Guide to February in The City

Find out what’s happening in The City of London throughout February and start planning your serviced apartment stay.

February is an exciting month for lots of reasons – Shrove Tuesday and Valentine’s Day to name but two – and The City of London is no exception. If you’re going to be staying in a centrally-located serviced apartment over the next month, then take a look at some of the great events you could get involved with.

Swans, Gloves, Roses and Pancakes: Photos by Martin Parr – Tower Bridge Engine Rooms – all month

As the photographer-in-residence for The City of London since 2013, Martin Parr has had a front row seat at some of the Square Mile’s most fascinating occasions. Now, many of the pictures he has captured over the years are on display at Tower Bridge’s first ever photography exhibition. A clue to some of the subject matter can be found within the title of the event, but what is most spellbinding about Parr’s pieces are the people he has caught so candidly on camera.

Entry to the exhibition is included in the fee to visit the permanent Tower Bridge displays.


The Londoners: Portraits of a working city – London Metropolitan Archives – from February 6th

The people of London have had many occupations over the years and a new exhibition is set to bring some of those that have been lost back to life. The Londoners will span 500 years and take you on a journey from 15th century drawings to 20th century photographs. Among the exhibits, you’ll see people carrying out their duties as rat catchers, farriers, nightwatchmen and many other professions. One standout photo to look out for is of a fire officer in an old-fashioned uniform and helmet, complete with Joey the pigeon, Clapham Old Town fire station mascot, on his shoulder.

The exhibition is free to enter.


The Grand Chinese New Year Concert – The Barbican – February 7th

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with two groups of musicians from China – one originating in the north and the other the south – they bring traditional sounds to The City. The Shaanxi Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra and the Zhejiang Traditional Orchestra will both perform in one concert, playing a wide repertoire to welcome in the New Year.

The show begins at 7.30pm and tickets cost between £25 and £55.


Valentine’s Breakfast for Two – Sky Garden – February 14th to 28th

A great way to treat your significant other this Valentine’s Day is with a special breakfast and they don’t get much better than being accompanied by a view from 155 metres up. If they’re not impressed by the location – the top floor of the iconic Walkie Talkie building – then the menu should do the trick. Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs plus avocado, a strawberry and mint salad with whipped cream and cinnamon churros with chocolate sauce. If you’re not in the capital on the day itself, the menu will be available until the end of the month.

Booking is essential.


Livery Companies Pancake Day Race – Guildhall Yard – February 28th

A number of pancake races are staged around London for Shrove Tuesday, but one of the best is the one held in the Guildhall Yard. What’s so nice about it is the tradition and the involvement of local liveries. Not only do they each put forward a team – totalling 21 – but they also take responsibility for their own area of expertise. For example, the Gunmakers start each heat, the Clockmakers do the timing, the Fruiterers supply lemons and the Glovers give each participant a pair of white gloves to wear.

The races kick off at 12 noon and you can go along to watch for free.


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