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Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff star in Macbeth
Ocean Liners: Speed & Style
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: Viktor
Roundhouse Rising
Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour
Orchids Festival
Sadler's Wells Sampled
All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
The Winter's Tale
The London Classic Car Show
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon: Pluto
London's Chinese New Year
Smile Upon Us, Lord
London Remixed Festival 2018
Lady Gaga
David Milne: Modern Painting
Deutsche Borse Photography Prize
Craft Beer Rising
Sir Chris Hoy opens The London Bike Show
Ealing Music and Film Festival
Annie Mac Presents


It's the month that wears its heart on its sleeve. Everything's coming up roses for Valentine's Day on February 14th. Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie, Suranne Jones and Carey Mulligan are on the stage plus Fatboy Slim plays Alexandra Palace in February 2018.

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Works on Paper Fair

The art fair returns for 2018 with a packed programme.

Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 01st - 04th February 2018


Augustus John, creator of unforgettable nonsense Edward Lear, and 'The Art of Gardens' are just three topics in a packed talks programme at the 2018 Works on Paper fair where drawings and prints, photographs and posters are presented for sale. Pictures drawn by hand, in ink, pencil, crayon, chalk, pastel, gouache or charcoal can be seen at the fair which returns to the Royal Geographical Society this year. Ranging in price from the affordable (at 500 and less) to the majority on offer from 750 to 7,500, and plenty above 10,000, works include early, modern and contemporary art as well as museum quality pieces. Highlights this year include a watercolour by Edward Seago, a 1740s etching of The Library, Venice, by Canaletto and a 1960s poster by Mark von Arenberg.


Annie Mac Presents

The Radio 1 DJ puts on nine shows over one month in three Camden venues.

KOKO, 1A Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE

Tube: Mornington Crescent Station , Camden Town Station, Camden Town Station


Dates: 01st - 23rd February 2018


Coming home to where Annie Mac Presents started, the BBC radio DJ and Radio 1's ambassador for new music has put together nine shows over the course of one month in three Camden venues: The Jazz Cafe, The Roundhouse and Koko. Koko will see four very special raves held over four consecutive weekends, headlined by Annie herself. Every Thursday night in February The Jazz Cafe showcases top live acts including the likes of Tom Misch, Billie Eilsh, Jessie Ware and Superorganism (to name but a few). The month long music festival finishes with the huge AMP Sounds closing party at The Roundhouse to which you can only buy tickets if you've been to one of the KOKO or Jazz Cafe gigs.


Sadler's Wells Sampled

Open weekend where you can dip into dance for as little as £5.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 31st January - 01st February 2020


An annual taster and a chance to dip into dance with tickets a mere 5 Sadler's Wells Sampled covers a wide variety of dance, from classical ballet to hip hop, contemporary and tango. It's not just about the performances; workshops, classes and more take place throughout the building with free front of house activities taking place on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd February 2018. Previous years have seen the likes of New York City Ballet, Russell Maliphant Company, Iron Skulls, Jasmin Vardimon Company and Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company sharing the stage and there are beginners' workshops so you can have a go too.


London Remixed Festival 2018

Performances from over 25 bands and DJs celebrate the best emerging musical talent.

Rich Mix Centre, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

Tube: Old Street Station


Dates: 02nd - 03rd February 2018


A celebration of the best emerging musical talent and genres, The London Remixed Festival showcases the best Latin grooves, tropical bass, vintage-remix, Balkan beats and more all under one roof. This year's headliners include gypsy folk-rock group Holy Moly & The Crackers, six-piece female fronted band Wara, acclaimed French artist Siska, Afro-funk and Ethiojazz eleven piece Agbeko, and Samba Junglist DJ Hiphoppapotamus. As well as performances from over 25 bands and DJs across 4 stages under one roof there are free remix workshops plus the infamous remix speed dating sessions. Offering creativity, fun and madness, it has all the buzz and atmosphere of a festival but without the mud, rain or indignities of camping.


