London events in February

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Our February highlights

  1. Various London venues
  2. Sat Feb 15
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  1. Cinemas nationwide
  2. Released Fri Feb 13
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  1. Various London venues
  2. Tue Feb 18
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  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Fri Feb 20
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  1. Various London locations
  2. Thu Feb 20
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  1. Watford Colosseum Rickmansworth Rd, WD17 3JN
  2. Sat Feb 7 - Fri Jun 19
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  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Fri Feb 20
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  1. Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG
  2. Thu Feb 5 - Sun May 10
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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. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Sep 20
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Canary Wharf Ice Rink

Canary Wharf’s soaring towers give this outdoor ice rink an imposing backdrop, and some exciting extras help it to keep up with its extravagant surroundings. An iced path allows skaters to dash off from the main rink and glide below sparkling trees around the square's 'Big Blue' sculpture, which was designed by Ron Arad. The team behind Camden restaurant Q Grill will be serving up the sustenance at Q on Ice, with barbecue food, wintry cocktails, craft beer and hot chocolate on

  1. Canada Square Park
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Fri Feb 27
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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 Dec 20 - Sun Jul 26
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Broadgate Ice Rink

This institution of winter outings relocated to Exchange Square last year (after 27 years of being in the middle of Broadgate shopping centre), and liked their new home so much they've stuck with it for 2014. The outdoor rink will be complemented by a pop-up bar, The Tasting Room, which will serve cocktails, craft beer and winter warmers, with an outdoor terrace from which to admire the icy action. Find more places to go ice skating in London

  1. Exchange Square
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Thu Feb 26
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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. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Feb 1
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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. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Feb 1
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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous Londoners ever. This exhibition at the Museum of London seeks to find out who Holmes is, and why Arthur Conan Doyle's late-Victorian detective endures to this day. Exhibits will include a nineteenth-century portrait of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, original Holmes manuscripts and the very coat and dressing gown worn by Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC's 'Sherlock'. Many of the paintings, drawings, illustrations and photographs will reveal

  1. Museum of London 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Apr 12
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The Railway Children

  • Rated as: 4/5

It was a big smash hit when Mike Kenney adapted E Nesbit’s much-loved children’s book ‘The Railway Children’ and Damian Cruden staged it actually on a platform at Waterloo in 2011. Now it returns, to a specially built 1,000 seater theatre built behind King’s Cross station (Google has loaned the area to the show for the run). Railway tracks and platforms will be created specially for the production, which tells of a group of children who move from London to a cottage in

  1. King's Cross Theatre King's Cross, N1C
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Sep 6
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Cindermouse

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Before there’s any action on the stage, the young audience are asked to get out of their seats and search for the Little Angel cat – an ‘unwelcome’ interloper in this Cinderella-inspired puppet production set in Mousetown. It’s a canny piece of staging that gets the kids invested from the get-go, and their engagement in the show doesn’t wane.The set is simple but the exquisitely carved and nattily outfitted marionettes bring the fairytale to life with pumpkinloads of

  1. Little Angel Theatre Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, N1 2DN
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Feb 1
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The Alternative London Tour

  • Free

East London's 'alternative' side is revealed on this leftfield tour. Expect to be introduced to the history and culture of the Brick Lane 'Banglatown' and Shoreditch areas as well as current issues and street art. Booking essential via www.alternativeldn.co.uk

  1. Old Spitalfields Market Brushfield St, E1 6AA
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Wed Dec 23
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February

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March

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