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What's on in London this February 2017 near Canary Wharf

February in London can be chilly so we've got lots of ideas to keep you warm from world-class art and dance to seduction and star gazing.

EDUARDO PAOLOZZI

The Whitechapel Gallery is featuring Eduardo Paolozzi from 16 February to 14 May with over 250 works in his first major exhibition in 40 years.

Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) is often considered the 'godfather of Pop Art' yet this exhibition also includes his post-war bronze sculptures and revolutionary screen-prints and collages, alongside his bold textiles and fashion designs.

Paolozzi's work can be seen across London from his much-loved mosaic tiles at Tottenham Court Road tube station, to the Newton sculpture outside the British Library as well as the prone head outside the new Design Museum and a further sculpture at Kew Gardens.

MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD

There are plenty of reasons to visit the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green this month.

We've mentioned before the Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered exhibition that's on until 23 April.

Opening this month on 4 February, there's Searching for Ghosts which is a series of photographic portraits of local homes and families by photographer Tom Hunter (who also created 'The Ghetto' model for the Museum of London).

Also free to see, and opening on 11 February, ABC Photography is based on a book recently published by Berlin-based publishing house Tarzipan Books, featuring 26 artists including Martin Parr, Nan Goldin and Wolfgang Tilmans (who has an exhibition opening at Tate Modern this month.)

And on Thursday 23 February there's the East London Quiz Night so you can test your East London history, learn some Cockney rhyming slang, and enjoy fun games and a treasure hunt. The evening is hosted by Matt Brown author of Everything You Know About London is Wrong.

GREENWICH

The Royal Observatory has some fun events this month including An Evening with the Stars on 3 and 4 February (four evening sessions each day). This includes a show in London's only public planetarium and the chance to look through the gigantic Great Equatorial Telescope at what the night sky has to offer. There's also time allowed to enjoy a hot drink outside on the Greenwich Meridian with astronomers on hand to answer all your space-related questions.

On 14 February there's the special A Valentine's An Evening with the Stars. It includes a planetarium show about the romantic sights the night sky has to offer, a chance to do some stargazing through the 18-tonne Victorian telescope, and a glass of bubbly whilst standing on the historic Greenwich Meridian.

On 25 February you can enjoy the silver screen as 1990's classic Starship Troopers is on in the Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Big bugs and mean marines go head-to-head in all-out war in this science fiction action satire.

And over in the National Maritime Museum there's Seduction Late on 14 February to embrace the Emma Hamilton and Lord Nelson love story. Look out for the card magicians and the silhouette artist before taking ballroom dancing lessons by candlelight, making lover's knots and, of course, seeing the Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity exhibition.

STRICTLY COME DANCING

It's the 10th anniversary of the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour and it's a must-see event for fans of all ages. This entertainment extravaganza stars many of the celebrities and professional dancers from the 14th BBC One series, as they take to the dance floor and recreate their most popular TV dance routines.

This year's tour stars TV Judges Len Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood plus former Strictly professional dancer and winner of the 2006 series, Karen Hardy. The tour host is Countryfile's Anita Rani, who was a semi-finalist in the 2015 series and a contestant on this year's live tour.

The magic of the TV show is at The 02 on 11 and 12 February.

CROSSRAIL ARCHAEOLOGY

Tunnel: the Archaeology of Crossrail is a free exhibition at The Museum of London Docklands from 10 February (to 3 September 2017).

Crossrail, cutting right across London, is Europe's largest infrastructure project and has given archaeologists a unique chance to explore some of the city's most historically important sites.

The wide variety of items on display explore 8,000 years of human history, revealing the stories of Londoners ranging from Mesolithic tool makers and inhabitants of Roman Londinium to those affected by the Great Plague of 1665.

Crossrail is London's newest railway and is now officially called the Elizabeth Line (after Queen Elizabeth II). It will come into service in 2018.

THE TEMPEST

On the evening of Monday 6 February there's a wonderful opportunity to watch the Royal Shakespeare Company performing live in Stratford-upon-Avon without leaving Canary Wharf as RSC Live: The Tempest is being screened in the East Wintergarden.

Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in this groundbreaking production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

February in London can be chilly so we've got lots of ideas to keep you warm from world-class art and dance to seduction and star gazing.

EDUARDO PAOLOZZI

The Whitechapel Gallery is featuring Eduardo Paolozzi from 16 February to 14 May with over 250 works in his first major exhibition in 40 years.

Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) is often considered the 'godfather of Pop Art' yet this exhibition also includes his post-war bronze sculptures and revolutionary screen-prints and collages, alongside his bold textiles and fashion designs.

