What to do and where to stay in London in February
Maybe you want to know how to spend Valentine's Day in London? Don't worry, we've got the guide for enjoying February in London
Let’s face it, by February we’re just about ready to give up our New Year’s resolutions, wave goodbye to winter, and take a break from our January health kick.
So, we’ve decided that February is the month of celebrations and indulgence.
Hey, it’s cold and you deserve some fun to get you over your January blues. Luckily, there’s no better place to celebrate the end of winter and keep yourself entertained than the city of London.
Celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year
Insider tip: Want to learn how to say Happy New Year in Chinese? It’s "Xin Nian Kuai Le" in Mandarin, or "San Nin Faai Lok" in Cantonese.
New Year celebrations don’t have to end just because it’s no longer 31st December. Like many major cities around the world, London celebrates the Chinese New Year in spectacular style. In fact, our city puts on the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia.
So, what can you expect to see? Well, for starters, there’s a vibrant parade with dragon dancing and colourful floats in the West End attended by hundreds of thousands of Londoners and tourists. You can take in stage performances by Chinese artists and dancers in Trafalgar Square, cultural activities in Leicester Square, and head to nearby Chinatown for feasting on traditional Chinese fare at food stalls. If you miss the New Year celebrations on the day, you can still continue the celebrations by indulging in authentic Chinese cuisine at long-running Chinatown restaurants such as Cafe TPT and Canton.
Where to stay for London’s Chinese New Year Celebrations
Location-wise, it couldn’t get much better than this apartment for the Chinese New Year celebrations. This colourful one bedroom home is just around the corner from Leicester Square station, and offers great views of all the New Year action from the communal rooftop terrace.
For a truly stylish stay in the heart of Soho, take a closer look at this spacious 2 bedroom apartment. All the Chinese New Year Celebrations you want to partake in are just a short walk away, as well as all the major London attractions you’ll want to check out on your stay here.
Celebrate love on Valentine’s Day
Insider’s tip: The London Eye always does something a little fun for Valentine’s Day, so keep an eye on it…
Yes, it’s that day of the year where you have to celebrate your love (whether you feel like it or not). Sure, it may be considered a somewhat cheesy holiday by some, but it has its benefits. The main one being that it’s an opportunity to feast together at one of London’s many (many) amazing restaurants. So, whether you’re celebrating with a friend or your other half on 14th February, impress them by taking them somewhere scrumptious and exciting to eat.
Our top picks for a fun (but non-cheesy) Valentine’s Day dinner in London include the trendy Berners Tavern, the champagne fuelled Bob Bob Ricard and, of course, the extremely romantic Clos Maggiore.
And of course, you have every single retailer and brand going gaga over Valentine’s Day well in advance of the actual day. Pick up the perfect pressie or sweet treat for your love at Liberty of London, Selfridges or one of the many boutiques along Kings Road. Remember, go for simple and thoughtful rather than expensive and extravagant.
Where to stay for Valentine's Day in London
For a truly magical V-day, settle into this centrally located and extremely enchanting apartment for the night. You’ll be transported into another world together, and can enjoy a night of snuggling in front of the fireplace or sweltering in the sauna (which is more romantic than it sounds!).
Impress your partner (or friend of choice) by booking a stay at this classic Clerkenwell apartment, absolutely brimming with period features. Sleep in late on the four-poster bed and stroll down to nearby Exmouth Market for lunch options galore.
Celebrate fashion at London Fashion Week
Whether you’re crazy about fashion or not, London Fashion Week is one of the most exciting fashion events held in the city each year. The hottest new designers, editorial teams and models all flock to London for a week of fun fashion events including talks from industry experts, runway shows, and new clothing and accessories launches. As a member of the public, you can get involved by getting a ticket for the London Fashion Week Festival held at the Strand. This festival is a four day extravaganza filled with catwalks, talks and pop-up shops. And it’s not a bad week for celebrity spotting in London, if that’s your thing.
Where to stay for Fashion Week Celebrations in London
Situate yourself close to the Strand in this stylish and cosy 2 bedroom apartment, just a quick walk away from all the fashion action. The beds are nice and comfy - perfect for all your post-shopping nap needs.
This snug spot makes the ideal stay for a couple or two friends looking to explore London Fashion Week from a central base. There’s a rooftop terrace perfect for your pre-show morning coffee. And you have the quirky and colourful Neal’s Yard full of cute little cafes and shops to explore right on your doorstep.