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Ends 29 Feb 2020 at 11:59 PM

Slices of Time at NOW Gallery

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Check out some of the fantastic things to do along London’s riverside this February.

LGBTQ History Month

February is LGBTQ History Month and there are plenty of LGBTQ activities to explore queer lifestyles throughout the ages along our route.

  • Pleasure and Prudence: Walking Vauxhall’s Past

    Join the Museum of London to explore Vauxhall’s LGBTQ past on this walking tour. Taking place on Sunday 9 February the tour will cover stories such as those of brick-wielding drag queens, a butcher-boy known by night as Princess Seraphina and recent threats to the area’s queer identity.
    Nearest pier: St George Wharf (Vauxhall)

  • Queer Lives at the Tower

    Join drag queen Raven on an immersive night-time tour of the Tower of London. Raven will uncover the untold lives and experiences of LGBTQ figures who have been associated with the Tower. Queer Lives at the Tower tours take place on six nights throughout February.
    Nearest pier: Tower

  • LGBTQ+ Events at RMG

    Royal Museums Greenwich presents an immersive programme of free events celebrating the histories, lives and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people throughout the site’s naval, regal and recent history.
    Nearest pier: Greenwich

Battersea Power Station's Light Festival

Battersea Power Station's first Light Festival is taking place until Sunday 16 February. ‘Light & reflection’ arts and crafts workshops for children are also taking place 11:00 – 16:00, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February surrounded by the spectacular light installations by international artists.

Nearest pier: Battersea Power Station

Unbound: Visionary Women Collecting Textiles at Two Temple Place

Two Temple Place opens its doors to the public for this special exhibition examining textiles and costume and their entwinement with the fabric of society throughout history. Unbound considers the innovative approaches of seven pioneering women who revealed the extraordinary artistic, social and cultural importance of textiles in magnificent surroundings.

Nearest pier: Embankment

Classical Vauxhall

World class musicians descend on three intimate venues in Vauxhall this month for the inaugural Classical Vauxhall series. Three nights of lively performances are taking place Thursday 6 – Saturday 8 February at Brunswick House, St Peter’s Church and the Garden Museum. A little more personal and without the ceremony of traditional classical concerts, these intimate performances offer you the chance to hear renown musicians perform from as little as £20.

Nearest pier: St George Wharf (Vauxhall)

ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition & new dates for Mamma Mia! The Party

Have you visited ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition at The O2 yet? Featuring lyrics, costumes, instruments, backdrops, album artwork, photography, film and more, ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition unveils the story of one of the most enduring music acts of all time.

ABBA fans can also book onto new dates for Mamma Mia! The Party from Friday 7 February.

Nearest pier: North Greenwich

VAULT Festival

Now in its seventh year, VAULT Festival features over 550 shows from more than 2,700 artists. Centred on the labyrinth of tunnels beneath Waterloo Station, VAULT Festival is London and the UK’s biggest, boldest and wildest curated arts and entertainment festival. Hosting theatre, comedy, cabaret, immersive experiences, family shows and late-night parties, VAULT Festival lasts for six weeks, ending on Sunday 22 March.

Nearest pier: London Eye (Waterloo)

British Baroque: Power and Illusion at Tate Britain

This month, Tate is hosting its first exhibition devoted to the later 17th century and baroque art in Britain. Many of the works are on display for the first time, some have even been borrowed from the stately homes that they have hung in since they were made.

Opening on Tuesday 4 February Tate Britain’s latest exhibition examines the period between the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714. The late Stuart period was a time of momentous change for Britain and British Baroque: Power and Illusion explores how British Baroque was used to create an illusion of power, status and permanence in what was an incredibly turbulent time for the British monarchy.

This exhibition includes the work of the leading painters of the day, such as Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller and James Thornhill, and considers the use of art to convey power, however distant the illusion sometimes was from reality.

Also taking place at Tate Britain, until Sunday 3 May, Steve McQueen, Year 3 presents an epic portrait of London’s Year 3 pupils explored through the vehicle of the traditional school class photograph.

Travelling to Tate Britain for Steve McQueen’s Year 3? Click here to find out how children can travel for free and school groups can benefit from special discounts and assistance.

Nearest pier: Millbank

Tribute Ink at The National Army Museum

Tattoos play an important role within the Armed Forces community. Inked onto the skin of soldiers, sailors and airmen, tattoos reveal powerful stories and serve as personal acts of remembrance, statements of belonging, or records of significant events and operational tours. This recently opened exhibition at the National Army Museum is produced in partnership with The Royal British Legion and National Memorial Arboretum and features striking images by renowned photographer Charlie Clift.

Nearest pier: Cadogan

Meet Vincent Van Gogh

Opening Friday 7 February Meet Vincent Van Gogh is an immersive new experience exploring Vincent Van Gogh’s life, work and story. Featuring an audio guide pieced together from snippets of Van Gogh’s personal correspondence, the exhibition recreates scenes from Van Gogh’s paintings and has been curated by Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum.

Nearest pier: London Eye (Waterloo)

Illuminated River Official Boat Tours

Join us and City of London Guides to discover the history of London’s landmark river crossings and how they are being transformed by light. Once complete the Illuminated River project will combine London’s bridges into the world's longest piece of public art. This month, tours will depart from Tower Pier on Thursday 6, Saturday 15, Thursday 20 and Saturday 29 February.

Nearest pier: Tower

Slices of Time at NOW Gallery

Opening on Wednesday 5 February Emmanuelle Moureaux’s Slices of Time brings a kaleidoscope of colour to Greenwich Peninsula. Inspired by the gallery’s proximity to the Greenwich Meridian, the installation expresses the flow of time through 100 shades of colour and is the artist’s first exhibition in the UK.

Nearest pier: North Greenwich

Now open: MARKET TABLE on The Tide

Inspired by traditional British food markets, MARKET TABLE is a food hall with an integrated restaurant situated on The Tide at Greenwich Peninsula. MARKET TABLE promotes seasonality, British produce and a chef-led experience where guests are encouraged to try before they buy, buy no more than what they need, and enjoy every last bit of it. Coming up this month, MARKET TABLE will host a Valentine's Party on Friday 14 and a Soul Night on Thursday 27 February.

Nearest pier: North Greenwich

London Fashion Week

Centred on The Store X, 180 The Strand, London Fashion Week returns Friday 14 – Tuesday 18 February, showcasing the best of British fashion. If you’re heading to a London Fashion Week event, be sure to arrive in the most stylish way possible! Embankment Pier is just around the corner from The Store X.

Nearest pier: Embankment

VidCon London

Meet your favourite online video stars at VidCon London! Taking place at ExCeL Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 February VidCon features talks, meet and greets, tips and workshops for budding video creators.

Nearest pier: Royal Wharf

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