What to Do in London in February (2020)

This post lists the many things to do in February in London, updated for 2020, including a top ten list, free events, family-friendly activities, and things to do at night. 

 

 


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY

Below, is our list of the top 10 things to do and see in February.

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If you are considering visiting many top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount card or a bus tour combo ticket.


1) Go to a Concert

February can get quite cold, so it’s the perfect time to spend an evening indoors listening to your favorite artists.

 

 

There is a vast array of performers in London this month, the list is almost staggering. Here are our top picks.

Find all the February events here.


2) See a Sports Event

London is known for its local football clubs, and you can see a number of those clubs play this month.   

Football 

 

 

Rugby

The Six Nations 2020 England vs Ireland game is also taking place on Sunday, February 23.

You can find all the professional sporting events in the city here.

NOTE: Both a Chelsea Stadium Tour and an Arsenal Stadium Tour are included for free with the London Pass.


3) Enjoy the Theatre

London’s West End is famous for its abundance of theatrical productions and musicals. From classic, long-running shows to new, modern plays and musicals, there’s something for everyone.

 

 

See all the theatre available here.

If you’re looking for cheap theatre tickets, check out our handy discount ticket guide to London theatre.


 4) Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

A great cost-effective (and time-saving!) way to see more attractions, tours, and landmarks is by getting a London tourist pass.

 

 

These passes bundle together multiple attractions, museums, and tours into one single price and can help you save up to 55%.

Certain passes also give you skip-the-ticket-queue privileges at several locations.

Depending on which pass you get, admission to the following activities and attractions are included:

Make sure to read the full post covering London discount passes.


5) London Classic Car Show

This popular annual event is perfect for those who are enthusiastic about classic cars. From February 12-16, 2020 you will have the opportunity to see more than 700 classic cars.

There is even an indoor driving runway where you can see some of the finest classic cars in action.   

 

 

See their website for more information and to buy tickets. Prices start at £18. 


6) See the Changing of the Guard

In February, crowds are small and it’s much easier to get your choice of a viewing area. This event is free and can be watched from a few different locations including Buckingham Palace and the Wellington Barracks.

 

To find out everything you need to know about attending the Changing of the Guard visit our blog post.

TIP: The Changing of the Guard is a part of our Tour of Westminster and London in a Day tours, so let us take you there.


7) Orchid Festival

A perennial favourite event in London is the Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens. In 2019, it is being held from February 8 through March 8, 2020.

Each year the theme changes and this year the festival is celebrating the immense biodiversity of Indonesia. 

 

The Orchid Show is included in the price of entry to the Gardens. You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance. 


8) London Comic-Con

The largest Comic-Con in the UK is coming back to London on February 29, 2020.

You’ll find a large show floor with vendors for games, crafts, show merch, panels, and cosplay.

 

 

You can purchase single-day passes, weekend passes and upgraded passes with photo opportunities built in. Celebrities with meet and greet sessions include Clark Gregg, Colin Baker, Noel Clark, and Sylvester McCoy, among others.

London Comic-Con runs from February 29 – March 1, 2020. Find tickets here.


9) Take a Walking Tour 

All throughout the year, we offer tours of London that are pay-what-you-like tours – which means do pay nothing to join our tours but can pay what you can afford when a tour is over.

 

 

Among our popular tours: 

See our full schedule.


10) See a Comedian

London is full of great comedians with stand up shows and entertaining acts. If you’re a fan of British talk shows, you’ve probably seen Jimmy Carr, Milton Jones, or Rob Brydon on your TV.

 

 

This month three big names are performing in the city.

Find all the stand up during February here.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO

Here are just a few of the many free things you can do in London in February. Be sure to check out the other sections of this post, as many of these other ideas are free. 

 

 

Check our post on Free Things to Do in London and London on a Budget for more money-saving ideas. 


Visit the House of Commons and the House of Lords

Located inside the Palace of Westminster, the legislative body for the United Kingdom is open to the public to sit in the public galleries and watch political debates anytime the House of Commons or House of Lords are at work inside the palace. 

You will need to know the debate schedule and be prepared to go through security. This experience is separate from touring the Palace of Westminster, which has a cost.

Visit our blog post on How To Visit the Houses of Parliament and The Palace of Westminster to find out more!


Take In a Free Concert

Located in South Kensington, the Royal College of Music is one of London’s most vibrant conservatories and hosts free concerts inside featuring the talents of both the staff and students.

