What’s on in London for February 2014

london-aboveThe weather so far has been quite mild for the time of year, let’s hope it continues. This month we have a good selection of events with a few International football matches thrown in for all you sports lovers. Also of course its Valentines day this month so look out in the evening London Newspapers for any special deals that may be available for the 14th. Have a great month and enjoy all of what London has to offer.

No 1. 1st February  to 2nd February “Chinese New Year 2014 ” . 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 “Kung Hei Fat Choi” (or Happy New Year).Chinese New Year 2014, the Year of the Horse, falls on 31 January. This year’s Chinese New Year festivities take place on Sunday 2 February in central London, taking in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue.  The event will start with a parade along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue starting at around 10am. The main stage in Trafalgar Square will feature visiting artists from China. There will also be lion teams circulating around Chinatown, local artists performing on a stage at the end of Dean Street and traditional food and craft stalls. There are plenty of activities and celebrations to get involved in. Why not take a visit to London’s Chinatown which is famous for its abundance of Chinese restaurants.

No 2.  1st, 2nd, 4th, 10th, and 11th February “Taylor Swift” at the O2 Centre . One of America’s biggest pop success stories of the past decade, Taylor Alison Swift’s not yet 25 and she’s already broken sales records, filled several shelves with awards and amassed a personal fortune of over $200 million. That’s down to her incredibly infectious songs, which mix up Shania Twain-style country-pop with teen-friendly themes – but also to the steely-eyed determination and ambition which compelled Swift to move to Nashville at the age of 14, enter the lucrative country music market and then explosively cross over into the pop world with her second album ‘Fearless’. Now she stops off in London on her biggest tour yet, promoting her fourth record ‘Red’ with a dramatic, flawlessly choreographed pop show complete with props, pyrotechnics, plenty of dancers and costume changes – and the odd number where Taylor strips it all back with a banjo or piano.

No. 3.  10th  to 23rd February “The Great Escape at the Imagine Children’s Festival” at the Southbank Centre. It’s time for the children to start running the show in London as the Southbank Centre is taken over for the Imagine Children’s Festival. Transformed by children for children, this jamboree features activities from dance and theatre to books and art. Take part in the Great Escape (pictured above), an intriguing mission as part of a secret agency to uncover evidence for the existence of Borrowers (the small people who live under the floorboards)Play along with Oily Cart as she welcomes children aged up to two years into the interactive, tactile world of Tube, where sound, colour and texture rule Listen to children’s authors and illustrators such as Sir Quentin Blake and Jacqueline Wilson. Learn about classical music with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain Discover exciting insights into science at One Giant Leap. Join Polarbear as he weaves stories, jokes and adventures in Mouth Open Story Jump Out. Rock out at the Battle of the Bands as young musicians show off inner Jimi Hendrix skills. Get digging too because the festival is the best time to start rummaging around in your dressing up box, with different themed days planned throughout:  15 Feb is Topsy-Turvy Day when children will be wearing their clothes upside down and inside out.   19 Feb is Call of the Wild Day when you can come as your favourite plant or wild animal.    22 Feb is The Great Enormo Theme Park Day, when cowboys, astronauts, pirates and sailors take over the Southbank Centre.  Raucous, entertaining and informative, there’s guaranteed to be something at the Imagine Children’s Festival to keep the most restless of youngsters happily occupied.

No.4.   12th February “Barclays Premier League: Arsenal Vs Manchester United” at Emirates Stadium.

No.5  13th  to 16th Feb “The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show” at ExCel. Formerly The Outdoors Show and The Active Travel Show, this the UK’s largest exhibition for adventurous people.  Whether you’re interested in walking, hiking, climbing, mountaineering, camping, photography, canoeing, cycling, mountain biking, sailing, long haul travel, city breaks, activity holidays or anything else adventurous – you’re sure to find plenty of interest and have a great day at the show. Get great deals from retailers, find out about fantastic new products, get information from the leading outdoor organisations and tourist boards, get a fantastic deal on your next trip, listen to our amazing collection of speakers, try your hand at new activities plus even more!

No.6.   14th February “Valentine’s Day in London”. 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, 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, you’re bound to find something romantic to do in London on Valentine’s Day.

No.7.  19th February ” UEFA Champions League  Arsenal Vs Bayern Munich” at Emirates Stadium.

N0. 8 .   20th to 23rd February “2014 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 over 100 of the nation’s best loved designer brands (including Issa London, French Sole and Linda Farrow) dazzle with their designs.

No.9.   22nd  February “RBS 6 Nations Championship: England v Ireland” at Twickenham Stadium. RBS 6 Nations is an annual event which sees England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy fight it out for the rugby championship title. One of these not to be missed matches will take place in London’s Twickenham Stadium, kicking off with England v Ireland .

No.10.   27th February “Europa League  Tottenham Hotspur Vs Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk” at White Hart Lane.

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