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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. • 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 • Queen’s Gallery The 'Art & Power' exhibition at the Queen's Gallery will explore how Charles II used art to glorify his restored monarchy.
Royal & Religious
See all royal, religious For tourists interested in visiting London’s palaces, churches and cathedrals
to • Kensington Palace The 'Her Fashion Story' exhibition at Kensington Palace has some of the most famous dresses worn by Princess Diana. • Somerset House The "Old Palaces Tour" at Somerset House will teach you a little bit about three of England's Stuart Dynasty queens.
Political & Military
See all political, military Daily parades and political events taking place during February
to • Tate Modern The 'Red Star Over Russia' exhibition at the Tate Modern will explore the visual art of the early Soviet Union, up until 1953. to • City Hall The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayor's Question Time, in their monthly meeting at City Hall.
See all guided tours If you’re visiting London in February then try one of these sightseeing tours
• 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. • 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 • Serpentine Gallery The Serpentine Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of work by Wade Guyton, called 'Das New Yorker Atelier, Abridged'. to • Museum of Childhood 'A Lifetime in Stories' will explore the work of Michael 'War Horse' Morpurgo, one of the Britain's best-loved authors.
Other London events
See all other events Here are some more great events that are worth trying during February
• Spencer House Spencer House is one of the finest 18th-century town houses in London, and opens up for a guided tour every Sunday. • Portobello Road Portobello Road is home to the UK's most famous antiques market, with over 100,000 people browsing hundreds of stalls. • O2 Arena Climb up The O2's roof and enjoy a spectacular 360 degree view of the London skyline from the viewing platform at the top.