February City Events in London
February is the month of love and London is certainly a romantic city with its walks along the river and cosy coffee shops to share a cake in, but it is also a thriving hotbed of activity, so check out what’s on this month.
Bird’s Eye View Of London, The Shard – All Month
If you head to anywhere near central London you cannot fail to see the capital’s newest and most striking building – The Shard. It is the tallest building in Western Europe at 1,016ft (310m).Fancy seeing what that looks like from the top? Well you can, with a visit to The View at the top of the tower, which is almost twice as high as any other viewing platform in London. This unique view is available from 9am until 10pm at night, so you can experience the London skyline at different times and see how the city changes during the day. You have to book in advance, but then once you are there you can stay as long as you want.
A different Valentines party at Proud Camden – 14th February
The hostel in London is a great place to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but if you don’t fancy all the heart and flower stuff then try the Traffic Light Party at Proud Camden. The party kicks off with a three course meal and cabaret show to get you in the mood. If you want to take some friends or double-date then groups of four or more get a complimentary bottle of Prosecco for the table! In case you were wondering, a Traffic Light Party is one where you dress to show how available you are. Green is for “yes, I‘m up for it”, Yellow or Orange is for “try me”, and Red is for “just don’t go there!”.
Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men at Museum Of London – All Month
Featuring human and animal remains, exquisite anatomical models and drawings, documents and original artefacts, the Museum of London’s gruesome but theatrical exhibition Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection is not for the squeamish or faint hearted. The exhibition charts the history of the surgeon in the 1800’s and their struggle to understand the inner workings of people. Intertwined with this story is the darker underbelly tale of body snatchers and the growing demand for corpses. The exhibits come from an excavation of a burial ground at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel done in 2006 by archaeologists from the Museum of London.
One Direction at the O2 – 22nd – 24th February
This world-famous boy band has had nothing but success since their stunning 3r place victory on The X Factor in 2010. Their two albums Up All Night (2011) and Take Me Home (2012) have broken records and topped major charts across the globe. If you are a fan of cheeky good looks and boyish and clean cut charm then this gig is for you. What can be said about their amazing debut single “What Makes You Beautiful”? Well, it’s fun and it makes you want to get up and dance, also its underlying message of love and sweetness is perfect for Valentine’s. Relive the magic here.
Alan Davies – Life Is Pain at Hammersmith Apollo – 16th February
One of the stars of the immensely funny, and at the same time surprisingly educational, quiz show QI, Alan Davies is now sharing the joy on tour. Catch him at the Hammersmith Apollo in February to see what he has to say after 12 years off the road. Alan’s appeal lies in his uncomplicated “everyman” charm. His life is just like yours and yet somehow he makes the ups and downs funny; this is the reason, he says, for the tour title “Life is Pain”, because it is.
Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea – All month
A little bit out of the centre of London, the Royal Museums Greenwich, are well worth a visit. The area jumped into the spotlight during the Summer London 2012 Olympics where the equestrian events were held. Now it is a little calmer down there, the National Maritime Museum has opened a striking new exhibition of work by the renowned photographer Ansel Adams. Arguably the most influential and famous photographer in American history, the exhibition focuses on his love of water scenes. The fluid and unpredictable nature of water allowed him to add a moving quality to his pictures. This exhibition is a must for photography lovers and some of the prints are gloriously huge; almost 3m high; sometimes it feels like you can step right through into the picture!
Chinese New Year Parade in London – Trafalgar Square – 10th February
Chinese New Year celebrations are one of the biggest highlights of the London calendar. The paper lanterns strung across the streets, intricately decorated dragons and, of course, the huge parade in Trafalgar Square marks the start of the Year of the Snake. Get yourself in the party mood with traditional dances, stalls with Chinese delicacies and incredible live performances from acrobats and dancers. The Trafalgar Square parade starts at 10.15am, get there early to make sure you have a good view. The floats will wind round the tiny streets of China Town and finally end up at Rupert Street at around 11.30am. Head back to Trafalgar Square after the parade for more street entertainers and the day will come of a spectacular end early evening with the traditional fireworks display.
Carling Cup Final at Wembley Stadium – 24th February
Anyone who has even a passing interest in football knows that Sunday 24th February is a huge date in the season. This is the day when two teams, who have battled since last summer, make it to the coveted Wembley Stadium match. The competition is between the 92 clubs in the football league and controversially some of the clubs have been known to field weaker sides making the opportunity for giant-killing of the larger clubs more likely. This is great for the fans of course as it makes the build up all the more exciting. If you are lucky enough to have tickets for the game, we hope you have fun and that your team wins. However, you could always watch the match in the Generator London hostel on TV with a bunch of mates in a great atmosphere.
British Music Experience at the O2 – All month
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a music trivia expert then the British Music Experience is a must see to test your knowledge. The British music industry has been a global leading light since the early days of popular music in the fifties and sixties. This permanent exhibition is a glorious tribute to those bands and performers, who have brought Britain to the forefront of music in the world. The exhibition is very interactive and make sure you keep hold of your ticket as you can use it to activate touch pads for more information. You can even choose to download particulars bits that you like to review them later at your leisure.