Wrap up warm and conquer the winter chill with London’s inspired programme of events in February. There’s ground-breaking theatre, captivating art exhibitions and, for fitness enthusiasts, a friendly race through the capital that’ll certainly help to raise the temperature. Red Carnation Hotels’ London residences are all centrally located, so guests staying with us can easily access the capital’s action-packed winter programme. Here are our recommended February events in London.
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
Taking place at the V&A, just moments from The Egerton House Hotel, this exhibition explores how one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers has shaped the fashion landscape since 1947. Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams displays a dazzling range of original pencil sketches, bold tailoring and haute couture gowns created by Mr Dior himself.
2nd February – 14th July 2019
London Winter Run
Fitness enthusiasts can experience the capital on foot in a 10km run alongside some 20,000 runners, joggers and walkers in the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run. With key shopping streets across the capital pedestrianised for the occasion, it’s an exhilarating atmosphere for participators and onlookers alike.
Westminster and the City
3rd February 2019
The American Clock
Enter New York City in 1929; the stock market has crashed, and the West is navigating an unprecedented financial crisis. Arthur Miller’s play The American Clock pulses with hope, idealism and catchy swing and jazz tunes.
The Old Vic
4th February – 30th March 2019
Join the Follies for an evening that’s roaring with old New York City glamour and foot-tapping favourites like Broadway Baby and Losing My Mind. Follies won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival in 2018 and, after its previous run sold out, it returns with flourish at the start of 2019.
12th February – 6th April 2019
Lit by the atmospheric flicker of candlelight, 10 actors and three musicians tell the gruelling tale of King Edward and his lover, Piers Gaveston. Filled with violence, poetry, song and emotion from start to finish, Edward II is an incredibly visceral piece set during the Renaissance.
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe
7th February – 20th April 2019
The Monstrous Child
A compelling new opera by composer Gavin Higgins and best-selling author Francesca Simon, meet The Monstrous Child, the teenage daughter of Norse god Loki who’s attempting to find her place in the mythical world.
Royal Opera House
21st February – 3rd March
Sung in Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian, this award-winning production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten reconstructs a mysterious ancient world that’s visually and aurally spectacular. The opera draws its inspiration from hymns, prayers and inscriptions from thousands of years ago with stunning effect.
11th February – 7th March 2019
London Fashion Week Festival
Seducing the style conscious with rails of glittering catwalk couture, exclusive shopping edits and talks with the experts, London Fashion Week Festival is an “access all areas” approach to the capital’s official fashion week. Find a spot on the FROW and enjoy a dazzling showcase from the biggest names in fashion.
The Store X
16th – 17th February 2019
Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver
In the 16th and 17th centuries, miniature portrait painting was highly regarded, and French-born Isaac Oliver and Englishman Nicholas Hilliard’s works gained international fame. Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver is the first major exhibition in the UK for over 35 years to celebrate the detailed technique.
National Portrait Gallery
21st February – 19th May
Artists & Illustrators: Artists of the Year 2019
The creativity and skill of 50 new and established artists from across the globe are curated by Artists & Illustrators for this annual exhibition. It’s a must for our guests at The Chesterfield Mayfair, steps away from the Mall Galleries.
25th February – 2nd March 2019
Experience these unmissable February events in London while staying at any of Red Carnation Hotels’ London properties.
Image credits: lead image © Cancer Research UK. Christian Dior with model Sylvie, circa 1948 © Victoria and Albert Museum/Christian Dior. Winter Run © Cancer Research UK. Follies © Johan Persson. Monstrous Child © Royal Opera House. Elizabethan miniature painting © the National Portrait Gallery