25 Fun Things to Do in London This February
From family events and West End musicals to the best exhibitions in town, here’s The Resident’s guide for things to do in London this February…
Photo: Dirty Dancing
1 Birdies Crazy Golf, Battersea
For half-term family fun, Birdies crazy golf in Battersea is running a Fam Slam deal throughout half term and on Saturdays, so the kids can have a go at trying to get a hole in one. Tickets include a round on the nine-hole course, as well as a burger and the choice of an ice-cream, piece of fruit or a low-sugar slushie. Good to know – for every three kids, there needs to be one adult.
Dates: Half term 12pm-3pm; Saturdays during February 11am-1pm
Address: Birdies, 8 Arches Lane, Battersea, SW11 8AB
2 The Big London Bake East, Haggerston
Test whether or not you are actually a MasterChef at The Big London Bake’s newest tent, The Big London Bake East, in Haggerston, which couples cooking and cake, with cocktails. The tent contains 12 fully-equipped baking stations with ovens, fridges and stoves, as well as appliances, ingredients and the equipment needed to make a smashing cake or a total mess. Sessions last for 90 minutes, following which you can hang out in the cake-themed bar and try out cake-themed cocktails – the bakewell tart or Victoria sponge for example. Other locations in Tooting.
Dates: Opens February 18
Opening Hours: Wednesday-Friday 5.45pm & 8.30pm; Saturday & Sunday 11.15am, 2pm, 5.15pm& 8.15pm
Cost: From £42.90pp
Address: Railway Arch 323, Under The Bridge, Lee Street, Haggerston E8 4ED Website: thebigbakes.com
3 Little Kyoto at Neverland, Fulham
Spring-time pop up celebrating Japan’s Sakura season, Little Kyoto is Neverland’s floral pagoda pop-up, that comes with a sake bar, and Japanese inspired menu. Feast on delicious soft bao buns, the finest sushi and crispy gyozas and try spring-inspired cocktails inspired by spring blossom and Kyoto mule for example. Price
Dates: From February 11 to mid-April
Cost: From £10 for a single table, and £120 for a lodge for 30 people
Address: Neverland, Wandsworth Bridge Road SW6 2TY
4 Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature at the V&A, South Kensington
In collaboration with the National Trust, Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature explores the beloved author’s interest in the natural world. It’s a playful and interactive exhibition that invites visitors to rediscover Potter’s achievements, from storyteller to natural scientist and conservationist. The exhibition features more than 240 personal objects including letters, manuscripts, sketches, coded diaries, and family photographs.
Date: Opening February 12
Cost: From £14
Address: Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL
5 Biscuiteers Belgravia
Gurus of icing and all things sweet, Biscuiteers has recently opened a new experiential store in Belgravia. Located in Eccleston Yards this new site will now be the new flagship boutique. Here, you’ll be able to watch icing artists as they work, try your hand at icing yourself through various workshops and classes, let your child get creative and enjoy a glass of fizz at the prosecco bar.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
Address: 14-15 Eccleston Yards, 21 Eccleston Place, SW1W 9AZ
6 Bridgerton Secretcinema
Live out your Bridgerton fantasy at the Bridgerton Secretcinema, where you get to frock up in your Regency finest and hunt for your true love and make your debut into a debauch society. Held in a secret location in Wembley, the event features a ballroom dancefloor with a string quartet playing pop classics. You will have a dance card which you can fill up with partners of choice. If all that sounds like you’re reliving your prom hell, there are side rooms where you can learn life drawing, play cards, train at the boxing club or re-live your favourite on-screen moments with a moving light show.
Dates: From February 15
Time: Tuesday to Sunday
Tickets: From £39
7 Jenny Eclair: Sixty! (FFS!), Southbank Centre
Funny woman Jenny Eclair brings her show about turning 60 to Southbank Centre for one night. While she may on stage refer to her failing body and mind, reviews says this much-loved comedian is just as sharp as ever. Up for discussion are the topics of sex, masturbation, breton tops and parents in their nineties.
Date: February 11
Tickets: from £22
Address: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
8 The Architecture Drawing Prize at Sir John Soane’s Museum, Holborn
Sir John Soane’s Museum hosts an exhibition of shortlisted entries from The Architecture Drawing Prize 2020 and 2021. Now in its fifth year, the prize attracts entries from across the world and displays the best and most innovative architectural drawing of today. After, potter around the vast collections of antiquities, sculptures, architectural designs and models, as well as paintings by Hogarth, Turner and Canaletto, that the museum’s namesake accumulated in his lifetime.
