
Bow Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9DD; roh.org.uk
World-renowned violinist Charlie Siem will be taking to the stage at Cadogan Hall for a one-off charity concert. At only 32, the classical musician has already garnered worldwide recognition, performing internationally with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg and Israel Philharmonic, as well as having a successful modelling career. This concert, taking place in Chelsea’s Cadogan Hall, will boast a programme of works by Bach, Brahms and Debussy. His performance will be raising funds for three charities: The International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR), TUCCA and CARF-UK.
5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia SW1X 9DQ; cadoganhall.com
13 Exhibition on Screen: Young Picasso at Picturehouse Cinemas
From 5 February
Picturehouse Cinemas will be screening the film examining the early years of extraordinary artist Pablo Picasso in its Greenwich, Clapham, West Norwood and East Dulwich cinemas this month. Examining his upbringing and learning, the screening takes you on a journey to Malaga, Barcelona and Paris through the young Picasso’s eyes. Focusing on these key places as well as the artistic periods of the Blue Period and Rose Period, the film examines what influenced and inspired his legendary work.
14 The Price at Wyndham’s Theatre
5 February-27 April
A new adaptation of Arthur Miller’s The Price is opening at the Wyndham’s Theatre this month. Starring David Suchet and Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle, the 50th anniversary production will run at the theatre from 5 February until 27 April. First seen on Broadway in 1968, The Price tells the story of two long-estranged brothers meeting to divide the family’s possessions and explores the metaphor between the price of furniture and the price of one’s personal decisions.
Charing Cross Road WC2H 0DA; delfontmackintosh.co.uk
15 No Boundaries, London Waterloo
Until 7 February
No Boundaries, a pop-up exhibition showcasing the work of artists living with disabilities, pulls into London Waterloo this week. The 20-piece exhibition, in association with National Rail, was created by artists with a range of abilities, disabilities, age and artistic experience after visiting destinations across Britain using a Railcard. National Rail teamed up with Guide Dogs, Scope, National Autistic Society, Royal Association for Deaf people, Stroke Association and Whizz-Kidz to generate awareness about the support available to help more people travel without boundaries. Some or the artworks will be auctioned on 5 February, with the proceeds being split between the different charities.
Waterloo Road SE1 8SW; disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk
The FR Awards, one of the most sought-after graduate prizes in the UK, is returning for the third year to The Truman Brewery from this month. Three winners have been hand-picked from the annual Free Range graduate shows, which showcase a new generation of cutting-edge talent from across the UK, to create new work that will go on display in their own solo exhibitions. Zimbabwe-born fine artist Jasper Pedyo, Brighton photographer Cole Flynn Quirke and London-based artist Polly Evans will all be showing their work.
4, 8 and 11 Dray Walk, The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane E1 6QR; free-range.org.uk
17 The Dior Collection, Proud Central
7 February-7 April
Step inside The House of Dior, one of the world’s biggest names in haute couture, as Proud Central flings open the door to its latest exhibition, The Dior Collection. The exhibition of fashion photography showcases the legendary designs of Christian Dior and its enduring impact on the fashion world. Not only is The House of Dior renowned for revitalising both haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion, it also reinvented the female silhouette and its legacy continues to inspire modern style. Documenting the brand throughout its first two decades, Proud Galleries’ The Dior Collection showcases the iconic works of many notable figures, from Mark Shaw’s works featuring Elizabeth Taylor, to Bert Stern’s iconic snaps of Marilyn Monroe, including a capture of her final sitting before her death. Entrance to the exhibition is free.
Proud Central, 32 John Adam Street WC2N 6BP; proud.co.uk
18 Rip It Up – The 60s at Garrick Theatre
7 February-2 June
The ultimate Strictly Come Dancing boy band has united to create a show full of dance, music and gymnastics. Called Rip it Up – The 60s, the performance brings the decade smashing into the 21st century through an explosion of song, dance, acrobatics and amazing visuals to celebrate the revolutionary cultural period. This marks the first ever West End run for the show that has already had a highly successful 2018 UK wide tour with McFly’s Harry Judd, JLS’s Aston Merrygold, Olympic gymnast Louis Smith and The Wanted’s Jay McGuinness.
