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What's On in London in February 2016

Chris Addison stars in Chabrier's frothy comic opera.
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD
Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station
Dates: 1st to 24th February 2016

French director Mariame Clement gets her Royal Opera House debut with L'Etoile this February. The venue's first production of Emmanuel Chabrier's frothy comic opera stars comedian Chris Addison, known for The Thick of It, Doctor Who and Skins, as Smith. He will be joined on stage by French actor Jean-Luc Vincent. The opera tells the story of King Ouf I, who always celebrates his birthday with a public impalement. Ready for this years, he's gone in disguise among his people to find a suitable victim. Things descend into a chaotic farce from that point, with most of the characters also in disguise. As Clement stated: "L'Etoile is not really about the plot but about the silliness of it all".

Theatre Ad Infinitum: Light
Blending anime-style storytelling and a pulsating soundscape to create a sci-fi realm.
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
Tube: Clapham Common Station
Dates: 1st to 13th February 2016

Inspired by Edward Snowden's revelations and the ensuing debate on state surveillance, Theatre Ad Infinitum conjures an Orwellian future where a totalitarian regime monitors the thoughts of its citizens through implants. Light comes to Battersea Arts Centre following sell-out shows at the Barbican as part of the London International Mime Festival in 2015 and the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe, where it was nominated for a Total Theatre Award.

The End of Longing
Friends star Matthew Perry presents his first-ever play.
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE
Tube: Embankment Underground Station, Charing Cross Station
Dates: 2nd February to 14th May 2016

Perhaps in an attempt to shake off his association with Chandler forever (unlikely), Friends star Matthew Perry has written his first ever play. The End of Longing opens at the Playhouse Theatre in 2016 and will be directed by award-winning Lindsay Posner, known for Uncle Vanya, The Turn of the Screw and Speed the Plow. A dark comedy, Perry's play follows the story of four friends searching for meaning as they enter their forties. After sharing a crazy night together in an LA bar, Jack, Stephanie, Joseph and Stevie find their lives becoming more and more entwined. Soon they are sent on a wild rollercoaster ride that forces them to face the darker sides of their relationships.

Peter Brook returns with another Mahabharata-inspired production.
The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ
Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station
Dates: 3rd to 27th February 2016

Thirty years after Peter Brook's mammoth nine-hour production of the Mahabharata took the world of theatre by storm, he returns to the ancient Sanskrit epic for new production Battlefield. Staged at The Young Vic, the production sees the internationally renowned team of Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière work together once again on a piece that focuses on one section of the 3,000-year-old-text in which the Bharata family is torn apart by war and try to make sense of the horrors they have faced.

Massive Attack
The innovative duo go on tour for the first time in five years.
Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9SL
Tube: Brixton Station
Dates: 3rd, 4th and 5th February 2016

Innovative Bristolian duo Massive Attack are going on tour for the first time in five years, performing at the Brixton Academy for three nights in February. Pioneers in trip-hop and one of the most influential groups of their generation, the pair are renowned for fusing together a wide range of styles, from punk to reggae to R&B. Massive Attack have also teased that they will be releasing new music so fans can expect something fresh at this live gig. Support comes from Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers.

Magical Lantern Festival
Over 50 giant lanterns and a 66-metre-long dragon light up the gardens.
Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP
Tube: Turnham Green Station
Dates: 3rd February to 6th March 2016

Light-filled festivals are shining a light on picturesque parts of London this winter. First we had the illuminated walk at Kew, next came the hugely popular (free) Lumiere London and in February Chiswick Househosts the UK's largest ever Lantern Festival. With more than 50 giant lanterns spread across the gardens, visitors can see a whole host of animals and characters including a larger than life Terracotta Army. A 10-metre tall lantern recreates Beijing's Temple of Heaven, there's an 8-metre high lantern version of the porcelain Imperial Palace, an ethereal Tree of Life lantern, illuminating the oversized mushrooms, plants and flowers and a Mount Huaguo lantern to mark Chinese New Year and the Year of the Monkey. But the main centrepiece is a 66-metre-long dragon - that's the equivalent to five and a half London buses - stretching out across the lake. In amongst the lanterns are markets selling food, drinks and gifts.

