57 amazing things to do in London in February 2024

February brings romantic vibes, iconic fashion and stacks of pancakes to London with city-wide celebrations.
Written by Chantal Welch Edited by Chantal Welch 16 April 2024
A woman and a man are chatting to each other and walking side by side, each holding a warm drink in their hand.
Enjoy plenty of fun things to do in London in February. Credit: Ben Pipe.

Make the most of the week-long February half-term holiday and treat the family to wintry London activities. Check out what's on in London in February with this bumper guide; from attractions hosting special events to family-friendly half-term activities, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some quality family time in the capital.

The weather is often cold in February, so make sure you wrap up warm. Now is the time to visit London's indoor attractions and events, or to warm up in a cosy London pub.

Unmissable events in London in February

Two women are shown enjoying an afternoon tea aboard a panoramic bus tour of London and are cheering with scones while laughing together.

  1. Impress your loved one in London on Valentine's DayEnjoy luxury hotels, award-winning restaurants, romantic river cruises and Valentine's Day activities. There is no better place to spend a romantic day out or a weekend away. On and around 14 Feb
  2. Head to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter for the Magical Mischief takeover: Celebrate filmmaking trickery with a behind-the-scenes look at the magical mischief and mishaps from the film series. 20 Jan-16 Apr
  3. Celebrate 100 years of Queen Mary's Dolls' House at Windsor Castle: See a special centenary display of the items that are usually hidden away in the Dolls' House.
  4. See the electronic Diversity Supernova Tour: The talented UK dance crew bring their exciting performance to the London Palladium. 9-10 Feb
  5. Join fellow motor enthusiasts at The Devitt Insurance MCN London Motorcycle ShowSee bikes from the biggest global manufacturers to special boutique brands, displaying the latest machines and things to come this year.
  6. Catch a hilarious show in the capital: See top comedians such as Peter Kay, venture to the West End Comedy Club to see up-and-coming acts or have a laugh at a Drag Comedy Cabaret.
  7. Or spend an evening at Live at the ChapelThe monthly spectacular that promises side-splitting entertainment welcomes Sara Pascoe, Urooj Ashfaq, Ian Smith and Jen Brister. 3 Feb
  8. See epic acts and live music performances OuternetExplore the many venues hosting top entertainers in February. 
  9. Join a workshop at the Chelsea Physic GardenCreate Family Plant Paint Valentine's Day Cards, join a Valentine's Day Chocolate Workshop or head to Kids Lab: Hairy Flowers and Fuzzy Plants.
  10. Head to the British Library for tours, talks and more: Explore the fascinating collections of this iconic Library, or attend inspiring talks across a variety of topics.
  11. Enjoy Battersea Power Station's annual Light Festival: Wander the enchanting installations before taking a trip up Lift 109. Until 25 Feb
  12. Spend an evening at The London Cabaret Club: Be whisked away to a world of mystery and romance this Valentine's Day with a dazzling cabaret show. 14 Feb
  13. Take part in The Date Escape in Shoreditch: Having a terrible date night? Text SOS to The Date Escape to swap dull conversation for delicious cocktails. 14 Feb
  14. Enjoy stunning London views at Galvin at Windows this Valentine's Day: Experience a magical evening of delicious cuisine while overlooking Hyde Park. 
  15. Ring in Valentine's Day at Puttshack's Love Shack: Take a snap in the photo-booth, answer date-themed questions at the True or False hole, and be in with a chance to win date night prizes! 
  16. Tick off London's latest dining hotspot Fazenda this Valentine's Day: The perfect spot for a romantic meal in a chic setting with a menu sure to impress your loved ones.
  17. Learn about LGBTQ+ History MonthHead to events throughout London celebrating LGBTQ+ histories, cultures and communities. 1-28 Feb
  18. Watch the Six Nations rugby tournament in a London sports barOr try to score tickets to a fixture at Twickenham StadiumFrom 2 Feb
  19. Catch a match at a top London football clubWhether you're a fan of the sport, or are a first timer curious about the big game. 
  20. Celebrate the Year of the Dragon this Chinese New YearJoin one of the world's largest celebrations outside of Asia, with parades, food and performances. 11 Feb
  21. Keep up to date on the latest fashion trends at London Fashion WeekTake a front-row seat at this unmissable event. 16-20 Feb

Check back closer to the time for more events in February and in the meantime, take a look at the London events calendar to see what else is happening in London.

What theatre shows are on in London in February?

The cast of Guys & Dolls greet the audience as they surround the stage of the Bridge Theatre.

  1. Grab special offer tickets on Shrek the Musical: Save up to 40% on bookings until 31 August.
  2. Get the family together for Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre: Watch the star student take on the terrible Ms Trunchbull with the help of some very special powers.
  3. Don't miss My Neighbour Totoro at the Barbican Theatre: A stunning production of the beloved Studio Ghibli film that brings to life the delightful story through beautiful visuals and enchanting music.
  4. Step into the vibrant heart of 1950s New York with Guys and Dolls: Expect love, laughter and unforgettable melodies in this Broadway classic.
  5. Laugh the night away at The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre: A hilarious 1920s murder mystery play that doesn't go to plan.
  6. Watch the award-winning Six The Musical at the Vaudeville Theatre: Meet the world's most famous Tudor queens as they transform into on-stage divas.
  7. See Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall: Based on the short story by Agatha Christie, watch as the mysterious murder trial unfolds before your very eyes.
  8. Be enchanted by The Time Traveller's Wife at the Apollo Theatre: The bestselling book and hit film comes to the West End with original songs from Grammy Award winners Joss Stone and Dave Stewart.
  9. Meet hilarious Scottish housekeeper Mrs Doubtfire at the Shaftesbury Theatre: Delight in the antics of actor dad Daniel as he takes on the role of the family nanny.
  10. See the uplifting new music The Little Big ThingsHear the extraordinary true story of an ordinary young man split between his past and future.

