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What To Do In London This Weekend: 11–12 February 2023

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Isn’t February flying by already? After a long and gloomy January, it seems the city has finally shaken off the cobwebs, and the abundance of things to do is back. We’re blessed to have a capital city brimming with stories and activities, bars and restaurants, experiences and pop-ups. So many, in fact, that it can get a little overwhelming… Enter: the C&TH guide to what to do in London this weekend, home to the capital’s most exciting events and the best seasonal activities to spend your treasured weekends wisely. 

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What To Do In London This Weekend: 11–12 February 2023

Clinique La Prairie at John Bell & Croyden

Visit The New Clinique La Prairie Holistic Health Pop Up At John Bell & Croyden

Throughout February 2023

For the whole month of February, there will be a new Longevity and Supplements pop-up lab at London’s health and wellbeing emporium, John Bell & Croyden. Visit to be guided through a holistic approach to longevity by Clinique La Prairie’s expert nutritionists, receive tailored short- and long-term nutraceutical plans to unlock your body and brain function, and enjoy special gift offers with purchases throughout the month. cliniquelaprairie-hh.com

Leica Gallery - 'Wanderlust' exhibition

Last Chance: See Thomas Hoepker’s ‘Wanderlust’ at the Leica Gallery

Until 12 February

Looking for an exhibition this weekend in London? Try the Leica Gallery, where the documentary stills of Thomas Hoepker are currently being presented at in a retrospective spanning his career from the 1960s to 2013. The artist began his work as a photo-reporter for German magazine Stern, where he produced his seminal series of photos, The Greatest, about Muhammad Ali. Expect photography rooted in a quiet, everyday humanism – and if you love the work you see, prints are available to purchase on request. leica-camera.com

Check out our full guide to the best of London’s exhibitions right now

Medici And Me: See Donatello’s Take On David At The V&A

From 11 February 2023

As one exhibition ends, another begins… Get ahead of the crowd and visit the V&A’s Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance on its opening weekend this weekend, the first major UK exhibition exploring the vast skills of legendary sculptor Donatello. Aesthetes rejoice: for the first time in the history of our isles, Donatello’s David will be on display – and as starkers as Michelangelo’s take on the biblical figure. vam.ac.uk

The Summer Palace Immersive Exhibition

Check Out The Summer Palace

Until 28 February 2023

Speaking of exhibitions, this new (entirely free!) immersive exhibition is located at the new Outernet London, pushing the boundaries of immersive experiences. Designed by Augustin Vidal Saavedra and inspired by the Sistine Chapel, it’s not one to be missed – if you haven’t already seen it all over social media… outernetglobal.com

Or Visit Frameless

Ongoing

Filling our Instagram and TikTok feeds with aesthetic immersive exhibition content right now is Frameless, a new space consisting of four immersive galleries over in Marble Arch. Head down while it’s still fresh! Check out our full review of Frameless here.

An image from rehearsals for Best of Enemies

© Johan Personn

Last(ish) Chance: Catch Best of Enemies at the Noël Coward Theatre

Until 18 February 2023

The televised battle for the US Presidency in 1960s America brought to the West End featuring a star-studded cast. The sellout Broadway production transferred in November and has been met with solid reviews, including 4*’s from TimeOut and 5*’s in the Evening Standard. noelcowardtheatre.co.uk

Annie Phillips in skiwear at House of Ski pop-up

© Malcolm Menzies

Visit The New House Of Ski Pop Up

Until 28 February 2023

Avid skiers (or ski aesthetic lovers) should head over to King’s Cross’ Coal Drops Yard for the new ‘House of Ski’ pop-up from Beyond Retro and Boutique by Shelter. Read all about it here

Watch The Six Nations At A Lovely London Pub

Whether you’re a rugby fan or not, you can’t deny the thrilling buzz of pubs across London during a match. This weekend, catch Ireland vs France (Saturday, 2.15 pm), Scotland vs Wales (Saturday, 4.45 pm) and England vs Italy (Sunday, 3 pm) at one of these exciting venues.

