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London events in February

Our guide to the best events, festivals, workshops, exhibitions and things to do throughout February 2022 in London

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It might seem like only yesterday that you woke up with a furry tongue and a pounding headache on New Year’s Day, but February has already rolled around once again. Sometimes, the shortest month of the year can feel like a waiting game: the final slug of darkness and freezing temperatures until spring officially starts in March and the possibility of leaving your Netflix nest finally seems feasible. But February’s actually not too shabby if you think about it. It’s got romance, fashion week and the arrival of the Year of the Tiger for one. And it’s also got loads of exhibition openings, new art shows and some big name stage productions, not to mention a plethora of other great things to do. And with the Omicron scare looking (fingers crossed!) like a thing of the past, we reckon you should seize your chance to have some fun this February, with our guide to the best things happening in London in February 2022.

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The Year of the Tiger

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese

There’s a lot more to Chinese food in London than luminous-orange sweet ’n’ sour chicken and the old egg-fried. Whether you want to keep things authentic in Chinatown (still full or great discoveries), nip down to a treasured local or give your tastebuds something more adventurous to try, you’ll find brilliant suggestions on this curated list. London’s Chinese-food scene stretches in many, many directions. There’s Cantonese dim sum, fiery Xinjiang hotpots, poshed-up teahouse staples, fragrant Sichuan dishes and classic Beijing duck, at restaurants ranging from high-end to the super-casual. Chopsticks at the ready! 

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  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours
  • Chinatown

Eaten too much for Chinese New Year celebrations? Walk it off with China Exchange in this two and half hour guided walking tour through the streets of Chinatown. Take a step back in time as you ramble around nine streets and four gates, celebrate this unique part of London and learn its interesting heritage. You’ll be rewarded with a delicious traditional Chinese lunch served family-style afterwards. 

RECOMMENDED: Check out our comprehensive guide to celebrating Chinese New Year in London

Big new art exhibitions

  • Art
  • Bankside

Forget your Dalis and your De Chiricos and your Magrittes, because the Tate is going deep on surrealism, bypassing all the megastars and exploring the outer reaches of the twentieth century's most popular art movement. This show is all about the way surrealism spread from Paris out across the world. So while you've got big names here, the real attraction is seeing what artists in Japan, Argentina, Egypt and Mexico were using surrealism to say. Ceci n'est pas un surrealism exhibition. 

  • Art
  • Piccadilly

James Abbott McNeill Whistler was one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century, but he didn't get there alone. Because, as the old saying goes, behind every successful man with a ludicrously long name is a beautiful woman he painted over 70 times. Whistler depicted Joanna Hiffernan over and over again, and this show is all about their personal and professional relationship, especially the way she influenced his career.

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Blockbuster museum openings

  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • South Kensington

Are you a fan of Beatrix Potter? Of course you are. You’re only human. Lucky for all of us then, that the artist-writer’s work is coming to the V&A for Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature. Now’s your chance to learn about the beloved children's author and her work as a conservationist at this family-friendly exhibition. Visitors can explore the animals and nature spots that were the inspiration behind her iconic characters and books.

  • Music
  • Music

You may have listened to ‘Jamming’ by Bob Marley, but have you ever seen, felt and smelled it? You might soon get your chance at this new immersive exhibition called Bob Marley: One Love Experience, which makes its global debut in London this February. For ten weeks the Saatchi Gallery will play host to the multi-sensory experience where you can expect a whole lot of unseen photography and memorabilia, a giant art installation, and a look at the legendary performer’s lifestyle, influences and passions. 

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  • Museums
  • History
  • Bloomsbury

There's few places in the UK that are more mysterious than Stonehenge. Through fascinating objects such as the 3,600-year-old Nebra Sky Disc, this new exhibition at The Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery looks to shed light on the secrets and stories of the iconic landmark – to show that prehistoric Britain was a place of big ideas, as well as big stones.

Filmic fun

  • Film
  • Drama

The second part of British writer-director Joanna Hogg’s moving and masterly autobiographical two-parter about her days as a twenty-something film student opens exactly where the first one ended: just after the death of Anthony (Tom Burke), the boyfriend of Hogg’s alter ego Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne). The Souvenir Part II is equally as honest, searching and inventive as Part I. Grief and pain hang over the whole film. There are many questions left unanswered, and complex feelings of loss and betrayal and certainly a strong lingering bond and affection underpin everything we see in this film. This is a story about the importance of making mistakes, of learning, of pulling yourself up and trying again – whether in love, sex, art or friendship. It’s a delirious ‘making of’ film: the making of an artist and the making of a life in all its messy glory.

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