Fun Things To See And Do In February

Fun Things to See and Do in February

It’s February already – the month of love, pancakes and (this year) an extra day! I like to start a new month with a positive frame of mind, and pulling together a fun to-do list is always a great mood-booster. Here are my suggestions for fun things to see and do in February:

1/ Head to galleries. Let’s face it, it’s still pretty cold, so gallery hopping is definitely my weekend activity of choice. There are some great exhibitions opening: Monet to Matisse at the Royal Academy; Vogue 100: A Century of Style at the National Portrait Gallery, and I’m also keen to see Drawing on ChildhoodΒ at The Foundling Museum.

2/ Eat pancakes. I recommend making both my American pancakes and savoury crepes recipes, or you can celebrate Pancake Day by ordering a stack at my favourite American diner in Notting Hill (coffee cups are frequently topped up, free of charge, and the buttermilk pancakes are great!). If you’re more of a traditional crepe eater, try the ones handed out from a stall in Hampstead Village.

3/ See the Orchids at Kew. One of my favourite ways to warm up this time of year is to hang out in a tropical greenhouse. If it happens to be filled with a dizzying array of spectacular orchids, so much the better.

4/ Write someone special a letter. It doesn’t have to be a romantic epistle, but to me, Valentine season is the time to reach out to loved ones, whether you’re single or in a relationship. So write a letter to a relative, letting them know how much you appreciate them; get in touch with that friend you’ve been meaning to message for ages and send a Valentine card to your closest gal pal (here are cute ones you can print out).

5/ Join a group. Meetup is a great way to find some fun local groups. I’m thinking of joining a knitting one – after all, knitting is good for you, so I think I should get back to picking up my needles!

6/ Celebrate Chinese New Year. I suggest attending this free event at Foyle’s, where you can enjoy performances celebrating traditional Chinese music, dance and martial arts. Afterwards, head for crispy duck in nearby China Town.

7/ Make one positive change to your routine. Every small change counts, whether it’s walking the escalators, reading a poem every morning, drinking some soothing tea and lighting candles in the evenings, or setting a timer to make sure you stand up and do some stretches every hour.

8/ Gather up your grape-loving friends and spend an evening in one of London’s many fantastic wine bars. This one sounds great and is on my list of places to try asap.

9/ See a play. I’m keen to get to The Old Vic to see Ralph Fiennes in Ibsen’s The Master Builder, and I’ve also got tickets to see Chekov’s Uncle Vanya at The Almeida.

10/ Refresh your feed. I recently went on a hunt to find some new blogs and instagram feeds I felt I’d enjoy. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, reading the same few favourites each day, and it’s important to remember to switch things up now and again. As Spring approaches, I’m feeling newly refreshed and ready for some changes. It always gives me such a buzz to discover a fantastic new instagram feed or blog; I absolutely recommend adding Jo Rodgers to your ‘following’ list – her photos of books, London and food are mesmerisingly beautiful, and I love the personal little anecdotes that accompany each picture. If you’re a Francophone, like me, then Lost in Cheeseland is a must follow too. As for blogs, my latest favourite discoveries are The Elgin Avenue and A Pair & A Spare.

11/ Check out Jewish Book Week, which has a fantastic line up of events and speakers, including Judith Kerr and Edmund de Waal.

What’s on your list of things to see and do in February? I hope you have a fantastic month!

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  • My main goal for the month is to both read and write more. After a busy January and with a busy March ahead, I just really want to make time for more creative pursuits again! I’ve been writing every day this month already and it’s incredible to see what difference even a few days can make! πŸ™‚ I hope you have a lovely month!

    • Well done you for writing every day! I’ve been getting back into my habit of writing in my 5 minute journal every morning / evening, and it’s surprising what a difference it makes. Are you reading anything particularly good at the moment? Hope you have a lovely, creative month too πŸ™‚ xxx

      • I’m really into Fantasy right now – nothing highbrow, just some easy reads that help me form a habit of reading again! πŸ™‚

        • A bit of Fantasy is always fun! xxx

          • Just curious – are you on Goodreads? I’ve been getting a ton of reading inspiration from it lately, so I’m wondering if you have any bookshelves on their that I could stalk! πŸ˜‰

          • I used to be ages ago, but haven’t logged in for a few years! I can’t even remember what name I’d be under on it! I’ll check it out though and will mention it if I update my profile. I hadn’t realised it was a good place to connect with other bloggers too, but that’s actually a fabulous idea. I always love checking out what other people are reading! Are you Melanie Fontaine on it? If I get back on I’ll follow you! xxx

          • I agree – Goodreads is only really fun if you know a couple of people on it, so you can exchange ideas! πŸ™‚ Emma Watson (THE Emma Watson!) has actually started a feminist bookclub on there called β€žOur Shared Shelfβ€œ that could be interesting for you! πŸ™‚ My profile is – let me know if you ever decide to join again! πŸ™‚

          • Oh wow, that does sound interesting! Goodreads definitely seems like something I should get back on track with. Thanks for the prompt Melanie πŸ™‚ xxx

  • emily

    My goals for February are to 1) write more! I have two short stories that I want to flesh out and one long, forever-in-progress story that I would at least like to map out how I plan to end it and then 2) to get everything sorted out for my upcoming move.

    • Good luck with your move!! Having just moved myself I know how much work it is. I’m feeling inspired by yours and Melanie’s goals to write more – I’ve got a story that has been languishing too long in a drawer that I’d like to pull out and get started again. Enjoy your writing and let me know how it goes πŸ™‚ xxx

  • It’s all about crochet and reading for me just now. I definitely think that joining a knitting group is a fab idea! I am also excited about pancakes and my birthday at the end of the month.

    • Sounds like you’ve got a fun month planned!! I am *hopeless* at crochet but do love to knit so I’m excited to join the group πŸ™‚ xxx

  • I love grapes! πŸ˜‰ BTW I think we were going to see the Calder exhibition, no rush as it is on until just after the end of March. P xxx

    • Yes, I am looking forward to that! Rather overwhelmed at the moment (apologies for not replying to your email too – I am looking forward to reading your story asap!), but things should be quieter in March. Hope you’ve had a good week! xxx

  • Caitlin

    I love making monthly to-do lists – especially in the winter when it can be so easy to get stuck in a rut and not want to do anything. Can’t wait to read your review of Ralph Fiennes in The Master Builder!

    xx, Caitlin

    • You’re right – it’s too easy to just hibernate in the winter! I have a weakness for to-do lists in general, I have to admit πŸ˜‰ xxx

  • The word “pancakes” instantly stood out to me. lol! They sound SO amazing right now!! <3

  • Yay pancake day next week! and I am quite excited that we get an extra day this year πŸ™‚

  • Ohh going to Kew is an awesome idea, I love orchids! I’ve booked into the Chinese lantern festival in Chiswick which I’m really looking forward to!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • I need to get back into writing letters, I love receiving post. I think I just want to plan more of my wedding! Ha!

    T xx

  • Lovely recommendations for February, I want to see every one of those exhibitions plus the Nikolai Astrup exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery! And I’m also keen to discover London’s wine bar scene after loving Vagabond Spitalfields – Compagnie des Vins sounds great and is so well placed. xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

    • Oh I’d love to get to the Dulwich Picture Gallery as well! Compagnie des Vins does sound so fun, and you’re right- it’s in a brilliant location πŸ™‚ xxx

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