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London Insider Calendar: February 2018

A guide to the best creative & cultural events this month

Can you believe it’s February already? This month’s London Insider Calendar, features the most exciting events in the capital this February: from food festivals to antiques fairs, plus our favourite should-be-a-Bank-Holiday-but-isn’t, Pancake Day. 

Now you’re done suffering through Dry January, check out our newest Experiences in London. Join a tour of Hackney Wick’s craft breweries with James Kellow, or travel in time through the medium of gin with Chris Bryant-Mansell on his historical drinks tour of Soho.

Art

All Too Human: Bacon, Freud, and a Century of Painting Life
Tate Britain
28th February – 27th August
Cost: £19.50

Francis Bacon, Three Studies of Lucian Freud, 1969
Francis Bacon, Three Studies of Lucian Freud, 1969

Celebrating British painters from the 20th Century, All Too Human examines the study of human life through the figurative works of Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, as well as lesser-known London artists such as Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego. The exhibition reveals how the artists ruthlessly capture intimate personal experiences.

Don’t ‘get’ contemporary art? Learn from Joshua White, a lecturer at Christie’s Education on his one-of-a-kind tour of London’s finest boutique art galleries.

Food

Foodism’s National Pizza Day
Various Locations
8th February – 9th February
Cost: £15.00

On February 9th, celebrate National Pizza Day with discounts and one-day specials appearing on menus nationwide. Get a jumpstart on the festivities at the ticketed pre-party at Hawker House in London, hosted by Foodism and Street Feast. The launch party will feature 10 of London’s best pizza traders and even some epic pizza puddings.

Drinks

Craft Beer Rising
Old Truman Brewery
22nd February – 24th February
Cost: from £15.00

The UK’s biggest craft beer festival returns to the Old Truman Brewery in East London. Over 170 breweries will be exhibiting, paired with live music and street food from London-based producers. Well-established brands such as Sierra Nevada and Meantime will be in attendance, as will local favourites Brixton Brewery.

Discover new brews at Craft Beer Rising, then learn industry insights from James Kellow of Crate Brewery on his exclusive Experience at Hackney’s finest breweries.

Gardens

Orchids at Kew
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
10th February – 11th March
Cost: £18.00

Escape the wintry February gloom and be transported to bright and beautiful Thailand without leaving Zone 4. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew once again hosts the 23rd annual Orchids Festival, where you’ll learn about the significance of orchids in Thai cuisine, medicine and culture. Don’t forget your cameras! 

Design

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
Victoria & Albert Museum, Kensington
3rd February – 10th June
Cost: £18.00

The expertly curated Speed & Style celebrates the golden age of travel. Discover the design and cultural impact of some of the 20th Century’s most iconic ocean liners including the Titanic. From engineering to interiors, and from onboard lifestyle to the pervasive influence on fashion and advertising, the exhibition charts the glamorous rise of an extraordinary era in travel.

Antiques

IACF Antiques & Collectors Fair at Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace, North London
18th February
Cost: £6.00 (on the door, cash only)

For one day only, Alexandra Palace hosts the International Antiques and Collectors Fair, with over 300 quality dealers from across the UK. Browse collectors’ pieces, ceramics, artwork, jewellery, and much much more at the festival. Pop-Up Vintage Fairs will also be in attendance, bringing a mix of vintage ladies and menswear, jewellery and accessories to the fair.

Fashion

London Fashion Week Festival
The Store Studios: 180 Strand
22nd February – 25th February
Cost: From £20.00

So your invitation to the LFW front row got lost in the mail? London Fashion Week Festival gives anyone who’s anyone access to one-of-a-kind industry insights. The four-day schedule is jam-packed with designer catwalk shows, new season shopping, and industry talks. Don’t miss fashion forecasting with Lucy Williams, or the discussion with GQ’s ‘Face-in-Residence’, digital influencer Jim Chapman.

Coupled up and looking for something special for February 14th? Don’t miss our guide to London’s most romantic restaurants. Get 10% off your first voucher purchase when you subscribe to the newsletter and order your voucher by Sunday 11th February to guarantee delivery in time for Valentine’s Day.