2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH; ripituptheshow.com
19 Waitress the Musical at the Adelphi Theatre
From 8 February
The Broadway smash is making its West End debut this month at the Adelphi Theatre on the Strand. Brought to life by an all-female creative team, the Waitress the Musical features original music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles. The West End transfer will feature Broadway lead Katharine McPhee as Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying run-in with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it.
Strand WC2R 0NS; waitressthemusical.co.uk
20 Land of Mortimer at James Freeman Gallery, Islington
8 February-2 March
A new solo exhibition of James Mortimer’s work is opening at the James Freeman Gallery this month. Entitled Land of Mortimer, the exhibition showcase a year’s worth of provocative, surreal and dreamlike works, shown to the public for the first time. Highlights include oil paintings and ink drawings featuring stylised idyllic landscapes characterised by darkly humorous undertones and macabre scenarios.
354 Upper Street, Islington N1 0PD; jamesfreemangallery.com
21 Mandela: The Official Exhibition, Waterloo
8 February-2 June 2019
A major new exhibition following the life of Nelson Mandela is opening this month at 26 Leake Street, a new venue in the railway arches under Waterloo station, near the iconic Leake Street graffiti tunnel. Designed to educate, entertain and inspire using many personal belongings and objects, the exhibition features a number of items never previously seen outside of South Africa. Mandela’s story has been told many times before but this exhibition aims to look at the deeper stories behind the headlines and bring us closer to the man behind the myth. Tickets from £15.
26 Leake Street, Waterloo SE1 7NN; mandelaexhibition.com
22 The Poster Prize for Illustration at London Transport Museum
8 February-14 July
A new exhibition of 100 illustrations is opening this month at the London Transport Museum in a celebration of London. The illustrations have been shortlisted in a competition organised by the Association of Illustrators in partnership with London Transport Museum. Artists were invited to create an illustration that visually captures a well-known or obscure London narrative; stories that are contemporary or historical, real or imagined. Tickets start from £16 online.
Covent Garden Piazza WC2E 7BB; ltmuseum.co.uk
23 Aspects of Love at Southwark Playhouse
Until 9 February
Aspects of Love is continuing its London transfer debut at Southwark Playhouse this month, running for a limited season until 9 February. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (Rain Man, Hair and Pippin) this new, intimately reimagined production will mark 30 years since the original production of Aspects of Love first opened, premiering at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1989. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart and based on the novel by David Garnett, the musical is set in France in 1947 and features the iconic songs Love Changes Everything, Seeing Is Believing and First Man You Remember.
77-85 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle SE1 6BD; southwarkplayhouse.co.uk
24 Orchids Festival at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
9 February-10 March
Colombia’s vibrant colours, culture, and magnificent plant life will be the centrepiece of Kew Gardens’ Orchids Festival in February. Inside the tropical paradise of the Princess of Wales Conservatory, visitors to Kew’s annual Orchids Festival will get a chance to shake off the winter blues and get creative. Colourful floral displays will welcome visitors as they enter the tropical glasshouse in a celebration of Colombia, which is the world’s most biodiverse country. Highlights include a breath-taking rainbow river Caño Cristales and Colombia’s incredible forests – complete with life-sized jaguar.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew TW9 3AB; kew.org
Ring in the Year of the Pig this month with the hugely popular Chinese New Year celebrations in Trafalgar Square. As well as a whole day of entertainment across various stages in London’s most iconic square, you can also watch the colourful New Year’s parade, which sets off from Chinatown and snakes through the West End. The free annual event is organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association and there’ll be plenty of delicious street food on offer.
Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN; lccauk.com
26 Frock Me! Vintage Fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall
Frock Me! vintage fair is returning to Chelsea Old Town Hall for their first fair of 2019 this month. The show will host over 60 of the best dealers in vintage fashion, textiles and accessories with fashion from the 1900s and earlier onwards alongside vintage designer labels from Biba, Ossie Clark, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and more. Popular among fashion designers and costume departments, the fair is considered one of the best spots to shop for vintage in London.
