Things to do in London in February 2022

The ianVisits guide to February's unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Tuesday 1st February

Join Colin Stuart as he explores the most intriguing questions being asked in science today.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Hanover Square
The ultimate guide to time travel

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Wednesday 2nd February

Sisters Patricia 98 & Jean Owtram 96 are the last living sisters to have signed the wartime Official Secrets act and join Simon Robinson to discuss their unique family war effort.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Whitehall
Book Talk: Codebreaking Sisters: Our Secret War
Photograph the Cathedral after-hours bathed in candlelight on this Candlemas evening
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Southwark
Candlemas Candlelit Photography Evening

Online events / webinars

Allan Brodie will describe the key ideas and buildings that developed to meet the changing size and character of England’s prison population.
5:30pm to 7:30pm
 

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Thursday 3rd February

Explore the inner workings of Royal Museums Greenwich, see our objects that have connections with the Lunar New Year and have a look at conservation in action, on a guided tour.
1:30pm to :
 
Blackheath

Online events / webinars

Discover the hidden secrets and explore the concealed linings and details you can’t see once the garments are on display.
6pm to 7:30pm
 
Behind the Seams: Secrets of the Beautiful People
Join Chad Orzel as he explores the wondrous physics that makes time something we can set, measure and know.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
The physics of timekeeping: from Stonehenge to atomic clocks

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Friday 4th February

Join curator Justin Saddington as he tells the story of Captain Robert Parker, a remarkable soldier and chronicler of war.
12pm to :
 
Chelsea
Captain Robert Parker and the Royal Irish Regiment
Join Adam Rutherford as he explores the science, history and future of eugenics.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Hanover Square
Control: the dark history and troubling present of eugenics

Online events / webinars

Discover how our ancestors of 100 years ago lead the way for the transformation of housing across the country.
2pm to 3pm
 
From house to home: Mel Backe-Hansen's guide to the 20s house

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Saturday 5th February

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Sunday 6th February

Better than half price entry to the Painted Hall on the first Sunday of the month.
10am to 5pm
 
Greenwich
Monthly cheap entry to the Painted Hall
Monthly open day at the museum to London's first international airport - in Croydon.
10am to 4pm
 
Croydon
Monthly open day at Croydon Airport museum

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Monday 7th February

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 8th February

Writer and presenter Dr Loyd Grossman CBE explores the idea that the celebrated Baroque carver Grinling Gibbons was ‘The British Bernini’
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Whitehall
Grinling Gibbons - The British Bernini? Talk with Dr Loyd Grossman

Online events / webinars

This talk looks at the infrastructure of Georgian lodging, how a newcomer to Georgian London found a room, and what life was like in a crowded house shared with strangers who were there to subsidise the landlord’s/lady’s household budget.
6:30pm to :
 
Lodging in Georgian London

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Wednesday 9th February


Online events / webinars

Andrew Mottram, Chief Programme Engineer at Ford, will present insights into the technology and development processes required to develop and launch an all-electric version of Britain’s best-selling commercial vehicle.
6pm to 7pm
 
The New Electric Ford Transit
The lecture will ask how much input Prince Albert had into these buildings and their decoration.
7pm to 8:30pm
 

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Thursday 10th February


Online events / webinars

Join Kathryn Harkup as she explores how realistic the ways Shakespeare found to kill off his characters really are.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Death by Shakespeare

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Friday 11th February

Join Tim Strickland as he recounts the story of his father, Major-General EVM Strickland, charting his rise through the British Army.
12pm to :
 
Chelsea
Strick: Tank Hero of Arras
Immerse yourself in London’s Caribbean culture with music, talks, and creative workshops.
6:30pm to 10pm
 
Covent Garden
Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce

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Saturday 12th February

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Sunday 13th February

Expect over 30 tables, including indie record labels, record stores, used/collector/hifi dealers, vinyl cleaning, and local vinyl enthusiasts.
11am to 5pm
 
Walthamstow
Walthamstow Record Fair
A live music accompanied screening of the Buster Keaton classic - as he is torn between love for a girl, or a train.
2:30pm to 5pm
 
Brentford
 Valentine Silent Film 'The General' accompanied by Donald MacKenzie

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Monday 14th February

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 15th February

This talk, by the funerary historian Dr Julian Litten, will explain how that myth came to be and what the real Victorian funeral comprised of.
7pm to :
 
Highgate

Online events / webinars

Join psychiatrist Veronica O’Keane in conversation, as she reveals the latest thinking about how memories are made and how they make us.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
How we make memories and how memories make us

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Wednesday 16th February

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Thursday 17th February

Join Richard Firth-Godbehere as he draws on psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, art, and religious history to explore emotions.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Hanover Square
A human history of emotion: how the way we feel built the world we know

