From kayaking to crafts, here’s a round-up of fun activities and action packed dates for couples seeking an adventure this Valentine’s Day
Words Helen Brown
Small Car Big City Romantic Tour
For something that is as far removed from a Valentine’s cliche as they come, why not treat your better half with a mini tour of the town to discover the more intimate parts of London? Your private chauffeur will pick you up in a fully restored classic Mini Cooper – bubbly and chocolates ready and waiting, as you zoom around the little back streets of London. Cosy up in the back of your Mini with the tartan blankets provided and enjoy some of the most beautiful views the capital has to offer on this romantic tour of London.
Love Me. Paint Me. Package at Mondrian London
This Valentine’s, Mondrian London is breaking the mould by offering couples the chance to create their own abstract piece of art, through a collaboration with experiential brand, Love and Paint. Love and Paint was born from the idea of capturing the beauty and passion of the physical act of love through art; using the body and paints to create tasteful pieces of artwork that couples can cherish as well as remember as a truly unique experience. Now, with Mondrian London, couples can enjoy the hotel experience in one of the Mondrian’s sumptuous suites, kitted out with their very own Love and Paint kit. Couples are encouraged to unleash their inner artist along with their inhibitions… what happens on the canvas stays on the canvas.
The Love Me. Paint Me. package is available from 10-19 February starting from £854 per suite per night and can be booked here.
Valentine’s Temporary Tattoo Parlour
An alternative option, admittedly, but great for couples that love to get stuck into a bit of arts and crafts. Time to get designing and drawing as you pretend to get your lovers’ name blazenly tattooed across your chest. Cocktails add to the evening’s fun as you get creative. All of the badassery, none of the pain. They’ve also got Valentine’s Card Making on Monday 13th, which is fun and free to take part in and Radio 1 DJ, Gemma Cairney will be in the house on the 14th to provide your date-night soundtrack.
An Indoor Ice Climb
A somewhat unique climbing experience as far climbing experiences come; Vertical Chill Ice wall is exactly what it says on the tin – a sheer face of chilly ice to scramble up with your date. Vertical Chill is based at the back of the Ellis Brigham Mountain sports store just of the strand in Covent Garden. The wall itself is housed within a refrigerated unit with viewing windows on various floors of the shop. The wall is 8m in height and ranges in steepness from a pleasant slab to a drastic overhang with everything in between.
A Shared Secret Adventure
For an unusual and off grid adventure -date look no further than Secret Adventures. These excursions are intended to generate a sense of exploration and wonder. From fire, to water; activities in the past have included a night kayak under Tower Bridge and Paddle Boarding in Central London. What could be more romantic than taking an outdoor swim under the full-moon before warming up with campfire marshmallow toasting.
Fly High at a Gorilla Circus Trapeze Class
Take your date to Cloud 9 at one of Gorilla Circus’ trapeze classes. Anyone can learn to fly in one of the 2 hour classes that are great for fitness as well as being super fun. Begin with simple tricks on a low bar before attempting a bigger swing on the Flying Trapeze. There are 10 spaces available in each group class, so you’ll get lots of individual time and meet other thrill-seeking couples in the process.
A Round at Junkyard Golf Club
Navigate your way around jacuzzis, slides, speed boats, wendy houses, cows and treadmills in search of the perfect round. There are three nine hole crazy golf courses of weird and twisted junk to let your competitive streak loose. Four bars serve amazing cocktails, and street food traders are available to satiate hungry appetites. The class gift vouchers make an excellent and exhilarating Valentines’s present for anyone seeking an adrenaline rush.