Morning Mindfulness at Tower Bridge
Clinical psychologist Dr Tamara Russell teaches us to be calmer. And breathe.
Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, Bankside, London, SE1 2UP
Tube: London Bridge Station
Dates: 3rd to 19th February 2016

Turn off your phone and tune in to your inner calm with a Mindfulnessmovement training session on Tower Bridge where the views over London alone will make you stop and think. Clinical psychologist Dr Tamara Russell will teach the basics of mindfulness - chiefly, that we can be in an "observer" position, with a different perspective on our minds. These hour-long morning classes will help Londoners to learn that we have the capacity to be calmer, more focused, less reactive and more creative... even if it doesn't always feel like it.

Nell Gwynn
Gemma Arterton stars in the West End transfer of Jessica Swale's historical play.
Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EZ
Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station
Dates: 4th February to 30th April 2016

Jessica Swale's historical play Nell Gwynn transfers from Shakespeare's Globe to the West End in 2016, with Gemma Arterton in the title role. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the play enjoyed a sell-out, critically acclaimed run at the Globe in 2015 and now this limited season at the Apollo Theatre will provide the chance to enjoy the show once more. Swale's work charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her lowly roots as a satsuma-seller in Coal Yard Alley. Gwynn then went on to become Britain's most celebrated actress in the 17th century, as well as the mistress of King Charles II. But, at a time when women are considered second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the court?

States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness
A year-long exploration into human consciousness.
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE
Tube: Euston Square Station, Euston Station, Warren Street Station
Dates: 4th February to 16th October 2016

"Consciousness is a fascinating subject," says States of Mind curator Emily Sargent: "We all know what it is like to be conscious, but it remains a challenge to truly define it." That is the task set in States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness, a year-long exploration into human consciousness staged at the Wellcome Collection. The show explores phenomena such as synaesthesia, sleepwalking, memory loss and anaesthesia, and examines what happens when we loose consciousness. Included in the exhibition is a series of installations: 'The Whisper Heard', which looks at the language centres in the brain; 'H.M.', Kerry Tribe's probe into our understanding of memory; and 'Lesions in the Landscape', a multi-screen installation on amnesia and the erasure of individual and cultural memory..

Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show
Celebrity speakers include Simon Reeve, Kate Adie and Simon Calder.
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX
Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station
Dates: 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Feb 2016

Over 300 specialist travel companies are exhibiting at the Destinations Holiday and Travel Show offering a vast array of holiday and travelling experiences across the world. A special feature of the London show is the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival - a programme of exclusive talks by acclaimed writers, all included in the price of the ticket. Celebrity speakers at the 2016 event will include Simon Reeve, Kate Adie, John McCarthy, Levison Wood, Simon Calder, Nicholas Crane and others. In need of travel inspiration? They've got it in spades here as well as health advice, food tastings and photography tips.

Painting Norway: Nikolai Astrup
Over 90 oil paintings and prints evoke the changing seasons in western Norway.
Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AD
Tube: Denmark Hill Station
Dates: 5th February to 15th May 2016

Along with Edvard Munch, Nikolai Astrup, one of Norway's most renowned twentieth century artists, expanded the artistic possibilities of woodcuts. Perhaps best known for his luminous paintings of the country's famous Midsummer Eve bonfires, Astrup's landscapes evoke the atmosphere and mood characteristic of the changing seasons in his home district of Jolster in western Norway. Over 90 oil paintings and prints, including works from private collections never exhibited before, bring Astrup's Norway to Dulwich.

