February 2016: Upcoming Events

03 Feb 16

February 2016: Upcoming Events

03 Feb 16

The January blues are behind us – we made it into February! 

If you are planning to visit London this month, or are just interested in what’s going on, here are some upcoming events taking place across the capital in February 2016. 

Orchid Festival, Kew Gardens: 6th February – 6th March 

Returning for a second year running, with a colourful carnival theme, this festival celebrates the beauty of orchids. Expect carefully designed displays taking over the glasshouse and a focus on Brazilian hybrids. 

If Orchids aren’t enough to entice you – then Kew Gardens is a fantastic destination in itself, and well worth a visit!

(Image credit: timeout, 

Pancake Day: 9th February

Pancake day, or Shrove Tuesday, is originally a Christian tradition marking the start of Lent.

Restaurants and cafes all over London will be taking part; there will be pancake races and other such frivolities taking place.

(Image credit: london24) 

Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank Centre: 10th-21st February

Imagine Children’s Festival is a major literature festival dedicated to children. This year the life and work of one of Britain’s greatest storytellers, Roald Dahl, is to be the centrepiece. The festival will also be packed full of events from theatre, dance, and music installations. 

Children play a crucial role in the organising and running of Imagine. The ‘Mini Festival Makers’ include a group of children from eight local primary schools - which makes the event even more charming! 

This year more than half the programme will be free of charge. Events sell out quickly so it’s best to book in advance.

(Image credit: southbankcentre; London calling)

Chinese Lantern Festival, Chiswick House and Garden: 3rd February – 6th March

The UK’s first Chinese lantern festival lights up Chiswick House and Garden.

This five-week programme is in celebration of Chinese New Year, which falls on the 8th February this year.

Showcasing over 50 giant hand-sculpted lanterns – including a 60 metre long dragon stretched out across the lake. The lanterns took 300 days to make; incredibly, all installations were constructed in China and crafted from 50 tones of steel and 58,000 LED bulbs.

(Image credit: Timeout, London)

Motown the Musical, Covent Garden11th February- 22nd October

This Tony Award winning production transfers to the West End – the show is based upon Berry Gordy’s 1994 autobiography and tells the tale of the beginnings of the Motown iconic record label.

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Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, Royal Academy: 30th January - 20th April 

See the modern garden through the eyes of some of the world’s great artists. Tracing the evolution of art from the 1860s to 1920s this exhibition explores the theme of the modern garden in an era of great social change.

On display are 120 horticultural masterpieces by prominent impressionists, post-impressionists and avant-garde artists. With a focus on Monet’s famous scenes, and his complete Agapanthus Triptych, this exhibition is a must see!

Price: £17.60 per ticket.

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