Online events / webinars

A virtual event exploring some fascinating and potentially challenging collections highlighting the long, rich and inspiring history of LGBTQ+ lives.
6pm to 7pm
 
 'That which never can be suppressed': LGBTQ+ history in the RCP collections

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Friday 18th February

Join Robert Sackville-West as he reveals the stories of those who searched for missing British soldiers after the First World War.
12pm to :
 
Chelsea
The Searchers: The Quest for the Lost of the First World War

Online events / webinars

A world of love affairs, tragedy, marriage and death; join author, Jan-Marie Knights in conversation about her latest book, The Tudor Socialite.
2pm to 3pm
 
The Tudor Socialite
This paper focuses on women's businesses in the fashion trades, exploring their roles as linen drapers, milliners, mercers, haberdashers, and hosiers in seventeenth and eighteenth-century London and Westminster.
5:30pm to 7pm
 
Discussion and book launch that uncovers the true extent of slavery in 17th-century England through the hidden stories of enslaved and bound people in London.
6pm to 7:30pm
 
 Freedom Seekers: Escaping from Slavery in Restoration London

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Saturday 19th February

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Sunday 20th February

½ acre garden for year-round interest. Wildlife pond and bog.
2pm to 5pm
 
Stanmore
Visit a garden - Hornbeams

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Monday 21st February

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 22nd February

Join Amy's father, Mitch Winehouse, and music writer Lucy O’Brien as they discuss the eclectic musical influences behind the iconic sound of Amy Winehouse.
6:30pm to 8pm
 
Kensington
Join Matthew Cobb as he explores how every new development in genetic techniques has been rapidly counterbalanced by fears of disaster.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Hanover Square
Dreams and nightmares of the genetic age

Online events / webinars

An online talk demonstrating the close relationship between naval power and state strength in early-modern England and France.
5:15pm to 6:30pm
 
 ‘For the grandeur of this crown’: The English and French Navies, 1500-1650
This lecture will look at how and why novelists presented society in differing ways.
6:30pm to :
 
Presenting Georgian Society: Fielding, Smollett, Austen
As part of a 19th century architects series, this lecture will focus on E. W. Pugin.
7pm to 10pm
 
E.W. Pugin, by Roderick O’Donnell

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Wednesday 23rd February

A screening in the IMAX cinema of the Oscar-nominated documentary about celebrated photographer Sebastião Salgado, followed by a Q&A with Salgado himself.
7:30pm to 10pm
 
South Kensington
The Salt of the Earth screening with Q&A

Online events / webinars

This paper explores the dynamics of this debate – in particular the interactions of medical historians and clinicians with on the one hand political and social historians and on the other.
5:30pm to 7:30pm
 
An online presentation of medieval pet keeping which also examines their representation in art and literature.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Medieval Pets  - An Online Talk by Dr Kathleen Walker-Meikle
Explore the word of 1970s folk horror with film historian Diane A Rodgers.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Folk horror on screen with Diane A Rodgers

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Thursday 24th February

Former director of GCHQ, Professor Sir David Omand will discuss his new book How Spies Think: Ten Lessons in Intelligence.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Whitehall

Online events / webinars

In this talk, historian John Callow explores the remarkable tale of one of the Bideford Witches.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
At the House of the White Witch with historian John Callow

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Friday 25th February

Learn about the history of London transport as you take a tour round the Depot to see highlights from the collection.
11am to 4pm
 
Acton
Depot discovery tours
Join Dick Taylor as he explores how the British cavalry was transformed into a mechanised force between the world wars.
12pm to :
 
Chelsea
Kicking and Screaming: The Amalgamation and Mechanisation of the Cavalry
Learn about the soundscapes of warships with Dr Elin Jones and Dr Lucy Walker.
7pm to :
 
Clerkenwell
 Live Panel Discussion | Sounds & Warships
The annual queer takeover of the Queen's House to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month
7pm to 11pm
 
Greenwich
Fierce Queens

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Saturday 26th February

Learn about the history of London transport as you take a tour round the Depot to see highlights from the collection.
11am to 4pm
 
Acton
Depot discovery tours
Immerse yourself in the rich design heritage of London’s transport while exploring a selection of posters from a world-class collection, and rarely seen original artworks.
Starts at 11:30am
 
Acton
Monthly London Transport art and poster store tours

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Sunday 27th February

Once a month, the oldest building in Hackney, St Augustine's Tower is open, so you can climb up to the top.
2pm to 4:30pm
 
Hackney
Monthly opening of St Augustine's Tower

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Monday 28th February

This talk focuses on the complex world of Caribbean plantations, slavery, and poisoning that shaped British drugs and apothecary’s practices.
6pm to 7pm
 
City of London
Poison that “Sweetens the Blood”; Slavery, Drugs and the Apothecary

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Come along and hear this account of landlords, landladies and their lodgers in Georgian London.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Lodging in Georgian London with Gillian Williamson

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