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BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS AT TOWER BRIDGE
Tower Bridge, Bermondsey
Until Feb 24

Tower Bridge London

These sneaky tours of Tower Bridge last 90 minutes and offer access to parts of the bridge that aren’t ordinarily open to the public, including the control cabin, the impressive bascule chambers below the level of the river bed and the machinery room.

www.towerbridge.org.uk

CATS ON THE PAGE
British Library, Euston
Until Sun 17 Mar

Cats on the page exhibition poster British Library

Exuberant and playful? Or more mysterious and threatening? Cats come to life in books, manuscripts and artwork to captivate and inspire. Renew your acquaintance with familiar favourites including Mog, Winnie and Wilbur, and T S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and meet some new friends from around the world. The free exhibition features a reading corner complete with books, a family trail and sound recordings.

www.bl.uk/events/cats-on-the-page

ALL ABOUT EVE
Noel Coward Theatre, Covent Garden
Sat 2 Feb-Sat 11 May

All About Eve poster

Gillian Anderson and Lily James step into the 1950 Bette Davis and Anne Baxter roles as bitterly feuding actresses in this version of the classic Hollywood satire directed by Ivo van Hove with original musical from PJ Harvey.

www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/theatres/noel-coward-theatre

ORCHID FESTIVAL
Kew Gardens
Sat Feb 9-Sun Mar 10

Poster for Kew Gardens Orchid Festival

Kew Gardens’ celebration of the orchid returns for its 24th year, this time with a focus on the plant life of Colombia. See the botanical garden’s tropical greenhouse filled with a colourful animal display including a toucan in flight, a hanging sloth and swimming turtles all made up of hundreds of stunning orchids. 

http://www.kew.org

HARALD SOHLBERG: PAINTING NORWAY
Wed 13 Feb-Sun 2 June
Dulwich Picture Gallery

Harald Sohlberg, Våraften, Akershus, Norske Selskab, Akersgaten 18
Harald Sohlberg, Våraften, Akershus, Norske Selskab, Akersgaten 18

The gallery’s first show of 2019 showcases the highly original landscapes of the Norwegian symbolist artist, Harald Sohlberg (1869-1935), one of the greatest masters of landscape painting in the history of Norwegian art. Timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Sohlberg’s birth it will be the first major show of his work outside of Norway.

www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2019/february/harald-sohlberg-painting-norway/

IMAGINE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL
Wed 13 Feb-Sun 24 Feb

Imagine Children's Festival banner South Bank London

The annual festival returns for half-term with the best in children’s theatre, comedy, family parties, hands-on activities, DJs, dance, immersive experiences and full-on fun for children and their grown-ups –180 events and half of these completely free. 

www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson

DIANE ARBUS:IN THE BEGINNING
Hayward Gallery, South Bank
Wed 13 Feb-Mon 6 May

Diane Arbus photograph

This exhibition is the first solo show of Arbus’ work in the UK for 12 years. Organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, it features more than 100 photographs, some of the most striking, tender and unnerving portraits ever taken and which have never before been exhibited in Europe.

www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/hayward-gallery-art/diane-arbus-beginning

GROWING UNDERGROUND URBAN FARM TOUR
Until Thurs 28 March
1a Carpenter’s Place, London SW4 7TD

Growing Underground Urban Farm Tour

Visit Growing Underground, the urban farm situated 33m underneath the streets of Clapham in a World War II air raid shelter. For a limited time these amazing tunnels will open for a tour of the depths of the world’s first underground farm.

www.growing-underground.com

VALENTINES DAY COMEDY NIGHT – GIRLFRIEND FROM HELL
the Exhibit Bar, Balham
Thur 14 Feb, 7pm-10.30pm

Girlfriend From Hell promotion banner

Gabby Killick’s Girlfriend From Hell comedy show took the Edinburgh Festival by storm. It offers advice on everything from when it’s time to start stalking your boyfriend to what to do when you’ve taken too much ketamine. It also supplies top tips on the sexiest Instagram poses and how best to react after losing your skirt in a night club. Joining her will be comedy performances from all her ex boyfriends…

www.theexhibit.co.uk/events

LONDON FASHION WEEK FESTIVAL
180 The Strand, Temple
Sat 16 Feb-Sun 17 Feb

London Fashion Week models on the catwalk

Got a passion for fashion? Shop a curated edit of designer collections from over 150 brands, go front row for a show and listen to talks from industry experts for the heads up on next season’s trends. Tickets are limited. 

www.londonfashionweekfestival.com

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