Cauliflower steak from M Restaurants

Try Tasty Regenerative Dishes

Throughout February 2023

Head to one of the M Restaurants branches to try the Regenuary set menu, which features dishes made using regenerative farming methods, created in partnership with The Ethical Butcher. mrestaurants.co.uk

LGBT+ History Month, see Orlando at the Garrick Theatre

Get Involved With LGBT+ History Month

Throughout February

There are plenty of ways to celebrate LGBT+ History month across the city, but our favourite celebration tactic always involves heading to the theatre. Don’t miss the Garrick’s Orlando starring The Crown’s Emma Corrin as Virgina Woolf’s groundbreaking genderqueer character, which is running until 25 February. There’s also the critically acclaimed My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?) at the Ambassadors Theatre until 18 March. Check out our full guide to LGBT+ History Month here.

See Pretty Winter Lights In Battersea

Until 5 March 2023

Now in its third year, Battersea is being lit up with eight light installations displayed inside and outside the Power Station from 8am–11pm daily (inside installations switch off at 10pm). There’s also the Electric Boulevard to stroll down, ideal for planned candid Instagram pics (plandids, if you will). batterseapowerstation.co.uk

'Because the City itself is Sacred' a light poem by Robert Montgomery, installed in Coal Drops Yard at King's Cross

© John Sturrock

See Robert Montgomery’s New Installation At Coal Drops Yard

Until 3 March 2023

And, while you’re in the area, renowned contemporary British artist, Robert Montgomery has revealed his latest public artwork in Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, entitled ‘Because the city itself is sacred’. A light poem honouring Montgomery’s personal connection to the iconic London destination, the installation is made from painted wood, copper, recycled PVC and 12-volt LED light, a more energy-efficient and ecological equivalent to neon signage. kingscross.co.uk

Admire Spanish Art With A Side Of Tasty Pintxos

Until 10 April 2023

From masterpieces by Goya and Velázquez to dazzling objects from Latin America, head to the Royal Academy of Arts to experience its new exhibition, ‘Spain and the Hispanic World’, running until 10 April. And, with the exhibition remaining open until 9pm on Fridays, you can top the experience off with tasty Pintxos courtesy of Spanish chef José Pizarro in the RA’s The Poster Bar. Think olives, aioli and padron peppers galore. royalacademy.org.uk

Dine In Mayfair

The newly opened Humo in Mayfair is a live fire restaurant spearheaded by Chef Miller Prada, protégé of Endo Kazutoshi of the Michelin-starred Endo at the Rotunda. humolondon.com

Saatchi Yates new gallery at St James

Visit The New Saatchi Yates Gallery

Ushering in a new era for Saatchi Yates at their new 10,000 sqft gallery in St James is a solo exhibition by Lebanese artist Omar El Lahib. Eighteen large-scale paintings by Lahib, who lives and works in Cologne, will be on display, exploring the nocturnal world, ‘where darkness reigns, the mysterious takes shape, and where the unconscious is at liberty to make itself heard’. Exhibition running until 15 March 2023, saatchiyates.com

Pick Up A Brand New Book

At a loose end this weekend? There’s no better way to romanticise your life than taking yourself on a walk, popping into an (independent) bookshop, picking up whatever takes your fancy, and sitting down to read it in a nearby coffee shop. We recommend Salman Rushdie’s new book Victory City (released 9 February). From the internationally bestselling author comes a new epic tale of a woman who breathes a fantastical empire into existence, only to be consumed by it over the centuries. penguin.co.uk

More of 2023’s hottest new book releases

Go For Brunch

Is this not possibly the most delicious of meals? A dose of relaxation, a dram of informality, a shot of sociability. Add in a Bloody Mary or a glass of fizz and it feels positively naughty. Just what the doctor ordered as we end dark January and enter (hopefully) warmer Feb. Here are our favourite places.

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Featured image: Emma Corrin in Orlando at the Garrick Theatre.

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