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road SW3 5EE; frockmevintagefashion.com
27 The Rocky Horror Show at New Wimbledon Theatre
One of the most popular musicals, The Rocky Horror Show has been wowing crowds since it first opened in 1973. Now back with a UK tour, the show will be on at the New Wimbledon Theatre this month. Starring West End star Stephen Webb as Frank, Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton as Janet and a1’s Ben Adams as Brad, the show looks set to wow audiences. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, you can expect all of the famous musical numbers from Dammit Janet to The Time-Warp.
93 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1QG; atgtickets.com
28 The Girl on the Train at Richmond Theatre
Based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins, a brand new stage adaptation of The Girl on the Train is opening this month at Richmond Theatre. It will star Samantha Womack as Rachel Watson, who spends her time longing for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in the thrilling mystery.
Little Green, Richmond TW9 1QJ; atgtickets.com
29 [title of show] at Above The Stag, Vauxhall
13 February – 10 March
Above The Stag (the UK’s only dedicated LGBT+ theatre) are presenting their production of the hit Broadway musical, [title of show] in the Studio space at Above the Stag Theatre this month. Running from Wednesday 13 February until Sunday 10 March, the musical follows Jeff and Hunter who dream of being accepted in the New York Musical Theatre Festival. However, the submissions deadline is only three weeks away, and our heroes don’t actually have a musical to perform…
72 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall SE1 7TP; abovethestag.com/vxl
30 Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway at Dulwich Picture Gallery
13 February-2 June
Dulwich Picture Gallery’s first show of 2019 will be a look at the original landscapes of the Norwegian symbolist artist, Harald Sohlberg (1869 – 1935). He is considered one of the greatest masters of landscape painting in the history of Norwegian art. This exhibition, timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Sohlberg’s birth, will be the first major show of his work outside of Norway. Guests can also see a new installation by Mariele Neudecker, made in response to the paintings of Harald Sohlberg in the mausoleum. Tickets are £16.50 for adults.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
31 The Luna Cinema Valentine’s Day Screenings at The Natural History Museum
The Luna Cinema is back for its latest screenings this Valentine’s Day, with a collection of romantic and anti-Valentines showings at The Natural History Museum. Taking place under the iconic Blue Whale skeleton Hope in the majestic Hintze Hall, guests can see rom-com classics like Pretty Woman, The Notebook, A Star Is Born and Love Actually. For those looking for something a little less lovey-dovey, there will be anti-Valentines screenings of Kill Bill Vol 1 and Ridley Scott’s girl-power masterpiece Thelma and Louise. Tickets start at £27.75 and include a complimentary box of popcorn and access to the Natural History Museum’s blockbuster exhibition, Life in the Dark, anytime from 14-24 February.
Cromwell Road, Kensington SW7 5BD; thelunacinema.com
32 London Classic Car Show at ExCel London
The London Classic Car Show heads back to ExCel London this month, where visitors will be able to relive the golden years of car motoring. Discover the world’s best classic car manufacturers, clubs, collectors and dealers, browse memorabilia, as well as displays of the most prestigious vintage cars.
Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway E16 1XL; thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk
33 The Best You at Olympia London
Now in its fourth year, The Best You Expo will run for two-days between the 15th -16th February, at London’s Olympia, giving you the chance to hear from a stellar line-up of speakers offering advice, expertise and providing the practical tools to motivate, inspire and help in every aspect of your life. The wide variety of speakers include people such as best-selling author Dr Sonja Stribling, entrepreneur Dr Greg Reid who will be giving the keynote speech and TV personality and author of The Best Me Life, Calum Best. Tickets start at £10.
Hammersmith Road W14 8UX; thebestyouexpo.com
34 Mini Mode fashion show at St Mary’s Church, Marylebone
While everyone is busy celebrating London Fashion Week, a showcase of kid’s fashion will be happening at St Mary’s. Founded by UK childrenswear designer Amanda Rabor, Mini Mode provides a unique spotlight on kid’s fashion, covering a range of fashion from toddlers through to teens. Designers from around the globe will hit the runway during the event including ARI London, Deena London, IScream and JUNONA.
