London events in February

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Our February highlights


The Institute of Sexology

  • Free

The Wellcome Collection's newly expanded gallery space will open with a wink and a blush with The Institute of Sexology, an exhibition that brings together the great pioneers of the study of sex. More than 200 pieces of art, erotica, photography and ethnography will help visitors get a new perspective on perversions, lust and normality, with live events, discussions and performances to accompany the X-rated exhibits. Sex research such as the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes

  1. Wellcome Collection Euston Rd, NW1 2BE
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sun Sep 20
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Mapping the City

  • Free

You don't need to walk the streets of a city to get a feel for it, and this exhibition of cartographic representations will allow you a glimpse of how more than 50 internationally recognised artists from the graffiti and street art scenes view the home towns they use as their canvas. Don't expect updated versions of Google Maps – this collection of newly commissioned and existing artworks contains some highly abstract interpretations of the traditional town map. Due to the

  1. Somerset House Strand, WC2R 1LA
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sun Feb 15
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Hogwarts in the Snow

  • Rated as: 4/5

Turns out the magic is real. Exploring the Warner Bros Studio Tour it soon became clear that the 4,000-strong team behind the Harry Potter films always preferred to create the sets, spells, characters, costumes, creatures and wizardry, and only turned to CGI when that proved impossible. Even a muggle would be impressed by the attention to detail. I certainly wasn’t expecting to be bowed to by Buckbeak (and only felt slightly betrayed when I spotted the ginger wig labeled ‘Ron

  1. Warner Bros Studio Aerodrome Way, Leavesden, WD25 7LS
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sun Feb 1
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Real Food Market

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Now weekly, the Real Food Market features around 40 food and drink producers selling seasonal produce directly to the public. Typical stalls include Spinach and Agusi with spicy Ghanaian stews; the Meantime Brewing Company with Greenwich-made beers; and Ash Green Organics with seasonal fruit and veg. There's a focus on sustainably and ethically produced food, and the market proudly supports small producers and independent traders. Whether you're coming to shop or snack, you can

  1. Southbank Centre Square Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Fri Mar 21 - Sun Mar 22
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Astronomy Photographer of the Year

  • Free

Among the awe-inspiring shortlisted entries for this year’s competition are pics of psychedelic auroras, spine-tingling meteor showers and the centre of the Heart Nebula. The last example is a star-clustered region of glowing gas in the Cassiopeia constellation – in case you didn’t already know. The free exhibition features remarkable photos from a record number of submissions, showcasing remarkable feats of astrophotography for a sixth year. It’s a chance to see magical

  1. Royal Observatory Blackheath Avenue, SE10 8XJ
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sun Feb 1
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Silent Disco at The View from The Shard

The silent disco phenomenon reaches new heights at these exclusive Time Out events. Pick your channel and choose your side as three DJs battle it out over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics, while you dance the night away at 1,000ft. The View from The Shard is the visitor attraction at the top of Western Europe's tallest building, The Shard. With unparalleled, panoramic views, it offers visitors a unique perspective on the capital.

  1. The View from the Shard Joiner St, SE1 9QU
  2. Sat Jan 31 - Sun Jul 26
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Celebrating its fiftieth year, the renowned competition exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary species on the planet captured by professional and amateur photographers. Attracting record number of visitors each year, the beguiling entries include stunning under water views of Australian sea lion pups playing to the unlikely vision of a texting monkey. Please note that last entry to the exhibition is daily at 5.15pm.

  1. Natural History Museum Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sun Aug 30
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Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection

  • Rated as: 4/5

Got to love a pun in the name of a serious exhibition. ‘Drawn by Light’ could refer to the pull of the nascent technology of photography in the early nineteenth century, which drew scientists, artists and wealthy dilettantes, mothlike, to this incredible new way of recording the world on light-sensitive plates. But it also reflects the ‘artistic’ tack of a lot of early photography. This was drawing with light: a noble creative calling, whereby the treasures of the earth

  1. Science Museum Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sun Mar 1
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The Art of the Brick

It's quite likely that you spent hours playing with Lego as a child. It's also possible that you are about to wish you'd kept going. Former corporate lawyer turned master of tiny bricks, Nathan Sawaya never stopped. His touring show 'The Art of the Brick' has visited Asia, America and Australia and is now making its way to Brick Lane (where else?) for its UK debut at the Old Truman Brewery. Collectively the artworks, which are all made of Lego, took a painstaking 4,188 hours to

  1. Old Truman Brewery Brick Lane, E1 6QL
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sun Apr 12
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Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls' House

  • Free

Here's your chance to have a poke around somebody else's house and discover tales of marriage, parties, politics and crime – without feeling nosey. At the V&A Museum of Childhood's winter exhibition, 12 dolls' houses from the museum's extensive collection represent changes in architecture and design over the past 300 years and provide an insight into the lives of the characters that inhabit these delicate creations. The houses include country mansions, suburban villas and

  1. V&A Museum of Childhood Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sun Sep 6
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