31 Fantastic Things To Do In London This Month: February 2020

31 Fantastic Things To Do In London This Month: February 2020
The London Eye's new sponsor takes over this month.

HELLO PINK EYE: Sometime this month, we're expecting the London Eye's illuminations to switch to an alluring shade of pink as new sponsor, Lastminute.com, takes over London's giant ferris wheel. Expect plenty of #Pinkeye captions on Instagram... or not.

MADONNA: Queen of Pop Madonna brings her Madame X tour to the London Palladium, a more intimate venue than her usual arena sell-outs. It's based on her 14th album, of the same name, which was released last summer. 27 January-16 February

Her Madge-sty has a short residency at London Palladium

LONDON REMIXED FESTIVAL: It may not be full-on festival weather yet, but that's not stopping London Remixed Festival. It takes over Rich Mix for two days celebrating emerging musical talent and genres, with 25 DJs and bands across four stages. 31 January-1 February

PLANT-POWERED EXPO: Thinking of making Veganuary a permanent thing? Head to The Plant Powered Expo, where you'll find products and inspiration to help with all aspects of plant-based living. 200+ stalls and 80 classes and presentations are on the programme. 1-2 February

SIX NATIONS: The non-rugby watching contingent of Londonist Towers feels like Six Nations just finished (what do you mean, that was the Rugby World Cup? Are they different?). And yet, here we are again, on the hamster wheel of life, with another Six Nations about to start. Keep an eye here for updates on where you can watch your team thrash/be thrashed by another team. Or something. Hurrah, rugby! 1 February-14 March

SUPER BOWL: Big weekend for sports fans, as it's also Super Bowl time. Seeing as though the Americans insist on playing at a time that's convenient to them, you have to tune in from about 11pm, right through until the wee hours, to see the action unfold. Might as well do it properly then, and head to one of these Super Bowl screening events. Best book Monday off work now, eh? 2 February

No clowning around in church — except for one day a year

CLOWN CHURCH SERVICE: We're awaiting confirmation that the Grimaldi Church Service will go ahead this year, as the Clown Gallery was forced to leave its church home for health and safety reasons back in 2018. For the uninitiated, think clowns in a Mini, but on a much bigger scale, with pews thrown in, and plenty of media and spectators watching the bizarre proceedings. Here's our video from last year. It usually takes place on the first Sunday in February, so 2 February

PRINCE OF EGYPT: Animated film The Prince of Egypt has gained something of a cult following, so much so that it's been turned into a musical, opening at the Dominion Theatre. The soundtrack is by the composer of Wicked, Stephen Schwartz, so expect some pretty catchy tunes. From 5 February

GUN SALUTES: The anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne is marked usually marked with two different gun salutes, totalling 103 big bands (or 'rounds', if you want to be proper about it). 41 rounds are fired in Green Park at noon (a standard 21 round salute, plus an extra 20 rounds because of the Royal Park location). That's usually followed by a whopping 62 round salute at the Tower of London at 1pm (that's the standard 20 rounds, plus 21 because the Tower is a Royal Palace, plus 21 more because it's within the City of London... wait, are we sure they're not just making this up?). 6 February

Kew's Orchid Festival returns

ORCHIDS FESTIVAL: One of London's prettiest festivals returns, and this time the focus is on Indonesia. Orchids from the archipelago go on display on Kew Gardens' Princess of Wales Conservatory, with tigers, rhinos and other wildlife made from flowers, and an erupting volcano as the centrepiece. 8 February-8 March

TWISTED DISNEY: Disney fans, gather at Trafalgar Studios for a concert by West End stars. Each performer sings two Disney songs (either from film or stage), one is their own choice, and the second is either a villain song, or one normally performed by a character of the opposite sex to the performer. Following? Excellent. 9 February

LONDON WINTER WANDER: Pick a route through London and wander it at your own pace, ogling landmarks while raising money for a charity of your choice. Sound good? Then sign up for the London Winter Wander. There are four different start points, located in Hampstead, Battersea, Whitechapel and Bermondsey, all ending in Trafalgar Square. 9 February

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is part of Imagine Children's Festival

IMAGINE CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL: We've got plenty of ideas for keeping the kids busy over half term (see below), but a favourite every year is Imagine Children's Festival. Southbank Centre brings together authors, performers and other celebrities for events focused on kids' literature. Theatre shows, music workshops and plenty of other activities are all part of the fun. 12-23 February

PRETTY WOMAN: 1990 rom-com Pretty Woman is translated into a stage musical, opening at Piccadilly Theatre just in time for Valentine's Day. There's no Julia Roberts or Richard Gere this time, but it remains true to the original story of a wealthy businessman who strikes up a relationship with a Hollywood sex worker. Escorting her to events around the city, the pair grow closer together. From 13 February

LOVE BEER: Love Beer London is a three-day keg festival celebrating the best craft beer made in the south-east of the UK. More than 90 breweries from London and beyond are confirmed to be attending. 13-15 February

