China and America descend upon the capital this weekend for a pair of blockbuster international events, from welcoming in the Year of the Horse to celebrating a touchdown during Superbowl XLVIII.
Chinese New Year canters in to town
London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside Asia as hundreds of thousands of people converge upon London’s West End. Whereas The Year of the Horse actually falls on 31 January, the festivities take in the capital on Sunday 2 February. Be sure to catch the parade as it snakes along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue from around 10am before sampling some of the eclectic performances around Trafalgar Square and of course finishing with a Chinese meal somewhere around Chinatown. 2 Feb
American football continues to grow in popularity in the UK, with three regular season games coming later this year. The Superbowl is more than just a load of huge Americans running in to each other though. It is a spectacle from beginning to end, with live music, flyovers, fireworks and those all-important adverts. Get into the spirit by indulging in American food and drink and try and pick up what’s going on in the game itself. Not sure where to catch all the action though? We’ve done that for you. 2 Feb kick-off at 11.35pm.
A celebration of Nordic Noir
From China to America, via Scandinavia? The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane is hosting the Nordicana festival of Nordic fiction and film. Expect screenings, Q&A sessions and special guest appearances from the likes of Borgen, The Bridge, Wallander, The Killing and many more. There will also be a Nordic Marketplace showcasing design, furnishings and Nordic treats in the food hall. 1-2 Feb
Oh What a Lovely War
Coinciding with the centenary of World War One, this revival of the wartime classic musical Oh What a Lovely War couldn’t be timelier. Starring Caroline Quentin, this satirical take on the Great War maintains an anti-war tone that will resonate with modern audiences. Opens 1 Feb
Spells in the snow
This weekend is your last chance to see Hogwarts blanketed in snow at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter. Hogwarts has been turned into a winter wonderland, with a festive edge to the sets and the castle itself sporting a wintry look. Catch it before the attraction returns to normal after Sunday. Ends 2 Feb