Poppy's February Hot List

6 February 2014

There's no denying that for most people February screams "VALENTINE'S". Thing is, even if you hate the whole idea of Valentine's Day you probably quite like chocolate and snogging.

So I suggest you just cherry pick the best parts of V-Day (i.e the chocolate and the snogging) and leave the overpriced teddies to the people who don't know any better.

Loved up couples aren't the only thing descending on London on the 14th this year though, London Fashion Week starts that day too so expect to see more diva demands and flamboyance than usual in the city. It's great for people watching and if you can blag a show ticket then even better. 

Not into fashion or boring old love? There's still plenty to do this month, as you'll see below...


View Terry O'Neill's greatest works. 


For over six decades Terry O'Neill has photographed the frontline of fame, from the greats of screen and stage to presidents, prime ministers and rock stars. Until March the 1st you can enjoy his most celebrated snaps at The Little Black Gallery in Chelsea. Admission free. Details here.

Take a street art tour of East London and learn how to wield a spray can. 

If you've ever fancied getting your graff on but don't particularly want to get arrested, you'll be pleased to hear you can learn how to create your own spray art in a safe and civilised fashion with Alternative London. An hour's tour and workshop is £25. Details here.

Shop til you drop at Vodafone London Fashion Weekend. 


You don't have to be a fashion editor to get in amongst the LFW action, *anyone* can buy tickets for Vodafone London Fashion Weekend and enjoy the catwalk shows and discounted designer shopping. As well as some serious retail therapy, you can get your hair did by TONI&GUY and make-up done by Maybelline New York. And yes - there are champagne bars and exclusive industry talks. Runs at Somerset House from Feb 20th til the 23rd. Details here.


Chocolates made by your own fair hands

If you want to to come up with something different as a Valentine's present but don't want to veer too far from the tried and tested, how about sticking with chocolates but making them yourself? It definitely ticks the 'thoughtful' box and works if you're having a Monica Gellar style panic after forgetting that you promised to 'make the presents'. £14.99 for a decadent (and idiot-proof!) kit. Buy here.

Or just eat really good chocolate, made by someone who knows what they're doing. 

Prefer to leave the chocolate making to the experts? They don't come much more expert than William Curley. William has been named Britain's Best Chocolatier a whopping five times, so it's safe to say he knows his cocoa. No need to be celebrating V-Day of course, proper chocolate is worth indulging in any time of year. Visit the William Curley shop in Chelsea, the concession in Harrods or just shop online.

Recreate that Lady and the Tramp spaghetti moment.

Ahhh yes, what could be more romantic than sucking on a piece of spaghetti and finding another pair of lips at the other end?! Spaghetti never seems to be long enough to recreate the infamous Disney scene, but luckily Firebox are selling 'specially designed' metre long spaghetti so that you can have that wonderful pasta flavoured kiss. Go easy on the garlic, yeah? £9.99 for a pack. Buy here


Size Zero cocktail at Foundation. 


With it being Fashion Week season and all it would be a shame not to celebrate the Size Zero cocktail - what with its delicious Finlandia Vodka, fresh limes, cucumber, ginger and honey. A low calorie cocktail might be just what we need actually with all the chocolates and metre long spaghetti of Valentine's Day. Book a table at Foundation here.

Share Porn Star Martinis for 50% off. 

I'm biased because Porn Star Martinis are my favourite but this is a great offer. Reserve an area for six or more people at Jewel Piccadilly before 10pm and you can get 50% off Porn Star Martini Sharers *and* sliders. Mmmmmm. Book a table here.

Enjoy a 'Bling Brew'. 

Cups of tea are what keeps this nation going, but if you prefer your teapot to be full of Finlandia Vodka, Chambord, strawberries, fresh lemon juice and Prosecco then you need a Bling Brew from Foundation. Don't worry, it's still served with biccies...it's just a lot more fun than PG Tips. Book a table here.


The street style circus of LFW. 

Whilst you obviously need tickets to enjoy the catwalk shows of London Fashion Week, anyone can hang about at Somerset House and soak in the (admittedly crazy) atmosphere. You'll see some of the world's best dressed posing for street style photographers, you'll also see plenty of wannabes and 'home-made' outfits that you can be pretty sure would never be seen any other time of year. It's quite the spectacle. LFW runs from 14th of February to the 18th. Somerset House is the main 'hub' and details of show schedules are here.

Al Pacino Season at the BFI. 

We're not entirely sure why Al Pacino is being celebrated by the BFI this month but we're certainly not complaining as he is, undeniably, A LIVING LEGEND. All his best movies will be screened so if you never saw the likes of Scarface or The Godfather on the big screen, now's your chance. Details here.

The hotly anticipated Winter Olympics. 

It's been full of controversy but the Sochi Olympics is finally here. The Opening Ceremony takes places on Friday the 7th and the fun will continue all the way through to Sunday the 23rd of Feb. Grab a bottle of Russia's finest vodka and let the BBC entertain you for a fortnight. It's going to be epic. Schedule here.

Poppy Dinsey is the founder and editor of the UK's largest outfit sharing site WIWT.com. Poppy has been named by The Evening Standard as one of London's "1000 Most Influential People" and has been heralded by Stylist Magazine as "changing the face of the fashion industry". Her favourite cocktail is a Pornstar Martini and you can tweet her at @PoppyD

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