Best Events in February
February is about the time that a lot of us begin to question whether the winter will ever draw to a close. But we here at DesignMyNight are keen to buck the trend and say actually, we love February! It might be a little cold and dark but there's loads of exciting events taking place throughout the month, from SuperBowl parties to Valentine's Day shindigs, so make sure you check out our guide to the best events in London throughout February, and go out and embrace all that the month has to offer.
Last updated on 16th February 2017
February is considered one of the most romantic months of the year, and that's no wonder with Rivoli in tow. Join one of the most dazzling and opulent spaces in London as their short and sweet cinema series provides the perfect backdrop for romantic couples.
The Old Truman Brewery is being taken over by more than 170 breweries from around the world as they host another year of Craft Beer Rising. Taking place over two days, the event will be bigger than ever before with street food, music and a whole load of beer.
Join the kitsch paradise at Little Nan’s Rio Bar, the multi-award winning space that offers delicious cocktails and a High Tea parlour. Celebrate with a photo booth, unlimited Pic N Mix, cinema pop-corn and bottomless beer, cider and teapot cocktails. There’s even a welcome punch and all the nostalgia you could want, in the weird and wonderful Little Nan’s bar.
Head to Kew Gardens for Orchids Lates, an amazing opportunity to see the gardens after-dark. Open to adults only, the Princess of Wales Conservatory will be open for traditional Indian music, the chance to try traditional Indian clothing, decorate your hands with henna and speak to Kew experts on their horicultural work.
Get your sweat on before feasting on a delicious brunch with Saints & Sinners Workout and Brunch. You start the day with a high-intensity workout, before moving onto a virtuous Vinyasa yoga class to get the pulses down again. Then once it’s brunch time, you get the options to choose between nutritionally balanced quinoa bowl or key lime pie, or indulge in a sinful dish of waffles with chocolate sauce.
Ever wanted to experience a drinks tasting session set in complete darkness? Well, Pitch Black is the perfect pop-up for you. Guests will be plunged into complete darkness, before trying a number of delicious cocktails and fine wines. Featuring stunning flavours and a selection of quirky ingredients, this event is sure to leave you smiling from ear to ear. How better to spend a cold night out in February?
If you like your Friday nights to be big and full of absolute corkers then head over to The Queen's Head to dance to the biggest RnB tunes out there. Join the Islington spot for a night of endless tunes that will have you dancing well into the early hours.
Cheer up your mid-week blues with a night of irreverent comedy at The Old Queen’s Head as Thom Foole’s House Party brings comedy, clowning, storytelling and absurd character comedy acts! This is fun comedy night, which involves party games and DJs as well, is what happens when you mix Live At The Apollo with Little Britain.
Dine on cheese and chocolate this February with the Fondue Lodge alpine themed pop up dining experience. You’ll be treated to both chocolate and cheese fondue along with a start of your choice, while the complimentary Schnapps will be flowing and live music will be keeping the skiing vibes going
Travel back into the time of baggy jeans and spiky hair as the 90s is coming back to life at The 90s Brunch. This throwback party features awesome food, an hour of bottomless cocktails and the chance to lip-synch battle with your fellow Nostalgia hunters.
Gin-House Burlesque is back in East London with one of their debauched and utterly seductive shows. Spicing up your February, the show is a Valentine's themed evening of Burlesque, Circus, Music and Vaudeville delights. Kick things off with a dinner before moving on to a party that lasts until 5am.
Watch classic cinema in a seriously beautiful setting as Temple Cinema returns to a secret Masonic temple in the city. With a choice between a two-course meal of screening-only tickets, the evenings will show case some classic and iconic cinema including Psycho and Poltergeist.
Every Sunday in February, Covent garden's basement bar Cellar Door will be screening old and new cinema classics. Head down and prop yourself up on a stall alongside some friends, or snuggle up with your boo on the banquette bench. Wherever you're sitting, spend the night indulging on bowls of free popcorn and sipping on cocktails as you watch along to the likes of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Brokeback Mountain.
This month, why not try something different and experience one of London's most unique supper clubs that will have you enjoying a delicious 4 course meal cooked by a Cordon Bleu chef in none other than a tube carriage! Transformed and given a good polish, the tube will host this extravagant dinner soiree complete with cocktails from a on board bar. Nifty.
It's all about the biggest hits and the best times at KOKO in Camden as Guilty Pleasures take over for a night of huge fun. Award-winning DJ Sean Rowley gets behind the decks to have you crooning and dancing well into the early hours, Father Oates will be on hand to hear any guilty confessions and The Guilty Grrrls.
Brother Marcus in Balham is inviting in some serious bigwigs for their supper club series. Head to South London to enjoy a range of delicious kitchen takeovers, Alex Hutton will be running a Mexican supper club, Chicory Kitchen will be serving up delicious plates of Persian goodness and there will be posh Yorkshire Puddings from Northern Fellowship.
Cabaret rarely is as sophisticated and entertaining as The London Cabaret Club. Diving into the rich cultural history of British culture, with each performance centred on a British theme, the company aims to deliver a sophisticated night of live entertainment while you dine on exquisite food.
The Electric Circus in Camden hosts a series of Ultimate Power club nights, showcasing what the team believe to be the best songs of all time. Featuring the likes of Bon Jovi, Oasis and Michael Jackson, all the songs played here are well known and popular with all crowds. Framed by confetti cannons and boasting one of the best sound systems in town, their monthly installment of frivolity returns in February and promises one of the wildest club experiences in town.
