Things to do in London next week

Lizzie Thomson

Valentine’s Day is behind us but that doesn’t mean the February events calendar has to grind to a halt.

The arrival of London Fashion Week and the fast-approaching Oscars means there’s plenty still happening.

From film festivals and quirky art installations, to Jane Austen-themed improvised comedy, there’s something to float every boat.

Here's our pick of the best events to head to next week.


(Bronwen Sharp)

Improvised comedy is tricky stuff, but the Austentatious team make it look easy. They’re back at the Fortune Theatre on Monday to perform another completely improvised Jane Austen novel, complete with period costumes. The show even features on-the-spot cello accompaniments — so it’s all rather impressive. Literature buffs and comedy lovers alike should give this one a go.

February 18, Fortune Theatre, WC2B 5HH,

The Camden Grocer x Roadkill butchery masterclass

The Camden Grocer is collaborating with Camden’s newest indie butcher Roadkill for a masterclass on butchery and barbecuing. The intimate evening will include a three-course meal which, naturally, includes a steak course and wine pairing. Roadkill’s in-house butcher will be on hand to answer any meaty questions and a butchery demonstration will take place for those keen to learn about different cuts and ways of cooking beef.

February 18, The Camden Grocer, NW1 8AH, email to reserve a spot

BFI Future Film Fest

The annual BFI film festival returns next week for its 12th year, offering workshops, masterclasses, screenings and Q&As. Hosted at BFI Southbank, the four-day event shines a light on the different areas of film and its industry, to help budding young filmmakers learn more about their passion. Thursday’s programme includes an evening networking session and a meet-and-greet with talent agents.

February 21, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT,

The Weave Project

(Anya Hindmarch)

Designer Anya Hindmarch is back for London Fashion Week bringing a giant woven tunnel to Soho’s Brewer Street carpark. Throwback to your childhood and attempt to crawl around the blue interactive structure — just try not to get your feet caught in the netting. Slots can be booked online and guests have free reign on the installation for 30 minutes, so there’s plenty of time to get to grips with it.

Until February 19, Brewer St, W1F 0LA,

A Night of Whitney Houston at Jazz Cafe

(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Hot off the heels of Valentine’s Day, Camden’s Jazz Cafe will host an evening dedicated to the queen of power ballads, Whitney Houston. A live band will journey through her hits, from I Will Always Love You to I Wanna Dance With Somebody and beyond. This night is back following three previously sold out shows — so best to book this one in advance.

February 18, 5 Parkway, NW1 7PG,

Brick Wonders at the Horniman Museum

(Warren Elsmore/Horniman Museum and Gardens)

Unleash your inner child and head down to this Lego exhibition at the Horniman Museum. More than 50 models will be on show including replicas of ancient Egyptian pyramids, London Bridge and an underwater coral reef. Interactive play areas will be on offer for kids and big kids alike and, for those less crafty, a micro-cinema will be showing short Lego animations.

From February 16, 100 London Rd, SE23 3PQ,

Drag Aerobics at Trapeze

Trapeze bar is already known for its quirky disco yoga but this Thursday another fitness event is in town. Drag queen Dolly Trolley will be conducting an aerobics class filled with plenty of sass, strutting and twerking. Guests can also opt for a post-workout prosecco if they so wish — the perfect way to celebrate Thirsty Thursday.

February 21, 89 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HX, tickets can be purchased here