09 February 2016 by Lizzie Greenway
The city has an abundance of quirky and cool, romantic and thoughtful activities, venues or events to enjoy this coming Valentine’s weekend. Thomas Merton once said, “love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone- we find it with another,” why not treat that special someone to the best the city has to offer. We’ve complied some original and unique ideas to inspire you. Single? There is still plenty to enjoy this weekend, head out and celebrate your singledom in style.
Appreciate what is important with World War rationing; the underground bar ‘Cahoots’ in Kingly Court Station has created a picnic package inspired by war time meals, alcohol is included, you can also dress up in vintage inspired uniforms just to further get into the nostalgic sing of things.
Head to the Royal Observatory and gaze up at the universe together through the Victorian telescope, you can watch the stars on the Prime Meridian whilst sipping on a glass of champagne, it is your chance to watch the best show Mother Nature has to offer with that special someone.
Take her or him for a romantic drink but with a difference at ‘The View’ in The Shard. Set 244m from the ground the view across London is simply spectacular. The Champagne Bar is open from 11am until late. The price per ticket is £25.95 and £33.95 with a glass of champagne included.
Treat those with a passion for gin to ‘Swan on A Hot Tin Roof at the Ham Yard Hotel.’
Cosy up together under a blanket and enjoy a hot gin at this pop up roof top bar. Sipsmith will be serving historical London gins on the terrace, such as Charles Dickens favourite gin, or try London’s original pairing of gingerbread and gin. It is paramount you book in advance, with tickets costing £14 per adult.
Wam Bam Cabaret is a mixture of show stopping performance sure to impress him or her. Held in the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room it is a particularly special performance this Valentine’s. There will be showgirls, burlesque dancers, variety acts, circus performances and much more to take your breath away. The doors open just before 7pm and the show begins at 9pm, there is also the option to enjoy a three-course meal before the performances.
Hoping to enjoy an overnight stay in romantic bliss then book into Dean Street Townhouse, in Soho, spread across two Georgian buildings and with a bath within the room to enjoy together over a glass of champagne it is sure to impress. Rooms cost in the region of £250 per night.
Get out of the city and head to a nearby spa for a day of relaxation, just 55 minutes from Liverpool Street Station is ‘The Spa’ at Hanbury Manor. It is the perfect place to unwind; this imposing countryside manor ensures you both feel like you left the city miles away. Swim in the indoor pool, or laze in the Jacuzzi before enjoying one of the treatments on offer.
Why no take them to dinner on the Riverside? Book a table at ‘The Duke’s Head’ in Putney, where you can enjoy idyllic views, a bottle of prosecco and chocolates for two, followed by a cosy pub meal.
Or for a dinner with a difference try ‘Food Noir presents ‘Desire’’, which begins on February 13th, at The Gore Hotel. Gourmet food awaits you but the twist is you must wear a blindfold whilst you enjoy it; there is also risqué entertainment to stimulate your senses even further.
If you are single this weekend don’t despair as Oscar Wilde once said, “it's very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not defined by another person." There is a myriad of activities on offer for those with out a mate this weekend.
If you are single in the city why not try Speed Hating? Enjoy Valentine’s Day by meeting other singles and discussing everything you hate. There is also an option to blind hate and enjoy an array of various controversial games. Held at ‘The Phoenix’ in Marylebone.
Attend the Valentine’s masked ball at ‘The Coronet’; in Elephant and Castle, starting at 21:00 and continuing until 4am, it is a celebration of the darker side of love with performances to entertain you whilst you dance your lost heart away.
Or embrace your inner child and head to Club de Fromage for a pop and fancy dress themed evening; listen to the likes of 1990’s artists such as The Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Michael Jackson and Bon Jovi. At the O2 Academy in Islington, Angel from 22:30, those in fancy dress get to jump the queue too.
Tinder live pub-crawl takes place on Saturday 13th February, organised by ‘1BigNightOut’ the extensive pub-crawl is the very first of its kind for Tinder. As part of the evening there will be a giant size Tinder screen, with a set of very special rules. The game will play across five bars, with new players joining as the night progresses. At the end of the evening you’ll enter one of London’s super clubs. Tickets cost £ and the night begins at 19:30 and ends at 3am, tickets include five free shots, five free bars.
As Gandhi said, “where there is love there is life”, and there is certainly plenty of ways to celebrate that love across London this year.
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