Hand to God
This provocative puppet comedy transfers direct from Broadway.
Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH
Tube: Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station, Leicester Square Station
Dates: 5th February to 11th June 2016

Taking into account its favour with the critics and several Tony nominations, irreverent puppet comedy Hand to God shut surprisingly early in Broadway. But, now it's set for the West End and, alongside Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon , it's sure to fit right in. Being staged at the Vaudeville Theatre , the provocative comedy is about a devilish puppet who's let loose on a Christian theatre group. Foul-mouthed and increasingly vicious, it won't be long until things get completely out of control. The New Yorker described it as "Sesame Street meets The Exorcist" while The New York Times hailed it as "wickedly funny".

Fashion Week at Madame Tussauds
Snap a selfie with Cara and Kendall in the week the fashion world comes to London.
Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LR
Tube: Baker Street Station, Regent's Park Station
Dates: 8th to 21st February 2016

Perfect your pout and snap a selfie with Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner under the watchful eye of Vogue's Anna Wintour at Madame Tussauds where a special behind-the-scenes Fashion Week display opens just in time for the February half term. Delevingne, with her trademark bushy eyebrows, will be posing on the catwalk dressed in an Yves Saint Laurent dress as Kendall, star of Keeping up with the Kardashians, readies herself backstage. Guests will also be able to 'strut their stuff' on the catwalk, and for one week only , from Saturday 13th February to Sunday 21st February 2016, will have the chance to go home with Maybelline New York, TONI&GUY and Lavazza freebies if they spot a special golden clothes tag. Pucker up.

Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race
MPs are hoping to break their losing streak and take the trophy from the media.
Victoria Tower Gardens, Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA
Tube: Westminster Station
Dates: Tuesday 9th February 2016

Staged in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament for 18 years, theRehab Parliamentary Pancake Race pitches MPs, Lords and political correspondents against one another to see who's the fastest pancake tosser. In 2016 MPs are hoping to break their losing streak - they haven't won since 2013 - and take the tin trophy from the media who won last year's race. Channel 4 News Presenter Cathy Newman, the official starter for this year's race, says: "While the European referendum battle looms large on the horizon, there is only one contest that is on the minds of the movers and shakers in Westminster and that is the intensely-fought Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race." A huge draw for tourists, it's not only great fun but it's also for a good cause, supporting Rehab and its work with disabled people.

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius
Large-scale reproductions of famous drawings by the Renaissance artist and inventor are put into practice.
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
Tube: South Kensington Station
Dates: 10th February to 4th September 2016

Ever wondered what Leonardo da Vinci's ambitious inventions would have looked like in real life? Now, thanks to the Science Museum 's The Mechanics of Genius, you can as large-scale reproductions of famous drawings and sketches by the great genius of the Renaissance are put into practice. Forty historical models by the great artist and inventor, including flying machines, diving equipment and weapons, are constructed in this unique exhibition. Other highlights include interactive games and multimedia installations as well as modern examples of bio-inspired robotics, aviation and technological materials.

Vogue 100: A Century of Style
100 years of cutting-edge fashion and photography from Britain's foremost fashion bible.
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Tube: Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station
Dates: 11th February to 22nd May 2016

Corinne Day's underwear shoot with Kate Moss, Peter Lindbergh's Vogue cover shot that so perfectly captured the supermodel era, and a series of Second World War photographs by Lee Miller are part of a century of style, first seen in Vogue. In Vogue 100, the National Portrait Gallery celebrates 100 years of cutting-edge fashion and photography from Britain's foremost fashion bible. Here you'll find a rare version of Horst's famous 'corset' photograph from 1939, which inspired the video for Madonna's hit song Vogue, and vintage prints by the first professional fashion photographer, Baron de Meyer. The exhibition is overseen by theatre and opera set designer Patrick Kinmonth, taking visitors on an immersive journey through the greatest moments in the history of British Vogue.

