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London events in February

Your guide to the best happenings, events and things to do in London this February

Oh February you lovely month, you. Winter's on the way out and London's getting giddy with events, celebrations and a whole day dedicated to romance. So whether you're all over Valentine's Day, or you're more of a Pancake Day player or Chinese New Year shaker, we've got all your February plans sorted. Check out our highlights below and give your diary a big cuddle from us.

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Our February highlights


Grimaldi Service


The annual service in which around 60 clowns, dressed in full costume, gather to honour the king of the clowns, Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837), will once again take place in the All Saints Church in Haggerston. This temporary venue is larger than their usual haunt but it's still best to arrive early – many Grimaldi fans and clown admirers usually show, too, up so the pews will no doubt be packed.

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All Saints Church, Haggerston , Haggerston Sunday February 5 2017

David Hockney

Have we reached peak Hockney? The Royal Academy has granted him two shows in the last four years, focusing on his eye-poppingly colourful, hit-and-miss recent works. Fortunately, this big Tate retrospective – scheduled ahead of Hockney's 80th birthday – will go all the way back to his student work of the early '60s, and trace what's frankly a stupendous journey of ceaseless innovation. 

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Tate Britain , Westminster Thursday February 9 2017 - Monday May 29 2017


Proof that Moriarty was always cooler than Sherlock: where Benedict Cumberbatch 'gave' his Hamlet in the summer of 2015 at the vast Barbican, his screen nemesis Andrew Scott will take on the part of Shakespeare's doomed Danish prince in the tiny, hip Almeida. If it's become de rigeur for every major male actor – and a few women too – to take on Hamlet, then the same is true for every great director. 

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Almeida Theatre , Barnsbury Friday February 17 2017 - Saturday April 8 2017

Wolfgang Tillmans

At first glance, Wolfgang Tillmans's photographs look almost throwaway. His subjects are so varied – friends, foliage, oceans, genitals – that you'd be forgiven for thinking he doesn't give them any thought. But take a step back, and you realise you're looking at one of the most distinct bodies of photographic work of contemporary times. Tillmans asks fundamental questions about how we perceive and deal with the world – and recently, with the pro-Remain posters he created ahead of the EU referendum, the political urgency in his work has come to the fore. 

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Tate Modern , South Bank Wednesday February 15 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

Craft Beer Rising

The Craft Beer Rising festival returns to the Old Truman Brewery for a fifth year in 2017, pouring the very best brews from top exhibitors to thirsty punters. Beer, cider and street food are all covered and accompanied by live music. Check the CBR website for updates on this year's lineup.

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Old Truman Brewery , Brick Lane Thursday February 23 2017 - Saturday February 25 2017

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Rafael G
Rafael G

doesn´t look a big deal to go with two kids 

Sheila B
Sheila B

where is the rest of the month????

Guillaume A
Guillaume A

When I click on "What to do in London this month" , I expected to get a list full of events, not the 10 highlights events, with more of them already passed.
This section should be review, it is impossible to use this website to get information what I want !!

selena g
selena g

Dumas is the painter-doyenne of dark undercurrents, tragic lives and falls from grace. i love london! Great! friv