15 fab things to do in February
Stream a theatre show, laugh it up with a virtual comedy night, show your love with a sweet treat this Valentine’s Day or enjoy a history tour from your sofa – here’s our guide to what’s on in February…
Local History Revealed
A series of online talks, Thames Luminaries sheds light on how the Thames brought artists, writers and wealth to south west London. February’s events include Strawberry Hill House, Orleans House and Ham House. Visit.
Barnes OSO Night In
Every Wednesday evening throughout January & February OSO Arts Centre will be livestreaming a free show. Visit.
Order in a Gorgeous Dinner
We have a wealth of fabulous options to eat restaurant-quality food in our own homes. Try Cook & Thief, bringing you the dishes of top chefs, which it recreates in its kitchen, then delivers to your door. Packaging is 100% eco too. We have our eyes on Andrew Wong’s black bean cod and Ollie Dabbous’s Sticky Toffee Pudding. Visit.
Head on a Journey Through Battersea Arts Centre
Filmed in one continuous take, The Way Out is an immersive journey through Battersea Arts Centre’s labyrinth of rooms and corridors with comedian Omid Djalili as your guide. Visit.
Spread Some Love
It may be Valentine’s Day this month, but don’t save the gifts just for the love of your life. Friends and family are likely in need of a lift so send a cheering bloom to lift their spirits; try Gardenia. Or send delicious cakes – Cool Cakes by Chris has fabulous sweet treats, designed to eat from the jar. Valentine flavours include Pink Champagne and Red Velvet. Get 15% off any Valentine’s Edition. Order online and enter code LOVETL at checkout (Order by Sunday 7 February).
Get Your Art Fix Online
The National Gallery continues to showcase its collection online, accompanied with some fab events for all, including activities during half-term such as Decoding Pictures (15 February), a live online tour where families will work together to piece together clues in paintings, and Talk and Draw sessions. Visit.
Watch the Opera
Tune in to Grange Park Opera’s fabulous offering for free with the likes of Owen Wingrave, an opera created by Benjamin Britten and based on Henry James’ ghost story. Visit.
Join a Choir
Polka Theatre’s Re:Sound intergenerational choir is continuing on Zoom. Everyone is welcome and no experience is needed. Every Thursday 4pm to 5pm. Visit.
Catch Some Jazz
Check regularly on the 606 Club website, which has been offering live stream jazz sessions from a diverse range of musicians. Visit.
The Mermaid’s Tongue is an immersive online game where you need to decipher messages, hack into CCTV and overcome the dark forces to track down an ancient artefact. You’ll need 2 to 6 players and the beauty is you don’t need to be physically together. Visit.
The Globe Player brings all the Shakespeare classics to your living room from the London theatre. Go for the riveting Macbeth (rent £5.99, own £11.99 or send as a gift) or something a little lighter with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Visit.
The Theatre at Home
The National Theatre at Home streaming service offers the best of British theatre, including the likes of War Horse. Subscribe from £8.32 a month. Rent £7.49 for 3 days. You can also gift it to someone. Visit.
Eco Merton Meet-Up
Sustainable Merton is hosting its Green Coffee session via Zoom (2 Feb) where you can chat with other like-minded folk. Visit.
Wimbledon & Putney Commons is hosting a winter talk (9 Feb) on Zoom with Edwin Malins, Nature Reserves Manager at London Wildlife Trust, uncovering the natural world in an urban nature reserve. Visit.
Have a Laugh
Keep an eye on Outside The Box, which has been Zooming some top faces from the comedy scene straight into your living room. Visit.