Due to its location in an important cultural quarter, the RCM is also surrounded by other great free attractions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum.


Visit the British Museum

This is a perfect way to spend a day, with the added benefit of being indoors should London temperatures drop low. Another benefit is that it is free to visit!

There are over 8 million objects to see, so why not join us and let us handle the task of navigating. Our tour of the British Museum includes a knowledgeable tour guide who will not only steer you through the vast collections.  

TIP:  For which museums are free or offer free hours, see our post on museums in London


Camden Market

Located in north London, Camden Market is one of the most famous markets in the world.

It is filled with shops, stalls, cafes, and stables that offer something for every tourist. There are plenty of places to hear live music or grab a drink and bite to eat. There’s even a zoo for those traveling with children.

To find out about all the great things there are to do in Camden market visit our blog post of Things to Do in Camden Town.

You can find even more free activities by looking at our post, Free Things to Do in London 

 


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THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT

Just because it’s February, doesn’t mean nightlife in London slows down.  Likewise, some of the above-mentioned items can be experienced in the evening, such as a visit to the Sky Garden or the Shard.  

 

 

 For a full list, check out our post Things to Do at Night in London


Witness the Ceremony of the Keys

Every night the Tower of London comes alive with a centuries-old tradition that is the official locking and securing of the tower, the Ceremony of the Keys. This uniquely London experience is completely free to attend though tickets are required.

Visit our blog post to learn how to get tickets and find out more about the ceremony. 


Ride the London Eye

The London Eye offers one of the best vantage points in the city, and during February, it is still open when it’s dark out.

For those looking for great views of the city lit up at night, including the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, this is a terrific option. There are several different ticket options made available which you can find out more about by visiting our blog post.


See London from the Sky Garden

Another great option for those looking for great views of the city at night is London’s Sky Garden. While the outdoor viewing balcony closes at 5 pm (sunset is earlier), the atrium stays open into the late hours of the night.

We cover how to make reservations, how to get here, and where to eat in our post on the Sky Garden


Join a Pub or Club Crawl

London is home to many different pub crawls, including a Harry Potter pub crawl. Check out our comparison post which reviews many of the best crawls in London


Enjoy Orchids and Botanical Cocktails at Orchids After Hours

As part of the annual Orchid show at Kew Gardens, you can enjoy an adult evening surrounded by beauty while sipping on specialty botanical cocktails.

Get more information here


Catch an indoor show at Shakespeare Globe

Located on the south bank of the River Thames, Shakespeare Globe is a huge complex holding a reconstructed outdoor theatre, a winter theatre, and a museum and education center.

While it may be too cold to enjoy a show outside, there are still shows indoors and a chance to participate in lectures staged readings and workshops.

Get more ideas from our detailed post, Things to Do in London at Night.

 


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FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

Below are just a few of the ideas for things to do with kids in February in London.  Some of the items mentioned above are ideal for families such as the Orchid Show and the Chinese New Year Celebrations.

You can find even more ideas from our post, Free Things to Do in London, which includes a family-friendly section.


Go Ice Skating at the Canary Wharf Ice Rink

While most of the other rinks in the city have closed for the season, Canary Wharf is still up and running through February 15. It stretches 80 meters (262 ft) and is lit by 8,000 LED lights.  Prices are as follows: 

  • Adult/Teen — 13 years and over — £16.95
  • Children 4-12 years — £10.95
  • Early Bird offer — £9.95
  • Family — 2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children — £46.50
  • Skate aids — limited availability hire at the Box Office 30min prior to the skate session — £5.00
  • £2.50 booking fee applies
  • Check their website for more details

V&A Museum of Childhood

This unique collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum includes toys, dolls, and games that date as far back as the 1600s.

The collection aims to show how children may have lived at these different periods in time in play, learning, and clothing. The museum also runs exhibits and hands-on activities that kids of all ages will enjoy.


See a Children’s Show

There are several theatres throughout London that have excellent programs for kids, such as the Little Angel Theatre and Half Moon Young People’s Theatre. Both theatres have kid-themed shows running often and at times host interactive workshops.


The Science Museum

The Science Museum is another great option for those looking for great hands-on learning activities for the kids. Here, kids are able to create science-based art and even take in a fun film in the museum’s IMAX theatre.

Find more information on their website. 

For more great family-friendly activities to consider, visit our post on Free Things to Do in London which includes a section dedicated to family-friendly activities.

 


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