What’s on in London in February

london in February

London Weather in February

February is another blustering month in the Capital city. Temperatures hover around  6°-8°C/43°-46°F during the days and  2°-3°C/35°-36°F after the sun goes down. You will more likely than not encounter some rain and snow alongside the overcast but may luck out with a spot of sunshine here and there.

 

February Events in London

  • Valentine’s Day in London – Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had a love story for the ages. If you’re in London on February 14th you may want to check out some of the most romantic restaurants in London or the Albert Memorial, the statue erected in Kensington Gardens by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved Albert.
  • Russian Maslenitsa – On February 15th at 1:30pm Trafalgar Square will be transformed into an amazing traditional Russian Market to celebrate the end of Winter and to help ring in the warmer, Spring season. This family-friendly event includes traditional Russian foods, performances and arts and crafts stalls.
  • Pancake Day – February 17th marks Pancake Day, or Fat Tuesday in the States, which means you will encounter a few wacky pancake races for charity in London’s parks and some amazing pancake-themed events in London’s restaurants. Watch out for the annual politicians versus press pancake race in Victoria Park!
  • Chinese New Year – London’s Chinatown in Soho is home to the largest Chinese New Year celebration outside of Asia. From 12:00-6:00 pm on February 22nd you can see a lively parade in Trafalgar Square which will feature dancing dragons, art and craft booths and traditional Chinese cuisine.
  • London Fashion Weekend – From February 26th-March 1 Somerset House on Strand turns into a fashionista’s paradise. Even if you can’t score tickets to any of the couture shows, you can still have a wander through the Somerset House courtyard to see the Capital’s most fashionable locals and celebrities.

 

February 2015: Special Events

At the moment, London is not short of World War I tributes because August 5th 2014 marked 100 years since the first World War began. If you are a World War I or art buff head to the Imperial War Museum at the Lambeth North tube station for the Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War before March 8, 2015. Many of the paintings in this free exhibition were done by the soldiers themselves which provides a fresh perspective on such a tragic period. The Imperial War Museum also has exhibits about cover missions run by MI5 and MI6 during both World Wars and the Cold War and a more current exhibition about Afghanistan and Iraq. If this peaks your interest in the World Wars, head north of the river to Westminster and visit the famed Churchill War Rooms which Churchill used as his government’s strategic headquarters during the Blitz.