Your guide to February
Valentine’s, London Fashion Week and everything in-between
January is officially done and now we’re (finally) back in the swing of things, we’re making plans to venture out from new year hibernation. These are a few of our favourite events that’ll be taking place this Feb in the UK, from Valentine’s Day date ideas to the tastiest day of the year, aka Shrove Tuesday.
If your pancake flipping skills are less chef-y and more batter-on-the-ceiling-y, head out for a profesh one instead. Senzala Creperie – a cool French crepe spot with Brazilian flare – are doing a one-afternoon-only, utterly delicious deal. Treat yourself to any of their classic crepes (Nutella, lemon and sugar, caramel and more) plus a coffee and a cup of OJ for just £6. Sigh. Why can’t it be everyday of the year?
If your front row invite got lost in the mail, you can still get your designer fix at this year’s London Fashion Week Festival. Tap into a springtime state of mind and head to The Store on The Strand where you can shop designer collections (at insider prices), take your front row seat at a line-up of catwalk shows, get a first look at the key trends this season and listen to the experts share their secrets – all under one very stylish roof. Get your tickets here using our discount code TU20 for 20% off entry and Silver tickets (excluding Saturdays).
Looking for something different to do this Valentine’s Day? Kew’s Orchids Festival will open its (greenhouse) doors this month and what better backdrop than a flower garden for a romantic day date? Inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory, visitors can shake off their winter blues underneath a tropical canopy of orchids inspired by Thailand. You’ll be immersed by the sounds and sights of island life with delicious Thai food, beautiful bloom displays – like the Bang Pa-In inspired orchid palace – and live music in the cacti zone.
Strictly Come Dancing’s charismatic Brendan Cole is bound for Bath with his dance spectacular All Night Long, which will visit the Theatre Royal for one special night this February. Created and hosted by Brendan himself, All Night Long takes audiences on a journey through dance, music, comedy and all things ballroom, as he’s joined on stage by a sensational cast of dancers and a 13-piece live band. Dancing everything from the Tango to the Paso Doble – and with a few surprises in store – this is no ordinary dance show.
Now recognised as a trailblazer of gender fluidity, 20th century artist Gluck is the subject of a major new exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, right up until March. It will bring together around 30 rarely seen paintings and extensive personal ephemera, in the world’s first major exhibition exploring the artist’s life and work.
Welcome in the Year of the Dog in Manchester and ensure your Chinese New Year weekend is packed full of food, fortune and fun. There’ll be everything from martial art displays and delicious street food to red envelope giveaways to look out for. And for the big finale, Manchester’s annual dragon parade will see a spectacular 175ft dragon weave its way through the city’s streets – from the town hall right down to Chinatown, where there’ll be dancing, a funfair and a firework finish. Bring on the festivities.
It’s not too late to check out our New Year’s style resolutions and get your wardrobe in order. Read them all here.