1 February—16 March
The Guinness Six Nations roars into town, with Ireland looking to keep their hands on the trophy. This year’s rugby tournament, which brings together Europe’s top six teams, promises one of the most open contests for many years. This month, Twickenham Stadium plays host England against France (10 Feb), and England will be looking to continue the tournament in style.
Cheer on the participants in the London Winter Run, a 10km fundraising race through the capital, which passes many landmarks. The race first took place in 2015 and is now an annual event in which more than 65,000 people have taken part. Watch the start of the race in Trafalgar Square, complete with a urry of ‘snow’. The route goes past The Savoy hotel, Nelson’s Column and St Paul’s Cathedral. Runners and spectators are set to be entertained by winter characters at the Husky High-Five Zone and Penguin Party.
Watch the colorful celebrations for Chinese New Year, centering on the lively Chinatown district. Although the new year falls on the 5th, most events happen on the 10th, with parades, traditional costumes and dragon and lion dances, plus spectacular entertainment on the stage at Trafalgar Square. This is the Year of the Pig, according to the Chinese zodiac, which shows signs of good fortune.
5 February—27 April
Famous for his role as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot in the long-running TV series, David Suchet is one of Britain’s best-loved actors. See him on stage at Wyndham's Theatre as he stars in Arthur Miller’s The Price to mark the 50th anniversary of the play, which tells the story of two brothers, Walter and Victor Franz, meeting for the first time in 16 years. When the play premiered on Broadway in 1968, it was nominated for two Tony Awards.
If you’re in town for half-term (the UK’s first school holiday of the year), expect to come across an abundance of family-friendly events at the annual Imagine Children’s Festival. Kids take part in every aspect of the Southbank Centre's events here, including assisting backstage and broadcasting announcements. With myriad theatre and comedy shows, it promises to be a lot of fun.
It’s that time of the year when roses and candlelit dinners are at the forefront of everyone’s mind. But, if you want to do something a little bit different this year, visit one of London’s iconic sights. Hop on board the Cupid’s Capsule on the Coca-Cola London Eye—you can have a capsule to yourself (plus a guide), while enjoying Champagne and truffles. If you’re planning to propose, why not do so in St Paul’s Cathedral’s Whispering Gallery? The View from The Shard, meanwhile, offers special romantic packages to make sure everything goes to plan.
Did you know that it’s been 60 years since the iconic Mini Cooper was first produced? This year’s London Classic Car Show celebrates that landmark and also pays tribute to Jaguar designer Ian Callum. Taking place at ExCeL in the Docklands, you’ll find cars aplenty and an indoor racing track, where you can watch vehicles of all shapes and sizes compete. On your marks, get set, go!
In Mayfair you will find a musical landmark: two neighbouring houses on Brook Street that were once home to baroque composer George Frideric Handel, followed by American guitarist Jimi Hendrix 200 years later. These days, the homes are combined as Handel and Hendrix in London, and you can traverse the centuries to witness the home lives of both men. Handel’s birthday (23 Feb) makes it a great time to visit. Enjoy live baroque music played throughout the day in the music room, as well as baroque dances.
28 February – 3 March
Taking over Chelsea’s Saatchi Gallery, Collect is a must for fans of arts and crafts. The festival, run by the Crafts Council, showcases work from around the world that has been produced in the past ve years only. Visitors are treated to an overview of the modern international craft scene, from Chinese ceramics and lacquerware, to gold and silver pieces made in the UK. Look out, too, for a collaborative project between Filipino designers and Czech glassblowers.