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Lantern diorama at the Magic Lantern festival | Courtesy of Magic Lantern Festival
Lantern diorama at the Magic Lantern festival | Courtesy of Magic Lantern Festival

What’s On in London in February

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Updated: 24 January 2017
As the city recovers from the extravagant festivities of December and slowly emerges from the self-punishing dry spell of January, February feels ripe with new beginnings. Fringe art and theatre festivals, crafty pop-ups and, of course, Valentine’s Day events are just a few of the things to look forward to this month.



3 images of yoga, a ball pit and red cinema seats

Yoga at the Shard, courtesy of The View From the Shard | Cosy up for a couple’s movie night © Jeremy Keith/Flickr | Let your inner child out in the ball pit © Reynermedia/Flickr

WELLNESS | Strike a yoga pose at the View From the Shard

📅 Saturday, February 4th, 8:15-9:30AM

Kick February into touch with the highest yoga session in London (and we do mean height, nothing else) at the View from the Shard. Yogasphere brings you just over one hour of yoga moves, where you can down dog from Level 72 and take in the Thames from upside down. Class takes place before Joe Public get a look in, and everyone gets a goodie bag to take home.

Tickets: £45

📍 The Shard, 32 London Bridge St, London, England, UK, +44

EXHIBITION | Grab some balls at the Winter Happiness Festival

📅 Until February 19th

Grown ups and ball pits, eh? Will anyone ever be able to resist a cheeky swim in the plastic, coloured balls? Certainly not at the Winter Happiness Festival, where it’s encouraged to let that inner child run wild. When you’re not waist-deep in 24,000 balls, you can listen to talks on mindfulness, yoga and gratitude.

Tickets: £6

📍Canvas Café, Hanbury St, London, England, UK, +44

FILM | Feel the love at a one-off screening of LoveTrue

📅 Wednesday, February 8th, 6:30PM

Truth and love get the documentary treatment at Curzon Soho for the one-time screening of LoveTrue. Hosted by Vice, the director Alma Har’el will be attending for a Q&A after the movie. If you think you’ll need some recovery time from this emotional roller-coaster then fret not, for there will be DJs (and drinks) in the bar afterwards to soothe your soul.

Tickets: £15

📍Curzon Soho Bakery and Café, 99 Shaftesbury Ave, London, England, UK, +44



Luise Oleman, a snowy Nordic forest and a red cockail

Luisa Omielan; courtesy of the artist | Nordic winter © Dave_S/Flickr | Master the art of cocktail making; Pixabay

ARTS | See Neil Gaiman speak at Nordic Matters

📅 Wednesday, February 15th, 7:30PM

Cult comic artist and fantasy novelist Neil Gaiman will be chatting about all things Scandinavian, and his new book Norse Mythology, at the Southbank Centre as part of its Nordic Matters festival.

Tickets: £15-25

📍 Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London, England, UK, +44

COMEDY | Have a laugh with the girls and Luisa Omielan

📅 Saturday, February 11th, 7PM

One of the UK’s funniest stand-up comediennes, Luisa Omielan, has celebrated Valentine’s Day with a special show and hip-hop-fuelled after-party for the last few years now, and 2017 sees her event move to a bigger home at the O2 Forum. Laugh your blues away with her Am I Right Ladies set, then hit the dance floor for a cheeky power ballad or two.

Tickets: £22-28

📍O2 Forum, 9-17 Highgate Rd, Kentish Town, London, England, UK, +44

  HOLIDAY EVENT | Get cosy with a couple’s cocktail masterclass

📅 Tuesday, February 14th, 7-10PM

If you’re not sure just how romantic to go on Valentine’s Day, why not ease things along with a cocktail masterclass in a secret location in Notting Hill? Over the course of two hours, learn how to make three sexy cocktails and a couple of canapés – that should leave you shaken and stirred.

Tickets: £45

📍Secret location, revealed once you book



A woman makes something out of pipe, a saxophone player and a basket of fried chicken for brunch

Art made from pipes; courtesy of London Craft Club | The smooth sounds of jazz; courtesy of  Vaults Festival | Hip-hop and friend chicken for brunch © Thy Khue Ly/Flickr

ART | Get crafty at the London Transport Museum Friday Late

📅 Friday, February 17, 7-10PM

We all know museums staying open late is officially a good thing, and London Craft Club has teamed up with the London Transport Museum for a one-off fabric festival that will have you creating your own pocket squares or bow-ties based on one of London’s boroughs. Spiffing. And of course, while you’re crafting, there will be cocktails.

Tickets: £10-12

📍London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London, England, UK, +44

FESTIVAL | Head underground to Waterloo for festival fun

📅 Throughout February

Running all through the month is London’s answer to the chaotic, colourful Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Waterloo’s Vaults Festival. Roll up for comedy, film, theatre, cocktails and pop-up restaurants, transforming Waterloo’s vaults into a visual feast that will surely brighten up some of those dark winter evenings. Their February calendar also includes a Great Gatsby party and a specially themed Valentine’s Day Ball.

Tickets: various prices

📍The Vaults Theatre, 7AD, Leake St, Lambeth, London, England, UK, +44

FOOD & DRINK | Hip-hop you don’t stop brunchin’

📅 Saturday, February 18th, 12-5PM

What’s better than spending a Saturday afternoon among bottomless cocktails? How about laying down a mid-’90s, classic hip-hop soundtrack and clearing a space on the dance floor? Hell yes. The infamous Hip-Hop Karaoke is a sure fire party starter, and you can expect a wild event despite it being light outside.

Tickets: £40

📍Secret location, revealed once you book



London's Printworks, the Magic Lantern festival in Chiswick and a gin and tonic

Inside Printworks; courtesy of Printworks London | The Magic Lantern festival in Chiswick; courtesy of Magic Lantern Festival | The unofficial national drink, a G&T; courtesy of Shake, Rattle and Stir

FESTIVAL | Get those lanterns lit at Chiswick House

📅 Until February 26th

Fend off the February darkness with your last chance to visit the Magic Lantern Festival at Chiswick House. Drawing inspiration from the Silk Road, the enormous lights and lanterns make for a magical walk as you skirt round everything, from a lantern Houses of Parliament to a light diorama of Aladdin. Surreal and beautiful.

Tickets: £32.50

📍Printworks, Surrey Quays Rd, London, England, UK, +44

FOOD & DRINK | Rediscover Mother’s Ruin on a gin tour

📅 Saturday, February 25th, 2-6:30PM

Dry January is over, hurrah! Plunge back into drinking with this luxurious gin tour of Bermondsey. Get whisked along in a limo between five local distilleries and secret gin bars, tasting the tipples and special cocktails as you go.

Tickets: £73.85

📍Secret location, revealed once you book