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Key Events for Your Guests

February in London offers a unique blend of cultural, festive, and seasonal activities, providing visitors and locals with a diverse range of experiences. From vibrant celebrations of Chinese New Year to relaxing yoga classes in unique surroundings, there's something for everyone in this dynamic city.

Barbara Kruger's New Exhibition
Barbara Kruger's New Exhibition at Serpentine South Gallery. Photo: Timo Ohler.

Barbara Kruger’s first solo institutional show in London in more than 20 years features a unique selection of installations alongside moving image works and multiple soundscapes. This immersive three-channel video installation explores contemporary modes of creating and consuming content online. In the work, Kruger combines text, audio clips, and a barrage of found images and memes, ranging from blurred-out selfies to animated photos of cats.

Where: Serpentine South Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA.

When: 1st February to 17th March 2024.

Tickets: Free; for guaranteed entry, tickets are available to book.

Tel: 020 7402 6075.

Inside Notre Dame Cathedral London
Interior of Notre Dame Cathedral and Notre Dame De Paris Exhibition. Photo: Histovery.

Westminster Abbey will play host to the immersive Notre Dame de Paris: The Augmented Exhibition. This interactive display will take you on a journey through 850 years of history, including the remarkable restoration in the aftermath of the 2019 fire. Entry to the exhibition includes a HistoPad™ - a portable and interactive tablet providing insights into the rich history and remarkable restoration of the monumental feature. Information is provided in 13 languages and there is even a virtual treasure hunt for young visitors.

Where: Westminster Abbey, Dean's Yard, SW1P 3PA.

When: 7th February to 1st June 2024.

Tickets: Included in entry to museum (from £26 for 65+ and students).

Tel: 020 7222 5152.

Chinese Dragons in London
Lunar New Year Celebrations. Photo: Greater London Authority/Caroline Teo.
3. Lunar New Year Celebrations

On 11th February the West End will be brimming with celebrations for the Lunar New Year. From Shaftsbury Avenue to China Town, Chinese lions and dragons will adorn the streets in the Chinese New Year Parade, culminating in performances in Trafalgar Square. Organised by London Chinatown Chinese Association supported by the Mayor of London, Greater London Authority & The City of Westminster, the centrepiece of the festivities is a spectacular parade, as well as free performances and, of course, feasting galore.

Where: The West End.

When: 11th February 2024.

Tickets: Free entry.

Zimingzhong from China
Zimingzhong with parts from China. Photo: The Palace Museum.
4. Zimingzhong 凝时聚珍: Clockwork Treasures from China’s Forbidden City Exhibition

Turn back the hands of time and discover a beautiful exhibition of mechanical marvels.

In the 1700s, China’s emperors collected ornate clockwork automata known as zimingzhong and cherished them for their intricate design and technical innovation. Now, this new exhibition showcases a unique collection of 23 stunning pieces, on display in the UK together for the first time.  This exhibition invites you to discover the outward beauty and inner workings of these centuries-old timepieces, and their historic role in early cultural exchanges between Britain and China. Translating as “bells that ring themselves”, zimingzhong were far more than just clocks; they combined timekeeping with sophisticated musical technology and flamboyant aesthetics.

Where: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD.

When: 1st February to 2nd June 2024.

Tickets: Pay what you can, £1 minimum per ticket.

Tel: 033 0058 0058.

People doing yoga inside the Natural History Museum
Yoga in a unique setting. Photo: The Trustees of The Natural History Museum.
5. Yoga at the Natural History Museum

By popular demand, the Natural History Museum is once again clearing space for yoga mats and preparing the gong in the beautiful Hintz Hall. Once a month the Romanesque building will welcome yogis in to stretch, strengthen and breathe beneath the famed blue whale skeleton in a practice inspired by appreciation for the natural world. Tickets include access to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and a serene song bath.

Where: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD.

When: 25th February 2024.

Tickets: Adults £35.

Tel: 020 7942 5000.

People looking at orchids at Kew Gardens
6. Orchids After Hours

Discover a new side to Kew at Orchids After Hours. Enjoy exclusive access to the tropical paradise of the Princess of Wales Conservatory as Kew celebrate's Madagascar. Wander among the vibrant displays of colourful orchids beautifully lit, while enjoying food, drink, music and talks..

Where: Kew Gardens, Richmond, TW9 3AE.

When: 9th to 24th February 2024 (selected dates).

Tickets: Adults only, £17.

Tel: 020 8332 5655.

Photo of Maria Callas as Violette in La Traviata
Photograph of Maria Callas taken as Violette in La Traviata. Photo: Houston Rogers @ Victoria & Albert Museum London.
7. DIVA Exhibition

DIVA celebrates the power and creativity of iconic performers, exploring and redefining the role of 'diva' and how this has been subverted or embraced over time across opera, stage, popular music, and film. Highlights range from a costume, designed by Christian Dior, worn by Vivien Leigh as Paola in Jean Giraudoux's play 'Duel of Angels' at the Apollo Theatre in 1958 to a photo of Whitney Houston performing at Wembley Arena in 1988.

Where: V&A South Kensington, SW7 2RL.

When: Closes 10th April 2024.

Tickets: £20.

Tel: 020 7942 2000.

8. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

This 360º digital art exhibition invites you to step into the universe of the Dutch genius, Vincent van Gogh.

Explore his life, his work, and his secrets through cutting-edge digital projections, a one-of-a-kind VR experience, and a uniquely atmospheric light and sound show.

Become completely immersed in the works of art around you, and feel the shift in reality as you dive deep into the world created by Van Gogh's brush strokes.

Where: 106 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LZ.

When: Ends March 17th 2024.

Tickets: Adults from £15.90, available from

9. Valentines Cinema at the Rivoli Ballroom

This legendary 1950s ballroom is bringing back its pop-up cinema for Valentine’s Day. Seeped in history and original features, the venue will be hosting iconic romantic classics, including Baz Luhrmann's '90s version of Romeo and Juliet and '80s romantic classic, Pretty In Pink. With its red velvet flock decor, sparkling chandeliers and gilt Chinese lanterns, there really is no better venue for romance. The venue has featured in many films such as Tom Hardy's Legend, The Avengers Age of Ultron, The Muppets, Brad Pitt's Spy Game.

Where: 350 Brockley Road, Crofton Park, SE4 2BY.

When: 14th and 15th February 2024.

Tickets: From £10.


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