As we all fall in ‘Love with London’ this February, there is plenty to keep us on our toes. More than anything I’m hoping for a little more sunshine! February may be the shortest month, but I can pack a cultural punch with this month’s February Super Seven, which is brimming with ideas.
On a Royal note… Buckingham Palace announced there was less than 100 days to go until the King’s Coronation. I have done a King’s Coronation blog, that will update you as and when announcements are made with anything Coronation related.
St-Martin-in-the-Field : Open now until 4 February Space the Universe and Everything. A son-et-lumiere light experience to enjoy outside and in every evening from 6-9.30pm by artist Peter Walker. Booking essential if you want entry. Tickets £10.
Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens returns : If you needed to be kept hot and steamy a wander around this stunning exhibition delivers in abundance. 4 Feb – 5 March. Tickets from £15. On a side note, I have a couple of delicious looking floral afternoon tea’s booked in. I think they would pair very nicely with a visit to Kew. Keep an eye out on my Instagram for those this month.
Rugby Six Nations begins 4 February – 18 March. Expect bars and pubs to be heaving – especially over Super Saturday on 18 March. England and Wales are equal in 39 tournament wins… who will be the 2023 champions? Top choice on where to watch in London. Arcade Food Hall in Oxford St or Boxpark. Booking essential.
Donatello : Sculpting the Renaissance opens at the V&A. This long awaited exhibition and the first of its kind in the UK, showcasing the influence this master of Renaissance sculpture has had, and continues to have centuries later.
Royal Opera House : I’ve been highly recommended to tell you all to see Woolf Works in March. A contemporary ballet set to the words of Virgina Woolf with music by Max Ritcher. I’m booked already and cannot wait. However, if ballet isn’t your thing, then take advantage of their free Live at Lunch concerts 3 Feb – 26 May. Free but booking essential.
Send in the Clowns… The Grimaldi Service is back : All Saint’s Church in Haggerston. 3pm on 5 February. Where a service is held in remembrance of Joseph Grimaldi, the King of Clowns. Get there super early if you want a seat in a pew, it fills up with clowns before you know it. Hang around after for free clown shows! There is also an exhibition of rare clown memorabilia; Drôle at The Horse Museum in Bloomsbury until 11 February. Open Tuesday to Saturday 12-6pm.
Firmdale Hotels have some really good In Conversations. This month at the Soho Hotel it is with Costume Designer of Downton Abbey, Anna Mary Scott Robbins. Tickets include a glass of wine and screening of the film Downton Abbey: A New Era. Alternatively upgrade your ticket and have supper too after the film and talk.
St Stephen Walbrook : This tiny church has a big anniversary year. It begins celebrating 350 years in their building, the tercentenary of the death of the architect Sir Christopher Wren and the 70th anniversary of The Samaritans, which was founded at the church. On 21 February at 6pm they are holding a special service to kick things off. I’d say it is small, yet incredibly mighty.
Piccadilly Piano Festival at St James’s Church: 3 – 23 February. Jools Holland may headline the festival, but reading through the line up, I could be back for a whole lot more. Tickets from £12.00