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Things to do in London this February

Check out the latest and greatest events happening in the capital.

No matter who you are or where you come from, you’ll find something captivating, unusual and oh-so-amazing going on in London. This is the city where everything happens.

The iconic arch of Wembley Stadium reaches toward the sky, and the West End radiates energy unlike anywhere else. Throw in age-old royal palaces, skyscraping architecture, the Tube, world-class museums, sport of all forms and nonstop live music…and you’ve just begun to scratch the surface.

Although the London weather can be unpredictable, you can be certain each month will bring a whole new ginormous selection of events – and you’re not going to want to miss these awesome February activities.


Spotlight on: It’s all about love!

Everyone knows February is the most romantic month of the year. Looking to melt your sweetie’s heart on Valentine’s Day… or any other day? You can sweep your special someone off their feet by taking them someplace special in London. From heart-rending gigs to soul-stirring musicals, this city is dripping with romance.

In fact, a stage adaptation of one of the most beloved romcoms of all time is opening at Piccadilly Theatre on 14 February. Not only does Pretty Woman: The Musical faithfully recreate all the important moments in the movie, but you’ll fall for Bryan Adams’ wonderful original score.

 

Also in the West End, there’s no shortage of passionate productions. Whether you opt for The Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre or Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre, epic love is in the air. Even Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre offers a nod to unrequited love.

If you’re interested in more of a feel-good musical that will make you get up and dance, then head to Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre or Mamma Mia! The Party at The O2, where you’ll be served a fabulous four-course Mediterranean meal.

Score major points by taking your honey to a London Lions basketball game so you can cheer your hearts out. The team is playing Cheshire Phoenix on 12 February at the Copper Box Arena.

Nothing brings two people closer than a shared love of music. Spend Valentine’s evening in a beautiful setting at St Pancras Old Church with violinist Federico Mecozzi, whose new album Awakening was recently released.

If classical music isn’t your thing, try the smooth soulful vocals of Marvin Gaye v Stevie Wonder at The Blues Kitchen in Brixton, or the Valentine’s Night Special: Barry White – Love God of Soul starring Shenton Dixon at Boisdale of Canary Wharf.

Or just catch one of a slew of incredible gigs in the capital on 14 February including Estopa at the Roundhouse, Bowling For Soup at O2 Academy Brixton, Hollywood Undead at O2 Forum Kentish Town and Billy Lockett at Hoxton Hall.

 

Maybe you’d prefer to let loose and have fun partying together. There are plenty of great club nights in the capital on 14 February. The energy is sure to be high and tunes pumping at Loud In London – Valentine’s Special at O2 Academy2 Islington or at Yung Filly’s YEAAH MAN Valentine’s Party at Omeara London.

Perhaps you’re searching for a perfect place to share a kiss? Take in the panoramic view from The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building, or hop on the Lastminute.com London Eye on the south bank of the River Thames to watch the city’s skyline unfold below you!

Finally, discover hugs, kisses and huge savings on our Offers page. From 10 – 16 February, we’ll be featuring great Valentine’s deals so you can express your love while saving precious pennies.


Other things to do

What’s happening in London in February, you ask? Lots and lots of fun stuff! There are opportunities to listen to great music, see amazing theatrical productions, get fired up with thrilling sport and much more.

The month kicks off on 1 February with Texan pop-punk rockers Waterparks at Electric Ballroom and electro darling SG Lewis at O2 Academy Brixton.

Synth-pop act La Roux is coming to Fabric on 5 – 6 February in support of her third studio album Supervision.

Catch Los Angeles-based ska-punk band The Interrupters at O2 Forum Kentish Town and London rapper Kano at The Drumsheds on 7 February.

Known for her fantastic live shows, Beth Hart stops at Eventim Apollo on 8 February to celebrate her two-decade-long career and latest album, War In My Mind.

At Alexandra Palace, hear Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes perform tracks from their new release, End Of Suffering, on 15 February.

The 1975 take over The O2 on 21 February ahead of the release of their forthcoming album Notes On A Conditional Form.

 

Don’t miss punkers Fontaines D.C. at O2 Academy Brixton on 25 February.

Mick Fleetwood and Friends will also celebrate the music of Peter Green at the London Palladium on 25 February.

On 29 February, head to O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire for a performance from heart-melting indie-pop artist Cavetown (aka Robin Skinner) or check out American rockers The Maine at O2 Forum Kentish Town.

Indoor motocross and freestyle MX ride into The SSE Arena, Wembley on 21 – 22 February with Arenacross. What could be better than lasers, pyrotechnics and out-of-control racing all performed to an adrenaline-pumping soundtrack? Nothing according to young newcomer Jordan Kinsella, who shares his love of the sport below.