Discover more amazing London theatre, from top musicals to fantastic shows for kids.

Family-friendly things to do in London

Two children smiling as they read books during the Imagine Children's Festival in Southbank. 
  1. Make the most of February half-term in LondonFind plenty of unforgettable experiences and fun things to do.
  2. Ride the Explorer land train at Kew Gardens: Take a guided tour around the gardens on the explorer train as you learn all about the sight's flora and fauna. 
  3. Or take to the seas at Cutty SarkExplore the legendary sailing ship, meeting curious characters from the ship's past along the way.
  4. Explore London's Postal Museum and ride the Mail Rail: Visit this family-friendly museum that showcases London's postal network through interactive exhibits, workshops, tours and more.
  5. Venture to London Zoo to see Vets in Action: Back for February half term 2024, budding young vets can put their animal care skills to the test. 10-18 Feb
  6. See the recently unveiled David Attenborough waxwork at Madame TussaudsThe national treasure joins the many famous faces in the London collection. 
  7. Discover the newly reopened Grant Museum of ZoologyA natural history collection of the animal kingdom. 
  8. Visit the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich: Discover many unique galleries and interactive exhibitions including the AHOY! Children's Gallery, perfect for little ones who love adventure.
  9. Take the kids to the Imagine Children's Festival at Southbank Centre: Watch the little ones dabble in all things cultural. 7-17 Feb

Find more things to do for families in London.

Top activities and immersive experiences

Two people stand by a control board with multi-coloured lights and buttons in a london escape room.

  1. Team up with friends and family or go head-to-head at an escape roomStep up and save the world from an invasion, or enter the strange world of Alice in Wonderland. 
  2. Head to the London Transport MuseumTake part in a scavenger hunt, race balloon-powered buses and much more. 
  3. Have a thrilling time at the F1 Arcade experience: Eat, drink, race and earn as you go wheel to wheel with your pals to see who will come out as F1 Champion.
  4. Enjoy afternoon tea at the National Gallery on the Highlights Tour: After an expert takes you through the beautiful gallery, enjoy scones and savoury treats in their delightful restaurant.
  5. Go on a day trip to Windsor for a Simply Windsor Afternoon TourJoin an expert guide as they reveal the history, and some royal secrets, of this famous town and fortress. Fri, Sun only
  6. Discover the rich history of the Maritime town of GreenwichVisit the Royal Museums, scale the Royal Observatory, and witness the marvel that is the Painted Hall.
  7. Chow down on some of London's tastiest food and drinkWhether that's at a boozy brunch, or a foodie tour and tasting experience at hotspots Borough Market or Camden Brewery.
  8. Take a unique trip around the city with a London Black Cab Tour: Escape the cold weather and enjoy sightseeing from the comfort of your seat in this iconic mode of London transport.

Discover how to have even more memorable adventures in London, from guided walking tours to spectacular immersive experiences

Exhibitions in London this February

Whitney Houston under a spotlight singing in black and white.

  1. Discover beautiful landscapes and mesmerising wildlife at the BBC Earth ExperienceSee the spectacular immersive exhibition before it leaves the the UK on 2 Feb.
  2. Explore the world of the King of Rock n Roll at Direct from Graceland: ElvisUncover costumes, stage props and iconic items from the artist's home in a collection of over 400 personal artefacts.
  3. Head to Frameless for their February Art TalkThis month's inspiring talk will focus on Romanticism in the art world. 28 Feb
  4. Celebrate the power of iconic performers at DIVA at the V&A: Explore how the role of the 'diva' has changed and evolved over time. Until 10 April
  5. See Philip Guston at Tate Modern: Get an insight into the artist's life and outlook with this fascinating career retrospective. Until 25 Feb
  6. Don't miss Women in Revolt! at Tate Britain: The first exhibition of its kind, see a collection of works from over 100 women artists spanning 30 years. Until 7 Apr
  7. Take an atmospheric journey through Japanese history at Japan: Myths to Manga at the V&A: Explore the influences of landscape and folklore on Japan's culture. Until 8 Sep
  8. See Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945 at the National Army Museum: Hear stories of soldiers who have lived and served in Germany since WWII. Until 21 Aug
  9. Marvel at ancient works at Pesellino: A Renaissance Master Revealed at the National Gallery: See the first ever exhibition dedicated to one of the greats. Until 10 Mar

Is February a good time to visit London?

February is a popular month to visit London as it's generally a quieter time of the year and you can often find cheaper deals on accommodation, attractions and restaurants. London may be busier than usual during February half-term, which is 12 to 16 February 2024.

See even more exciting exhibitions in London. 

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see the London weather page.