Last Updated on February 11, 2024 by Louise
If you’re looking for things to do in London in February, you’re in luck! This February, London celebrates a variety of festivals and cultural events. With Chinese New Year, LGBTQ+ history month, Valentine’s Day, Pancake day and the kid’s half term taking place throughout the month. There’s plenty going on!
February 2024 highlights include the Imagine Children’s Festival, the free Out at Sea Festival at Greenwich Maritime Museum, a spooky themed guided tour of The Globe and a twighlight tour of the Tower of London.
There’s activities perfect for the winter weather including ice skating, cosy theatre plays and plenty of indoor museum events.
Whatever your budget there’s something from everyone, from the free light festival at Battersea Power station to a private guided tour of Buckingham Palace.
Whatever you choose to do, Feburary 2024 looks set to be a fantastic month in this amazing city.
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Go Back in Time To Shakespeare’s London
There’s plenty of fun and interactive event taking place at Shakespeare’s Globe thie February.
Journey through over 400 years of interesting history at Shakespeare’s Globe Story & Tour, a new brand-new, walk-through exhibition space. Experience the sights, sounds, and secrets of Shakespeare’s London. See the Globe Thestre where expert guides will recount stories bringing it’s history to life. Try out costumes and props to get ready for the stage.
During February you can also joing a guided Twighlight Tour. Meet at 5.30pm and learn about Shakespeare’s fascination with the dark.
Go Ice Skating
Lace on your skates and go ice skating at Canary Wharf. The seasonal ice skating rink is open until 24th February. The 1275 square-meter arena is perfect for all ages and abilities. There are skating aids for the youngest skates and dedicated wheelchair skating sessions too.
Great for an after work activity with friends or a a skating session with the family at the weekend.
Find out more and book your ticket .
Celebrate Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year is the start of China’s New Year falls on 10th February 2024. The Year of the Dragon celebrations n London will take place the day after on 11th Feb. London’s Chinatown will come alive with a vibrant parade with colourful floats and the largest collection of Chinese lions and dragons in Europe.
In addition, head down to Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square where there will be entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
The National Maritime Musuem in Greenwich are also celebrating Lunar New Year on 3rd February with a free event including live performances, workshops and family fun
Visit a Museum
With cold days guaranteed, Feburary is a great month to go indoors and visit a museum. There are plenty of free and wonderful museums to visit as well as lots of great events happening. As it’s February half term in London between 7th and 17th February there are many events aimed at children (and adults too). Here is our top pick of events in museums in Feburary:
London Transport Museum – discover over 200 years of London’s transport history. This museum is fascinating for all ages and particularly appeals to kids who love buses and trains. During Feburary half term there are free events included as part of your admission price including a women at work exibition.
Natural History Museum – this gem of a museum is free (book a timed ticket in advance) and great for all ages (the Earthquake simulator and the dinosaurs are two of my favourite exhibits). Between 7th and 10th Feburary they are running a free event called Generation Hope. It’s an annual programme that delves into the challenges and solutions for people and planet. There are inspiring workshops, panels and talks created in partnership with young people, for young people aged 16
British Museum – learn about Life in the Roman Army as part of the Legion exhibition which opens on 1st February. From 12th to 16th Feb, kids can take part in the rebellious, revelling, rotten Romans trail which is inspired by the Horrible History books. Entry to the museum is free but it’s best to book a timed ticket in advance.
Museum of Docklands – there’s plenty happening at this free museum in Canary Wharf. The Fashion City exhibiton is running until 14th April (extra charges apply) and charts London when it was the fashion capital of the world. There’s a full Fashion City events programme with many taking place in February.
Take the Kids to the Imagine Children’s Festival
Aimed at kids aged 0 to 11, the Imagine Children's Festival is an annual event which takes place during February half term. In 2024, it takes place for 11 days between 7th and 17th February. There are over 100 events in total.