 

Another sure hit… Championship Boxing is on at York Hall on 22 February.

See Arsenal take on several opponents at Emirates Stadium this month – Newcastle United on 16 February, Everton on 23 February and Olympiacos FC on 27 February.

If sport isn’t your thing, head to the West End for an unforgettable night of theatre.

Experience the epic emotion and soaring music of The Prince Of Egypt which opens at the Dominion Theatre on 5 February.

 

Ben Elton is bringing his beloved BBC sitcom to its natural home, the stage, with a comic play called Upstart Crow that opens on 7 February at Gielgud Theatre.

Internationally award-winning writer Tom Stoppard’s new play, Leopoldstadt, recently premiered at Wyndham’s Theatre, while Magic Gone Wrong, Mischief Theatre’s new joint-production with Las Vegas magicians Penn & Teller has taken up home at Vaudeville Theatre.

And now you’ve been warned… Time is running out to see the riveting drama Touching The Void at the Duke of York’s Theatre or Cyrano De Bergerac with James McAvoy at Playhouse Theatre, as both wrap up on 29 February.

Get more insider news from Theatreland by reading our monthly roundup here.

Also, make sure you don’t miss the latest Cirque du Soleil tour to hit London. LUZIA is playing at the Royal Albert Hall until 1 March. The visually stunning show – a waking dream of Mexico – takes you into a sumptuous world suspended between imagination and reality.

What’s more, Jimmy Carr is bringing his latest tour, Terribly Funny, to the New Wimbledon Theatre on 5 February and the Alexandra Palace Theatre on 27 February.

Meet Vincent Van Gogh opens on 7 February at South Bank and runs until 21 May. The immersive experience allows you to step into the legendary artist’s incredible life and get closer to his art and inspiration than ever before.

And calling all ABBA fans! Get yourself over to ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition at The O2. Remaining until 31 August, this immersive exhibition brings the world of the chart-topping Swedish pop group to life as you explore a series of atmospheric rooms, one for each of their eight albums.


Live music venues

Looking for a gig to see? On any given night, you’ll be spoilt for choice in London. From stadiums and world-class concert halls to historic theatres and hole-in-the-wall bars, we’ve rounded up some of February’s music offerings as a starting point.

Stadium and arena shows:

  • Jonas Brothers at The O2 on 2 February and The SSE Arena, Wembley on 3 February
  • Madonna at The London Palladium from 1 – 16 February
  • Editors at The SSE Arena, Wembley on 28 February

Mid-sized venues with big atmosphere:

  • Mabel at Eventim Apollo on 12 February
  • Palaye Royale at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 21 February
  • KISSTORY at indigo at The O2 on 29 February

New music to have on your radar:


Iconic attractions

Along with the London Underground, the capital is famous for many things – among them its royal palaces, beloved landmarks, fantastic selection of museums and gloriously green parks. Here are a few ideas of the fun you can have at these and other popular sites this month.

Take in the view from The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building and one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations. The highest viewing gallery in London, you can access the indoor platform and open-air Skydeck to enjoy 360-degree views of London.

Shard

Not far from London is the beautiful Kensington Palace and Gardens. Since being renovated in 1689, it’s been an official residence of the British royal family and currently occupied by the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

Tour an iconic piece of British history by visiting Westminster Abbey which has been the traditional coronation site for English monarchs since William the Conqueror, as well as the burial place of kings, queens, statesman, poets, and philosophers.

ZSL London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. Opened in 1828, it now holds one of the largest animal collections in the UK with everything from penguins and lions to meerkats, gorillas and Galapagos tortoises.

A popular sight on the city’s skyline, the Lastminute.com London Eye on the south bank of the River Thames will give you a spectacular bird’s-eye view of Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and much more!

Coco-Cola London Eye

Be whisked back to the London’s perilous past at the London Dungeon. In addition to two thrilling rides, you’ll get up close and personal with notorious figures like Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd at this iconic attraction.

Travel back to 1599 by visiting one of London’s most iconic sites – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Globe Theatre Tours will help immerse you in William Shakespeare’s world and works at the open-air playhouse.

Go behind the scenes at one of the most famous stadiums in the world. Wembley Stadium tours give you the chance to relive great sporting and entertainment moments from Britain’s past.

Don’t miss Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum which is home to an extensive collection of original vehicles and props featured in the revered 007 film series.

Looking for some thrills? The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit is the world’s tallest, longest and fastest tunnel slide with breathtaking views across London.

There’s one place in town where you’re guaranteed to meet the Royal Family: Madame Tussauds London. Among the capital’s top tourist attractions, you’ll love getting up close and personal with over 250 lifelike wax figures that include everyone from A-list celebrities to fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.


You can do all this and more in the capital this February. For full details, head to our London Guide.

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