Dates: Exhibition on until February 19
Opening Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm
Tickets: Free, but ticketed
Address: Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP
9 Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is an excuse to treat yourself to a bang-up meal, date night treat, or a night out to celebrate the person or people you care about most. For date nights with a difference, do your best Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze impression at a private session for two (£200) at the Studio Pottery London in Eccleston Yards, or Biscuiteers have a couple of Valentine’s Day themed icing workshops to try. Even if you’re not loved up, the day is an excuse to get together with your best pals. For a girls-go-wild night, try Magic Mike (from £39) at the Hippodrome Casino, or for something a little less hen party vibes, try a flower arranging class. You’re bound to find a workshop you like the sound of at Blooming Haus, Judith Blacklock Flower School and Petersham Nurseries, which is also hosting pasta making classes.
10 Leadenhall Market Street Gym Sessions, City
Leadenhall Market has teamed up with StreetGym for a series of outdoor fitness classes throughout February, which are a great way to shake off the working day. Jog, crunch and burpee your way through medieval streets and alleyways, and past historical sites such as the capital’s first coffee house and the ruins of the church of St Dunstan in the East, which was bombed during the Blitz in WW2. Exercises will be bodyweight based and will utilise street furniture and architecture as workstations.
Date: Thursday, February 3, 10, 17, 24
Address: Gracechurch St, London, EC3V 1LT
11 A Dash of Lavender, Chelsea Physic Garden, Chelsea
Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month, the Chelsea Physic Garden is teaming up with Queer Botany to host A Dash of Lavender, which looks at the garden’s plants through as queer botanica lens. Queer Botany is an organisation that, among other things, shares marginalised perspectives and links ups queer identity to nature. Flowering plants have long been associated to queerness, think ‘pansy’, or ‘a dash of lavender’, for example. A printed map will detail a trail around the garden which shares stories about the plants from a queer perspective, and the garden will host four events such as drawing classes and guided throughout the month as well.
Date: Sunday, February 6
Tickets: From £8.50/£6.50
Address: 66 Royal Hospital Road Chelsea SW3 4HS
12 The Money Heist: The Experience, South Kensington
Immersive experiences are all the rage at the moment, and Money Heist: The Experience gives you the opportunity to live your Oceans Eleven or, indeed, Money Heist dream, without risking arrest. With a minimum group of six people, you have to step up for the challenge of pulling off a robbery in one of London’s most iconic locations. So grab your red overalls and put on your mask.
Dates: Various dates through to the end of February
Tickets: From £43
Address: 79-85 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington SW7 3LD
13 Eataly Wine Festival, Liverpool Street
Love wine? Italian foodie goliath Eataly is holding a wine festival – the perfect event to end Dry January on. More than 30 wines will be available to sample and guests can take home an Eataly wine glass and pouch. Experts will be on hand to guide you through Eataly’s Il Vino – the UK’s largest stock of Italian wine – and offer tasting notes and advice.
Date: February 4-6
Time: 4pm-10pm or 12pm-8pm
Price: £20/£30 five wine tastings (75ml)/10 wine tastings (75ml)
Address: 135 Bishopsgate EC2M 3YD
14 Imagine Children Festival, South Bank
London’s biggest children’s festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a focus on being unique and wellbeing. More than 50 percent of the programme free so there’s plenty of things to get involved with. The festival features some of the biggest names in children’s literature and television including Peppa Pig, Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson and YolandDa’s Band Jam. There’s also musical workshops, yoga classes and classic music of children, as well as performance, poetry readings and live music
Date: February 9-20
Tickets: Events individually ticketed, prices start from free
Address: Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
15 Feel Good Club, Covent Garden
In the wind down of January and the lead in to Valentines day, the Feel Good Club pop-up installation/event, Notes To A Stranger, is spreading positivity, joy and self love throughout Covent Garden. Notes To A Stranger sees more than 200 envelopes stuffed with an inspirational quote handed out at random to Covent Garden visitors in efforts to normalise talking about feelings. Positivity quotes will also be displayed on a large scale along King Street and Floral Street until February 14.
Date: Until February 14
Address: Covent Garden
16 In Conversation: Hanya Yanagihara, Southbank Centre
Author of Booker Prize shortlisted A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara discusses her new novel To Paradise at an in conversation event with fellow Booker-shortlisted author Neel Mukherjee (The Lives of Others). To Paradise is a bold tale spanning three centuries and three different versions of the American experiment. Best-selling A Little Life was also shortlisted for Women’s Fiction 2016, winner of Fiction of the Year at the British Book Awards 2016 and a finalist for the National Book Awards 2015.
