February 2023 Congratulations, London; we’ve made it through the most miserable month of the year, spring is just around the corner and you finally have licence to abandon whatever dismal health kick you’ve been on without worrying that everyone will judge your lack of willpower. And for the shortest month of the year, February is surprisingly jam-packed with great things to do in the city. You’ve got romantic things to do for Valentine’s Day and half-term activities galore, plus Imagine Children’s Festival, Fashion Week, the long-awaited return of Vault Festival and countless other cultural hits. Feeling the pinch a bit after putting the heating on for half an hour last week? We’ve got you covered with cheap eats and free things to do, plus 50 great ways to spend a fiver if you can stretch to that. Cozzie livs be damned!
No matter what your vibe, tastes or interests, there is always something to do in London. In the winter, the city turns into an illuminated paradise, its pubs are lit with cosy fires and a new cultural season brings huge blockbuster shows to the city’s most illustrious galleries and theatres. When the sun’s out, London’s parks turn into leafy social clubs, restaurants dust off their outdoor seating, fountains erupt from dusty concrete squares and suddenly the city air is filled with alfresco theatre.
Whether you want to see cutting-edge art exhibitions, iconic attractions, secret spots, world-beating theatre, stunning green spaces, it’s all here and you can probably fit all this in and more still barely feel like you’ve scratched the surface of the city. And that’s before you factor in all those historic London pubs, the latest must-visit restaurants and vibrant LGBTQ+ venues. And if you need somewhere to stay? Check out London’s best hotels or Airbnbs.
This London bucket list (curated by our editors and always hotly debated in the Time Out office) is a good place to start because exploring this city can be a little daunting. There’s something for everyone here, but you need to know where to look.
Plus, if you want to know what’s happening in London, like, right now, check out things to do in London this week and things to do in London this weekend. After a few days pottering about in the British capital, you’ll be more than ready to reel off Dr. Samuel Johnson’s famous quote: ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.’
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