Wyndam Place, York Street, Marylebone W1H 1PQ; mini-mode.co.uk
35 Brick Wonders at Horniman Museum and Gardens, Forest Hill
16 February-27 October
What would you build with half a million LEGO bricks? Find out what’s possible at the Horniman’s new Brick Wonders exhibition, opening this month. Brick Wonders has used 500,000 bricks to create amazing wonders from around the world, from an ancient Egyptian pyramid to Old London Bridge. The exhibition sees more than 50 models will be on show, from individual pieces that will inspire visitors to build them at home, to awe-inspiring dioramas and mosaics. Tickets start at £5 for children and £9 for adults.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk
36 Women and Work at South London Gallery, Camberwell
Until 17 February
The South London Gallery is revisiting one of its most iconic exhibitions this month with Women and Work: A Document on the Division of Labour in Industry 1973-1975. The project was first organised by artists Margaret Harrison, Kay Hunt and Mary Kelly and exhibited at the gallery in 1975. Visitors to the gallery’s archives will be able to see documents including correspondence and installation photography from the exhibition alongside a recent filmed interview with Mary Kelly.
65-67 Peckham Road, Camberwell SE5 8UH; southlondongallery.org
37 Medium Rare at The Bedford, Balham
The recently reopened pub, restaurant and music venue in Balham, The Bedford, is back with a new cutting-edge cabaret show this month. Cult cabaret group The Bedford will be hosting an evening of debauchery at the venue. Set to be a dinner party will a difference, February’s exciting line-up will host acts like astounding opera singer, Ronald Samm and Kalki Hula who takes to the hoop. The evening starts with glass of Versetto Prosecco on arrival, followed by a delicious three-course dinner accompanied by half a bottle of red or white wine as you watch the entertainment for £50 per person.
77 Bedford Hill, Balham SW12 9HD; eventbrite.co.uk
38 Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt, The V&A
Until 24 February
The V&A’s latest exhibition Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt explores the medium of gaming, which has dominated many of our lives over the last few decades. The exhibition tries to provide a unique insight into the design processes behind the massively popular past time, exploring a selection of contemporary video games from the drawing board right through until final play, as well as looking at origins in places like classical art. Visitors to the new exhibition can expect to see different kinds of concept art and prototypes of some of the best loved games of our current time. As well as this, there will also be several large-scale immersive installations and interactives on display to allow people to get stuck into the process of creating games.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk
39 Bloomberg New Contemporaries at South London Gallery, Camberwell
Until 24 February
New Contemporaries has returned to the South London Gallery for the first time since it was last presented in 1999. The major new exhibition has welcomed a number of guest selectors like Katy Moran and Keith Piper to help choose the line-up of 57 artists for the annual open submission exhibition. Showcasing some of the most dynamic work being made today, the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 is presented across both of the South London Gallery’s sites, including the newly converted fire station. You can expect to see work from artists like Agil Abdullayev, Kobby Adi, Louis Bennett and Faye Claridge.
65-67 Peckham Road, Camberwell SE5 8UH; southlondongallery.org
40 Cirque du Soleil TOTEM at Royal Albert Hall
Until 26 February
Cirque du Soleil’s famous show TOTEM has returned to the Royal Albert Hall. Approaching its 10th successful year of touring since its 2010 debut, TOTEM is a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of mankind, tracing the journey from our original amphibian state to our ultimate desire to fly. Alternating between primitive and modern myths, and peppered with aboriginal stories of creation, TOTEM explores the evolutionary process of species, our ongoing search for balance, and the curiosity that propels us ever further, faster, and higher.
Kensington Gore, Kensington SW7 2AP; cirquedusoleil.com
41 The House of Peroni in Covent Garden
From 26 February
This month sees the return of The House of Peroni in its most stylish guise yet. Launching just after fashion week, Peroni Nastro Azzurro will launch The House of Peroni as a platform for the next wave of emerging design talent with a showcase of the inspirations of eight emerging designers. Visitors to The House of Peroni will be invited to sip on a selection of cocktails, while admiring the work of Hannah Wallace, Matthew Duffy, Joel Boyd, Kyle Lo Monaco, Daniel Crabtree, Pelin Isildak, Stacey Wall and Rose Danford-Phillips.
