Find out what events and exhibitions are on in London, including the Orchid Festival, Imagine Children’s Festival, and BFI Future Film Festival.
Winter is in full swing, but at least dry (and long) January is out of the way! London’s event schedule starts to rejuvenate this month, with film festivals, travel shows and more kicking off.
February sees the commercial love bomb that is Valentine’s Day. with plenty of activities around town for both singles and couples.
There’s also half-term holidays from school, so expect to see plenty of parents and carers seeking ways to entertain the kids, at events such as The Imagine Festival.
Here’s a guide to what’s on in London this February.
Look out for the 🐻 for family-friendly activities.
- 2 – 5 February 2023 : Destinations – The Holiday & Travel Show
Returning for its 28th year… over 600 of the leading and best independent travel brands. From 70+ global tourist boards and operators to hoteliers, airlines and travel photographers, acquire expertise, offers, discounts, and upgrades, daily cookery, talks, interviews and panel discussions, travel photography masterclass. Open Thu-Mon 10am – 5:30pm. Tickets: £11. Olympia Grand, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For tickets, visit the Destinations Show website.
- 4 February – 5 March 2023 : Orchid Festival @ Kew Gardens
An orchid display is coming to the Princess of Wales Conservatory for four weeks, with this year being inspired by Cameroon. General entrance tickets to Kew Gardens includes orchid exhibition: Adults £16.50, Children (4-15yr) £5.50. Kew Gardens, Brentford Gate, Kew, TW9 3AB. Nearest station: Kew Gardens. For more information, visit the Kew Gardens website. 🐻
- Now until 4 February 2023 : Space, The Universe and Everything
A stunning sound and light experience telling the story of human exploration transforms both the exterior and interior of St Martin-in-the-Fields church. 6pm-9.30pm (hour long experience). Tickets: £10, under 16yrs £5. St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2H 4JH. Nearest stations: Charing Cross or Embankment. For more information and booking, visit the St Martin-in-the-Fields website. 🐻
- Now until 5 February 2023 : The Museum of the Moon
British artist Luke Jerram is back at the Painted Hall following his popular ‘Gaia’ installation of the Earth with a to-scale installation of the Moon, internally lit. Late-night events are also taking place during the exhibition period. Tickets: Adults £12.50, Children 16yr and under free. Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9NN. Nearest stations: Greenwich, Cutty Sark or Maze Hill. For more information, visit the ORNC website. 🐻
- Now until 5 February 2023 : London International Mime Festival
Festival at various events across London including performances of physical theatre, dance, circus, puppetry and live art. Workshops also available. Tickets range from £13.50-£45. Venues include the Barbican, Jacksons Lane, The Place, Shoreditch Town Hall, Peacock Theatre, and Little Angel Theatre. For more information, visit the Mime London website. 🐻
- 8 – 18 February 2023 : Imagine Children’s Festival
Two week children’s festival at the Southbank Centre, including art, theatre, books, music, performances and workshops. Including YolanDa, Stephen Mulhern, Cressida Cowell, Michael Rosen, Ashley and Jordan Banjo; and scientists Ben Garrod and Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock and more. 10.30am-4pm daily. Over half of the activities and events are free, but some go up to £20. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and booking visit the Southbank Centre website. Check out Metro Girl’s blog post on this year’s festival. 🐻
- 16 – 19 February 2023 : BFI Future Film Festival
The UK’s largest film festival for young, emerging filmmakers, with screenings taking place both online and in-person. Ticket prices and times vary. BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XT. Nearest stations: Waterloo, Waterloo East or Lambeth North. For more information and booking, visit the BFI website.
- 17 – 19 February 2023 : MCN London Motorcycle Show
Bike festival, featuring the latest bikes and launches, a Rossi tribute, bike kit deals, fire-ups and racing. Open Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-5pm. Tickets: Adults £22, Children £2.50. ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, Docklands, E16 1XL. Nearest station: Prince Regent or Custom House (DLR). For more information and tickets, visit the MCN Motorcycle Show website. 🐻
- 17 – 21 February 2023 : London Fashion Week
This season’s LFW will showcasing both menswear and womenswear at both physical and digital catwalk shows. Most events are invitation only, while others are open to the public. For more information, visit the London Fashion Week website.
- Now until 19 February 2023 : The Horror Show!
New exhibition explores some of Britain’s most provocative artists from the past 50 years of creative rebellion, featuring 200 artworks and historical artefacts. Open Tues-Wed, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm, Thu-Fri 10am-9pm. Tickets: £16.50. Embankment Galleries (South Wing), Somerset House, The Strand, Aldwych, WC2R 1LA. Nearest station: Temple. For more information, visit the Somerset House website.
- 24 February 2023 : Friday Late – Permission to Play @ London Transport Museum
Late night adults-only opening of the London Transport Museum, featuring transport bingo, have fun making and racing balloon powered buses, or race the clock on a museum-wide scavenger hunt. Catch one of our expert talks, creative activities. Over 18s only. 6.45pm-10pm. Tickets: £15. London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB. Nearest stations: Covent Garden, Temple, Embankment or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the LTM website.
