Top 5 things to do in London – February 2017


1. Magic Lantern Festival
Chiswick House and Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP
Until Sunday 26th February
£20 (£18 advanced purchase)

Chinese New Year in London is the biggest celebration outside of Asia and the festivities continue with The Magical Lantern Festival. This year’s theme is the Silk Road and the magical lanterns plot a course from the Houses of Parliament through Africa, the Middle East, India and ending with a large replica of Admiral Zheng’s ship. There is also street food, an ice-rink and VR headsets in the gardens.

2. Valentine’s Day

Paris may be the official city of love but London is a hotspot of romance on Valentine’s Day. There are a number of options, from Keats’ Love Poems to the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s stargazing evening and the National Maritime Museum’s ‘Seduction Late’ to fantastic restaurants. There is even ‘Down With Dating’ which includes ‘Speed Hating’, if you are feeling in an unromantic mood.

3. Parliamentary Pancake Race
Victoria Tower Gardens , Millbank, Westminster, London, SW1P 3JA
10am Tuesday 28 February

Shrove Tuesday, AKA Pancake Day, is a traditional feast day before the fasting period of Lent. Initially a perfect way to use up ingredients before lent, it is now a fun, food-based celebration. This annual fundraiser features teams of MPs, Lords and Journalists in competition, flipping pancakes in aide of the charity Rehab, helping the vulnerable and the mentally and physically disabled.

4. London Fashion Week Festival
23 February 2017 to 26 February
The Store, 180 The Strand, London, WC2R 1EA
Adult Ticket from £21.60 per ticket; Adult Ticket with Catwalk from £43.20 per ticket
Luxury Adult Ticket £145 to £200

Formally known as London Fashion Weekend, this bi-annual festival follows London Fashion Week, which is one of the biggest and most prestigious fashion events in the world. It is the perfect place for you to rub shoulders with designers, journalists and fashionistas. Check out the Spring/Summer trends, pick up beauty tips, watch expert panels and buy exclusive pieces from over 150 designers.

5. London Classic Car Show
From 23 February 2017 to 26 February 2017
ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL
Adult Ticket £24 to £27; 6 to 16 years olds £18 to £20; Under 6 years old Free
Preview Evening Ticket £42 to £47

If you’re an automotive enthusiast, you’ll be beside yourself with glee when you enter the giant ExCeL hall. You can mingle with clubs, collectors or dealers, listen to guest speakers, collect memorabilia and marvel at the displays of the most prestigious vintage cars. Celebrating 70 years of Ferrari racers with a special exhibition, the show also boasts a real, drivable road within the centre.