What’s on in London – February 2013

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve done it again… begun a What’s on in London in the middle of the month! Hopefully no one is following my blog seriously as it looks like its becoming a trend.

I can’t say that you haven’t missed much because it was Chinese New Year yesterday. I don’t usually celebrate it but my daughter has been obsessed with everything Chinese lately. She’s studying China at school and for the last week all she has wanted to be was Chinese. Last week she was happy to have blond hair like Rapunzel, now she can’t wait to grow up and have her hair turn black “like mummy’s” (whose hair is not black incidentally). She also wanted to go to China, but she had to settle for Chinatown yesterday. Luckily, the dancing dragons, red lanterns and chinese shops seemed to do the trick. It better have – standing in the cold and rain was not my idea of a celebration! The things we do for our kids…

But on to bigger, better (and hopefully, drier) things

Rio Carnival at Guanarbara – 7 – 12 February 2013

If you feel like shaking it like Shakira, then you won’t want to miss the Rio Carnival at Guanabara, London’s most famous Brazilian venue near Holborn. Not only will there be plenty of samba, but there will be copious amounts of Brazilian street food and the best Caiprinihas in town (just in case you can’t shake it like Shakira!). Mix it up on a week night for a bit of mummy time or a pre-Valentines date night!

Imagine Children’s Festival – 11 – 24 February 2013

Its half term! Hoorah! (Not). If you’re looking for something to do with the kids, yet again, Southbank is your answer. For about 2 weeks, the Imagine Children’s Festival will be delighting your children with all sorts of entertainment with music, books, poetry, dance, workshops and wait for it… a dinosaur petting zoo! Need I say more?! In case I do, there will be some big names in children’s literature doing storytelling like Judith Kerr and Claire Freedman (best selling author of Aliens Love Underpants), a Peter Rabbit puppet show and even a Where’s Wally hunt where you can dress up like Wally and win a prize (if that’s your thing). There is really something for everyone. A perfect day out for the kids.

Pancake Day – 12 February 2013

If like me your New Years resolutions lasted one month as opposed to one year, then you won’t want to miss the excuse to gorge yourself on pancakes tomorrow! There will be pancake day races all over London, from Spitalfields to Borough Market. If you can brave the weather, this would be a great day out for the kids. Check out Time Out’s feature here. If you’d rather eat pancakes then run with them, you may want to pop down to The Breakfast Club Hoxton and challenge yourself with a Man vs Pancake challenge: 12 pancakes in 20 minutes. Go on, you know you want to!

The Marshmallow Apothecary – 12 – 23 February 2013

This is actually going to be a great month. So much food! Its definitely the weather for hot chocolate. And the perfect partner for hot chocolate has to be the humble marshmallow. Not so humble, is the Robin Collective Marshmallow Apothecary, a pop up prescribing these fluffy treats for your maladies based on your requirements. There is also a coffee shop and tasting area. A perfect sweet finish to some retail therapy on Carnaby Street, you can get your fix at Kingly Court on Kingly Street.

North & South Soup Pop Up – 13 February 2013

Its definitely soup weather and this is just the pop up to warm you up! North & South Soup is a small London based soup company specialising in home-made soups looking to make it big in the delis of London. To this end, they are having a pop up evening from 7pm at The Shop in Kensal Rise. Like with all my featured food events, there will be cocktails, as well as some interesting soups to say the least (like parsnip and vanilla?!). If you happen to live anywhere in the vicinity, you should definitely pop in!

Couple blindfolded chocolate tasting – 13 February 2013

Mmm, soup or chocolate? I think I know which event I’ll be going to (if it wasn’t for the £100 price tag attached). If you’ve got the means, then take your other half to this cocoa-based couples event at Rococo Chocolates Motcomb Street from 6.30-7.30pm. There will be award winning truffles, insider chocolate information and sparkling wine, and of course, blindfolds to heighten the taste experience!

Sex and the City (of London) walk – 14 February 2013

And you thought your excuses for eating bad were over. Thankfully, its Valentines Day this month, and chocolate is mandatory! The good thing is, you can walk it off on this new Sex and the City (of London) walk which takes place on Valentines Day in Barbican from 6.30pm. Unfortunately, its for 18s and over so would be perfect for date night.

The Love Nest Valentines Ball – 14 – 16 February 2013

If you want to do something a little different for Valentines Day, you may want to take your other half on a date night, or your girlfriends for a bit of mummy time fun, to the Artful Dodger’s Love Nest Valentine Ball which is taking place in the secret vaults of the Old Vic Tunnels. The Old Vic Tunnels team have set to work creating a romantic wonderland full of DJs, live bands, Peacock mating dancers, Kingfisher Kissograms, Tandem bike rides, a spanking parlour, face painting, costume stalls and a whole lot more. Not for the faint hearted, tickets are now on sale at 40% off through Time Out at only £15/pop.

Vodafone Fashion Weekend – 21 – 24 February 2013

If you fancy yourself a bit of a fashionista (or a want to be), then make sure you come and strut your stuff over to Somerset House this weekend. There will be over 100 designers all selling one-off pieces and their SS13 collections at discount prices. Get a group of girls together for a stylish bit of mummy time. Tickets start from £15.50 for shopping only to tickets including entry into the catwalk show. Go on, spoil yourself and buy your ticket here. For a 20% discount on all tickets (except Luxe) enter URBANJUNKIES at the checkout.

The Baby Show – 22 – 24 February 2013

If you’re expecting a baby, chances are you will not be going to the Vodafone Fashion weekend. That doesn’t mean that you don’t get to shop. You can still get your retail fix at the Baby Show at ExCel London. There will be all the top brands all in the one place and experts to offer you specialist advice on their products. Its not all about the shopping of course. There will also be some great speakers, like Professor Robert Winston and my personal favourite, children’s food guru, Annabel Karmel. For 40% off the ticket price, just quote BSX022 here. A great day out for the whole family and invaluable for first time mums.

Designer Sales UK – 28 February  – 2 March 2013

If you’ve still got money left over from attending Vodafone Fashion Week, you may want to bag some more bargains at the Chelsea Old Town Hall from 12 – 6pm. Designers include: Belstaff, Armani, D&G, Westwood, Chloe, Equipment, Ralph Lauren, Pringle, Paul Smith, Moschino, and Hugo Boss. Make sure you’re looking your best because Designer Sales UK will also be scouting for models for The Real People Catwalk Show 2013. A great way to spend some mummy time. For more information, check out the website.

The View from the Shard

Move over London Eye, the Shard has arrived. If you want a bird’s eye view of London, then you can’t beat the Shard which has just opened up this month to the public. Its looks amazing… and very high at 244m above ground leve. Definitely not one for those scared of heights! Advance tickets £24.95 for adults and £18.95 for children. Under 3s go free. Book your tickets here.

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