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5 things to do in London this February

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1 February 2018 | Location

It may be the shortest month of the year, but there's still a wealth of things to do this month in the capital.


Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year falls on Friday 16th February in 2018 and London will be marking the occasion in spectacular style.

The capital’s official celebration – which is the largest outside Asia – takes place on Sunday 18th and starts with a parade from Charing Cross Road through China Town before coming back to Trafalgar Square.  

Parade-goers can feast on the flavours from the Far East at the parade’s two food zones and take in traditional martial arts displays.

And the festivities end with a bang as Trafalgar Square is illuminated by a large firework display.

Location: Starting on Charing Cross Road

London Classic car show

Returning for its 4th year, the London Classic Car Show has established itself as one of the capital’s most popular festivals and has become a must-see for any car enthusiast.

This year actor Philip Glenister presents his greatest getaway cars and motorsport legend Nigel Mansell will be sharing many racing memories with fans.

Adult tickets start from £25 for a day and can be purchased here.

Location: ExCel London


Orchid Festival

The popular Orchid Festival returns to Kew Gardens to celebrate its 23rd year on Saturday 10th February.

Step out of the cold winter weather and immerse yourself in Thailand’s exotic plant life and the bright, colourful displays.

The festival runs to 10th March and includes tours, talks and courses about the display.

Kew Gardens also hosts a variety of evening events including Thai dance performances, massages, and spa treatments.

Location: Kew Gardens


Foodism National Pizza Day Pre-Party

Friday 9th February is National Pizza Day, and to mark the occasion Foodism, London's largest food and drink title, is hosting a pre-party the night before.

Street Feast's Hawker House food market in Surrey Quays will be transformed into a pizza palace for the evening, bringing together 10 of the capital's top pizza traders, including Farina’s, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele and Pizza Pilgrims.

Doors open at 5pm and tickets cost £15 with 2 free drinks included.

Location:  Hawker House, Canada Street


Pancake Day races

Pancake Day in London is flippin' awesome and there's no better way to celebrate it than taking part in one of the city's many Pancake Day Races.

Gather a team of 3 mates and head down to the Brick Lane for The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race, hosted in aid of the Air Ambulance. Entry is free, though you will have to register in advance, and there's a prize for the best dressed team.  

Or if you would rather watch from the sidelines, The Parliamentary Pancake Race at Victoria Tower Gardens pits MPs and Lords against members of the press, raising funds for the charity Rehab in the process. 


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