I missed out January because 1) I was super super busy, 2) I have some exciting news coming up and 3) January is always a slow month. Yep, it’s February already. Which means that January is finally out the way and London is coming alive again.
Get loved-up or celebrate being single on Valentine’s Day, flip-out during Pancake Day and treat the kids during half-term. But here it is, it’s back, things to do in London in February.
Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage Fair
The UK’s largest travelling marketplace for retro clothes, home wares and accessories returns to York Hall in Bethnal Green for a shopping event where you’ll find vintage bargains dating from the Twenties onwards. Be sure to bring cash as there will be gems to be found on over 50 stalls.
The View from The Shard, at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building, has put together a special programme of events for Valentine’s Day. The attraction is the perfect place to take your loved one, and is continually voted the most romantic place in London, thanks to its stunning views stretching up to 40-miles. It provides the perfect chance to sip on champagne and marvel as the sun sets over the city’s skyline.
Meet your pawfect match at Battersea this Valentine’s Day. Visit the Cattery, enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly and potentially meet the cat-ch you’ve always dreamed of. Visitors that find feline love can give a second chance and a new home to one of the 3,000 cats the charity takes in each year.
Super Bowl Sunday in London
It’s the biggest sporting event – and usually the biggest telly event – on the American calendar, so be sure to catch the Super Bowl in London. Whether you’re a die-hard NFL fan, a major sports fan or just a beer fan who welcomes any excuse for a late-night session, these are the places to soak up the Super Bowl.
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.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Lancaster London
Around Valentines Day
It’s only a matter of time before florists are awash in a sea of red roses and shelves are decked with ‘secret admirer’ cards. It’s official: Valentine’s Day is upon us. To celebrate the occasion (Tuesday 14 February 2017), Lancaster London has created an array of fanciful feasts to set hearts fluttering. Why not spoil your sweetheart at Lancaster London this year by opting for a memorable afternoon tea or a romantic dinner?
This boozy affair returns to London for three days dedicated to championing the juniper berry drink. Gin bars will be serving all manner of cocktails, and distillers and brands will be on hand to chat about their ware. Sign up for masterclasses and feast on street food once you’ve worked your way through every gin and tonic combo you can. Advance booking essential.
Craft Beer Rising
Another alcohol induced event. Who said Dry January? 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
What other events do you know of happening in London this month? Let me know in the comments, and maybe see you there!