What's on in London in February 2016 near Canary Wharf, London
February is the month of love so bring a loved one to London to enjoy these recommended highlights. We've got ideas for inside and outside and it's never too cold to go exploring in London.
If you really want to see it all in a short amount of time, the Big Bus sightseeing bus has a special offer this month. Buy a 24-hour ticket and it will automatically be upgraded to a 48-hour ticket giving you two days to see the city. As well as going on the open top bus and listening to the guides, the ticket also includes walking tours and a trip on the Thames so you could use that from Greenwich to reach central London (and for the return journey too).
AN EVENING WITH THE STARS
A wonderful reason to spend more time in Greenwich is for the popular after dark experience at the Royal Observatory. An Evening with the Stars is on Saturday 13 February (two shows). It 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. Their astronomers are on hand too so you can ask space-related questions.
If only the day of love will do, there's a special Valentine's An Evening with the Stars too on Sunday 14 February (two shows) at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. The planetarium show features the romantic sights the night sky has to offer, plus that chance to do some stargazing through the 18-tonne Victorian telescope. Afterwards, you get to enjoy a glass of bubbly whilst standing on the historic Greenwich Meridian.
AFTER_DARK AT TOWER OF LONDON
Hosted by Yeoman Warders, the Tower of London has a unique two-night Charity Gala featuring variety acts by a cast of West End performers on Saturday 13 February and Sunday 14 February. There's a welcome drink and canapé reception before the fun begins.
Or come for Nightwatchers, an after-hours immersive experience of a shadowy world of surveillance in modern and Tudor times. This is on lots of nights throughout the month but you do need to book in advance.
From 29 January to 15 May 2016, the Whitechapel Art Gallery's next major exhibition is Electronic Superhighway. It brings together over 100 works to show the impact of computer and Internet technologies on artists from the mid-1960s to the present day. Electronic Superhighway includes new and rarely seen multimedia works, film, painting, sculpture, photography and drawing by over 70 artists spanning 50 years including Cory Arcangel, Roy Ascott, Jeremy Bailey, Judith Barry and James Bridle, telling the story of an interconnected global culture marked by mass social and political change.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
If you're ready for some dancing in the aisles, Motown the Musical opens at Shaftesbury Theatre on 11 February (and runs until 22 October 2016). It's already a huge hit on Broadway so it's great to have this in London's West End too.
Charting the story of the famous record label, the show is about Berry Gordy who founded Motown records and launched the careers of music greats such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and even Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5.
For some sporting entertainment this month, head to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the Copper Box where the London Lions (London's only professional basketball team) get to play. They've got games on 5, 12, 16 and 19 February.
CANARY WHARF COMEDY CLUB
Back in the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf Comedy Club returns on Thursday 25 February for an evening of satire and laughs from emerging and established comedians. The event is for over 16s only and there's a full bar available on the night.
ART ON THE ESTATE
Have you noticed how much public art there is around Canary Wharf? Incredibly, Canary Wharf now has one of the UK's largest collections of public art.
There are 65 works on the Canary Wharf estate, most of them outside with some inside buildings accessible to the public. There's a free art map/trail you can print out (or have posted to you) so you can explore the area more. It really is a lovely way to get to know to enjoy a day out.
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. Check-out our Special Offers and we hope to welcome you soon!
Laura Porter writes the About.com London Travel site and AboutLondonLaura.com, plus she contributes to many other publications while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival that of our Queen. You can find Laura on twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.
Image credits required:
Electronic Superhighway: Surface Tension, © Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Courtesy the artist and Carroll/Fletcher, London
Motown the Musical: Diana Ross and The Supremes (played by Lucy St. Louis, Cherelle Williams and Tanya Nicole Edwards). Photo credit: Hugo Glendinning