London events in February

The very best events, openings, things to do and fun stuff going on across London in February 2019
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Get ready for an amazing February. January is finally out the way and London is beginning to brighten up – just a little – thanks to a brilliant batch of events and celebrations. Get loved-up or celebrate being single on Valentine’s Day in London and welcome in the Year of the Pig on Chinese New Year. There are plenty of ace events, fun pop-ups and exciting new exhibitions to wander around. In fact, there’s enough inspiration to fill any day or night of the month – or all of them, if you're up for a challenge. Here are our February 2019 highlights. 

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Our February 2019 highlights

Things to do

Chinese New Year in London

The Year of the Pig is coming in 2019 and, as usual, Chinese New Year in London (Tuesday Feburary 5 2019) will be one of the most exciting events in February, full of colour, noise and a whole lot of dragons. 

Valentine's Day Dog Walk
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Things to do

Valentine’s Day in London

Whether you’re blissfully in love or a superbly happy singleton, Valentine’s Day in London (Thursday February 14 2019) has a lot to offer. Here’s your guide to the city’s most romantic restaurants, soppy spots, Valentine’s Day gift ideas, sexy hotels, best bars and dreamy events. 

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No Man’s Sky, 2016
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Things to do, Exhibitions

Videogames

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Videogames will encompass both the design and culture of its namesake since the mid-2000s, looking at exceptional artwork and animation, player communities and political conversations that define this era of gaming.

The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum
Things to do, Exhibitions

Superbugs: The fight for Our Lives

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Check out twelve real bacteria colonies, an interactive exhibit examining the microscopic world of bacteria and personal stories of those waging war on superbugs at this exhibition. 

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Whispering Gallery, St Paul's Cathedral
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Things to do

101 things to do in London

London is a treasure trove of brilliant days out and activities worth boasting about. Find great new ways to fill your free time with this list of our favourite things to do in the capital.

Shopping, Markets and fairs

Broadway Market

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Broadway Market continues to thrive following its clever makeover nearly 15 years ago. This compact Hackney street, which neatly connects London Fields to the Regent’s Canal, has had a traditional fruit and veg market since the 1890s. But it went into steep decline in the ‘80s, and trade had all but petered out before the community relaunched it in 2004. Now taking place on Saturday from 9am-5pm, Broadway Market is a bustling hub for the Hackney hipsters and East End creatives who have settled down and started families. It now welcomes around 135 stalls selling a fabulous array of fresh produce, vintage clothes, flowers, coffee, books and groceries. There’s also plenty of delectable street food, including Deeney’s toasted sandwiches, Fin and Founder’s crab-cake burgers, Floris Bakery’s chocolate eclairs and the modern cult classic Yorkshire Burrito. Although there are no stalls during the week, Broadway Market is still worth visiting for its cute coffee shops, one-off restaurants and chic boutiques. Gentrification has more than crept in, but it still feels like a local high street complete with a kebab shop, post office, Costcutter, old-school barber shop and excellent hardware store. Even outside market day, you’ll find it buzzing with people pottering about, nattering over coffee and doing their weekly shop. Top Tip: Broadway Market can get very busy, especially when the weather’s good, so it’s best to allow plenty of time to avoid stress when perusing the stalls. Nick L

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