THINGS TO DO | February 2016


Images by Papersmiths

It may be the month of love but don’t you fret. We don’t go in for all that soppy crap here and no matter what your relationship status, we’ve got your back. The newest instalment of our things to do list for London, this month we bring you craft sessions, workshops, seminars, film screenings, exhibitions and much, much more. Enjoy your February, city folk. We know you will.

VALENTINE’S CARD MAKING at Drink Shop Do, Kings Cross

When? Monday 1st February 2016 at 7pm

How much? Free when you buy a drink

Ok, ok we did say no soppy nonsense but this is a great idea, trust us.  Sip on cocktails and create the most far-out cards you can muster. Go crazy and show someone, be it your lover, mother, sister or grandmama that you love them. Say it with glitter and felt-tip; truly, madly, deeply.

£1 BOOK SALE at New Inn Yard, Shoreditch

When? Thursday 4th February 2016 at 11am – 3pm

How much? Free

Amnesty are having another fabulous book sale and everything is just a quid. Expect stacks of secondhand books with all proceeds going to Amnesty International. Browse the tables and pick up a good read or a classic this month. Pop by during your lunch break, get your read on and show some love in the best way you can. Click attending here.


When? Friday 5th February 2016 at 6.30pm – 11pm

How much? Free

From down in the dumps to over the moon, join our favourites the Wellcome Trust to explore the art and science of human emotions: the technologies we develop, the behaviours we adopt, the languages we create to make sense of ourselves and others. Express yourself through laughter therapy, enjoy a few live performances, design your own emoji and attend a bunch of awesome talks.


When? Sunday 7th February 2016 at 10.30am

How much? £3 before 11am, £2 after and kids go free

Early birds rejoice and get down to Bethnal Green for an affordable vintage frenzy. Cop fashion, accessories and homeware at the original East-end vintage event. An answer to expensive vintage littering the city, the Bethnal fair is accessible, affordable and very stylish.


When? Sunday 7th February 2016 at

How much? FREE

The D.I.Y. Art Market is a celebration of London’s independent publishers as well as emerging and established artists so pop along and pick up anything from prints, ceramics, and jewellery to comics, records, and artist books from the likes of more than 60 artists. Click attending here.

THE ARTISTS CINEMA AT TATE + Q&A at Tate Britain, Vauxhall

When? Monday 8th February 2016 at 7pm

How much? £5

See five brand new films from some of the most exciting artist filmmakers before they invade cinemas around the country. This special event is followed by a Q&A with artists Gabriel Abrantes, Dora Garcia, Margaret Salmon, Corin Sworn and Naaem Mohaiemen.  Book tickets here.


When? Monday 8th February 2016 at 7pm

How much? £17

Textile designer Zeena Shah will teach you the art of Screen Printing. She’ll guide you through creating your own design and getting it print ready. You’ll learn paper cutting techniques and use your cut stencils to make your finished design into a perfect screen print. Book your tickets here.

AVEDON WARHOL at Gagosian Gallery, Kings Cross

When? Tuesday 9th February – 23rd April 2016

Check out the first major exhibition to pair works by Richard Avedon and Andy Warhol. Both artists rose to prominence in postwar America with parallel artistic output that occasionally overlapped. Their most memorable images, produced in response to changing cultural mores, are icons of the twentieth century. If you’ve never seen a piece by either of these artists in the flesh, head over as soon as you get the chance. Book tickets here.


When? Tuesday 9th February 2016 at 8pm

How much? Free but buy a zine, yeah?

The one and only Polyester Zine is hosting a rad launch event for their forthcoming issue featuring Tavi Gevinson. Enjoy drinks, laughs and music from Moonbow (Eleanor Hardwick) x Ayesha Tan Jones, Teenage CavemanMoonchild, ShIRLey BASsEy (Lu Williams) and DJ Warrior Princess. After-party to follow, who cares if it’s a Tuesday, right?

MACRAME PLANTS WORKSHOP at Drink Shop Do, Kings Cross

When? Tuesday 9th February 2016 at 2pm

How much? £25

We love green in the home and we really, really love geo flour. Learn how to make a simple macrame plant hanger using beautifully fancy Wool and the Gang yarn, then the geo-fleur team will teach you how to plant up, and maintain some beautiful succulents and cacti into one of their popular geometric pots. Perfection. Book tickets here.

DOWN WITH DATING at The Phoenix, Cavendish Square

When? Wednesday 10th February 2016 at 7pm

How much? £12

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and everyone is telling you that you should be looking for love. Feeling Gloomy think that’s a load of bull so join them for another anti-love fest. Take part in the legendary Speed Haiting™ and have a rant or enjoy a Blind Hate and ask questions such as: If I left you, which of my pets would you kill first, and why? You may not find love, you may not find your future spouse but you might just have a laugh. Book tickets here.


When? Wednesday 10th February 2016 at 7pm

How much? £55

Yes, our favourite jewellery makers are at it again, this time at that fine pop-up yet oh-so-permanent institution we Londoners call Boxpark. Enjoy cocktails, jewellery chat and seek inspiration from Parla’s beautiful shop.Design and carve a wax mould to be cast in silver or gold and create a totally unique accessory for you or someone you love, if you’re the selfless type. Book tickets here.

THE ALTERNATIVE VALENTINE’S CRAFT NIGHT at Nanna’s, Highbury and Islington

When? Saturday 13th February 2016 at 6pm

How much? £10

The Etsy team London Local have teamed up with Nannas’s Cafe in Highbury and Islington to bring you an alternative Valentines event like no other. If you’re not overly enthusiastic about Valentine’s day, but still want to have fun, meet new people and enjoy crafting then you’re in luck. Expect blind-folded drawing, origami hearts, DIY crepe paper flowers and lame poems. Plus a complimentary cocktail. Book tickets here.


When? Thursday 18th February – Sunday 21st February 2016

How much? Free

Hard Lines is a group exhibition curated by Ben Goulder of Snöar Press and Mark Buchanan & Matt Glassman of Meanwhile Press. After collaborating in the dying embers of 2015 with Buchanan’s Professional Crastination, Hard Lines showcases new and upcoming work from the publishers. This is a big one and it’s going to be rad. Click attending here.

GIN FESTIVAL LONDON at Tobacco Dock, Wapping

When? Friday 19th – 21st February 2016

How much? £12

Gin, gin, so much gin! Tasting, chats and reams on information on anything and everything botanical and delicious. Enjoy a spot of live entertainment, talks from gin industry experts, food and plenty of other gin lovers. If you’re new to gin (really, you? A Londoner?) then friendly staff will recommend a few tipples to get you going. Book tickets here.

PROVOCATIONS IN ART: CONTEMPORARY URBAN GARDENING at the Reynolds Room, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

When? Saturday 27th February 2016

How much? £7 student and concession including exhibition entry, £10 event only, £16 including exhibtiion ticket

Green-fingered fantastics will love this panel event exploring the current state and future potential of contemporary urban gardening. Chaired by journalist and horticulturist Alys Fowler, this event will explore the subversive and exciting work of guerrilla gardener and author Richard Reynolds, forager John Rensten and artist Wendy Shillam. We can’t wait. Click attending here.




Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth