This year it’s all about Galentine’s day on 13 February. Live it up with your besties at London’s most popular galpal destinations
Words Jada De Cinque, Joy Montgomery and Abbie Schofield
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Where to celebrate Galentine’s Day
The Ivy Soho Brasserie
The Ivy Soho Brasserie is celebrating female friendship with a limited-edition ‘Sex and The City’ inspired cocktail menu from 13-17 February and an evening of Galentine’s celebrations on Thursday 13 February. There will be a panel talk with founder of Lady Garden, Chloe Delevigne, Bumble’s Louise Troen and blogger Oenone Forbat who will be touching on topics including friendship, empowerment and women’s health.
Boutique fitness studio FLEX are putting on a number of classes on 14 February followed by cocktails in their beautiful Chelsea location. The studio has specially been transformed by Freddie’s Flowers for the evening, plus there is a goodie bag for all attendees. Classes on offer are Hip Hop Yoga, flirty FLEXit or super Spin and tickets are £30 for one or £55 if you bring a gal (or guy) pal.
Located just off Bethnal Green Road, dreamy holistic facial studio Re:lax are hosting a self love event on 13 February. During the skincare workshop, you will be guided through a skincare practise to leave you glowing, relaxed and feeling loved. There are limited tickets so hurry!
Covent Garden’s #DatingTwitter
Aside from the tonnes of amazing restaurants to visit in Covent Garden, there’s loads going on in the area for Galentine’s Day. For single gals in need of advice, Covent Garden’s #DatingTwitter Advice Bureau will be popping up from 13-16 February. Simulating dating scenarios with a humorous twist alongside entertaining Tweets and interactive Instagrammable installations, the #DatingTwitter pop up will explore the different sides of dating, from awkward first encounters to intimacy in longer-term relationships.
If a Valentine’s Day dinner is off the cards, this Galentine’s Day enjoy a three course dinner with a girls plus a free glass of bubbles at STK. Costing £30 per person, the Galentine’s event is a collaboration with vegan tan brand by influencer Lottie Tomlinson, Tanology.
Join Everyman Cinema across a number of locations in the capital for Galentine’s Day where they’ll be showing the top picks in chick-flick cinema. Sit back with your gal pals and watch the likes of Booksmart and Bridesmaids with a cocktail to enjoy alongside the screening.
February 13, £10; everymancinema.com
Adam Handling’s Eve Bar
Indulge in cocktails and sumptuous snacks at Adam Handling’s Eve Bar in Convent Garden. Grab your girlfriends and settle into the cocktail lounge hotspot with dim lighting, art by JJ Adams and live entertainment.
This award-winning Putney-based nail bar, cafe and bar has gathered a dedicated following with its chic interiors and social atmosphere. With a selection of fun event packages, this is the perfect place for a Galentine’s Day treat with the girls. Reserve a table booking for two or more girlfriends indulge in the ultimate social beauty experience.
The Ned Spa
Below the hubbub of the ground floor’s bars and restaurants, The Ned’s spa is a true urban retreat. Boasting big name brands including Cowshed and Cheeky Nails, you can enjoy everything from massages to manicures in the comfort of The Ned’s elegant interiors. You can even pop upstairs afterwards for a cheeky cocktail or four…
A selfie in Sketch’s other-worldly bathroom has essentially become a Millennial right of passage. Make it a group shot this Galentine’s Day and enjoy the venue’s beautiful interiors and imaginative global cuisine.
The elegant riverside Lyaness bar in Sea Containers London has updated its cocktail menu to include new signature ingredients like ‘vegan honey’ and ‘peach emoji’. The expert mixology team have put alternative twists on classic favourites, like the daquiri-style Peachy Canchanchara, perfect for an evening of cocktail tasting with the girls.
Indulge in a girly breakfast, brunch or lunch at the Insta-famous Elan Café which now has several locations across the capital. With a chic aesthetic and a Mediterranean-inspired menu, this is the perfect culinary treat for Galentine’s Day and beyond.
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