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London events in February

The very best events, happenings and fun stuff going on across London in February 2018

Yep, it's February already. Which means that January is finally out the way and London begins brightening up – just a little – thanks to a batch of events and celebrations. Get loved-up or celebrate being single on Valentine's Day, flip-out during Pancake Day and treat the kids (and maybe yourself too) during half-term.

Here are our February 2018 highlights, which should give you plenty of inspiration to fill any day or night of the month – or all of them, if you're up for a challenge.

RECOMMENDED: The definitive London events calendar.

Our February 2018 highlights

1

Moonlight

The tough childhood of a poor Miami kid is the subject of Barry Jenkins's powerful and moving indie portrait of African-American life. Quiet, sullen Chiron – initially played by  Alex Hibbert – is a bullied ten-year-old, scared and uncertain about the world. The film follows Chiron's life, and the character is subsequently played by two more actors as he grows up. It makes for a haunting, incredible film.

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2

Pancake Day in London

Frying pans at the ready! Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before Lent, traditionally a period of abstinence, associated with clearing your cupboards of things like sugar, fat and eggs. Check out our favourite pancake-based celebrations in London – easy peasy lemon squeezy.

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3

108 Garage

Eccentrically but handsomely decorated, this stylish Ladbroke Grove spot serves up ultra-contemporary cooking with flair. Just how contemporary are we talking? Try sweet potato ice cream on a bed of popcorn and sheep's yoghurt, or perhaps the roast octopus with turnip, tahini and radicchio – then there's the chocolate cremeux with artichoke ice cream and toasted wild rice. Elegant stuff, and well worth treating yourself to.

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North Kensington
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4

David Hockney

Have we reached peak Hockney? The Royal Academy has granted him two shows in the last four years, focusing on his eye-poppingly colourful, hit-and-miss recent works. Fortunately, this big Tate retrospective – scheduled ahead of Hockney's 80th birthday – will go all the way back to his student work of the early '60s, and trace what's frankly a stupendous journey of ceaseless innovation.

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Tate Britain , Westminster Until Monday May 29 2017
5

Toni Erdmann

This anarchic-yet-tender German comedy is a moving, often hilarious portrait of a father-daughter relationship. Ageing father Winfried, who loves practical jokes, visits his daughter Inès while she's on secondment in Bucharest. It's not long before Winfried is appearing everywhere that Inès goes, showcasing his usual quirky gags. It all makes for a hugely original, hilarious and completely surprising film.

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6

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Fear not, Potter fans: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is an absolute hoot, a joyous, big-hearted, ludicrously incident-packed and magic-heavy romp that has to stand as one of the most unrelentingly entertaining things to hit the West End. Writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and a world-class team have played a blinder.

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Palace Theatre , Soho Wednesday May 24 2017 - Sunday July 22 2018
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7

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.

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The View from the Shard , London Bridge Saturday June 3 2017 - Sunday October 1 2017
8

Austentatious – An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

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Improv gets a bad rap in this country, but anyone who dismisses the genre clearly hasn't seen Austentatious. This highly impressive troupe perform a completely improvised Jane Austen novel, complete with period dress and cello accompaniment, with marvellous results. Made up of Andrew Murray, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Joseph Morpurgo, Cariad Lloyd, Graham Dickson and Rachel Parris, they're all hugely talented performers, able to keep the gag rate high and the made-up story rolicking along. Tremendous fun.

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Leicester Square Theatre , Leicester Square Sunday May 28 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017
9

West Norwood Feast

Not just a cool something-for-everyone market, West Norwood Feast is also a worthwhile local enterprise. Space-makers – the regeneration group behind Brixton Village – came up with the idea to give a boost to a forgotten borough. There’s Retro Village, serving up vintage fashion and homewares; Artisan’s Hub, with live craft sessions and workshops; Fresh ‘n’Green, the food and garden produce bit; and Food Fair – bulging with street nosh. It’s a cracking operation.

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West Norwood Feast , West Norwood Sunday June 4 2017 - Sunday July 5 2020
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10

Hamlet

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Proof that Moriarty was always cooler than Sherlock: where Benedict Cumberbatch 'gave' his Hamlet in the summer of 2015 at the vast Barbican, his screen nemesis Andrew Scott will take on the part of Shakespeare's doomed Danish prince in the tiny, hip Almeida. If it's become de rigeur for every major male actor – and a few women too – to take on Hamlet, then the same is true for every great director.

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Harold Pinter Theatre , Soho Friday June 9 2017 - Saturday September 2 2017
11

Wolfgang Tillmans

At first glance, Wolfgang Tillmans's photographs look almost throwaway. His subjects are so varied – friends, foliage, oceans, genitals – that you'd be forgiven for thinking he doesn't give them any thought. But take a step back, and you realise you're looking at one of the most distinct bodies of photographic work of contemporary times. Tillmans asks fundamental questions about how we perceive and deal with the world – and recently, with the pro-Remain posters he created ahead of the EU referendum, the political urgency in his work has come to the fore. This Tate blockbuster is one you won't want to miss.

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Tate Modern , South Bank Until Sunday June 11 2017
12

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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With timing both serendipitous and sad, this revival of Edward Albee's most famous play was announced the week the 88-year-old titan of American theatre died. Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill will star as Martha and George, a warring WASP couple who suck new college professor Nick and his wife Honey into their horrible personal war.

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Harold Pinter Theatre , Soho Until Saturday May 27 2017
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13

Diana: Her Fashion Story

From the pale pink Emanuel blouse she wore for her engagement portrait to the blue velvet gown she wore at the White House to dance with John Travolta, this new exhibition about Princess Diana's wardrobe charts the image-crafting and sartorial choices throughout her life in the limelight.

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Kensington Palace , Kensington Until Thursday August 31 2017
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Comments

4 comments
Rafael G
Rafael G

doesn´t look a big deal to go with two kids 

Sheila B
Sheila B

where is the rest of the month????

Guillaume A
Guillaume A

When I click on "What to do in London this month" , I expected to get a list full of events, not the 10 highlights events, with more of them already passed.
This section should be review, it is impossible to use this website to get information what I want !!

selena g
selena g

Dumas is the painter-doyenne of dark undercurrents, tragic lives and falls from grace. i love london! Great! friv