There's a lot to be grateful for when February rolls around. The Six Nations is back up and running, the first 5pm sunset of 2024 is penned in the calendar, not to mention Chinese New Year parties and our beloved Pancake Day. That's without mentioning new restaurant openings and never-seen-before experiences. If your plans for the month are looking a little fatigued, grab your diary because with what we know - you're gonna want to fill it in.
Mistress of Mayfair: Eat At London’s New Champagne-Obsessed Restaurant
Opening: Early February
Did you know that Mayfair had more new openings in 2023 than any other area in London? Unsurprisingly, another grand unveiling is on the cards for 2024 and it’s called Mistress. The name darkly takes inspiration from the tunnel near the restaurant that was used to smuggle sex workers to and from the area’s notorious gentlemen’s club, White’s. Expect a roaming Champagne trolley, lobster dishes, aphrodisiacs in the form of oysters and plenty of hedonism with late-night DJ sets.
Eve: Spend Pancake Day In An Instagrammable Restaurant
Bookable Until: The Forseeable
Pancake Day falls on 13th February this year, so there’s no time to flip between plans. There are plenty of places across the city that are going all out and we know more than a few places doing specials. Eve, however, is the perfect spot if you want to ditch sugar and lemon for a sophisticated Shrove Tuesday. It’s a gorgeous Mediterranean restaurant and co-working space with an all-day cafe that cooks up cardamom pancakes so good that you won’t know why you haven’t been before.
Ham Yard Hotel: Find Soho’s Secret Rooftop For A Super Special Valentine’s
Bookable Until: 24th February
Roses are nice, but for some cocktails are better. If you’re keen to have a different Valentine’s this year (and you’re partial to a martini or two), we know just the place. Ham Yard Hotel is a stunning hotel stuffed with books and arty trinkets but they have a secret rooftop that’s tucked away from the bustle of the city with special tickets on sale for the 14th February. Tickets are £22 a pop and they include a Paloma-tini followed by a cocktail of choice.
Wagtail: Watch The First 5pm Sunset Of 2024
When: 8th February
PSA: The first 5pm sunset of 2024 is happening on 8th February. If your ground-floor one-bed flat in Tooting doesn’t offer the best views for such an event, not to worry. Wagtail is one of London’s coolest rooftop bars where you can see The Shard and St Paul’s and more importantly that glorious sunset. There are Grey Goose cocktails on the menu and some great low-ABV options too, think glasses of wine for as little as £5, £6 bottles of beer and £8 mocktails.
Hutong: Celebrate Chinese New Year With Incredible Food
Bookable From: 7th until 14th February
Hutong needs no introduction. This Northern Chinese restaurant in The Shard is going all out for Chinese New Year. Dine from a special menu comprising of ‘Lo Hei’ salad followed by fried tiger prawns with black pepper and chilli, ending your culinary experience with sweet dumplings for dessert. And if you're free, on Saturday 10th they're organising a Chinese calligrapher, a traditional dancer, and a Lion dance performing throughout the evening’s festivities.
Frameless Lates: Discover Multisensory Art At This After-Hours Experience
Bookable: Friday and Saturdays
Immersive art exhibitions are all the rage and we’re very here for it. Lates is a new concept from the incredible Frameless team that launched last year. A ticket to this after-dark special means you can wander through the space on Friday and Saturday nights after hours. You’ll have access to four multisensory galleries, a specially curated playlist from Soho Radio will be playing during your stay and you’re welcome to bring drinks with you from the Café Bar.
Escape The Power Cut: Try London’s Newest Escape Room
Bookable Until: The Foreseeable
If you’re looking for a shot of adrenaline this winter that doesn’t involve looking at your gas bill, try Escape The Power Cut on for size. You can find this new immersive escape room in hidden behind Control Room B in the much-hyped Battersea Power Station. For 90 minutes you’ll be putting on the cap of an engineer, deciphering codes and puzzles in the hope of getting the power back on. Saving the day is thirsty work so a handful of cocktails are obviously included in your £55 ticket price.
Saison: Don't Miss London's Only Citrus Festival
Bookable From: 9th February until 3rd March
New restaurants are always popping up in London and Saison is one that's had our attention from the off. This February the new Mediterranean hotspot with tall trees and a glass ceiling is hosting a citrus festival that's inspired by Menton's Fête du Citron. Expect Sgroppino cocktails made with prosecco, kumquat and citron sorbet, tarte au Citron desserts and sizeable measures of limoncello made in-house at Raffles London. Avoid being bitter and book now.