Strictly Come Dancing Live: Wembley Arena
Georgia May Foote, Ainsley Harriott, Anita Rani and Frankie Bridge aim to impress the judges.
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, HA9 0DH
Tube: Wembley Park Station
Dates: Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February 2016

The glitzy BBC television show is brought to life on stages around the country once again in 2016, returning for its ninth year. Directed by judge Craig Revel Horwood, the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to London on 11th and 12th February 2015 at Wembley Arena and 13th and 14th February at The O2. It follows much the same format as the BBC series, featuring performances from 2015's most popular celebrity and professional pairings, impressive routines by the professionals and the occasional verbal sideswipe from judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood. Celebrity dancers confirmed are actress Georgia May Foote, celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott, TV presenter Anita Rani and Frankie Bridge from The Saturdays, with Mel Giedroyc as host.

Motown The Musical
The musical transfers from Broadway to the West End.
Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP
Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station
Dates: 11th February to 22nd October 2016

Telling the story of Berry Gordy, who went from being a featherweight boxer to Motown music mogul, Motown The Musical transfers from Broadway to the West End in 2016, staged at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the nostalgic musical explores thr success of Gordy's record label and how he launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes and many more. Audiences are treated to more than 50 Motown tracks such as My Girl, Dancing In The Street, Ain't No Mountain High Enough and I Heard It Through The Grapevine.

The London Bike Show
Freestyle mountain biking plus plenty of gear to browse and buy.
ExCel London Exhibition Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL
Tube: Canning Town Station
Dates: 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Feb 2016

The UK's largest cycling show returns to ExCeL London with plenty of gear to browse and buy and industry experts giving talks on all aspects of cycling, from BMX to cross country riding. Brands already confirmed include Cannondale, Boardman, Scott, Giant and Hoy Bikes among more than 200 cycling related exhibitors. There's the chance to measure fitness, take a challenge and walk away with a personalised training programme. A new feature for 2016 is Air to the Throne, a UK freestyle mountain biking competition which will give visitors a taste of pro level off road cycling. What's more, a ticket to The London Bike Show also grants entry to two other events running at the ExCeL centre at the same time: the Triathlon Show: London and The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show.

Camellia Festival
Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP
Tube: Turnham Green Station
Dates: 11th February to 13th March 2016

The colourful Camellia Festival, which showcases the wonderfulChiswick House camellia collection, remains free for a second year - a move which has seen visitor numbers quadruple to 16,000 last year - a record attendance. Housed in the gardens' spectacular conservatory, designed by Samuel Ware in 1813, the collection is a national treasure and the oldest in the Western world - it was created in the early years of the 19th century by the 6th Duke of Devonshire. It's wonderful to see these beautiful blooms in the conservatory next to the restored nineteenth-century Italian Garden, replanted in 2012. Known as the Queen of the Winter Flowers, the camellias at Chiswick bring a burst of glorious colour - from pinks to reds, whites to stripes - to the spring season.

Valentine's at Petersham Nurseries
No, garage shop flowers won't cut it. Sign up for a flower workshop for men.
Petersham Nurseries Cafe and Teahouse, Off Petersham Road, Petersham, London, TW10 7AG
Tube: Richmond Station
Dates: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February 2016

This year Petersham Nurseries is putting on a special Valentine's Flower Workshop For Men on Saturday 13th February. Working with expert florists, you'll put together a stunning bouquet of British flowers to take home and present to your loved one. You're not going to find anything quite like that down the local garage! And for the ladies? Sunday 14th plays host to a "wine and chocolate" tasting event, which let's face it, sounds like a match made in heaven. You'll learn how to match them, and fully appreciate the flavours of both.