Unit 6, Covent Garden WC2H 9JA; thehouseofperoni.com
42 Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects at Saatchi Gallery
28 February-3 March
Returning in its 15th edition, Collect is bringing together some of the most prestigious galleries to showcase more than 400 artists from countries around the world. This event exhibits museum-quality pieces from artists that span the leading disciplines of jewellery, textiles, ceramics, furniture, metal smithing, and glass; as well as presenting work in highly specialised areas such as bookbinding, and unusual materials including paper, willow, vellum and lacquer. This weekend also features talks from leading international voices across materials and industries. Tickets start at £22; concessions £16.50.
King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4RY; craftscouncil.org.uk
43 The Mouse and His Child at NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula
28 February-28 April
NOW Gallery on Greenwich Peninsula are unveiling their latest exhibition The Mouse and His Child this month. The installation developed by Studio Morison transforms the gallery into an immersive sculptural reading room inspired by Russell Hoban’s children’s novel of the same name. Central to the exhibition will be a huge rug for reading, lit by a floating sculptural form and bespoke stools and reading tables. The installation will be free to enter and open to both children and adults alike.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square SE10 0SQ; nowgallery.co.uk
44 Conrad Jon Godly: To See is Not to Speak at JD Malat Gallery, Mayfair
Until 2 March
Celebrated Swiss painter Conrad Jon Godly will be bringing his collection of 3D paintings of the Swiss Alps to Mayfair’s prestigious JD Malat Gallery this month in Godly’s first UK solo show to date. It features 15 pieces, which aim to straddle both abstract and hyperreal in the artist’s unique style of oils mixed with turpentine and his trademark wide, sculptural brushstrokes. After nearly two decades as a successful fashion photographer, Godly decided to make a career change in 2005, returning to his roots as a painter. Inspired by the mountains of Chur, his work takes on a meditative quality thanks to how it depicts nature in all of its majesty.
30 Davies Street, Mayfair W1K 4NB; jdmalat.com
45 VAULT Festival, Waterloo
Until 17 March
VAULT Festival returns to the tunnels under Waterloo station this month with its biggest showcase of innovative, daring work yet. With over 400 shows from 2,000 artists, the festival’s 8th edition looks sure to be full of great shows. This month, make sure you don’t miss comedy shows like Luke Rollason’s Infinite Content where he attempts to take on the internet on 20 February and theatre like Incognito Theatre Company’s Tobacco Road set in the murky underworld of 1920s south east London from 13 to 17 February. Accompanying the shows are great events like The Silent Disco Show on 9 February full of disco, circus and cabaret. VAULT has something for every occasion and is a spectacular arts festival that adds some fun and flair to the nightlife scene.
Leake Street, Waterloo SE1 7AD; vaultfestival.com
46 Switching Perceptions at Bethlem Gallery, Beckenham
Until 30 March
Bethlem Gallery in Beckenham is hosting an exhibition of work compiled by artist Eleanor Minney in collaboration with Professor Liz Tunbridge and patients from the National Psychosis Unit at Bethlem Royal Hospital. In a new body of work spanning textiles, drawing, clay and handwriting, Minney untangles the fragile threads of the human mind through delicate, detailed explorations into what creates a sense of self, and the relationship to psychiatric conditions. Open on the first and last Saturday of every month, 10am-5pm.
Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham BR3 3BX; bethlemgallery.com
47 The Murdér Express, Bethnal Green
Until 31 March
Immersive dining experts Funicular are transporting passengers back to the glamour of the 19th century, with the return of their popular experience, The Murdér Express. Board a 19th Century train carriage at Pedley Street Station, indulge in a four-course meal curated by MasterChef 2016 winner, Jane Devonshire, and travel to Murdér, France. You’ll board the lavish carriage with an East End costermonger, a music hall star, a widow in search of adventure and a local antique dealer. Dinner will feature Edamame Bean Bruschetta, Roasted Garam Masala Cauliflower, Lamb Three Ways (or Layered Potato Cake with harissa flavours) and Apricot and Ginger Polenta Cake. Despite the name, there’s never been a murder on The Murdér Express, but there’s a first time for everything… Tickets from £53.
Pedley Street Station, Arch 63 Pedley Street E1 5BW; funicularproductions.com