We love February at G&S. Not only does it include a whole day dedicated to romance but it also heralds the time to abandon those ill-conceived unachievable New Year’s Eve resolutions and come up with more realistic ones, like to make more ethical, sustainable and organic choices when we shop. It’s also the month when people come out of their Dry January hibernation and are ready to get busy again. Here, we list some exciting things to see, hear and do this Feb.
What to See
Passage/s at the Victoria Miro Gallery
Do Ho Suh’s exhibition Passage/s is an interesting portrayal of the Korean artist’s transient life. Born in South Korea, he studied in America, then moved to Berlin before settling in London. Many of us have moved around a lot and these moments of upheaval come to life in this unique 3D show. You can walk through corridors of interconnecting “rooms” arranged to represent the different chapters of his life using pastel-coloured mesh fabrics. The whole show is portable too – designed to be packed into the artist’s suitcase. It’s on from 1 Feb until 18th at the Victoria Miro gallery in Hoxton.
Us/Them at the National Theatre
Us/Them at the National Theatre is lauded as a visually captivating show based on the 2004 Beslan school siege told from the perspective of two pupils. After captivating audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe, this hour-long performance by Carly Wijs is reportedly funny and devastating. 3 Feb until 18 Feb.
What to Do
Aside from right here online at G&S, you could also take a gander around the market stalls at Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage Fair to pick up some retro clothes, homewares and accessories. It’s the UK’s largest travelling market with over 50 stalls groaning with vintage bargain goods. It’s on February 12, at York Hall, Bethnal Green.
What to Drink?
Gin, darling. February sees the return of the annual Gin Festival at Tobacco Dock in London’s Wapping area. Dedicated Gin bars will be serving our favourite spirit in all sort of cocktails and you can even attend masterclasses. We recommend lining your stomach with some of the delicious food stalls on offer.
It’s on from 17 to 19 Feb and booking essential at www.ginfestival.com
Adopt a Moggy
Feline lonely this Valentine’s Day? Head over to Battersea Dogs and Cats home on February 14. You’ll be handed a glass of bubbly upon arrival and given the chance to fall in love with one of the 3,000 cats the charity takes in each year. Pre-booking is necessary and tickets cost 7 pounds. Link: yplanapp.com/london/battersea-dogs-cats-home-feline-lonely
What to Watch
If you haven’t already, we recommend you feast your eyes on Natalie Portman’s portrayal of Jackie Kennedy in the film Jackie out in cinemas now. A searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the First Lady, this film is also an ode to her iconic wardrobe including the red woolen Dior dress she wore to the infamous Times magazine interview the film is based on and the pink Chanel suit and pillbox hat she wore when JFK was assassinated.
What to Eat
On these cold, dark February days, there is little more comforting than a hearty one-pot wonder. Kale, purple sprouting broccoli and venison are in season so add them to your stews and casseroles. Clams and mussels are also good to buy now. We like them in a warming fish pie. Finish off all this fortifying fare with a delicious home-made rhubarb crumble. Yummy.
What to Wear
Add a bit of sparkle to an otherwise grey month our exciting new jewellery and handbag arrivals. Edge of Ember's statement Chelsea Ring will cheer you up no end meanwhile Kind Collection's new pieces make the perfect Valentines gifts - drop a big hint to your other half or even better treat yourself. Danielle Foster's bags have been a longtime favourite at Gather&See and we have just received her new collection including the coolest tangerine and metallic hued totes and mini rucksacks which will pep up a drab outfit in an instant. With Fair Trade Fortnight coming up this month be sure to look out for our Fair Trade new arrivals from Kowtow for super cool organics as well. Suddenly February is looking a whole lot more exciting!