Paolozzi's work can be seen across London from his much-loved mosaic tiles at Tottenham Court Road tube station, to the Newton sculpture outside the British Library as well as the prone head outside the new Design Museum and a further sculpture at Kew Gardens.

MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD

There are plenty of reasons to visit the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green this month.

We've mentioned before the Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered exhibition that's on until 23 April.

Opening this month on 4 February, there's Searching for Ghosts which is a series of photographic portraits of local homes and families by photographer Tom Hunter (who also created 'The Ghetto' model for the Museum of London).

Also free to see, and opening on 11 February, ABC Photography is based on a book recently published by Berlin-based publishing house Tarzipan Books, featuring 26 artists including Martin Parr, Nan Goldin and Wolfgang Tilmans (who has an exhibition opening at Tate Modern this month.)

And on Thursday 23 February there's the East London Quiz Night so you can test your East London history, learn some Cockney rhyming slang, and enjoy fun games and a treasure hunt. The evening is hosted by Matt Brown author of Everything You Know About London is Wrong.

GREENWICH

The Royal Observatory has some fun events this month including An Evening with the Stars on 3 and 4 February (four evening sessions each day). This includes a show in London's only public planetarium and the chance to look through the gigantic Great Equatorial Telescope at what the night sky has to offer. There's also time allowed to enjoy a hot drink outside on the Greenwich Meridian with astronomers on hand to answer all your space-related questions.

On 14 February there's the special A Valentine's An Evening with the Stars. It includes a planetarium show about the romantic sights the night sky has to offer, a chance to do some stargazing through the 18-tonne Victorian telescope, and a glass of bubbly whilst standing on the historic Greenwich Meridian.

On 25 February you can enjoy the silver screen as 1990's classic Starship Troopers is on in the Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Big bugs and mean marines go head-to-head in all-out war in this science fiction action satire.

And over in the National Maritime Museum there's Seduction Late on 14 February to embrace the Emma Hamilton and Lord Nelson love story. Look out for the card magicians and the silhouette artist before taking ballroom dancing lessons by candlelight, making lover's knots and, of course, seeing the Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity exhibition.

STRICTLY COME DANCING

It's the 10th anniversary of the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour and it's a must-see event for fans of all ages. This entertainment extravaganza stars many of the celebrities and professional dancers from the 14th BBC One series, as they take to the dance floor and recreate their most popular TV dance routines.

This year's tour stars TV Judges Len Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood plus former Strictly professional dancer and winner of the 2006 series, Karen Hardy. The tour host is Countryfile's Anita Rani, who was a semi-finalist in the 2015 series and a contestant on this year's live tour.

The magic of the TV show is at The 02 on 11 and 12 February.

CROSSRAIL ARCHAEOLOGY

Tunnel: the Archaeology of Crossrail is a free exhibition at The Museum of London Docklands from 10 February (to 3 September 2017).

Crossrail, cutting right across London, is Europe's largest infrastructure project and has given archaeologists a unique chance to explore some of the city's most historically important sites.

The wide variety of items on display explore 8,000 years of human history, revealing the stories of Londoners ranging from Mesolithic tool makers and inhabitants of Roman Londinium to those affected by the Great Plague of 1665.

Crossrail is London's newest railway and is now officially called the Elizabeth Line (after Queen Elizabeth II). It will come into service in 2018.

THE TEMPEST

On the evening of Monday 6 February there's a wonderful opportunity to watch the Royal Shakespeare Company performing live in Stratford-upon-Avon without leaving Canary Wharf as RSC Live: The Tempest is being screened in the East Wintergarden.

Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in this groundbreaking production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

ICE SKATING

While we've mentioned it regularly since it opened in November, Ice Rink Canary Wharf does close this month on 25 February. Make the most of this outdoor, but fully covered, ice rink with over 8km of LED lights below the ice. You may be an expert or more like Bambi but we can all enjoy skating/clinging to the side while listening to tunes and admiring the light show.

By choosing to stay at Fraser Place Canary Wharf you will be in the heart of Canary Wharf, and a short ride away from some of these great events happening in January 2017. Check out our Special Offers and we hope to welcome you soon! 

You can also check-out what's on in Kensington, by clicking here

 

Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com and contributes to many other publications while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival that of the Queen. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.

 

Image credits: Eduardo Paolozzi: The Whitworth Tapestry 1967, Courtesy The Whitworth, University of Manchester © Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS  |  V&A Museum of Childhood: 'I want to be...' Kid's Wear Magazine Vol 40, 2014. Credit: Achim Lipppoth  |  Emma Hamilton: © National Maritime Museum, London  |  Tunnel: Bedlam burial ground. © Museum of London  |  Ice Rink Canary Wharf: © Ice Rink Canary Wharf