The month of love is upon us. It’s time to forget about dry January and your unattainable new year’s resolutions and have some good old-fashioned fun, be it on a date or going fabulously solo. We’ve scoured the scene to find out what to see, hear and do this February.
Get out of the cold and go for a sauna. The Queen Elizabeth Roof Gardens is home to a Finnish sauna overlooking the Thames and the London skyline as part of Southbank Centre’s Wintertime festivities. Each 16-person session lasts 70 minutes. There are changing and showering facilities as well as blankets and warming winter drinks at the Rooftop Bar for afterwards.
www.southbankcentre.co.uk Jan 31- Feb 11
Orchids at Kew
If the daffodils doing their utmost best at pushing up out of the hard January soil hasn’t been enough to lift your spirits, head to Kew for their annual celebration of Thailand’s national flower. The tropical greenhouse will be bursting with colourful species – and it’s a nice respite from the miserable weather.
Kew Garden, Feb 10 – March 11
The simple pleasure of looking up at night and enjoying the beauty of a sky full of stars is lost to many of us city dwellers. The best place for star gazing, apparently, are in our national parks, so thus the Dark Skies Festival was born. If you have a spare weekend this month, head to either the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland, North York Moors and the South Downs and join one of their many events. It’s during the half term, so perfect for the budding astrologer in the family.
www.darkskiesnationalparks.org.uk for more info. 9 – 25 February\
See a film
It’s Oscars season and in a post-Weinstein, post-#oscarssowhite era, critics will be warily watching to see if Hollywood will allow for more diversity in its winners. But already it appears the tide is turning. There are two black women in the running for supporting actress and a trans director is up for best documentary. With so many great films out at the moment, it’s hard to choose. But either way we suggest you get off the sofa and give your Netflix obsession a little breather this month.
Psst: take your own organic popcorn and support independent cinemas if you can.
Ever fancied a spot of curling while sipping some bubbly and overlooking the skyline of the East end? No, us neither. But the guys behind Roof East did and we have to say admit it does sound quite fun. At their venue in Stratford there are igloo dining dens and a ski-lodge bar too.
John, Annie Baker’s enthralling mystical comedy drama follows a young couple with trust issues visiting a cutesy B&B near the Gettysburgh battlefield. Critics have been unsure how to categorise this quirky play but most are unanimous in their praise.
Dorfman, National Theatre, until 3 March
What to eat
Frying pans at the ready. Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before Lent, traditionally a period of abstinence, associated with clearing your cupboards of things like sugar and fat. Get creative with your pancakes by adding some delicious blueberries or bananas to your pile of pancakes. A fun activiity to do with the kids too.
What to wear
February see's the start of new season arrivals coming in at Gather&See. Look out for Vejas amazing new styles including the perfect pair for an alternative Valentine's day gift - the V-10 B-Mesh in Dried Petal - it features the classic V in a beautiful deep rose shade. The coolest way to profess your love for sure? For something more traditional look to Kind Collection's beautiful pendants - we just adore the Crescent Lune style in gold. Lastly, with fashion weeks coming around the corner, take a look at Arela's fabulous knits. The brand is showing at London Fashion Week for the first time. And we are honoured to be their first online stockist in the UK.