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It’s a great weekend for both couples and families, as London offers a mix of late-Valentine’s celebrations and half-term activities. If you don’t fit into either category, however, there are still plenty of great things to see and do in the capital.
Edible Cinema at the Aubin Cinema
Enjoy a romantic 4D cinema experience at the Aubin Cinema, where screenings of the classic film Some Like it Hot are augmented by clever servings of food and drink. The evening starts with a prohibition-style cocktail courtesy of Bombay Sapphire, followed by mystery servings of snacks and beverages that are to be enjoyed at key points throughout the film – you might, for example, find yourself savouring champagne truffles when the protagonists enjoy a boozy kiss aboard a borrowed yacht. Tickets start from £23 and full details are available from the Edible Cinema website. 17 Feb
MCN London Motorcycle Show at ExCeL
The Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show is a haven for anyone whose idea of fun involves two wheels and an engine. Whether you ride a Harley Davidson or the newest sports bike the show will have something for you, and beyond the range of stalls, presentations and workshops you’ll be able to watch biking legends in the Revolution area, where they’ll go head-to-head in spectacular competition. Tickets are £16. 15-17 Feb
Imagine Festival at the Southbank Centre
As an annual extravaganza for children on the Southbank, the Imagine Festival is both a perfect solution for half-term boredom and a great source of inspiration for kids. The festival offers a large variety of both free and ticketed events, ranging from talks by acclaimed children’s authors Anthony Horrowitz, Judith Kerr and Cressida Cowell, to children’s theatre and workshops. 11-24 Feb
The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre
See Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren play The Queen in the world premiere of Peter Morgan’s The Audience. The play looks at The Queen’s private audiences with the country’s Prime Ministers – ranging from Churchill to Cameron – and imagines the dialogue that might have taken place therein. It’s a fascinating look at The Queen’s innermost thoughts throughout her sixty year reign, and the charismatic Mirren should be a perfect choice for the role. Tickets start from £10 .Until 15 Jun
Manga Comic Workshop at the British Museum
Fans of the Japanese graphic novel form will love this two-hour informative session, which teaches students the basics and allows them to create their own story. As with many great works of fiction, participants’ stories will be based on ancient stories – and works found within the museum should provide plenty of material! Entry is free and the workshop is suitable for ages 7+. 17 Feb