London's Chinese New Year
Dragon dancing, music and performances from Trafalgar Square to Chinatown.
Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS
Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station
Dates: Sunday 14th February 2016

Chinese New Year in London is one of the most spectacular in the West with over 300,000 people taking part in the celebrations across the capital. This year, the Year of the Monkey, the London celebrations take place on 14th February 2016 - making it a double date with Valentine's Day - with activities taking place in Chinatown, Leicester Square,Shaftesbury Avenue and Trafalgar Square. Festivities begin at 10am with a parade which begins at Duncannon Street, moving along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. An official opening ceremony then takes place in Trafalgar Square with speeches from special guests. Once officially opened, the celebrations really kick off with Dragon dancing, music and performances. Join the throng in a stall-covered Chinatown for fun and firecrackers on and around Gerrard Street, Lisle Street and Shaftesbury Avenue where there are impromptu parties, food stalls and lion dancing.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
The unique show returns for a limited run.
Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station
Dates: 15th February to 25th July 2016

After wowing critics and audiences alike, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical is extending its season, transferring to the Lyric Theatre in early 2016. The limited, ten performance run will provide another chance to enjoy the all-singing, all-dancing show that welcomes unpredictable and hilarious results each time. The concept is quite unique, with the team creating a real musical from scratch every night, with a full story, characters you come to love, a live band of musicians and songs aplenty. Even the title of each show is improvised, with highlights from the 2015 West End run including 'Royal Flush' set in the Queen's bathroom, 'Blatt Out of Hell' from the Fifa HQ and 'The Lyin' King' set in the Daily Mail newsroom.

Flamenco Festival London
Seven shows to choose from at the annual foot-stamping festival, kicking off with a gala performance.
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN
Tube: Angel Station
Dates: 16th to 28th February 2016

Seven unique shows come under the banner of the Flamenco Festival London, a regular feature at Sadler's Wells. The annual foot-stamping festival kicks off with a gala performance bringing together the artists that received awards at the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla. As well as the return of superstar Sara Baras we're treated to performances by Vicente Amigo as the celebrated musician plays works from his new album, Tierra. Olga Pericet "a cross between Christina Ricci and a Russian ballerina" (The New York Times) dances a piece inspired by the cycles of life and then shares the stage with award-winning dancer Marco Flores. Finally, Esperanza Fernandez, famous for her gypsy style flamenco cante, is joined by another great young voice Marina Heredia and dancer Ana Morales from Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia in a must-see exploration of experimental musical crossovers and classical styles.

The London Classic Car Show
The show returns and is twice as big as last year.
ExCel London Exhibition Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL
Tube: Canning Town Station
Dates: 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Feb 2016

The London Classic Car Show returns for another year this February, doubling in size since the 2015 show. A must attend for any discerning classic car owner, collector, expert or enthusiast, the show brings together the very best dealers, manufacturers, car clubs and products, as well as an indoor driving runway where iconic classic cars are fired up and showcased. New for 2016 will be The Club Paddock, showcasing a specially curated display of prestige and performance classics from the big six car producing nations. It will also feature retro entertainment to evoke the ambience of a 1960s British motor show. The Classic Corner - another new feature for this year - will offer the opportunity to engage with dozens of classic car experts across the weekend.

London Fashion Week
Alexander McQueen's label returns to London AW16 for one season only.
The Brewer Street Car Park, 2 Lexington Street, Covent Garden, London, W1F 0LA
Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station
Dates: 19th to 23rd Feb 2016

Over 70 designers are confirmed to show at London Fashion Weekwhich, alongside New York, Paris and Milan, is one of the world's leading designer fashion showcases. Taking place in February and September at Brewer Street Car Park, the strictly invite-only LFW showcases the industry's most creative designers and businesses, in the UK and internationally, with catwalk shows, exhibitions and award ceremonies. Headline names for the AW 2016 collection is the return of Alexander McQueen's label to London AW16 for one season only. Amanda Wakeley, Margaret Howell, Pringle and Burberry are just some of the top fashion labels showing their latest collections. Over 5,000 visitors - fashion buyers, press and photographers - attend and while events are for industry insiders only, street style bloggers camp outside to snap models between shows and London Fashion Weekend is open to all.