Head to the Southbank Centre, located on the South Bank of the River Thames in central London, which is the primary location for events. Participate in interactive workshops, storytelling sessions, theatre performances, arts and crafts, music, dance, and more.
Many of the events are free, such as the Mish Mash family trail, while others may require tickets or advanced booking.
Find out more at the Southbank Centre website
Celebrate Valentines Day
London is an amazing city to enjoy a romantic day for two.
Why not take a Thames River Cruise for two with dinner or enjoy a Valentine’s themed afternoon tea?
Climb high and enjoy a romantic view from the top of the Sky Garden or have Valentine’s dinner at the Shard (London’s iconic sky scraper).
Enjoy a romantic stroll through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens or watch a West End show together.
Whatever you choose to do, London is a fabulous place to make romantic Valentine’s memories.
Pancake day is on Tuesday 13th February 2024.
Indulge in the delicious tradition of Pancake Day with a variety of sweet and savory pancake options across the city.
Why not try Pancs in Covent Garden? The cafe specialises in Dutch pancakes and has an extensive menu featuring both sweet and savory options. Another option is Where the Pancakes are which have branches in various locations across London including Battersea and London Bridge.
Visit the Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens
The annual orchid festival at Kew Gardens takes places between 3rd Febuary and 3rd March 2024 in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. Entry is included with your tickets to Kew.
See stunning array of orchids and vibrant flora from around the world. Each year, the festival revolves around a unique theme. In 2024 the focus is on Madagascar with its stunning natural beauty and incredible biodiversity.
See extraordinary giraffe weevils! These weevils are insects which derives its name from an extended neck, much like that of a giraffe. Explore installations of extinct species and look out for ring tailed lemurs high up in the trees above you.
See the Free Light Festival at Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power Station's free light festival runs from 25th January to 25th February. Explore seven stunning light installations from British and International artists.
This year, many of the installations will be enhanced with soundscapes and interactive features; from illuminated butterflies to a playable light piano and cycling light battle.
There will also be family-friendly workshops, live entertainment and music throughout the festival, including live weeknight performances on the ‘Light Piano 2.0’ installation.
Take a Buckingham Palace Guided Tour
With the family tour, an expert guide takes you and your little ones on a fun filled tour that highlights stories about the Palace and its history.
The adult tour allows you to see the magnificent state rooms when the Palace is not normally open to the public. See the gilded ceilings and glittering chandeliers without the crowds!
Celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month
February is LGBTQ+ history month and there are a multitude of exhibitons and events happening throughout the city.Why not visit the UK's first and only LGBTQ museum, Queer Britain to celebrate. This year, the them for the LGBTQ+ history month is medicine.
Another notable event is a free one day festival at the National Martime Museum in Greenwich. Out at Sea celebrates queer maritime history through the ages with live performances, story telling, talks and workshops. The Maritime museum are also hosting a range of fun creative events for families during LGBTQ+ History Month.
Shakespeare's Globe is running the Pride Guided Tour. from 13th February to 21st March. Hear the queer stories and characters from Shakespeare’s life and times.
Experience a London West End Show
The cold, damp and dismal weather in February makes it a great time to go to the theatre.
Beat the winter blues and immerself in a West End show. Whether you’re a fan of musicals, comedies or drama, there’s something for everybody.
See one of London’s amazing musicals. Pick from the Lion King, Frozen or Matilda and many more. Another notable music is Just for one day, showing at the Old Vic Theatre it tells the story of Live Aid.
If you’re looking for a comedy, consider The Play that Goes Wrong. Showing at the Duches Theatre, this slapstick comedy play revolves around the fictional Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society who attemp to stage a murder mystery titled “The Murder at Haversham Manor.” However, as the title suggests, everything goes hilariously wrong.
Experience a Free Magical Immersive Light Show at Outernet
Outernet which is near Tottenham Court Road Station hosts amazing free immersive light shows throughout the day.
