What’s on in London for February 2015

Sightseeing

This month we have found what we believe are the best events taking place around the capital. We have not featured any soccer matches but there are still a number of big Premiership games taking place at London clubs throughout the month, so check the press for more details or visit the team’s websites. We have featured this month more events such as the Chinese New year, Pancacke day and of course Valentine’s day. We have found a few top music events and also some exhibitions. As usual there are lots of things to do and see this month and below is just a list of what we believe are the best top 10 . See you next month with more events, so have a good time if you are visiting London.

No 1. 13th to 25th February “The Making of Harry Potter” at Warner Bros Leavesden Studios

Get the chance to meet the animal actors who starred in the most successful film series of all time. A selection of animals will team up with their trainers to showcase their acting skills and take part in live training demonstrations. A menagerie of owls, cats and a toad will return to the incredible sets they ‘acted’ on during production; led by Head Animal Trainer Julie Tottman, who helped create the performances of more than 250 live creatures throughout all eight Harry Potter films.

Visitors to the Gryffindor common room set will find it occupied by a Red Persian cat that played Hermione Granger’s bandy-legged feline Crookshanks. He will be joined by a Maine Coon cat that portrayed Filch’s partner-in-crime Mrs Norris and the 14-year-old toad that played Neville Longbottom’s pet Trevor. Outside Privet Drive, visitors will be able to pose for a picture with a Snowy Owl that played Harry Potter’s loyal companion and post-delivering bird Hedwig. Animal Trainers will hold flight demonstrations throughout the day on the Studio Tour’s backlot, showcasing the techniques they used during filming. A parliament of performing owls will be stationed on the wizarding shopping street set, Diagon Alley, including the Great Grey Owl that played the Weasley family bird Errol and the tiny Little Owl that portrayed Ron’s companion Pigwidgeon.

No 2. 13th to 15th February “The Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show 2014” at ExCel, Royal Victoria

Exhibitors from high-end motorcycle brands including Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Triumph, and Yamaha showcase their models. Tickets from £16.

No.3. 14th February “Valentine’s Day 2015 in London”

Romance on the river Thames on board the Bateaux London Thames Dining Cruise boat. London is for lovers on Valentine’s Day. The city has the ideal mix of cool, quirky, sweet and spectacular. Impress your date with panoramic views of London during Valentine’s Day dinner. Alternatively, catch a West End show, take a romantic stroll, snuggle up in a cosy pub, or soak up some history and culture. Whatever your preference, London has plenty of Valentine’s Day ideas to offer and London in February will always provide something romantic for you to do. Take a look in the London evening news papers to see all the special events taking place on the special day.

No.4. 14th February “Six Nations Championship Rugby “England v Italy” at Twickenham Stadium, Kick Off: 2:30pm

England play their first home match of the 2015 Six Nations Championship against Italy. Last season, title-chasing England thrashed Italy 52-11 in Rome. However, the seven-try romp wasn’t enough to claim the title for the English as they narrowly lost out to Ireland on points difference. England maintain a 100% record against Italy, having won all 20 of their matches played against the Azzurri. Tickets from £64.

No.5. 15th February “Maslenitsa Russian Festival” in Trafalgar Square

Enjoy a fun, free family day out at the Maslenitsa Russian folk festival in Trafalgar Square.

Marking the end of winter, Maslenitsa combines a Russian Orthodox religious celebration with an older pagan festival welcoming the arrival of spring. During the festival, Trafalgar Square is transformed into a large entertainment zone with live music, children’s shows and dancing. Watch as folk musicians and entertainers perform traditional Russian songs and dances, with plenty of audience interaction. Sample delicious Russian food, such as beef stroganoff, borscht (beetroot soup) and blini (pancakes), from the stalls set up on Trafalgar Square. With a bustling bazaar and craft activities to also get involved in, this mini festival offers all the best in Russian culture in one handy London location.

No.6.   17th February “Pancake Day in London”

Better Bankside’s Annual Charity Pancake Day Race at Borough Market, Jubilee Place.

Pancake Day is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – is traditionally a time of fasting. Pancake Day became a great way to use the foods that were given up for Lent: milk, butter, and eggs. Pancakes have featured in recipe books as far back as 1439! Pancake Races in London. As well as eating pancakes, there’s a long tradition of pancake races in London. Participants have to toss pancakes in a frying pan while completing the course. The races often raise money for charity. If you don’t fancy racing yourself, you can always cheer on the runners!

No.7.   19th till 22nd February “Chinese New Year 2015 celebrations” in London

London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside Asia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to wish each other “Xin Nian Kuai Le” (Happy New Year in Mandarin) or “San Nin Faai Lok” (in Cantonese). Chinese New Year 2015, the Year of the Sheep, falls on 19 February. Chinese New Year festivities in central London take place in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue. Highlights of the event include a lively parade and a main stage in Trafalgar Square on 22 February from 10am until 6pm. The day kicks off with the parade from Duncannon Street to Shaftesbury Avenue with floats, Chinese lion and dragon teams and more. Performances from local artists and traditional food and craft stalls can be found in various locations throughout the day.

No.8.   24th February “Queen + Adam Lambert” at The SSE Arena, Wembley

The world-famous, iconic rock band teams up with vocalist Lambert, who first sang with Brian May and Roger Taylor in 2009, performing We Are The Champions for the season eight finale of American Idol. Tickets from £67.50

No.9.   25th February “The BRIT Awards 2015” at The O2.

Ant & Dec host the annual celebration of British and international music. Ten winners are announced on the night, all of whom receive an exclusive Tracey Emin-designed statuette, alongside the previously announced 2015 Critics’ Choice winner, James Bay. Performers on the night include chart-topping artists Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. Tickets from £70.

No.10.   26th February till 1st March “Vodafone London Fashion Weekend” at Somerset House

Cutting edge glamour arrives in the capital as the London Fashion Weekend gets underway at Somerset House. For four days the historic venue is transformed into a fashion paradise as big names from the beauty and style industries show off their creative work. The ultimate fashion and designer shopping experience, the show is bursting with catwalk shows, pop-up shops, hair and beauty products and even educational panels from leading fashion experts. Style savvy glamour fans can get their winter wardrobe sorted for the year as more than 100 of the nation’s best loved designer brands (including Issa London, French Sole and Linda Farrow) dazzle with their designs.

 

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