Date: February 20
Address: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
17 Dramming in the Dark, Soho
If you’ve ever thought glasses were a waste of time and washing up, then this event is for you. The Den Soho is hosting Dramming in the Dark, an immersive tasting experience where guest can try The Glenlivet’s collection of edible whiskey-based cocktails (including Mai Tai, Whisky Sour and Old Fashioned) wrapped in edible seaweed casing capsules. It’s the first time these limited edition cocktail capsules have been made available to consumers and The Den Soho have elevated the experience by creating an atmosphere filled with futuristic lights and mirrors that deprives you of some of your senses, while heightens others.
Date: Until February 19
Time: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm & 9pm
Tickets: £15 for a 30 minute tasting session
Address: The Den, 100 Wardour Street, Soho W1F 0TN
18 Dirty Dancing, West End
If you can believe it, it’s been 35 years since we all learnt that nobody puts baby in a corner, and mums and daughters finally found common ground over an appreciation for Patrick Swayze and his moves that were watched on rewind. Marking this iconic film’s 35th anniversary, this classic coming-of-age story comes to the West End in all its hip-grinding glory. The stage show features all the hit tune including Hungry Eyes and The Time Of My Life, as well as a lot of the film’s original dialogue.
Date: February 2 – April 16
Time: 7.30pm/8.30pm and matinee shows
Tickets: From £20
Address: Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ
19 Ice-skating Canary Wharf
The last ice-skating rink standing for the season, you have until the end of the month to channel your inner Torvill and Dean. The rink is covered by a glass roof so you can skate whatever the weather, and underneath twinkling fairy lights. When you’ve finished, there’s a wealth of bars and restaurants to recharge in – The Ivy Canary Wharf is right next to the rink, and there’s the recently opened steakhouse Hawksmoor.
Date: Until Saturday, February 26
Time: Monday-Thursday 9.45am-9.45pm; Friday 9.45am-10.45pm; Saturday & Sunday 9.45am-10.30pm
Tickets: £17.95/£11.95 adult/child, group tickets available
Address: Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf E14
20 Van Gogh Self-Portraits, Somerset House
This comprehensive exhibition brings together around half of the artist’s self portraits, offering the opportunity to study the evolution Van Gogh’s sense of self and artistry. The exhibition includes his early work created in Paris, through to works created in the asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, which was one of the last self-portraits he made before his death.
Date: February 3 – May 8
Time: Strand, WC2R 1LA
Tickets: from £16, concessions available
Address: The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand WC2R 0RN
21 Titanic, Canada Waters
Titanic: The Exhibition takes the viewer on an immersive journey to tell the stories of the people on board the perilous journey through photographs, handwritten letters, personal items and immersive elements. Through photographs, handwritten letters, keepsakes and personal bits and pieces as well as a recreation of the ship’s interiors, Titanic: The Exhibition retells the human side to the story of the ship’s sinking – the lives, fates and heroic deeds of those onboard. All up, there’s more than 200 previously unseen and original objects, as well as testimonies from passengers.
Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-7pm; Friday 10am-8pm; Saturday 9am-8.30pm; Sunday 9am-8pm; Closed Tuesday
Tickets: £27.90/£15.90 adult/child
Address: Dock X, Retail Park Unit 1 Canada Water, Surrey Quays Road, SE16 2XU
22 Light Festival at Battersea Power Station, Battersea
You may have had enough of Christmas lights, but your children might not have. Six light installations by British and international artists light up the Grade II listed building and its surrounds, including a string of origami tigers by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, marking the Year of the Tiger, a florescent green ‘greenhouse’ lit up by ultraviolet light, by Dutch artist Victor Engbers and the popular Eternal Sundown, by Danish light designer Mads Vegas returns to Battersea Power Station’s Grade II listed Coaling Jetty
Date: Until February 27
Address: 188 Kirtling Street, Nine Elms, SW8 5BN
23 Francis Bacon: Man and Beast, RA
Boasting 46 paintings, from Bacon’s earliest works form the 1930s to his last ever painting made in 1991, the exhibition looks at how Bacon’s interest in animals impacted how he saw humans and humanity. Capturing Bacon’s treatment of humankind, works featured represent the disintegration of civilised humanity, animal instinct and the pull between wild beast and captive animals.
Date: January 29-April 17
Tickets: from £22
Address: Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD
24 Celebrate Chinese New Year
Although London’s official Lunar New Year celebrations have been cancelled, it doesn’t mean you can’t ring in the Year of the Tiger. Chinatown will be buzzing with a festive atmosphere and the capital is home to many a great Chinese restaurant should you fancy a meal. Why not treat yourself and your friends and family to a feast at one of them?
25 Watch Six Nations
Even if you’re a sporadic sports fan, there’s something great about watching a game surrounded by an impassioned crowd. Many of London’s pubs and bars will be setting up a big screen or two for the rugby, and we’ve rounded up where you can cheer on your team across London, from Clapham to Stratford.