Ocean Liners: Speed & Style

Discover the glamour and engineering behind the golden age of ocean travel.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 03rd February - 17th June 2018


Explore the romantic and remarkable age of ocean travel and discover how ocean liners helped shape the modern world at the V&A. A fragment of wooden panelling from the Titanic, luggage belonging to the Duke of Windsor and a 1950's photograph of movie star Marlene Dietrich on board the Queen Elizabeth are among more than 250 objects which show the golden age of ocean travel. Beginning with Brunel's steamship, the Great Eastern of 1859, the exhibition traces the design stories behind some of the world's most luxurious liners. Ship models, objects from shipyards, posters and film explore all aspects of ocean travel from ground-breaking engineering to the fashion and lifestyle on board.


Lady Gaga

Expect back-to-back hit songs like Poker Face and The Edge of Glory.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 04th - 08th February 2018


The electro-pop singer and performer, renowned for her catchy tunes and outlandish shows, heads to The O2. With the Joanne World Tour, in support of her new album, Joanne, Lady Gaga has already received rave reviews Stateside. Variety praised a first hour of nearly non-stop back-to-back hits including songs like Poker Face, Perfect Illusion, John Wayne and Alejandro, saying, "Gaga was in full superstar form". On her performance of 'The Edge of Glory', The New York Times said, "There aren't likely to be many more bracing displays of vocal verve in an arena setting this year, or any other." NOTE: these shows are rescheduled gigs. Tickets for the show originally on 9th October 2017 will be valid for the 4th February 2018 show. Tickets for the show originally due to take place on 11th October 2017 will be valid for the 8th February 2018 show.


Zippos: Cirque Berserk!

The talented troupe perform impressive high risk stunts.


With jaw-dropping stunts, tricks and contemporary artistry, Cirque Berserk! is back with its most famous - and most dangerous - act, the legendary 'Globe of Death'. In this high risk performance four motorcyclists defy gravity and traverse the inside of a spherical steel cage at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. They're joined at the Peacock Theatre by a talented company of over 30 jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen from all corners of the globe. NOTE: This production contains strobe-lighting and is unsuitable for under 5s.


All Or Nothing - The Mod Musical

A new musical telling the rise and demise of mod band Small Faces.

Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station


Dates: 06th February - 12th May 2018


Based on the story of Small Faces, one of the most acclaimed mod groups, All or Nothing - The Mod Musical, featured in our Best Musicals in 2018, comes to the Arts Theatre. Written and directed by award-winning actress Carol Harrison, it follows the rise and demise of the band, from the forming of the group to the making it big time and the joys of fame wearing off and the gradual journey to jealousy and betrayal. Harrison stars as Kay Marriott alongside Chris Simmons as the older Steve Marriott.


Imagine Children's Festival

12 days of family fun for children up to 12.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 12th - 23rd February 2020


Keeping kids entertained over the February half-term, the Imagine Children's Festival delivers 12 days of family fun for 0-12 year olds. Head to the Southbank Centre for Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes, dance-theatre Tidy Up and a Kid Normal event that'll have children aged 7 and above creating a brand new superhero story. This year CBBC presenter and funny man Ben Shires hosts free events in The Clore Ballroom throughout the festival between 10am and 4pm. We're looking forward to the return of firm favourites Bedtime Stories and Fun DMC. That's half-term sorted.


Ealing Music and Film Festival

Classical concerts, a free lunchtime recital and a documentary on The Story Of The Ealing Club.

Various Venues, Ealing, , London, W5 5RF

Tube: South Ealing Station


Dates: 13th - 17th February 2019


The Ealing Music and Film Festival returns in February 2018 for its sixth year with a series of concerts from a free lunchtime recital to the West London premiere of the new documentary, Suburban Steps to Rockland. Exploring local Ealing film locations, you can sign up for a tour of The Island Triangle, a popular backdrop for films, TV programmes and music videos. Hear the Ealing Youth Orchestra perform music by Dvorak and Strauss, the Ealing Symphony Orchestra with baritone Keel Watson performing Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and the Love2sing Choir singing songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Cohen and Paul Simon among others.


Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: Viktor

A corpse couple are united in a macabre marriage in Pina Bausch's modern dance.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 08th - 11th February 2018


Deep in the muddy depths of a grave which is still being dug, a corpse couple are united in a macabre marriage. Viktor, created by Pina Bausch, returns to Sadler's Wells from Thursday 8th until Sunday 11th February 2018, performed by the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. Set to folk music from Italy, waltzes from Russia and dance music from the Middle Ages to the 1930s, the dance piece contains "moments of beauty and comedy". See, for example, "where women in ballgowns are swung through the air to the soundtrack of 1930s love songs," (The Guardian) when, "the stage floods with joy".


Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour

Favourite professionals and Strictly dancers make ballroom dance cool again.

SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, HA9 0DH

Tube: Wembley Park Station


Dates: 08th - 09th February 2018


Strictly champion Ore Oduba appears at the live version of the popular, glitzy BBC television show, along with judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli. The live show features favourite professionals and Strictly participants Susan Calman and Jonnie Peacock, a band and swooping ballroom moves. Performed at Wembley Arena and The O2, the live show follows much the same format as the BBC series, featuring performances from 2017's most popular celebrity and professional pairings, impressive routines by the professionals and the occasional verbal sideswipe from the judges.


Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon: Pluto

Modern dance based on the manga series Astro Boy.

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: 08th - 11th February 2018


Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui collaborates with Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon from Japan to present the UK premiere of Pluto, a modern dance based on the manga series Astro Boy. Created in the 1950s by the father of manga, Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy starred Atom, a humanoid robot. He and other characters from The Greatest Robot on Earth storyline feature in Pluto which uses clever visual effects, storytelling, physical grace and puppets to illuminate the original comic book tale.


Street Feast National Pizza Day Pizza Palace

The warehouse is transformed into a Pizza Palace with 12 of the UK's best pizza traders.

Hawker House, Canada Street, London, SE16 7PJ

Tube: Canada Water Station


Dates: 08th February 2018


Foodism presents the first-ever National Pizza Day this February, with over 400 restaurants across the UK offering special discounts. To celebrate the occasion, Street Feast is presenting a huge pizza party on the eve of the occasion, transforming the Canada Water Hawker House into a Pizza Palace on Thursday 8th February. The warehouse will be filled with 12 of the best pizza restaurants and traders in the UK for eight hours of feasting, drinking and dancing. Street Feast favourites like Fundi and Born & Raised will be on the line-up alongside other special guests serving one-off specials, collaborations and pizza puddings.


Girls & Boys

Carey Mulligan stars in Dennis Kelly's emotionally wrought portrait of a romance.

Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 08th February - 17th March 2018


Starring BAFTA Award winner Carey Mulligan, Girls & Boys sees writer Dennis Kelly collaborating for the first time with director Lyndsey Turner on an emotionally wrought portrait of a romance that begins with a chance encounter in a queue at an airport boarding gate. The Oscar nominated star of Suffragette, Shame and An Education, Mulligan's name will ensure a sell-out success for the show, penned by Dennis Kelly who famously co-wrote Matilda the Musical with comedian Tim Minchin. In fact, the Royal Court extended the run adding an extra week of performances, from 12th to 17th March 2018, before the show even opened.


The York Realist

Jonathan Bailey and Ben Batt star in Peter Gill's affecting drama about two young men in love.

The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9LD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station


Dates: 08th February - 24th March 2018


Donmar Associate Robert Hastie, who delighted Donmar audiences with his celebrated productions of My Night with Reg and Splendour, directs a timely revival of Peter Gill's affecting drama about two young men in love, set against the backdrop of 1960s Yorkshire. The all-star cast includes Jonathan Bailey (who's appeared in Broadchurch, Crashing and as Will's love rival in W1A), Ben Batt (Joe Pritchard in Channel 4's Shameless) and Lesley Nicol (better known as Mrs Patmore in Downton Abbey) star in The York Realist, a Donmar Warehouse and Sheffield Theatres co-production about love and family ties.



Suranne Jones stars in Bryony Lavery's award-winning psychological thriller.