- 24 – 26 February 2023: London Classic Car Show
Returning for the ninth year is a classic car show for buyers, collectors and enthusiasts. Tickets: Adults £25, Children £20. Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more information, visit the London Classic Car Show website. 🐻
- 24 February – 26 March 2023 : Crystal Palace International Film Festival
The CPIFF returns, featuring shorts and feature-length screenings, animation night, premieres, horror/sci-fi night, and documentary night. Ticket prices vary. Venues TBC. Nearest stations: Crystal Palace and West Norwood. For more information, visit the CPIFF website.
- Now until 25 February 2023 : Dalí Cybernetics – The Immersive Experience
Salvador Dalí’s weird and wonderful artworks are brought to life in an immersive exhibition. Open: Mon, Wed, Thu – 10am-7pm, Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 9am-7pm. Tickets: Adults £24.90, Children £15.90. The Boiler House. 152 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, E1 6RU. Nearest stations: Shoreditch High Street or Aldgate East. For tickets, visit the Immersive Dalí website. 🐻
- Now until 25 February 2023 : Canary Wharf Ice Rink
London’s longest outdoor rink is in the capital’s financial centre and comes with a roof so offers rain-proof fun! There’s also an off-piste bar serving food and drink. Open daily. Sessions last 50 minutes. Tickets only available online. Tickets: Adults and over 13yrs £19.95, Children 3-12 yrs £14.95. Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For booking, visit the Ice Rink Canary Wharf website. 🐻
- Now until 26 February 2023: Back in Time Exhibition
An exhibition dedicated to the classic trilogy Back to the Future, featuring iconic DeLorean Time Machine, original memorabilia from the Back To The Future trilogy, behind-the-scenes secrets through multimedia content & interviews with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis & more, Play the arcade game that Marty McFly used to play in a 7-Eleven, photo opportunity with the Hoverboard… Open Mon-Fri 10an-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm. Tickets: Adults £20, Children £16. Hawley Wharf, 1 Dockray Place, Camden, NW1 8QH. Nearest stations: Chalk Farm or Camden Town. For tickets, visit the Back in Time website. 🐻
- Now until 26 February 2023 : Club Curling
Try your hand at curling as the winter sports pops up at King’s Cross for the festive season. Visitors can enjoy a 45-minute curling slot on one of the six synthetic ice rinks, before enjoying a cocktail at the bar. Open daily 11am-9pm. Tickets: Adults £7, Children under 12 free. Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, N1C 4DQ. Nearest station: King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information and booking, visit the King’s Cross website. 🐻
- Now until 27 February 2023 : Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience
Step into the world of the artistic legend Vincent Van Gogh in an immersive exhibition. Open Mon, Wed-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-7pm. Tickets: Adults £22.90, Children £13.90. Commercial 106, 106 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, E1 6LZ. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street or Liverpool Street. For tickets, visit the Van Gogh Experience website. 🐻
- Now until 5 March 2023 : When Flowers Dream
An exhibition from artist Tanya Schultz (Pip & Pop) featuring installations made from sugar, candy and assorted craft materials. Opening times vary depending on season. Tickets included with gardens entrance. Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew Gardens, Brentford Gate, Kew, TW9 3AB. Nearest station: Kew Gardens. For more information, visit the Kew Gardens website. 🐻
- Now until 5 March 2023 : Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities by Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil bring their show Kurios to London. The show tells the story of an ambitious inventor. Times vary. Tickets start from £51. Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. Nearest stations: South Kensington, Knightsbridge or High Street Kensington. For more information and booking, visit the Cirque Du Soleil website. 🐻
- 24 January – 19 March 2023 : Vault Festival
Eight week fringe arts festival returns to Waterloo for the 11th year. Head to the tunnels beneath Waterloo. Entertainment includes live music, theatre, film, dance, comedy, immersive experiences and late-night parties. Ticket prices vary. The Vaults, 10 Leake Street, Waterloo, SE1 7NN. Nearest station: Waterloo and Lambeth North. For booking, visit the Vault Festival website.
- Now until 23 March 2023 : Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds – The Immersive Experience
An immersive experience inspired by the classic story. Travel back in time to Victorian London and the Martian invasion of 1898. Experience immersive theatre, virtual reality, augmented reality, holograms and other cutting-edge technology. Overs 12 only. Times vary. Tickets: £40-£130. The Old Metal Exchange, 56 Leadenhall Street, City of London, EC3A 2BJ. Nearest station: Aldgate or Fenchurch Street. For booking, visit the War of the World’s website. Check out Metro Girl’s review of the show.
- Now until Spring 2023 : Sculpture in the City 2022/2023
Free public art exhibition, bringing 19 contemporary pieces to the streets and spaces of the City of London. Free. At various sites around the Square Mile. Nearest stations: Fenchurch Street, Monument or Liverpool Street. For more information and a map of the artworks, visit the Sculpture in the City website. Check out Metro Girl’s blog post on the exhibition. 🐻
- Now until July 2023 : Scenes in the Square
Check out bronze sculptures of iconic film characters around Leicester Square. Eight interactive characters, such as Laurel & Hardy to Wonder Woman will be placed in the square for four months. Free. Leicester Square, Westminster, WC2H 7DE. Nearest stations: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Leicester Square website. Check out Metro Girl’s gallery of the exhibition. 🐻
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