Jess Glynne
The standout star of 2015 performs as part of her UK tour.
Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9SL
Tube: Brixton Station
Dates: Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st February 2016

Having become the second British female solo artist to have five number one singles in the UK, Jess Glynne is a standout star of 2015. Her rocket selling debut album, I Cry When I Laugh, which spawned the five number one singles, also topped the UK charts. The star will kick off 2016 with a massive UK tour that follows on from a number of US dates, stopping by the Brixton Academy for two nights in February.

London Beer Week
Over 80 bars across town offer £3 speciality beers for the festival.
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Tube: Aldgate East Station
Dates: 22nd to 28th Feb 2016

The team behind London Cocktail Week and London Wine Week now turn their attention to the nation's favourite tipple with London Beer Week. Running in mid-February, it's seven days of beer, cider, stout and ale-filled fun, with special deals, pop-ups, tastings, supper clubs, brewery tours and masterclasses across town. There are more than 100 venues taking part in the festival, including The Draft House, The Craft Beer Co, Whyte and Brown, Hops & Glory, Well and Bucket, and Herman ze German, where you'll be able to feast on Herman's Market Brew with currywurst and pommes for only £5.95. The main hub has moved to the Old Truman Brewery this year, where visitors can collect their wristbands (the key to getting involved) and guide books listing over 80 bars across town offering £3 speciality beers especially for the festival.

BRIT Awards 2016
The likes of Adele, Justin Bieber and Coldplay perform this year.
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB
Tube: North Greenwich Station
Dates: 24th February 2016

Ant & Dec, hosts of 'I'm a Celebrity' and the kings of primetime entertainment TV, return to present the BRIT Awards 2016 after taking on the role last year. The biggest music event in Britain's calendar, when awards are given to the year's most successful artists, is sure to be a true highlight this February as BRITs legend Adele returns after her iconic performance of 'Someone Like You' back in 2011. Further acts taking to the stage include Justin Bieber and Coldplay, meaning the line-up will be packed with a series of global sensations. The only award where the winner is announced prior to the evening, the Critics' Choice winner for 2016 is Jack Garratt, whose genre-defying blend of electronica and soul has seen him win endorsements from the likes of Zane Lowe and Rick Rubin and enjoy a sell-out tour.

London Fashion Weekend
The open-to-all event gives fashion watchers access to the latest catwalk trends.
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, King's Road, Covent Garden, London, SW3 4SQ
Tube: Sloane Square Station
Dates: 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th Feb 2016

While London Fashion Week is off-limits to most, London Fashion Weekend is open to all. Held at the Saatchi Gallery in February, this fashion-focused weekend is an opportunity for everyone to get access to the latest designer trends - even if they don't have a stylist's little black book. The frenzied London Fashion Week is all about work for models, buyers and fashion editors who run around at breakneck speed. But this consumer show which takes place on the weekend after the main event offers savvy shoppers the opportunity to check out the latest fashions at a far more leisurely pace. Tickets are on a timed entry basis to make sure the crowds never get 'first-day-of-the-sales' busy. And with over 150 London Fashion Week designers offering their clothes at cheaper than retail prices you can find some real bargains. But it's not just about the latest clothes, you also get makeovers and styling tips while sipping on a champagne cocktail - very stylish.

The Royal Ballet: Giselle
The classic ballet is staged once again at the Royal Opera House.
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station
Dates: 26th February to 15th April 2016

A ballet that never grows old, Giselle is once again performed at the Royal Opera House this year, after last being staged here in 2014. First performed in Paris in 1841, it transformed the world of dance and has since undergone many choreography and design changes over the years, although the essence still remains the same. Peter Wright's production for The Royal Ballet is based on Marius Petipa's classic version. The title role is emotionally and technically demanding for the ballerina, calling for an absolute transition from innocent peasant girl - who dies of a broken heart - to avenging spirit, but the Royal Ballet's ballerinas ensure a vital performance each night.

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