Theatre Royal Haymarket, 18 Suffolk Street, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station


Dates: 09th February - 05th May 2018


Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones plays Nancy, an 'every woman', in Frozen, in Bryony Lavery's award-winning psychological thriller. The story is about three strangers who attempt to make sense of an unimaginable horror - the disappearance of a young girl en route to her grandmother's house. Not only is it about a woman loosing her child, says Suranne, "but it's about her finding herself again and I think that we can all relate to that". Jonathan Munby directs a strong cast which includes Jason Watkins and Nina Sosanya.


Orchids Festival

Thousands of orchids and tropical flowers create a colourful display.

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station


Dates: 08th February - 08th March 2020


A stunning visual treat, this year's Orchids Festival at Kew is inspired by the vibrant colours, culture and plant life of Thailand. Thousands of orchids and tropical flowers are used to create beautiful floral displays in and around a bright Vanda tunnel and arches, Thai umbrellas, an exquisite Bang Pa-In inspired orchid palace and a special Thai cart on loan from Thailand's embassy in London. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings you can visit the display for a series of special after dark events with music and workshops.


Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit

The comedian presents a compendium of travellers' tales.

New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, London, SW19 1QG

Tube: Wimbledon Station


Dates: 12th February 2018


Comedian Bill Bailey presents a compendium of travellers' tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling funny man. The long haired comedian tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness with his trademark intelligence, surreal tangents and keyboard tinkling. Plus, he fashions a symphony from a ringtone, tells the real story of Old McDonald and re-imagines the Stars and Stripes. If you saw his most recent live show, Limboland, you'll be delighted there's more where that came from.


BRITs Week

Big acts like Alt-J and Laura Marling play small venues in the lead up to the BRITS.

Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, London, N1 2UD

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station


Dates: 12th - 24th February 2018


See Alt-J, Jessie Ware, Laura Marling and Rag 'N' Bone Man play a series of special gigs at intimate venues across London as BRITs Week comes to town in the lead-up to the BRIT Awards. It's a rare chance to see big name bands play small venues and some of the bands - like Alt-J - aren't scheduled to play any other gigs in the UK this year. Entry for the draw costs 5 a go and you can enter as many times as you like. Money raised from these gigs goes to War Child, helping children across the world affected by war. The full London line up features: 12th February - Jessie Ware, Bush Hall; 13th February - Rag 'n' Bone Man Samm Henshaw, Islington Assembly Hall; 15th February - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Omeara; 17th February - Laura Marling, St Giles in The Field; 20th February - Alt-J, The Garage; 22nd February - Amazons, Omeara; 22nd February The Vamps, Dingwalls; 23rd February - Deaf Havana, Union Chapel; 24th February Kygo, Omeara.


The Winter's Tale

The Royal Ballet presents

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 13th February - 21st March 2018


After creating Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for The Royal Ballet in 2011 - the company's first full length ballet since 1995 - Christopher Wheeldon then went on to adapt Shakespeare's great romance, The Winter's Tale at the Royal Opera House in 2014. It has been described as "a triumph for The Royal Ballet" and its 2016 revival confirmed it as "a modern classic", according to the Telegraph, one which "demands to be seen". This second revival is your chance to do just that. Intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful, set designs are by Bob Crowley while Joby Talbot offers atmospheric music, making this a masterful modern ballet.


Flamenco Festival London

The festival returns for its 15th anniversary in 2018.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 14th - 25th February 2018


The annual foot-stamping Flamenco Festival London, a fortnight long festival featuring seven shows, celebrates its 15th anniversary at Sadler's Wells in spring 2018. Highlights of this year's festival include singer Carmen Linares and rising stars Arcangel and Marina Heredia who are accompanied by the outstanding dancer Ana Morales. Maria Pages searches for the woman behind the femme fatale of Prosper Merimee's novel. Ursula Lopez, Tamara Lopez and Leonor Leal aim to break all the cliches and stereotypes of the archetypal 'Spanish woman'. Four champions of flamenco puro come together in a homage to La Chana who gives a rare performance and avant-garde choreographer and dancer Israel Galvan directs classical dancer Isabel Bayon as she reinvents herself.


David Milne: Modern Painting

More than 90 works by the Canadian painter, from New York to war-torn France.