One of the most popular is the butterfly trail but there are several others to see too. Check out the Outernet app before you go to make sure the show you want is showing and the time to get there.
February is a great month to visit as the light shows take place indoors in the Now Building which makes it a good choice of activity whatever the weather.
Twighlight Tours and Half Term Fun at the Tower of London
On Sundays during February hop onto a twighlight tour of the Tower of London with a Yeoman Warden. The outdoor tour starts at 7pm and visitors are shown world famous sights including Traitors Gate and the Bloody Tower. The Wardens will tell you frightful and fascinating stories of previous inhabitents and prisoners who resided withing the Tower walls.
If you're planning on visiting to The Tower of London during the day in half term, look out for costumed characters performing Colonel Blood and the Crown Jewels will be performed throughout the day. Catch scenes from this dramatic story unfolding from your place in the present-day Crown Jewel queue, outside the café, or by the Martin Tower.
Attend an Event at the National Gallery
There’s plenty of events taking place at the National Gallery this February.
There are 2 free kids events during half term.
The Decoding Pictures event invites children to explore the gallery with a team of educators. Discover how to decode pictures by looking, questioning, and discussing together in this interactive session.
Or why not take part in an imagined stories session. Take a seat at an imaginary breakfast tea party and become part of a story, inspired by Liotard’s ‘The Lavergne Family Breakfast’
There are also plenty of free talks and events which take place during Friday evenings as part of the Friday late opening. They include Art Laughs – an evening of art and comedy in the gallery compered by Verity Babbs
We Were There Family Day at HMS Belfast
Veterans and other volunteers will be on HMS Belfast between 11am and 3pm on 16th February to share memories of life at sea on the vessel as part of a family day. Hear the personal stories of IWM’s veterans and eyewitnesses who experienced confilct first hand.
Suitable for kids aged 7 plus, it’s included as part of the entry price to HMS Belfast.
Try Curling at Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross
Looking for an activity with a difference to try this February? If yes, head to Coal Drop Yard, Kings Cross and try your hand at curling. Teams of six can enjoy six colourful, sustainable curling lanes (children under 12 play for free when accompanied by an adult)> Lanes are open from 12 – 8pm every day, with sessions lasting 45 minutes. Sessions are availabe to book until 25th February.
Book online before you go.
Take a Hot Tub boat on The Thames
If you’re looking for a unique experience, there’s nothing like enjoy a relaxing hot tub while sailing out on the River Thames.
Boats sail from Canary Wharf and you can choose from sailing your own boat (no experience necessary) or embarking on a guided tour!
The water is heated to a toasty 38 degrees so you can go out in any weather, rain, sleet or snow making February a good month to do it.
Find out more at Skuna boats.
Visit Another Museum
There’s so many events happening at museums in London in February, it’s worth scheduling more than one museum visit, especially if you’ve got children. Here is a quick round up of more events:
The Royal Airforce Museum – this incredible museum is free (donations are welcome and book your free tickets in advance). It tells the story of the history of the RAF from the first ideas of flight to today’s leading tech. Plus, there are many beautiful airplanes and helicopters to see. Between 10th and 18th February, the Sky’s the Limit event aimed at families has theatre shows, comic book workshops, book readings and much more taking you through over 100 years of triumphant tales.
The Postal Museum – this fab little museum is a fun visit. Enjoy a ride on the mail rail and explore the history of of the postal service. In February there are lots of half term events for kids. Enjoy crafts, making and storytelling, inspired by the postal uniforms in thecurrent special exhibition, Dressed to Deliver.
The London Museum of Steam and Water is a small museum in West London dedicated to showing the history of London’s water supply with lots of interactive hands-on activities and exhibits including historic engines. During February half term kids can become water warriors and get involved in craft sessions to make environmentally conscious masterpieces from recyclable materials. There’s also interactive storytelling sessions and families can work together to create a ‘climate change pledge’. Find out more.
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