We’ve survived the dreaded January! Now that our livers have recovered from their Christmas pickling and our bank balances are suitably replenished, we feel ready to finish hibernating and re-join the real world. It’s time to wave goodbye to Dry Jan and say hello to a month of pancake flipping, beer sipping and some frivolous February fun…
Chinese New Year
8 February – 14 February
Chinatown, WC2H 7JS
Feeling gloomy? Add an explosion of colour to your month by getting involved in the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of China, held right here in London. Join the Chinese community as they welcome The Year of the Monkey with a vibrant parade, music, iconic dragon dancers and not forgetting some of the best traditional cuisine around. The main festivities will take place on the 14th February amongst the striking decorative streets of London’s Chinatown, and will be topped off with a spectacular firework display.
The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race
Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, E1 6QL
It’s time to grease up your frying pans – Pancake Day is almost upon us! If you’re a pro-pancake flipper looking to put your tossing skills to the test, the annual Great Spitalfields Pancake Race is certainly one not to miss. As a charity event in aid of London Air Ambulance, the race sees participants compete in fancy dress, flipping their way down the cobbled streets of Spitalfields in pursuit of the coveted Frying Pan trophy. Participants can sign up online or enter on the day with a donation.
The London Classic Car Show
18 -21 February
ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL
Whether you’re a hard-core car enthusiast or simply can’t get enough of that old motor smell, The London Classic Car Show is definitely one for your diaries. After the success of the 2015 show, this exhilarating event returns to ExCel London this month, bringing with it more stands, more experts and most importantly – more cars to lust over! The space will be transformed into a vintage car haven featuring an indoor driving runway where the cars will be fired up and paraded down for all to see.
London Beer Week
22 – 28 February
With Dry January officially over, the pubs are practically calling our names. Luckily this month sees the return of the ever-popular London Beer Week – a perfect opportunity to reunite yourself with those much longed-for pints! The concept is simple – buy a £10 wristband and get access to £3 beers and £5 boilermakers (beer with a bourbon shot) at participating drinking spots across London. Pop-up bars, masterclasses, brewery tours and other boozy experiences will also be held throughout the week. Buy your wristband now and get ready to explore your way around London, one beer at a time.
George Irvin’s Ultimate Fun Fair
13 – 28 February
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST
Looking for ideas of how to entertain the kids this half term? Make their time off even more thrilling with a trip to George Irvin’s Ultimate Fun Fair, which will be pitching up in the Olympic Park all week. From hair-raising rollercoasters and dodgems to the traditional fairground games – there’ll be something for the whole family to enjoy. Tokens cost just £1.20 each or on Thursday 18th guests can ride unlimited for £7.99 per child and £9.99 per adult.
London Fashion Weekend
25 – 28 February
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s Building, Kings Road, SW3 4SQ
Hoping to get in on the Fashion Week action? While the official shows are kept fairly exclusive, the weekend event which follows offers access to all with tickets from as little as £20. This season’s London Fashion Weekend will be held at the stunning Saatchi Gallery and will feature cutting-edge spring/summer designs paraded down the catwalk, talks, a beauty station and plenty of discounted shopping. To get involved with the buzz, book your tickets on their website now.
What else are you looking forward to in London this February? Let us know in the comments below!