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February in London can be a bit chilly, and the tourist attractions get busy mid-month when the school’s break-up for a week. But those dark and frosty evenings make it a great time for walking through the bright lights of the West End. Maybe you can treat your partner to a meal and a show on Valentine’s Day?
Music, comedy & film
See all music, comedy Live music concerts and comedy gigs in London during January
• London Palladium Paul Carrack (the guy behind Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics) will be playing one night at the London Palladium. • Leicester Square Theatre Irish stand-up comic Jimeoin is coming to London this February, and playing one night at the Leicester Square Theatre.
See all theatre shows Treat yourself to a meal and a balcony seat at a West End show
to • Sam Wanamaker Playhouse The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will be performing 'The Captive Queen' -- a re-imagining John Dryden's 'Aureng-zebe'. to • Olivier Theatre The National Theatre will be putting on a production of 'Amadeus', which tells the story of the young composer Mozart.
Family & Kid’s events
See all family, kids Some ideas if you’re planning to take your children to London in February
• SSE Arena Wembley Arenacross combines indoor motocross racing and freestyle motocross for a fast and furious night of family entertainment. to • Hackney Marshes Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football, with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams.
Art & Museums
See all art, museums If you’re into art and history then how about visiting a gallery or museum?
to • Tate Britain 'All To Human: A Century Of Painting Life' will include works by the likes of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. to • Courtauld Gallery The Courtauld Gallery will be showing some 16th-century drawings by Antoine Caron, created for his patron Catherine de' Medici.
Royal & Religious
See all royal, religious For tourists interested in visiting London’s palaces, churches and cathedrals
to • Queen’s Gallery The 'Art & Power' exhibition at the Queen's Gallery will explore how Charles II used art to glorify his restored monarchy. to • Kensington Palace The 'Her Fashion Story' exhibition at Kensington Palace has some of the most famous dresses worn by Princess Diana.
Political & Military
See all political, military Daily parades and political events taking place during February
to • City Hall The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayor's Question Time, in their monthly meeting at City Hall. to • Houses of Parliament Enjoy a Saturday tour of Parliament, and then enjoy a special afternoon tea on the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames.
See all guided tours If you’re visiting London in February then try one of these sightseeing tours
to • Millennium Bridge This guided walk will take you along a small stretch of the Thames, to look at some of the river's best buildings. to • The City This guided walk will take you around some of the streets and locations that Charles Dickens used within his novels.
See all classical music All of the classical music, operas and ballets in London during February
• Barbican Hall The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Brahms, Ravel and Franck at Barbican Hall. • Barbican Hall The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Grime, Prokofiev and Strauss at Barbican Hall.
See all free events Visit London on the cheap in February, by trying these great free events
to • Tower Bridge Here is a list of the scheduled lift times for Tower Bridge, so you can see the roadway open and close and grab a photo. to • St. Martin-in-the-Fields St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square usually puts on a free classical music recitals a couple of times each week.
Other London events
See all other events Here are some more great events that are worth trying during February
to • Lord’s Cricket fans will love dressing themselves up for this Afternoon Tea, because it's held in the historic Long Room at Lord's. to • Portobello Road Portobello Road is home to the UK's most famous antiques market, with over 100,000 people browsing hundreds of stalls. to • Fortnum & Mason Put on your best clothes and enjoy an elegant Afternoon Tea in the famous Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason.