A time for romance and revelry after a long, cold January, February typically welcomes a fantastic array of events. Whether visitors wander around the glowing orchids of Kew Gardens, study the world’s first-generation robots at the Science Museum, or simply pick up some fashion tips at Kensington Palace’s Princess Diana exhibition, the British capital is a great place to be at this time of year. Here are some of the best events taking place around London in February, all within easy reach of our luxurious hotels.
Kew Garden is revealing a little slice of paradise this February with its Orchid Festival, based in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. With a nod to both the Amazon rainforest and Brazil’s riotous festivals, the space contains plants that have adapted to withstand fire and lots of other tropical varieties that pop joyfully out of every corner.
6th February – 6th March 2017
Featuring a unique collection of over 100 robots, the Science Museum, asks the perennially interesting question about what it means to be human by exhibiting mankind’s attempts to build robotic versions of itself over the past 500 years. Set over five different periods and places, its 15 working models are sure to become big hits, especially with children.
8th February – 3rd September 2017
As one of the world’s most famous artists turns 80, Tate Britain looks at how David Hockney’s styles, mediums and ideas have changed over the decades. Starting with his idiosyncratic renditions of Los Angeles swimming pools and moving through his enigmatic later pieces, the exhibition offers a stunning retrospective of the artist’s greatest works.
9th February – 29 May 2017
REVOLUTION: RUSSIAN ART 1917-1932
Dipping in to one of the most tumultuous periods of Russian history, as Tsarist Russia collapsed and Communism underwent its first flush of youth, this powerful exhibition provides a snapshot of people’s hopes, dreams and fears before Stalin’s ascendency.
11th February – 17th April 2017
CAGNACCI’S REPENTANT MAGDALENE
To celebrate one of the most impressive loans the National Gallery has received in recent years, The Repentant Magdalene, the gallery is choosing to honour its painter; a rather mysterious figure, Guido Cagnacci was a 17th century Italian artist known mostly for his sensual half-length figures. Go along if you’d like see what the best of Italian Baroque achieved.
15th February – 21st May 2017
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
Starring the Olivier Award winning Imelda Staunton and Game of Thrones star, Conleth Hill, Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf promises to dominate the West End this February. Based on the 1962 play by Edward Albee that dissects the marriage of a middle-aged couple by playing them off against a younger duo at a dinner party, there’s sure to be plenty of laughs in this rather prickly production.
22nd February – 27 May 2017
DIANA: HER FASHION STORY
The Princess of Wales famously entered our wardrobes before our hearts, with dazzling outfits that ranged from chic Catherine Walker suits to Victor Edelstein’s ink blue velvet gown. Almost all the exhibits at Kensington Palace are being aired for the first time and, even better, the exhibition’s cost is considered a part of the admission ticket price – meaning there’s no additional charge.
Opens 24th February 2017
While staying in any one of our London hotels, guests can relax after exploring the city in the comfort of one of our elegant, individually decorated suites.
Image Credits: The Orchid Pillars © RBG Kew. Eric the Robot © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum. Christopher Isherwood & Don Bachardy 1968 © David Hockney. Lenin & Manifestation by Isaak Brodsky, 1919 © State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO. Guido Cagnacci, The Repentant Magdalene, after 1660 © Norton Simon Art Foundation. Imelda Staunton © Charlie Gray. Diana Her Fashion Story © Historic Royal Palaces.