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45 awesome things opening in London this February

London reflections, James Guppy
[photo © James Guppy]

So long January and hello there February, you sexy little month. After only a mere 36 things opening last month, you better get your pocket money out as February looks set to be busy. Here are some of the hottest, biggest, coolest and most exciting stuff opening this month.

COOL THINGS TO DO

Feb 6-9: Need a break? Get adventure inspiration from the Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show 2014 at Earl’s Court
Feb 7-Apr 24: Dig down into the world of horti-couture at the Fashion and Gardens exhibition at the Garden Museum
Feb 8-Apr 5: The glass is half full at Dale Chihuly’s Beyond The Object show at Halcyon Gallery
Feb 8-Mar 9: Flower power at Kew Gardens’ Orchids: A Plant-hunters’ Paradise
Feb 8-16:
 This annual celebration of the Snowdrop is back with Snowdrop Days at Chelsea Physic Garden
Feb 10-23: Got kids? Get the Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival in your diary pronto
Feb 13-16: Sporty stuff at the Outdoor Adventure Show (incorporating The London Bike Show) at the ExCel Centre
Feb 13-Sept 28: Go wayyyy back in time for Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story at the Natural History Museum
Feb 14-Apr 6: The Capital reimagined at the Serco Prize for Illustration: London Stories at the London Transport Museum
Feb 14-Mar 9: Join the criminal demi-monde of Toontown for Future Cinema’s ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ at the Troxy
Feb 15-Feb 2015: Fight your way to see the War Artists at Sea at the Queen’s House
Feb 15: See the city from a different angle on the Architecture on the Thames at Night tour
Feb 15-23: Learn about poaching and wildlife smuggling at Nothing to Declare at London Zoo
Feb 15-Nov 2: Find out about plant survival skills in Extremes at the Horniman Museum
Feb 15-June 13: Interactive family fun with Secret Agents at Discover Children’s Story Centre
Feb 17- 23: The bubonic plague takes over London Dungeon for Outbreak
Feb 21-23:
40 breweries, 200 beers, three days – it’s Craft Beer Rising at the Old Truman Brewery 

TASTY PLACES TO EAT

Feb 4: London House – New Gordon Ramsay restaurant in Battersea
Feb tbc: Polpetto – Chef Florence Knight on a new Soho site
Feb tbc: Q Grill  –  Memphis-style BBQ fare in Camden
Feb tbc: The Avenue – Relaunch of big St James restaurant
Feb tbc: Shangri-La at the Shard – Hotel restaurants and bars high above London Bridge

 ACE PLACES TO SHOP

Feb 5: Caravane – Chic French interiors brand comes to New Cavendish street
Start of Feb: Prism – Super cool swimwear and sunnies brand
End of Feb: Not Another Boring Bridesmaid Dress (LOL) – Opens in Wimbledon

 RAD THINGS TO SEE

FILM

Feb 7: Dallas Buyers Club
Feb 7: The Invisible Woman
Feb 14: The Monuments Men
Feb 21: Stranger by the Lake
Feb 22: One-off, one-day double-bill release of Nymphomaniac Volume 1 and 2 at the Hackney Picture House

THEATRE

Feb 1-March 19: Oh What A Lovely War at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Feb 5-Mar 22: The Mistress Contract at the Royal Court theatre
Feb 10-15: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Barbican Theatre

Feb 13-Mar 29: 1984 at the Almeida Theatre
Feb 18-May 11: A Taste of Honey at the National Theatre
And here are some more February theatre openings

COMEDY

Feb 10-15: Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominee Mike Wozniak brilliant subverts the ‘mother-in-law joke’ comedy genre in ‘Take the Hit’
Feb 25-Mar 29:
‘Alan Partridge’ sidekick Tim Key premieres his latest solo show, ‘Single White Slut’ at Soho Theatre
Feb 25-Mar 8: Superb campaigning comic Mark Thomas brings his ’100 Acts of Minor Dissent’ tour to Leicester Square Theatre
And there are extra February London dates from comedy heavyweights Sarah Millican and David Baddiel
Find more comedy happening this month

ART

It’s the month of Richard Hamilton:
Feb 12-April 16:
Installations at the ICA
Feb 13-May 26: Retrospective at the Tate Modern
(Here’s a blagger’s guide to pop art to get prepped!)

Meanwhile…
Feb 5-May 11: David Hockney’s prints at the Dulwich Picture Gallery
Feb 6-June 1: David Bailey brings his Stardust to the National Portrait Gallery
Feb 13-June 1: 
Techy art dudes United Visual Artists bring their Momentum to the Barbican Centre
Find more upcoming art

NEW VENUE ALERT:
Feb 21The Qube – 800 capacity basement opens in Victoria with bands and DJs galore

Want to go see some MUSIC?
Here are the ten best gigs happening in February

Still not convinced? Here’s more fun stuff happening in London this month. WOOP!

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