What’s on guide: February

With life getting busier every week and new bars, restaurants and events opening every month, staying on top can be tricky. So here’s a round up of this month’s hottest happenings in and around the local area…­­­­­
 
What? Eat Your Heart Out
Where? The Vaults, Waterloo
When? 14th February 2020
Get ready to party like February 14 never happened. Eat Your Heart Out is no average night on the tiles, it’s a chaotic anti-Valentine’s riot held below ground level at Underbar on Leake Street. From immersive entertainment to cabaret shows and DJ sets from Metronomy’s Anna Prior, it’s going to be a winner. Oh and there’s a pretty kitsch dress code too, so prepare to look as sickening as possible.
 
What? The Ginstitute
Where? Portobello Road
When? Throughout February
Created by Purveyors of London's Spirit, Portobello Road Gin – The Ginstitute is the ultimate gin experience, allowing discerning drinkers to craft their own unique gin recipe to take home.
 
The interactive and intimate experience will captivate any intellectual (and thirsty) fellow. As master distiller and entertaining raconteur Jake F.Burger and his expert team of ginstructors take guests on a historic whistle stop journey, revising the miserable gin era of London in the 1700’s made famous by Hogarth’s iconic ‘Gin Lane’ tableau, through 300 years of heritage belonging to Britain’s national spirit.
 
What? Mary Poppins
Where? Prince Edward Theatre, Soho
When? Until Sunday June 7th 2020
‘Mary Poppins’ is a gorgeously warm kids’ story that’s burrowed deep into the hearts of Londoners of all ages. It creates a seductive myth of a city that’s awash with cheery cockneys and lovable upper-crust eccentrics who roam picturesque tree-lined streets with a spring in their step. Cameron Mackintosh’s returning 2004 musical version couldn’t look more magical; the Banks family’s Cherry Tree Lane residence becomes a giant doll’s house of wonders, opening up to reveal charming Victorian interiors and plenty of magical surprises.
 
What? Insiders/Outsiders festival
Where? Various, London
When? Until Tuesday March 31st 2020
This year-long arts festival celebrates refugees from Nazi Europe and highlights their impact on British culture. Expect a vibrant and all-encompassing programme of exhibitions, performances and events across a variety of London venues. Highlights include an exhibit devoted to the work of Bauhaus graphic designer George Adams and a celebration of the work of musician and writer Hans Keller.
 
What? My Brilliant Friend
Where? National Theatre, South Bank
When? Until Saturday February 22nd 2020
I can personally confirm that you absolutely don’t have to have read Elena Ferrante’s acclaimed Neapolitan novels to appreciate this gloriously widescreen, five-hour, two-part adaptation from April De Angelis, which transfers to the NT in souped-up form after a stint at the Rose Theatre Kingston a couple of years back.
 
What? Beethoven Moonlight candle-lit Sonata for Valentine's Day
Where? St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square
When? 14th February 2020
Treat your other half to a romantic evening of classical music this Valentine's Day! St. Martin-in-the-Fields church is a gorgeous venue located in the heart of central London. Pieces have been expertly selected and this evening's soloist, Dinara Klinton, is world class. Don't miss this music lovers' paradise!
 
What? Avalanche TEK mY HOUSE uP
Where? 55-61 Tabernacle Street, London
When? Saturday 1st February 2020
Avalanche is back again! This time for a one-off party at Mcqueen London, Shoreditch TEK mY HOUSE uP, London's finest, is promised to be an unforgettable night! Joining Trevor will be the rampantly rocking London based Swedish DJ & producer Martin Bundsen spinning up a sonic storm of the finest house, add to the massive resident DJ Zam Stuart opening the night and shaking the floor as always!
 
What? Jekyll / Hyde
Where? The Vaults, Leake Street, London
When? 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th February 2020
Fire Hazard Games launches an exciting, new urban game for adults, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Gothic masterpiece, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Exploring schisms of identity, the unreliability of memory, moral conflict, terrible ambition, and unbridled hedonism, Jekyll / Hyde confronts players, asking what they would do if they could get away with murder.
 
Waking up to the aftermath of Mr Hyde, players are plunged into a thrilling world of investigation and moral ambiguity as their twisted deeds from the night before are revealed. Taking on the role of Dr Jekyll, they must retrace their steps to uncover their hidden past and make decisions about their future, all while under increasing time pressure.