I hate January. Cold, dark, nothing happens, broke, having to decide which weekend to give up the new year’s resolution. I’m always thankful by the time February comes around, at least you start to get a bit of extra light during the day, your bank account doesn’t seem as barren and there is a whole day dedicated to eating pancakes. Of course there is also valentine’s day for those lucky enough to have a partner; even if you don’t, you can use it as an excuse to do something fun with your other single mates.
So let’s take a look at what’s on in London throughout February 2016, as always I’ve only picked out the best and most interesting activities of the month.
What’s on in London February 2016:
Visit: Craft Beer Rising Festival
Do you like beer? Good. Do you like lots of beer? Even better. Returning to the Old Truman Brewery (Brick Lane) on February 26 – 27 for the fourth year running, this year’s Craft Beer Rising festival proves to be bigger and better than ever! With 380 beers on offer from over 150 exhibitors, you’re sure to leave your taste buds in a state of disbelief at the range of flavours available. Cider loves such as myself can also rejoice because for the first time there will be a wide selection of apple based beverages for us to try. With a new take-out licence you’ll be able to take your favourite beers home with you; the event will also feature street food stalls and live music. Tickets are £15, come with a free glass and guide book and can be bought at the official Craft Beer Rising festival website.
New Restaurant Opening: Restaurant Ours, South Kensington
A new restaurant is coming to London this February (just in time for those Valentine’s day bookings no doubt) and it looks set to be a good one. Tom Sellers, a man who has already opened a Sunday times top 100 restaurants in London (Storey in Bermondsey), now has hit sights set on South Kensington where his new venture, Restaurant Ours, will soon open. The new diggs will have capacity for 120 covers and the huge dining room will be punctuated by three enormous trees’ that make excellent use of the very high ceilings. The head chef’s former employers include Kensington Palace.
See: Chinese New Year
One of the cultural highlights of the calendar if you ask me! Chinese New year falls on 8th of February but will be celebrated in all its colourful glory on the 14th. The most important time of year for London’s sizeable Chinese community and a chance for us all to sample a smattering of Chinese culture. The parade will start at 10am and will wind its way through Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. Trafalgar square will host the main celebrations where there will be a huge stage, lion dancers, dragons, street food, live music and much more. This is a free event and is immensely popular with Londoners, so be sure to plan ahead.
Watch: Deadpool / Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Two films to consider this month and both offer something for a compromise in terms of traditional male and female viewing habits. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a rather tong in cheek remake of one of the most famous period dramas, I’m sure I don’t have to point out what the pot twist is. The film offers all the pomp and circumstance of Downton Abbey and couples it with the zombie gore of The Walking Dead – surely a match made on heaven? We’ll see.
The second movie I’m going to recommend is Deadpool, another that could be enjoyed by anyone in this month of couples dedicating every waking moment to pleasing each other. Deadpool is a new Marvel Superhero to be brought to the big screen and looks set to be the cheekiest, funniest hero we’ve ever seen (I mean, just look at these official posters for the film). Ryan Reynolds plays the ripped anti-hero which should also please the ladies.
Drink: Behind This Wall Bar
Joining the ranks of cool Hackney bars that seem to pop up weekly is Behind This Wall. The new bar is set to open on the 5th of February and will specialise in bespoke and health conscious cocktails. No, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any Vodka in your Long Island Ice Tea, but the bartenders will be using spirits from small distilleries and cocktail ingredients that are not packed with preservatives or artificial flavourings. An epic sound system will provide the beats and an oyster bar with Hawaiian dishes will provide the eats. I can’t wait to visit!
So that’s February wrapped up! I hope my suggestions have inspired you to get out of the house, even though it will still probably feel like the depths of winter. Just remember, after February it’s March, which is basically summer, right?