Love beer? Then Love Beer London is the place for you

STEVE MCQUEEN: Artist Steve McQueen is the man behind the recent billboards featuring schoolchildren  — and Oscar-winning film 12 Years A Slave too. In a new exhibition, Tate takes us through his 25-year career as an artist and film maker, in which he's covered drug-related murders, the civil rights movement and the labour conditions of gold mine workers. 13 February-11 May

VALENTINE'S DAY: Looking for ways to woo your significant other this Valentine's Day? Take a look at our guide to London's best Valentine's events, including shows, film screenings and museum events. For something a bit more low-key, try one of London's romantic days out, or visit one of these romantic cafes. 14 February

LONDON MOTORCYCLE SHOW: Start your engine for the London Motorcycle Show, wheeling into town for three days. See the latest bikes, kit and accessories, watch live racing in the Michelin Thunderdome, and ogle vintage bikes at the Bonhams Classic Zone. 14-16 February

Get dressed up for London Anime & Gaming Con

LONDON ANIME CON: Anime, gaming, comic and cosplay plans descend on London Metropolitan University for the London Anime & Gaming Con. Stage events, panel discussions, parties and performances are all on the agenda, including an Anime viewing room, and a chance to meet Manga artists. Visitors are very much encouraged to wear costumes. 14-16 February

LONDON FASHION WEEK: You probably haven't got a F-Row invite (we're assuming ours got lost in the post... again), but look out for other London Fashion Week events going on around the capital. London-based designer Anya Hindmarch usually pulls something spectacular out of the bag — her past LFW installations have included Chubby Hearts, a giant beanbag and a postbox maze. Watch this space... 14-18 February

FEBRUARY HALF TERM: Looking for ways to keep the kids busy while they're off school? We've got plenty of ideas on our guide to spending half term in London, whatever their age and whatever your budget. 15-23 February

Learn what came before the dinosaurs at Horniman Museum

PERMIAN MONSTERS: Dinosaurs are cool. Fact. But what about pre-dinosaurs? Long before Dippy and co were stomping all over the earth, Permian Monsters ruled the planet. Find out all about them in Horniman Museum's new family-friendly exhibition which includes fossil skeletons and full-sized animatronic creatures. 15 February-1 November

BRIT AWARDS: Now in its 40th year, The Brit Awards take place at The O2, and at time of writing there are still some tickets left to be in the audience — though you're looking at upwards of £120. Still, if you fancy getting up close(ish) to some of the country's biggest music stars, it's probably the best chance you'll have all year. 18 February

CLASSIC CAR SHOW: Vroom vroom. For the first time, the London Classic Car Show takes place at Olympia London, with what claims to be one of the UK's widest collections of classic cars on show. Full details of this year's event haven't yet been revealed, so keep an eye on the website. 20-23 February

The London Classic Car Show returns

BEAR FEST: No, that's not a typo — we're talking bears rather than beer. The Hugglets Winter BearFest is aimed at teddy bear collectors and fans, with 10,000 examples of ursine stuffing on display, and most of them available to buy, with prices ranging from a few pounds to thousands of pounds. Accessories and clothes for your stuffed bear are on sale too, and there's a teddy bear hospital for any furry friends who need a bit of repair work. 23 February

PANCAKE DAY: Flippin' heck, is it that time of year again? Pancake Day falls in late February this year, which means you've got plenty of time to practice your tossing skills — or book yourself into one of London's best pancake restaurants and let someone else do the work. We've got vegan and gluten-free pancakes covered too.  25 February

Suss out London's best pancake spots

BREW LDN: Yep, more beer. Brew LDN doubles up as both a trade and public event, with over 150 breweries showcasing their products, including plenty of London locals. There's also live music to keep things upbeat, including DJ Greg Wilson, and Old Dirty Brasstards. 27-29 February

DAVID HOCKNEY: National Portrait Gallery opens a new David Hockney exhibition, to see it up to its three-year closure in the summer. David Hockney: Drawing From Life is the first major exhibition dedicated to his drawings in two decades, and features 150 works from the 1950s to the present. 27 February-28 June

Tickets for the Magic Lantern Rave are selling fast

MAGIC LANTERN RAVE: As if raves aren't trippy enough, someone's only gone and thrown some magic lanterns in the mix. Troxy in Limehouse hosts the colourful clubnight, with a DnB, bass house and tech house soundtrack. Age 18+. 28 February

KIMONOS: V&A's long-awaited exhibition dedicated to kimonos opens. The Japanese clothing garment takes centre stage at the show, which covers its history and social significance through paintings, prints, films and accessories. 29 February-21 June

EXTRA DAY: Woohoo! It's the once-every-four-years extra day. Put it to good use and try ticking off some of these things that every Londoner should do at least once, which you haven't quite got round to yet. Or, y'know, treat it like a regular Saturday and do the big shop, some ironing and binge Netflix. Your choice. 29 February

Last Updated 17 January 2020