The self-imposed deprivation of pleasure is finally over. Celebrate with these brilliant things to do in London in February.
It’s finally February 2018, the perfect time to crack open that Sauvignon Blanc and indulge in a cheese-based feast without feeling horrendously guilty. The very darkest days of the year are behind us, so it’s time to start falling in love with the city again… even if you haven’t got a date. Here are a few things to do in London to get you all loved up…
1. February is the month of Pancake Day (13th Feb)
Everyone knows Pancake Day is the most flipping awesome day of the year. This is undoubtedly the perfect opportunity to undo all that good work you did during your January health kick. We recommend heading to MAMIE’s in Covent Garden or My Old Dutch in Holborn (which just so happens to be next to our office) if you’re looking for crepes, or to The Breakfast Club if you’re after American style pancakes. If you’re more of a spectator, head to Victoria Tower Gardens to watch MPs and Lords embarrassing themselves in the name of charity at the annual Parliamentary Pancake Race.
2. A new prosecco bar is opening (early Feb)
It’s the news that lovers of fizz and bubbles have been waiting for: London’s first bar devoted entirely to prosecco will be opening soon! Opening ‘early February’ – no we don’t have an exact date – at One Tower Bridge, Prosecco House will be serving the finest fizz that Italy has to offer, and nothing else. It’s time to say ChardonNO to Chardonnay, and blank Sauvignon Blanc, because this place is all about the bubbly stuff. Prosecco House has links to five family-owned vineyards, and will be stocking over twenty varieties of prosecco that cannot be found anywhere else in London. Keep an eye on their Instagram page and website for updates.
3. A Valentine’s market for dog lovers is popping up at Netil Market (11th Feb)
Forget Valentine’s day and Galentine’s day and all other reincarnations of the dreaded day of hearts and roses… This is Valendog’s day, and it’s the only day you’ll ever need to celebrate. Head down to east London’s Netil Market on Sunday 11th Feb between 11 – 4pm for a doggy shopping bonanza. Just take a look at the Fetch and Follow Facebook event for more information on the canine brands that’ll be popping up shop on the day.
4. It’s Chinese New Year (16th Feb)
The year of the dog is bounding in on Friday 16th February and Chinatown is pulling out all the stops to celebrate. Head to Chinatown on the day for a festive parade that’s expected to be the largest event outside of Asia (as it was in 2017).
5. Loads of cute winter pop-ups are still going strong (until 17th Feb)
We reccommend heading to Sipsmith’s Hot Gin Roof (on top of Ham Yard Hotel) for a pick-me-up before it closes on 17th February. It’s pretty obvious that the only way to keep warm in this miserable weather involves a cosy combination of hot beverages, gin, and snuggling up under a woollen blanket. Oh, and they’ll even heat your toddy up with a burning poker from the fire. Hot damn! Check out our article for more information.
6. You can brush up your skills on the ice at Roof East (until 25th Feb)
If you’ve got the stones, head up to Roof East for a spot of curling this winter. Now there are EVEN MORE LANES, and some seriously groovy neon decals too. A bitchin’ 80s playlist will get you up and dancing between points, or if that’s too much exercise for you, head to the ski lodge for some aprés ski. Sliders curling club will be at Roof East until February 25th, giving you ample opportunity to brush up on your skills. Check out our article here.
7. The Orchid Festival is returning to Kew Gardens (10th Feb)
The stunning Kew Garden’s orchid festival is kicking off on the 10th February and will be running until 11th March. This celebration of this delicate bloom will take place in Kew Gardens’ Princess of Wales Conservatory. Expect colourful floral displays, including an orchid tunnel and orchid-covered arches. We reckon it’s the perfect way to destress after a hectic start to the year. It’ll be so hot in there you can even pretend to be on your holibobs. For more information take a look at their website.
8. There’s still time to squeeze in some al fresco skating (until 25th Feb)
The cracking ice rink (sorry, inappropriate adjective) at Canary Wharf is open until the 25th of February so make sure you check it out before it’s too late. Luminocity will be jazzing up the rink with over 8km of LED colour-changing lights underneath the ice. And it’s USP (aside from the colour-changing underground LED lights)? It’s covered with a clear roof so you can skate without having to panic about the unpredictable weather! See their website for more info here.