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AD

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Dates: 14th February - 07th May 2018


The first major UK exhibition of work by the Canadian painter, bringing together more than 90 works in oil and watercolour and never-before-exhibited photographs and drawings. Arranged chronologically, the exhibition follows David Milne's artistic development as he moves from the sidewalks of New York to the war-torn landscapes of northern France and Belgium and back to the woods, fields and skies of the northeastern US and Canada. Highlights include Fifth Avenue, Easter Sunday which was included in the landmark Armory show of 1913.


The London Classic Car Show

Legendary getaway cars, vintage motors and the latest models.

ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station


Dates: 20th - 23rd February 2020


Over 700 classic cars and some of the most legendary 'getaway cars' from automotive history go on display at The London Classic Car Show which comes to London's ExCel Centre this February. Car manufacturers like Aston Martin and Maserati display new models alongside their heritage cars and celebrities from world of the motoring attend - James May, David Coulthard, Jenson Button and Sir Stirling Moss have all been here in previous years. This year the Grand Avenue pays homage to 'specials', the limited editions, one-offs and prototypes of unique street and competition cars renowned for their rarity, curiosity and desirability. The show also celebrates the work and career of an unsung hero of British motor racing.


Simple Minds

The band play three special gigs to celebrate their new album.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station


Dates: 15th February 2018


Days after releasing their first album of new material since 2014's Big Music (which MOJO magazine declared their best album in 30 years), Simple Minds play three special gigs including one at London's Roundhouse. Performing all eight tracks from the new album, Walk Between World, as well as established classics, the band features the Acoustic tour line up of: Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill, percussionist Cherisse Osei and backing vocalist Catherine AD alongside band mainstays Ged Grimes on bass, multi-instrumentalist Gordy Goudie, and regular backing singer (and sometimes lead vocalist) Sarah Brown.



A new take on Derek Jarman's cult punk film.

Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, 2 King Street, London, W6 0QA

Tube: Hammersmith Station


Dates: 15th February - 10th March 2018


Chris Goode's stage adaptation of Jubilee transfers from Manchester to London this February with a run at Lyric Hammersmith. A new take on Derek Jarman's cult film, it captures the spirit of the original but updates it to fit with the social and political turmoil of 2017. The story is centred around a girl gang on a killing spree and a time-travelling Queen Elizabeth I, exploring what happens when creativity and nihilism collide.



The DJ performs his legendary electronic music re-imagined as an original score.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station


Dates: 17th February 2018


Few DJs have made such a lasting impact on the dance scene as Sasha who brings REFRACTED:LIVE to the Roundhouse after his live shows at the Barbican in May 2017 sold out - almost 4000 tickets were snapped up in 90 minutes. So this is Round 2. It's a live music show with Sasha's legendary electronic music re-imagined as an original score and played by Sasha on piano with guest musicians, an 8-piece string section, a percussionist and live vocalists. Expect reinterpretations of well known tracks from his back catalogue as well as an orchestral version of new track 'True'. If the Barbican concert is anything to go by, these will sell out fast.


London's Chinese New Year

Floats, fun and firecrackers from Chinatown to Trafalgar Square.

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 26th January 2020


Join the throng in a stall-coveredChinatown for fun and firecrackers on Chinese New Year in London, one of the most spectacular celebrations in the West with over 300,000 people taking part. This year, the Year of the Dog, the London celebrations take place on 18th February 2018 beginning with a parade of 30 teams from Charing Cross Road. It starts at 10am with a dragon and lion dance, then snakes its way through Chinatown. An official opening ceremony takes place in Trafalgar Square from 12noon with speeches from special guests and entertainment by artists from China. More live entertainment can be found on stages on Shaftesbury Avenueand Charing Cross Road hosted by Spectrum Chinese radio. For family fun head to Leicester Square where kids can enjoy cultural activities and family-friendly performances. Finally, don't miss the spectacular fireworks display at the end which lights up Trafalgar Square.


A Passage To India

A pared back adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel, delivered in simple8's signature style.

Park Theatre, 11 Clifton Terrace, London, N4 3JP

Tube: Finsbury Park Station


Dates: 20th February - 24th March 2018


Sebastian Armesto and Simon Dormandy co-direct Dormandy's stage adaptation of the novel by E.M. Forster set in Imperial India, where Aziz finds himself in prison charged with sexual assault. A pared back production, in simple8's signature style - which delivers theatre without extravagant costumes, scenery or props - A Passage to India at Park Theatre features original music played live on stage by composer Kuljit Bhamra. The prolific composer has written and produced over 2000 songs including the score for Bend it Like Beckham which he co-orchestrated.


Fanny & Alexander

An adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's 1982 film.

Old Vic Theatre, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB

Tube: Waterloo Station , Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 21st February - 14th April 2018


Downton Abbey's Penelope Wilton plays Mrs Helena Ekdahl in Fanny & Alexander, adapted from Ingmar Bergman's 1982 film by Old Vic Associate Director Max Webster and BAFTA award-winning writer Stephen Beresford. Set in 1900s Sweden, siblings are shocked when their widowed mother remarries the local bishop, turning their bucolic childhoods upside down. Downton's Mrs Crawley leads a large ensemble cast with Michael Pennington starring as Isak Jacobi and Death and Lolita Chakrabarti also taking on two roles, appearing as Alma Ekdahl and Helena Vergerus.


The BRIT Awards 2018

The annual celebration of music returns to The O2.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 21st February 2018


One of the biggest music award events in Britain, the annual celebration of British and international music comes to The O2 for the eighth time. A big night out for all the biggest names in music, the award show features performances by some of the nominated acts. Ten winners are announced on the night, all of whom receive an exclusive statuette, alongside the previously announced 2018 Critics' Choice winner. The 38th BRIT Awards will be broadcast live on ITV reaching an audience of 8.5 million.


Craft Beer Rising

175 brewers, some of London's finest street food and music to dance to.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: 21st - 23rd February 2019


A festival dedicated to the increasing interest and innovation in the beer industry in the UK, Craft Beer Rising returns to The Old Truman Brewery this February. The annual event brings together over 175 UK and international brewers, some of London's finest street food and music to dance to. Breweries taking part include well-established beer brands like Meantime, Sierra Nevada and Oakham Ales as well as local rising stars like Gipsy Hill, Brixton Brewery and Mondo. New additions for 2018 include Lost Found A.BL, Unity Brewing Co and Fierce Beer. Street food will be served by the likes of Kolkata, Porky's, La Bao and pork BBQ and gravy shack Salty Loins while music comes from Krafty Kuts, Don Letts, The London Disco Society and A Guy Called Gerald.


Mark Bruce Company: Macbeth

Mark Bruce's modern dance piece based on Shakespeare's famous tragedy.

Wilton's Music Hall, Graces Alley, Off Ensign Street, London, E1 8JB

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: 23rd February - 17th March 2018


The multi-award winning Mark Bruce Company presents a modern dance piece based on Shakespeare's famous tragedy. With a cast of nine and designed by the creative team that brought you Dracula and The Odyssey, this dance/theatre production at the wonderful Wilton's Music Hall brings a horror film atmosphere to Macbeth, a tale of treachery and the ruthless pursuit of power. Mark Bruce says, "The Macbeths are mere playthings of the evil they set free" and in his adaptation they become, "clowns of sound and fury".


Deutsche Borse Photography Prize

See superb photography from four artists shortlisted for the prestigious award.

Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, Soho, London, W1F 7LW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 21st February - 07th June 2020


In spring each year The Photographers' Gallery in London shows an exhibition of work by the four artists shortlisted for the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Prize worth 30,000 to the winner. The 2018 exhibition - which marks the prize's 21st year anniversary - features images by Mathieu Asselin who spent five years investigating the biotechnology company Monsanto, Rafal Milach for his exhibition Refusa which focuses on post-Soviet countries, Batia Suter nominated for her publication Parallel Encyclopedia #2 and Luke Willis Thompson and his film autoportrait. The winner will be announced during the run of the exhibition, rewarding the living photographer, of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography during the past year.


The London Bike Show

Sir Chris Hoy opens show which returns with new features and the biggest freeride mountain bike competition.

ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station


Dates: 23rd - 25th February 2018


Olympian Sir Chris Hoy launches the UK's largest cycling show when it returns to ExCeL London in February 2018, hosting the biggest freeride mountain bike competition, Air to the Throne. With over 300 brands - including Boardman Bikes, Orange Bikes, Cannondale, Cervelo, Wattbike and Science in Sport - there's plenty of gear to browse and buy. Industry experts from on all aspects of cycling, from BMX to cross country riding, are there to give talks and advice. New for 2018 is the lodge-themed bar showing favourite mountain bike movies and The Legends Exhibit, an curated collection of road bikes ridden by legends of road cycling. What's more, a ticket to The London Bike Show also grants entry to two other events running at the ExCeL centre at the same time: the Triathlon Show: London and The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show.


Fatboy Slim

The superstar DJ plays an uplifting set of house, dance and electro.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station


Dates: 24th February 2018


The world-famous Brighton DJ, real name Norman Cook, takes to the decks at Alexandra Palace, an iconic London venue he's never performed at but has always wanted to. The former bass player with the Housemartins turned superstar DJ can be relied on to play an uplifting set of house, dance and electro hits like Praise You, Right Here, Right Now and many more. When Fatboy Slim packed out the O2 in December 2016, the FT described him as, "the goofy, gurning life and soul of this arena mega-party". Expect similar stomping beats here and a rave to put a smile on your face.


Roundhouse Rising

Hip-hop heavyweight Little Simz headlines and curates the festival.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station


Dates: 15th - 29th October 2019


The Roundhouse Rising festival returns for its ninth year in 2018, offering a programme of gigs from emerging artists alongside a series of workshops and seminars aimed at 14 to 25-year-olds. This year hip-hop heavyweight Little Simz, who made her debut here in 2014, returns to headline and curate the festival. The rapper presents her favourite new artists, with DJs, an art exhibition, pop up performances, talks, food and visuals. Artists appearing include folk artist Blair Dunlop (winner of the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award) and indie-folk artist Ailbhe Reddy. BBC Music Introducing 1XTRA provides a night of free music and DJ Soundclash crowns the Rising Soundclash Champion. Plus there are panels, workshops, demos and talks from big names in the business at the YouTube space in Kings Cross.


Murillo: The Self Portraits

The gallery reunites the only two known self portraits by Murillo.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station


Dates: 24th February - 21st May 2018


Reuniting the only two known self-portraits by Murillo for the first time in over three hundred years, this free National Gallery exhibition marks the 400th anniversary of the artist's birth. One of the most celebrated painters of the Spanish Golden Age, Bartolome Esteban Murillo is well known for his religious paintings and depictions of street children. He was also an ingenious portraitist though this has been less frequently studied. The first 'Self-Portrait' (from about 1650-55) in the Frick Collection shows Murillo in his thirties while the second was painted roughly twenty years later. The two portraits are hung alongside ten other works, some by Murillo and others reproductions of the two paintings, showing their fame in Europe.


Summer and Smoke

An emotionally wrought drama about loneliness, love and self-destruction.

Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London, N1 1TA

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 24th February - 07th April 2018


Patsy Ferran, who made her West End debut as a 'scene-stealing' maid in Blithe Spirit alongside Angela Lansbury, stars in Tennessee Williams' emotionally wrought drama about loneliness, love and self-destruction. Staged at the Almeida, Summer and Smoke is set during one long, hot summer when Alma meets a man who will turn her life upside down and force her to question her obligations. The drama explores the complex nature of body and soul, religion and indulgence versus sacrifice.


Russian Ballet Icons Gala

Dancers of the Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Royal Ballet and more perform for one night only.

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 25th February 2018


The Russian Ballet Icons Gala is an annual, one-night-only event, a multimedia experience performed by the dancers of the Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, ballets of the Grand Opera Paris, Berlin Staatsoper, New York City Ballet and the Ballet of Monte Carlo. Dancers from these esteemed companies will perform excerpts from the Russian classical repertoire and masterpieces by contemporary choreographers influenced by the Russian ballet.



Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff star in Shakespeare's bloody tragedy.

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 26th February - 23rd June 2018


Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in this revival of Shakespeare's intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by the National Theatre's Rufus Norris 25 years after his last Shakespeare production. Set in the ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war, ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Set design is by Rae Smith, costume design by Moritz Junge, lighting design by James Farncombe and sound design by Paul Arditti.


Another Kind Of Life: Photography On The Margins

A look at how artists take inspiration from those on the fringes of mainstream society.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: 28th February - 27th May 2018


Part of 2018 season The Art of Change, Another Kind of Life at the Barbican explores how photographers and artists take inspiration from those on the margins of society. Through a display of more than 300 works by 20 photographers, taken between 1950 and the present day, it will look at how some of the most powerful images of the 20th and 21st century come as a result of the engagement with communities who are often at odds with, or on the fringes of, the mainstream and how social attitudes have evolved over time. Works by the likes of Bruce Davidson, Casa Susanna, Larry Clark and Mary Ellen will go on display, with vintage and contemporary prints, archival material, specialist magazines, and rare film and photo books that touch on gender and sexuality, drugs and addiction, youth culture and minorities of all kinds.


All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life

100 works by some of the most celebrated modern British artists.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station


Dates: 28th February - 27th August 2018


A large-scale painting by Francis Bacon of his friend and artistic rival Lucian Freud is part of Tate Britain's landmark exhibition, All Too Human, which begins in February 2018. The work, not exhibited for over half a century, is one of 100 works by some of the most celebrated modern British artists. With a focus on Freud and Bacon, the exhibition reveals how their art captures personal and immediate experiences and events. Featuring major works by Walter Sickert, Stanley Spencer, Frank Auerbach, Paula Rego and many others, this exhibition makes poignant connections across generations of artists and tells the story of figurative painting in the 20th century.


Smile Upon Us, Lord

Russia's Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre illuminates the Jewish experience in the first half of the 20th century.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: 28th February - 03rd March 2018


Starring a 40-plus cast, Smile Upon Us, Lord is staged at the Barbican by Russia's Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre, led by esteemed Artistic Director Rimas Tuminas whose "tableaus of striking beauty and grace are a hallmark" (New York Times). Adapted from two novels by Lithuanian-born writer Grigory Kanovich, the story illuminates the Jewish experience in the first half of the 20th century. At times it's fantastical and dreamlike, at others skilfully comic. The company's last visit here was with their sell-out, five-star Eugene Onegin in 2015 which followed its triumphant Uncle Vanya in 2012.


German Cornejo: Tango After Dark

Argentine dancers perform an intimate and sensual show.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station, Temple Station


Dates: 28th February - 17th March 2018


The Peacock Theatre will be reminiscent of Buenos Aires this February as Argentina's Tango superstar German Cornejo leads his dance company of 10 in the intimate and sensual Tango After Dark. Having wowed audiences here with their smash hit show Flames of Desire, which won Best Theatre Production in the 2015 UK Latin Awards, they're returning to put on another spectacular show. The Tango superstar and his outstanding cast of dancers, including his long term dance partner and collaborator Gisela Galeassi, are accompanied by two singers and seven musicians playing tango classics. Tango in its most authentic form.


Great British Bab Off

Five restaurants compete for the title of London's best kebab.

Le Bab, 2nd Floor, Kingly Court, London, W1B 5PW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 11th February 2018


Stephen Tozer and Ed Brunet, founders of Soho's gourmet kebab restaurant Le Bab, present the Great British Bab Off this February. A charity event in partnership with Action Against Hunger, the event will see the restaurant compete with four other London restaurants to claim the title of the capital's best kebab. Yosma, Okoyi, El Pastor and Pitt Cue Co will go head-to-head with Le Bab's dish, barbecue Herdwick lamb's tongue, iskender dressing and meadow leaves in a sheep buttermilk flatbread. For 45, and the option of a wine flight for an additional 35, guests will be treated to a five-course kebab tasting menu and dessert, with the chance to vote for which kebab should be crowned the winner at the end of the meal. All proceeds will go to Action Against Hunger.





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