BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS AT TOWER BRIDGE
Tower Bridge, Bermondsey
Until Feb 24
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.
CATS ON THE PAGE
British Library, Euston
Until Sun 17 Mar
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.
ALL ABOUT EVE
Noel Coward Theatre, Covent Garden
Sat 2 Feb-Sat 11 May
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.
Sat Feb 9-Sun Mar 10
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.
HARALD SOHLBERG: PAINTING NORWAY
Wed 13 Feb-Sun 2 June
Dulwich Picture Gallery
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.
IMAGINE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL
Wed 13 Feb-Sun 24 Feb
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.
DIANE ARBUS:IN THE BEGINNING
Hayward Gallery, South Bank
Wed 13 Feb-Mon 6 May
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.
GROWING UNDERGROUND URBAN FARM TOUR
Until Thurs 28 March
1a Carpenter’s Place, London SW4 7TD
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.
VALENTINES DAY COMEDY NIGHT – GIRLFRIEND FROM HELL
the Exhibit Bar, Balham
Thur 14 Feb, 7pm-10.30pm
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…
LONDON FASHION WEEK FESTIVAL
180 The Strand, Temple
Sat 16 Feb-Sun 17 Feb
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.