38 things to do in London in February 2023

February brings romantic vibes, iconic fashion and stacks of pancakes to London with city-wide celebrations.
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 this February; with attractions hosting special events and family-friendly half-term activities in London left, right and centre, 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 February events in London

An afternoon tea bus tour booth table covered in valentines sweet treats and valentines decorations.

  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. Or enjoy a Valentine's Day tour: Step aboard an afternoon tea bus tour that includes prosecco and a live singer, or take to the Thames for a romantic valentines cruise.
  3. Join a limited edition Royal Coronation Walking TourTo mark King Charles III's coronation, take a guided tour of key royal attractions and explore the history behind this monumental event. 5 Feb
  4. Keep up to date on the latest fashion trends at London Fashion Week: Take a front-row seat at this unmissable event. 17-21 Feb
  5. Learn about LGBT+ History Month: Head to events throughout London celebrating LGBT+ histories, cultures and communities. 1-28 Feb
  6. Watch the Six Nations rugby tournament in a London sports barOr try to score tickets to a fixture at Twickenham Stadium. From 4 Feb
  7. Head to Magical Mischief at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter: Take a peek behind the invisibility cloak, with film making trickery and wizarding mishaps revealed. 
  8. Watch your favourite artists at a live gigTop artists performing in February include the enchanting Ellie Goulding, pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, and punk rock sensation, Yungblud.
  9. Or see hundreds of the best new and established bands at Camden Rocks: Spend your weekends discovering new music at various venues across the city. Until 29 Apr
  10. Catch a hilarious show in the capital: See top comedians such as Peter Kay and Josie Long, or venture to a comedy club to see up-and-coming acts. 

Check back closer to the time for more events in February and in the meantime, take a look a the London events calendar

Theatre shows in London

The cast of Phantom of the opera on stage wearing colourful costumes and masks 
  1. Savour the gothic romance of The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre: Be enchanted by one of the most famous and spectacular musicals of all time.
  2. Feel summer love vibes at Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre: Transport yourself to a vibrant Greek island, filled with your favourite ABBA songs.
  3. 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.
  4. See Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons at the Harold Pinter Theatre: Stars of the screen, Jenna Colemen and Aiden Turner, take to the stage in this tender rom-com.
  5. Time travel awaits at Back to the Future: The Musical at the Adelphi Theatre: Fasten your seatbelts because you're in for a hilarious show with mind-bending special effects.
  6. Enjoy the much-loved romantic comedy Pretty Woman at the Savoy Theatre: An unlikely couple fall in love against all odds, but it's no plain sailing for the pair of them.

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. Take the kids to the Imagine Children's Festival at Southbank Centre: Watch the little ones dabble in all things cultural. 8-18 Feb
  3. Turn your world upside down at the Twist Museum: A multi-sensory playground with optical illusions and mind-altering exhibits.   
  4. 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. 
  5. Or take to the seas at Cutty Sark: Explore the legendary sailing ship, meeting curious characters from the ship's past along the way.
  6. Get the family to work together to beat London's best escape rooms: Become a team of super-hero spies at Aim Escape.
  7. 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. 

Find more things to do for families in London. 

Top activities and immersive experiences

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  1. Sing along to top ABBA tunes at Mamma Mia! The Party: Enjoy a delicious four-course Greek meal followed by some disco dancing.
  2. Go on a day trip to Windsor for a Simply Windsor Afternoon Tour: Join an expert guide as they reveal the history, and some royal secrets, of this famous town and fortress. Fri, Sun only
  3. Enjoy an evening of fun activities at the London Transport MuseumTake part in a scavenger hunt, race balloon-powered buses and much more. 24 Feb 
  4. Head to a workshop at the Chelsea Physic Garden: Try your hand at spells and science writing, enjoy a botanical drawing session, or attend a poetry reading.
  5. Join a British Museum Guided Tour: Here's your chance to discover the highlights of one of the world’s oldest and finest museums.
  6. 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.
  7. Discover the rich history of the Maritime town of Greenwich: Visit the Royal Museums, scale the Royal Observatory, and witness the marvel that is the Painted Hall.
  8. Chow down on some of London's tastiest food and drink: Whether that's at a boozy brunch, or a foodie tour and tasting experience at hotspots Borough Market or Camden Brewery.

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

Exhibitions in London

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  1. Step into a painting at Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience: Discover the works of the great artist and his captivating, yet somewhat tragic past. 
  2. Be moved by Ukraine: Photographs from the Frontline at Imperial War Museum London: An important exhibition offering a window into the lives of those impacted by the ongoing conflict. 3 Feb-8 May
  3. See The EY Exhibition: Cézanne at Tate Modern: Get an insight into the artist's life and outlook with this fascinating career retrospective. Until 12 Mar
  4. Be enthralled by Japan: Courts and Culture at The Queen's Gallery: Learn about the artistic and cultural exchange between the British and Japanese royal and imperial families. Until 12 Mar
  5. Admire Magdalena Abakanowicz's abstract Abakans at Tate Modern: Check out a forest-like display of pioneering woven sculptures. 
  6. Don't miss Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night at Tate Britain: Immerse yourself in portraits of people painted from the artist's imagination. Until 26 Feb
  7. Marvel at Turner on Tour at the National Gallery: Two of the artist's most ground-breaking pieces have many their way to London for this special exhibition. Until 19 Feb

See even more exciting exhibitions in London. 

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