February can be a tough month: all the cold and none of the Christmas. But let London help you along with some vintage cars, amazing dances and pancake-themed races. Without further ado, here’s our top London Events this February:

Sadler’s Wells Sampled  |  Angel

Sadler's Wells Sampled Press
Photo by Paul Hampartsoumian

Start the month with something creative. For a measly £5.00 you can get standing prom-style tickets for performances including all kinds of fantastic dance! Enjoy world-class ballet, street dance and hip-hop, all from the best performers in the country. The event is designed to tempt people in, so you can try workshops, sign up to classes and enjoy free shows from 6pm, even if you don’t get tickets to the main events.

London International Mime Festival

Mime Festival chainsaw
Photo by London International Mime Festival

Feb 2nd marks the final day of the London International mime festival—one of London’s most incredible (and frankly underrated) annual arts events. With acts covering just about every kind of physical performance you can imagine, if you’ve not already been, now’s the time.

VAULT Festival | The Vaults, Waterloo

Vault Festival 2020 Ladylikes
Photo by VAULT Festival

One of London’s best alternative art festival, this year’s line-up promises to be a scorcher—with performances that push the envelope from a whole range of styles. Most of the events are hosted from the suitably underground vaults underneath Waterloo.

London Classic Car Show | Olympia London

Classic Ferrari
Photo by London Classic Car Show

Whatever you drive, the classic car show has something for everyone, with over 700 cars on display. There will be classic examples, modern designs and a chance to indluge in all your vintage-driver-dreams.

London Motorcycle Show | Custom House

Triumph Motorbike
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Bringing all the best motorbikes in all their forms, this show is a must-see for any enthusiasts or new-to-the-scene bikers. There will be all the newest designs as well as examples of classics—both maintained and restored.

Imagine Children’s Festival

Imagine Children's Festival, book
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Back for a 19th consecutive year, Imagine Children’s Festival is all about letting kids minds run world during the half term. With activities dedicated to inspiring children the world over. You can also look forward to special guests like Michael Rose, Konnie Huq, and Cressida Howell.

Orchid Festval at Kew Gardens | Kew

Kew Orchid Festival
Photo by Kew

Back with their annual introduction and showcase of one of the world’s most ornate flowers, Kew is focusing on Columbia’s flowers this time around. There will be talks, amazing displays and worshops to enjoy as well as late-night openings with live music, Columbian Street Food and plenty of dancing. For discounted priority entry, be sure to use our link.

The Inter-Livery Pancake Race

Pancake race
Photo by Inter Livery Pancake Race

Watch as those traditionally involved in the making of pancakes compete for a frying pan trophy by racing across Guildhall Yard in traditional dress and fancy dress. Organised by the Poulters (egg suppliers), the event employs the skills of a variety of liveries—clockmakers time it, gunmakers fire the starting pistol, glovers provide the white gloves worn by racers, the fruiterers provide lemons and the cutlers provide the forks!

The Flippin’ Good Fun Pancake Race | Greenwich

While the costumes aren’t as traditional as the Inter-Livery Pancake Race, you can compete in this one yourself. You can sign up online to race either on pancake day or the Saturday after. While it’s free to enter, donations are encouraged. What’s more—all proceeds go to Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice. What’s more, participants get a free pancake.

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Last Chance

Condo Complex Shoreditch
Photo by Felix Wilson

Condo Complex  | Ends February 8th

A powerhouse of experimental art, the Condo Complex art trail spans London, with free galleries from around the world. If you’ve not already seen it, it’s well worth checking out.

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