This February, Soho's Bar Rumba will be bringing the funny as they put on their Comedy Carnival nights! Every Friday and Saturday night here will see some of the best comedians on the circuit performing some truly chuckle-inducing routines. Names such as Russell Brand, Michael McIntyre and Micky Flanagan have recently graced the stage here - naturally, you can expect some true funnymen.
Head to the Nightspot Cinema in Hackney and soak up all the glory of Quentin Tarantino's iconic film Jackie Brown. After the screening, guests will be treated to an immersive 70s funk a soul party, where Brassroots will be performing live and playing songs from Funkadelic to the legendary James Brown. With a distinctive funk theme, guests are encouraged to dress in their most quirky outfit.
A visit to Madame Tussauds is one of those 'must do things' that we never get round to, until now. The iconic museum is open til late allowing you to wander the museum minus the kids and queues, there's prosecco and a chance to check out the Star Wars exhibition.
Hip Hop Brunch offers a unique blend of delicious Dirty South-styled foods, punchy cocktails and hip-hop karaoke vibes in secret locations across London. Bring your loved ones and your besties and immerse yourself in a really fun event; there’s a three-course brunch menu and a power hour of bottomless cocktails to get stuck into from 12pm. The playlist is, unsurprisingly, packed with hip-hop classics, and you’ll get a chance to nail your favourite tune when the karaoke gets underway a little later.
MangleE8 turns all nostalgic this February, inviting London's party crowds to its East London venue and hosting an easy-going 90s karaoke party. Encouraging all its guests to dress in their best 90s outfit - think three-quarter length trousers and bucket hats - the bar will be serving all your favourite drinks long into the early hours. Trust us, you'll leave this karaoke event with a massive smile on your face.
Crash landing into February is a comedy clash you never knew you wanted: performance poetry Vs stand-up comedy. Six acts will be going head-to-head to see if one art form is superior with spoken word, and the results are hilarious. Which one wins? That’s up to you!
Hosting a spread of up and coming talent as well as established names from the UK comedy circuit, the Instant Laughs Comedy Club will be taking over the award-winning Hammersmith Grove Bar and Restaurant to bring you some of the best stand up. Tuck into Mediterranean foods and enjoy some laughs from fresh, alternative acts.
Old Street Records are lighting up your February with a night of soul, hip-hop, funk and Jazz as Sublive take over. Beatmaster Eric Lau – master of the jazz groove – is headlining with Poppy Ajudha & Oscar Jerome supporting with some live music. Meanwhile, the basement will be playing an eclectic mix of dancefloor anthems.
Do you want the best cabaret and burlesque this February? Then look no further at Proud City’s exclusive show, Cirque de Ville. Eat a fabulous three course meal while watching jaw-dropping contortion, the best magicians and spectacular gymnasts all in one show.
Head to Camden for an evening of life-affirming, shocking, captivating and hilarious stories as Natural Born Storytellers takes over North London. The group aim to entertain you through the art of storytelling, all the while taking you on an emotional journey with their tales.
Have you ever wanted to drink prosecco just inches away from sharks!? That wish can now be fulfilled with Sea Life After Dark, where you will be able to visit Sea Life London Aquarium after-hours. Travel the hallway at your own pace and visit the pop-up bars scattered throughout for an educational and fun experience.
Why not try something different this February in London with Albert Le Roy’s canal boat cruise of the River Lea? Alongside the beautiful sights, there’s a series of brunch food options available to order and the bar will be offering cocktails, wines, spirits, CRATE Brewery beers and cider.
Think you've got the skills to rob the crown jewels? How about escape the cops looking for booze during the Prohibition? Escape Entertainment are taking over George Yard in London to create two brilliantly fun escape rooms, perfect for a night out with difference.
Who cares about Valentine’s Day? February is all about honouring the Queen B of pop, Beyonce, at XOYO. Downstairs will be all about her music, from XO to Halo, whereas upstairs will be tackling the best in disco, funk, pop and soul. There’s even discounted drinks – so get down there!
Put on your tail feathers and sparkly headbands as award-winning cocktail bar NOLA brings the Mardi Gras festival spirit to Zetter Townhouse this February. The highly skilled bar tenders are taking over the quirky West London hotel and bar to mix up New Orleans inspired cocktails along with the delicious Ramos Gin Fizz.
While we know it as Shrove Tuesday, in the deep south things are rather different as they throw Mardi Gras. Bringing a sense of the carnival to London is The Vaults and Shotgun Carousel with a night of huge tunes and party atmosphere. There will be incredible live music from Kansas Smitty’s House Band and a whole lot of good-time vibes.
Treat yourself to an award-winning music and arts venue this month as The Forge continues to impress with its diverse range of events. Hosting anything from classical, contemporary, folk, storytelling, poetry, rap, workshops, jazz and many, many more, this is a venue to properly expand your perceptions. There’s also a Cantina upstairs serving delicious Latin American street food and cocktails.
As part of this year's Vaults Festival, The Neath will pose profound questions to everyone that's brave enough to approach their damp, mysterious doorway. Having stunned Londoners with his Crystal Maze pop up, Dean Richards returns this February with his pop-up immersive experience The Neath. Offering each guest a chance to wipe their slate with the devil clean, this immersive experience will force you to look at things in a completely different light.