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London events in February

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

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 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 2017 highlights


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

Craft Beer Rising

The Craft Beer Rising festival returns to the Old Truman Brewery for a fifth year in 2017, pouring the very best brews from top exhibitors to thirsty punters. Beer, cider and street food are all covered and accompanied by live music. If you want to get in first, we've got tickets to a preview event here. Find the best craft beer bars and pubs in London

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Old Truman Brewery , Brick Lane Saturday February 25 2017

Man on the Moon: Emergency Pop-Up Cheese Cafe

Calling all cheese lovers! Sample organic cheese for free and ‘pay what you can’ to take a slice home at this five-day pop-up cheese café and open house. But, this is a cheese with a twist. While snacking on the smelly stuff you’ll be able to enter the world of the mysterious cheesemaker Mr Armstrong. Here cheese meets art as visitors explore Mr Armstrong's deserted home to discover clues about his life. No booking required.

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139 Copeland Road , Peckham Until Tuesday February 28 2017

CUT Festival: The Art of Barbering

Inspired by barbering past and present, CUT Festival 2017 brings together international artists and activists, exhibiting and working alongside both traditional and alternative barbers. Along with many other events, Haggerston’s Archive Gallery will exhibit razor-sharp photographs of barbers from around the world, Toynbvee Studios will hold talks, debates and performances, east London barber shops will host an array of art events and barbers will give haircuts to the homeless throughout the festival. 

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Various , London Until Sunday March 5 2017


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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The Glass Menagerie


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

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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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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'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

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

Brunch with Beyoncé

Have 'Brunch with Bey' at Ace Hotel to celebrate the fact she's now eating for three, or just to declare your undying love for the Queen of Pop. Beyonce may not be in attendance in person, but this is still set to be a day that'll slay with a Prosecco brunch, a Beyoncé quiz with Yonce themed prizes and 15 mins of straight up Queen Bey spun every hour. Tickets are £33 for the full day with brunch, or £8 for the quiz and party.

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Ace Hotel London Shoreditch , Shoreditch Sunday February 26 2017

Witches and Feminine Magick

From Salvator Rosa, through Goya, Fuseli and Parmigianino, the London Drawing Group explore the way artists have dealt with visions of dangerous femininity in this special workshop, focusing on the artistic lure of feminine magick and the age-old figure of the witch. The five-hour session takes place in the oak-panelled Study Room of the British Museum. Pens and pencils are provided. Book in advance here. 

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British Museum , Bloomsbury Monday February 27 2017

School Play


Teachers get put under a lot of pressure – just look at the characters in Alex MacKeith's debut if you don't believe us. Set in a London primary headteacher’s office, the school is dealing with the aftermath of the SAT results, which have just come in. Done justice by a naturalistic, primary-bright setting and fluent direction, this is a seriously impressive debut that drills home its messages in an engaging fashion.

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Southwark Playhouse , Elephant and Castle Saturday February 25 2017

Parliamentary Pancake Race

Pancake Day's most high-profile tossers are back for 2017 for this fundraiser which pits teams comprised of MPs, Lords and members of the press against each other. Now in its twentieth year, the race is free to spectate and usually thronged with photographers eager to capture the honourable members getting competitive while wearing silly hats.

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Victoria Tower Gardens , Westminster Tuesday February 28 2017

Orchid Festival

There's an Indian theme to Kew Gardens' annual celebration of the humble, beautiful orchid. It's the 22nd edition this year, and visitors can enjoy Indian soundscapes around the displays, which will feature floral creations influenced by Indian markets. This includes elephants and rickshaws crafted from foliage and tropical plants, plus a giant Indian flag made from cut flowers. There'll also be films and behind-the-scenes tours to enjoy.

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Kew Gardens , Kew Until Sunday March 5 2017

Magical Lantern Festival

The Magical Lantern Festival floats back to Chiswick House and Garden for a second year. The theme for 2017 is the Silk Road, and visitors can follow a mini-trail mirroring part of the Road, featuring over 50 dazzling illuminations. These include the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, plus colourful scenes from India, Asia, the Middle East and the tale of Aladdin featuring a giant lantern genie. There'll also be a virtual reality area, an ice rink, a pop-up ice bar made entirely of ice and street food stalls.

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Chiswick House and Gardens , Chiswick Until Sunday February 26 2017

Do Ho Suh

The colourful fabric sculptures of Do Ho Suh were apparently designed to be packed into the Korean artist's suitcase as he travelled the globe. Luckily for visitors to the Victoria Miro gallery there's no unpacking to be done, just lots of gazing at these incredible – portable – structures that hang, suspended, in the gallery.

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Victoria Miro , Hoxton Until Saturday March 18 2017

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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Club de Fromage on Ice


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 Until Saturday April 22 2017

Robotics, AI and Society

Will robots take over? That’s the big question posed during The British Academy’s series exploring how robotics and artificial intelligence could revolutionise society. Advances in robotics and AI are changing how we do business, engage in warfare, and even have relationships, and up until March the Royal Society will examine what a robotic future might look like, and what it could tell us about being human.

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The Royal Society , St James' Wednesday March 22 2017

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

Crown the Knave

This fortnightly comedy gig, under the arches of London Bridge, has a cheapo entry price, free raffle and spots from some hand-picked rising comedy stars. Check 'dates and times' for the latest line-ups.

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The Bedford , Balham Tuesday March 7 2017 - Tuesday March 21 2017

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 Thursday March 2 2017 - Saturday April 8 2017

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 February 4 2018
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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