What to Do in London in February
With January done and dusted, (and all too quickly I might add) we turn to February which brings with it some exciting events worth braving the chilly elements for. Whether you are fascinated by fashion, captivated by cars or are just positively salivating for pancakes there is something for you to enjoy this February in London.
Parliamentary Pancake Race
Everyone loves pancakes, and so of course we had to dedicate a whole day, February 13th, to these delectable treats. Start your day off by delving into some of the best pancakes London has to offer at My Old Dutch on the Kings Road or head to Fortnum and Masons for a more flamboyant affair. Everyone gets involved, including the country’s MPs, Lords and prominent media figures who head to Victoria Tower Gardens to compete in the annual Parliamentary Pancake Race. In support of the Rehab Disability Charity, some of London’s most influential players don aprons and chef hats and flip pancakes around a relay course, drawing in huge crowds of both Londoners and tourists alike.
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Chinese New Year
The Year of the Dog is almost upon us so why not head on down to the West End to join in the festivities of the Chinese New Year. Lasting all day the celebrations in London are the largest outside of Asia and are not to be missed. With a parade of dancing dragons, lions and street performers, a host of spectacular stage performances in Trafalgar Square and dazzling fireworks you definitely won’t be left wanting, Be sure to get the kids involved with some family friendly activities in Leicester Square and come prepared having attended the relevant workshops held at the V&A museum on Sunday 10th February including costume and Chinese opera mask making classes.
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London Fashion Week
From the 16th to the 20th of February London will be overrun with the world's very best models, designers and those accompanying celebrities who have been invited to view the most prestigious catwalk shows for the first glimpse of the new season trends. For those of us who didn’t quite make that list there is always the London Fashion Week Festival held from Feb 22nd to the 25th. After discovering the newest looks on the catwalk, get access to the hottest new trends and pick up some of the tricks of the trade with talks from the industry’s experts.
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Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens
Visit Kew Gardens in February and you’ll be transported to the tropical shores of Thailand at the annual Orchid Festival. Featuring impressive orchid displays including a Bang-Pa-In inspired orchid palace, handcrafted Thai umbrellas and displays detailing the importance of orchids to the Thai culture this festival will keep everyone captivated. Head over on the weekend to sample some of the authentic Thai street food being served up, while enjoying the lively performances on offer.
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London Classic Car Show
Excel London plays host to one of the finest celebrations of cars the world has to offer- gathering the very best dealers, manufacturers car clubs and products in one unique and exciting show. A must do for the car enthusiastic this year show focuses on limited editions, one-offs and prototypes giving you a rare chance to glimpse some of the most innovative and rare cars ever made. A major drawcard of the event, the indoor driving runway gives you get the chance to see some of the 700 these cars in all of their glory.
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With so much on offer it would be silly not to head on over to London in February!