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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.

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Our February 2018 highlights

1

Eduardo Paolozzi

A retrospective of the late giant of British pop, who across five decades produced an extraordinary body of work that proclaimed his love for the modern world, including sculptures, screenprints, collages and textiles.   

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Whitechapel Gallery , Whitechapel Until Sunday May 14 2017
2

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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3

The Glass Menagerie

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This opportunity for London audiences to catch John Tiffany's revival of a Tennessee Williams classic is not to be missed. The story focuses on a faded Southern belle who's consistently puzzled by her awkward daughter, and there's also a barely disguised self-portrait of Tennessee Williams himself in the character of Tom. The production went down a storm at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival and should do the same when it hits the West End.

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Duke of York’s Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday April 29 2017
4

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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By: Time Out London Things To Do
5

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
6

Travesties

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'Travesties' transfers to the West End for 2017, with Tom Hollander remaining in the lead INTERVIEW: 'It's dick-swingingly difficult' – Tom Hollander on 'Travesties' In a year in which our country seems to have cooled on immigrants and clever people, there is something bracing about reviving ‘Travesties’, the aggressively witty 1974 comedy written by Czech immigrant Tom Stoppard. If you only know Stoppard from stuff like ‘Arcadia’ or ‘Shakespeare in Love’, you might be taken aback by the wildness of ‘Travesties’, a play that has some serious-ish points to make about art and reality, but is essentially a joy because it’s so exuberantly drunk off its own impish ideas.  Returning to the stage for the first time in yonks, Tom Hollander plays Henry Carr, an eccentric old man reminiscing about his time as British ambassador to Switzerland during the First World War. The neutral country was a haven for exiles, intellectuals and spies during the conflict, and the play’s unabashedly bizarre plot concerns Carr’s entanglement with Lenin (Forbes Masson), James Joyce (Peter McDonald) and dadaist Tristan Tzara (Freddie Fox). As the title suggests, Carr is probably misrepresenting the whole thing. But does it matter? ‘Travesties’ is a genuine celebration of a febrile moment in European history, when Joyce was writing ‘Ulysses’ and Lenin plotting a revolution in the same city at the same time. It’s also a massive, joyous piss-take of it all, with a storyline that involves fashion-obsess

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Apollo Shaftesbury , Soho Until Saturday April 29 2017
7

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
8

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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9

Club de Fromage on Ice

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The ice rink disco is a British coming-of-age rite of passage, and we're delighted that Club de Fromage are allowing us grown-ups to revisit it. The pop music will be present and correct – everything from Abba to Taylor Swift – and your terror of falling over will be reduced by the presence of a licensed bar. Fancy dress is welcome but not obligatory and there'll be games and prize giveaways while you're on the ice. 

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Alexandra Palace Ice Rink , Muswell Hill Saturday March 25 2017 - Saturday April 22 2017
10

Hawker House

The largest of two all-year-round London venues from street food market giants Street Feast, Hawker House boasts a rotating line-up of 12 global food stalls and eight bars. Food options are varied, and include vegan tacos from the highly rated Club Mexicana, fried chicken from Mother Clucker, and seafood from the excellently named Prawnography. Drink options are equally good.

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Hawker House , Rotherhithe Until Sunday April 2 2017
11

Brother Marcus Supper Club Series

Brother Marcus have teamed up with a range of foodies for a series of supper clubs at their Balham HQ. Chicory Kitchen, Sam Stern, Alex Hutton, Daft Puddin's and The London Food Babes will all be gracing the kitchen for three nights each, whipping up dishes spanning Persian, Mexican and slap-up English cuisine. See the 'dates and times' tab to find out who's cooking when and book via the Brother Marcus website.

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Brother Marcus , Balham Until Saturday April 8 2017
12

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 Until Sunday April 29 2018
13

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 March 25 2017 - Sunday October 1 2017
14

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 March 26 2017 - Sunday May 28 2017
15

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 April 2 2017 - Sunday July 5 2020
16

Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932

This show will throw a magnifying glass over a remarkable creative period in Russian history: after the Bolshevik revolution forever changed society, and before Stalin's brutal period of censorship began. In these fifteen years, artmaking flourished astonishingly – from Kandinsky and Malevich's pioneering abstraction to the rise of social realism.

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Royal Academy of Arts , Mayfair Until Monday April 17 2017
17

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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Almeida Theatre , Barnsbury Until Saturday April 15 2017
18

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
19

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
20

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
21

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Tom Stoppard became an overnight celebrity after his witty riff on Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' opened at the Old Vic. 50 years on, the Old Vic is marking this success with an anniversary revival of 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead' starring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire as the hapless double act.

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Old Vic , Southwark Until Saturday April 29 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