February in London 2019


February in London has a lot going on. Fashionista's can look forward to London Fashion Week held at various venues across the capital (let's hope fried chicken wing pants is not a thing in 2019) and are likely to still enjoy good bargains at many of the shops as the January sales come to an end. Sports fans should enjoy celebrating the Superbowl at one of the many American/sports bars in the city, the Six Nations Rugby tournament which will pack the pubs and of course lots of football. New Zealand expats dress up and have a fun pub crawl around the Circle Line to celebrate Waitangi day and a week later festivities and colour come to China Town and Trafalgar square to celebrate Chinese New Year and Year of the Pig.


Arts & Culture Events in London during February

Christian Dior- Designer of Dreams Exhibition, V & A Museum Feb 2-July 14; Don McCullin- War Photography Exhibition, Tate Britain Feb 5-May 6; Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, Hayward Gallery Feb 13- May 6. Franz West Exhibition. Tate Modern Feb 20-June 2; Parallax Art Fair Chelsea Town Hall Feb 23-24; Dorothea Tanning Exhibition, Tate Modern Feb 27-June 9;  Pierre Bonnard- The Colour of Memory, Tate Modern Jan 23-May 6; The Bill Viola/Michael Angelo-Life, Death, Rebirth Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts Jan 26-Mar 31


Multi-Cultural Events during February

You will either want to gravitate to the Circle Line dressed as a sheep on  Saturday February 2nd or avoid it as the Kiwi expats celebrate Waitangi Day with their annual circle line fancy dress pub crawl. Be prepared to go to work with panda eyes and maybe slightly intoxicated on the Monday by enjoying the Superbowl on Sunday 3rd February in one of London's many American bars/restaurants. London hosts one of the largest Chinese New Year's Celebrations outside Asia on Sunday February 10th with a parade around China Town followed by a spectacular free show in London's Trafalgar Square. Those looking to have a wedding with an Asian influence maybe interested in the Asiana Wedding Weekend, Allianz Park, Hendon  Feb 23-24


Music Highlights during February

Major music highlights in London during February include Feb 1 The Wombats (SSE Arena Wembley); Feb 2 Snow Patrol (SSE Arena Wembley); Feb 6 Tears for Fears (The O2); Feb 7 Boyzone (The O2); Feb 8th Seu Jorge- David Bowie Tribute (Eventim Apollo); Feb 9 Don Broco (SSE Arena Wembley); Feb 11 Ozzie Osborne ((The O2); Feb 16 Boyzone (SSE Arena Wembley); Feb 20 Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators (Eventim Apollo); Feb 21 Fat Boy Slim (SSE Arena Wembley); Feb 21 Massive Attack (The O2); Feb 22 Blue Oyster Cult (Eventim Apollo); Feb 22 Catfish and the Bottlemen (SSE Arena Wembley); Feb 23 Magic Soul (Eventim Apollo); Feb 23 XFactor Live on Tour (SSE Arena Wembley);  Feb 25 Steely Dan with special guest Steve Winwood (SSE Arena Wembley); Feb 26 Joe and Keyshia Cole (Eventim Apollo); Feb 27 Bryan Adams (SSE Arena Wembley); Feb 28 Troye Sivan (Eventim Apollo)


Comedy Highlights

London has lots of great comedians to provide you with laughs in February. On Feb 4th highly acclaimed Irish comedian  David O'Doherty will bring laughs with his electronic keyboard at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, while in central London the talented Fin Taylor and Zoe Lyons will be providing guaranteed 5 star comedy at Soho Theatre. Well known comedian (always seen on  UK TV) Stephen Amos headlines at the Leicester Square Theatre on Feb 8th, Edinburgh's Fringe 2018 joint winner of the comedians comedian award Lou Sanders performs 12th Feb at Leicester Square Theatre and 25th Feb at Soho Theatre. If you need laughs on Valentines Day Jamali Maddix will be providing great stand up on the 14th Feb at Soho Theatre, Comedy genius Paul Foot is not to be missed on the 15th Feb at Leicester Square Theatre, the UK's number one funniest nerd Dave Gorman will be performing live on the 16th Feb at Royal Festival Hall. If you want a belly laugh James Acaster takes the Vaudeville Theatre stage on Feb 25th, while on the 28th February laugh for a good cause as comedy giants such as John Bishop, Jimmy Carr and Catherine Tate provide belly aching stand up at the Comic Relief Spectacular at the SSE Arena Wembley


Sports Highlights

A favorite time of the year for Rugby fans is the annual six nations rugby tournament fighting for bragging rights over who is Europe's best team. Sunday 10th February sees England play France at Twickenham, if you can't get a golden ticket don't worry their are lots of pubs which you can soak in the fun and atmosphere. The first major trophy of English football is decided on February 24th with the Carabao Cup Final played at Wembley Stadium. There are lots of Premier League, Championship, Champions League and FA cups games played during the month


Food & Drink Events

Beer Lovers can test their pallet on Feb 8th/9th at the the Stoke Beer Festival (Abney Public Hall, Stoke Newington) and on Feb 21-23 Craft Beer Rising (Old Trueman Brewery). If Wine is your thing than have an evening of wine tasting on Feb 8th with Virgin Wines (Hilton, London Canary Wharf)


Family & General Entertainment

Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour,  SSE Arena Wembley Feb 7-8, The O2 Feb 9-10; Imagine Children's Festival, Southbank Centre Feb 13-24; London Classic Car Show, Excel Exhibition Centre Feb 14-17; Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show, Excel Exhibition Feb 15-17; Brit Awards, The O2 Feb 20; XFactor Live Tour; SSE Arena Wembley Feb 23; Surrey Steampunk Convivial; The Royal Oak, New Malden Feb 23-24


Lifestyle Events

Listed Property Show, Olympia London Feb 9-10; London Fashion Week, various locations Feb 15-19; National Wedding Show, Olympia London Feb 15-17; The Best You Expo, Olympia London Feb 15-16; Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia London Feb 28-March 3


Travel Events

Destinations, Holiday and Travel Show, Olympia London Jan 31-Feb 3; London Cruise Show, Olympia London Feb 16-17


Interesting UK Events Outside London

Jorvik Viking Festival, York  Feb 20-27


Interesting European Events

Venice Carnival, Venice, Italy  Feb 16-Mar 5; Nice Carnival, Nice, France Feb 16-Mar 2; Stiges Carnival, Stiges, Spain Feb 26-Mar 6; Cologne Carnival, Cologne Germany Feb 28- Mar 5; Dusseldorf Carnival, Dusseldorf Germany Feb 28- Mar 5



Updated: 10:44am on 5th February 2019

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This post was written by: Jeremy Cogden