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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
• Greenwich Theatre Comedian Adam Kay used to be a junior doctor, and he's written a book about his experiences called 'This Is Going To Hurt'. • London Palladium Paul Carrack (the guy behind Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics) will be playing one night at the London Palladium.
See all theatre shows Treat yourself to a meal and a balcony seat at a West End show
to • Globe Theatre The Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of William Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' during February and March. to • Dominion Theatre 'Shen Yun' uses traditional Chinese dance to send you on a journey through five millennia of traditional Chinese culture.
Family & Kid’s events
See all family, kids Some ideas if you’re planning to take your children to London in February
• Chinatown Celebrate the Chinese New Year (Year of the Dog) with a lively parade through Chinatown and the entertainment stages in Trafalgar Square. • SSE Arena Wembley Arenacross combines indoor motocross racing and freestyle motocross for a fast and furious night of family entertainment.
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 • National Gallery The National Gallery will be re-uniting two self-portraits by Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo for the first time in 300 years.
Royal & Religious
See all royal, religious For tourists interested in visiting London’s palaces, churches and cathedrals
• National Portrait Gallery Historical biographer and novelist Alison Weir will be giving a talk about our England's medieval queens at the National Portrait Gallery. to • Hampton Court Palace Attend a Sunday service in one of the country's most beautiful chapels -- Henry VIII's Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.
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 You can watch the Prime Minister get grilled by the House of Commons every Wednesday, at Prime Minister's Questions.
See all guided tours If you’re visiting London in February then try one of these sightseeing tours
to • BrakeAway Bike Tours Forget the sightseeing buses and jump on your bike... and see the major sights and landmarks of London from your saddle. to • See London by Night The 'See London By Night' bus tour will show you London's most famous landmarks beautifully lit up in the night sky.
See all classical music All of the classical music, operas and ballets in London during February
• Cadogan Hall The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing music by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Sibelius at Cadogan Hall. • Cadogan Hall The English Chamber Orchestra will be playing some classical music by Tchaikovsky, Haydn and Saint-Saens at Cadogan 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
• Greenwich Theatre TV historian Dan Cruickshank will be talking about the 100 most important and beautiful buildings in world architecture. 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 • Tower Bridge Start your day off in style with an early morning vinyasa-flow yoga class on the new glass floor inside Tower Bridge.