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London events in February

Our guide to the best events, festivals, workshops, exhibitions and things to do throughout February 2020 in London

By Time Out London Things To Do |
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February 2020 in London is going to be great. We've said goodbye to January and now London is beginning to brighten up. Use the - slightly - longer days to enjoy the month's brilliant batch of events and celebrations. Get loved-up or celebrate being single on Valentine’s Day in London or join in the heaps of brilliant events, fun pop-ups and exciting new exhibitions happening. Here are our February 2020 highlights. February in London is also the month of Kew Garden's Orchid Festival, London Fashion Week Festival, the London Classic Car Show and Craft Beer Rising.   

Hey, and while you’ve got your diary out, remember that it's never too early to start planning for March either.

RECOMMENDED: The definitive London events calendar.

Our February 2020 highlights

William Blake 'Newton' (1795 – c.1805) © Tate
Art

William Blake: ‘The Artist’

icon-location-pin Tate Britain, Millbank
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Catch this major retrospective of Blake's idiosyncratic artworks. The man who wrote 'The Tyger' truly was one of a kind and his art is filled with beauty, mystery and fear.

Nam June Paik 'TV Garden' 1974-7 (2002). Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Düsseldorf, Germany) © Estate of Nam June Paik
Art

Nam June Paik: ‘The Future is Now’

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, Bankside
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Artist Nam June Paik has long been predicting how technology would soon be influencing our lives. This Tate show brings together works made across five-decades by the artist credited with inventing video art.

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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 (Friday February 14 2020) 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. 

Unknown Fields 'The Breast Milk of the Volcano' (video still) (2016-2018) In association with the Architectural Association. Courtesy of the artists.
Art

‘Eco-Visionaries’

icon-location-pin Royal Academy of Arts, Mayfair
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A slightly different offering from the Royal Academy to normal, this thoroughly modern exhibition looks at artists and architects doing their bit in the fight against climate change and other assorted horrors facing the planet. 

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Unknown photographer, 'David Bomberg painting' (c.1912–14) © Tate Archive
Art

‘Young Bomberg and the Old Masters’

icon-location-pin National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
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In this interesting-sounding free exhibition, the National Gallery shows the works of modernist painter David Bomberg alongside the Old Masters (Botticelli, Michelangelo and co.) that provided inspiration. 

'Mary Poppins' returns to the West End in 2019
© Seamus Ryan
Theatre, Musicals

‘Mary Poppins’

icon-location-pin Prince Edward Theatre, Soho
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Brolly-clutching supernanny Mary Poppins is floating back into the West End. The refreshed cast is led by Zizi Strallen ('Strictly Ballroom') and Charlie Stemp ('Half a Sixpence'). 

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Things to do, Exhibitions

‘Insiders/Outsiders Festival’

icon-location-pin Various, London
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This year-long arts festival celebrates refugees from Nazi Europe and highlights their impact on British culture. Expect a vibrant and all-encompassing programme of exhibitions, performances and events across a variety of London venues.

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