Engaging and diverse, London’s February events calendar is sure to help brush away the winter cobwebs. From jubilant Chinese New Year celebrations to a critically acclaimed Shakespearean ballet and an exotic flower festival that will transport you to sunnier climes, guests at Red Carnation’s London Hotels will certainly be kept entertained. Here’s our round up of must-see events in London this February.
Orchids Festival, Kew Gardens
Transport yourself to the tropics of Thailand without leaving London thanks to the annual Orchids Festival at Kew Gardens. The event is now in its 23rd year and takes place in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, which is decorated with vibrant, head-turning displays for the occasion. Visitors can learn about the cultural symbolism of orchids, as well as how they are used in Thai cooking and medicine. Don’t leave without admiring the Thai umbrellas, which have been carefully handmade, and an orchid palace inspired by Thai landmark, Bang Pa-in Royal Palace.
10th February–11th March 2018
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Chinese New Year
The capital may be a considerable distance from China, but London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are seriously impressive. This year, the city will mark The Year of the Dog with a colourful parade featuring music and dancers, as well as lively decorations throughout Chinatown. Check out the parade’s main stage in Trafalgar Square, enjoy a celebratory meal at one of Chinatown’s excellent restaurants, or just soak up the party atmosphere in central London.
18th February 2018
Ocean Liners: Speed & Style (Victoria and Albert Museum)
Embrace the glamour and romance of the age of ocean travel at the V&A’s Ocean Liners: Speed and Style exhibition, which opens this month. Chronicling the period that gave the world majestic vessels including the Titanic, the SS Normandie and the Queen Mary, visitors will get a glimpse of each element of the ships’ design. Take in the elaborate furnishings and art work on board the ships, and see the personal possessions of some of the passengers, including the Duke of Windsor’s monogrammed luggage and a Cartier diamond and pearl tiara rescued from the Lusitania.
3rd February–17th June 2018
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Winter’s Tale
The recipient of critical acclaim when it premiered in 2014, Christopher Wheeldon’s balletic adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale returns to the stage this month. Performed by The Royal Ballet and set to music by Jody Talbot, this powerful production perfectly captures the intense emotions of the original play.
13th February–21st March 2018
Royal Opera House
Le Petit Chef Pop Up Dining, TT Liquor
Described as a multi-sensory projector based dinner show, Le Petit Chef Pop Up takes diners on a journey through the Silk Road via six delicious courses. Using 3D visual technology and allowing the ingredients and flavour of each dish to tell the story, the dinner offers a gastronomic journey through France, the Middle East, India and Asia, and is accompanied by bespoke cocktails.
Until the end of March
London Classic Car Show
Featuring over 700 classic cars, the London Classic Car Show is a must visit for every motoring enthusiast. The show includes a Getaway Cars showcase (a tribute to the vehicles featured in iconic cinematic car chases)as well as the Grand Avenue, a spice which will showcase unique and spectacular vehicles that tie in with this year’s ‘specials’ theme.
15th-18th February 2018
Make the most of February’s line up of festivals and events by staying at one of Red Carnation’s centrally located and luxuriously appointed London hotels.
Image Credits: Lead image and Orchid Festival image © Board of Trustees Royal Botanical Gardens Kew. Chinese lanterns © iStock/SimonPRBenson. Normandie in New York, 1935-39 © Collection French Lines. The Winter’s Tale © Royal Opera House, Johan Persson, 2014. Le Petit Chef Pop Up © Le Petit Chef.