Love is in the air – but how to celebrate? If you’re stuck for ideas, here are 11 quirky and fun things to do for Valentine’s Day 2020
By Natasha Patel
London Cabaret Club’s Valentine’s Day Show
For a Valentine’s Day with a difference, take your loved one down to The Bloomsbury Ballroom for a night of feathers and tassels. The bespoke show, featuring dancers, musicians, acrobats, magicians, breathtaking costumes and an abundance of surprises, has been created by London Cabaret Club artistic director Doni Fierro. The evening is complete with a dinner inspired by The Great Gatsby and guests will be transported back to the giddy magic of the glistening Roaring Twenties while tucking into scallops, roasted duck breast with red cabbage puree, potato rösti, kale and blackberry sauce and chocolate fondant.
Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA; thelondoncabaretclub.com
The Postal Museum Friday Valentine’s Late
The Postal Museum invites couples to board the love train for an unforgettable evening in the heart of the city. The romantic event showcases love letters from their 500-year old archive and guests can have a cosy ride on London’s Mail Rail with a glass of bubbly in hand. There are lessons in love as the museum’s curators reveal romantic letters between long-distance lovers, secret messages and on the less romantic side ‘Vinegar Valentines’ sent by cheeky Victorians. Visitors will be encouraged to get creative and write a letter to a loved one – romantic or otherwise – at a letter-writing station.
£20 per person; 15-20 Phoenix Place, WC1X 0DA; thepostalmuseum.org
Eat and Embroider
The Ace Hotel in Shoreditch is throwing open its doors to those in love with a themed embroidery workshop where guests will learn how to hand sew and decorate a bag with hearts and lips, all while looking out across the City from the hotel’s rooftop. Hoi Polloi has also created a bespoke Valentine’s Day menu for the event featuring king prawns, dry-aged beef cutlet with parmesan chips and a white chocolate and strawberry roulade.
100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ; acehotel.com
Swinger’s Crazy Golf
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, crazy golf trailblazers Swinger’s have a special couples package available between 14-16 February including a nine-hole golf session, a special heart-shaped pizza designed by Pizza Pilgrims and Made of Dough and a bottle of Perrier Jouet Champagne.
From £86 per couple; available at Swingers West End and City; swingers.club
Private Chef Demonstration
For those who are unable to celebrate on the actual day, Brindisa Battersea has planned a paella sharing masterclass for 20 February. In a private room, guests will experience a chef’s demonstration of how to cook the perfect paella valenciana whilst they enjoy pan de coca, mushroom croquettes, and padrón peppers. Once the paella masterpiece has been created, guests can tuck in with their choice of drink.
Unit 25, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8EZ; brindisakitchens.com
Go for a Romantic Dinner
London has hundreds of beautiful restaurants putting on Valentine’s Day celebrations, with special menus and entertainment for a romantic night to remember. Absolutely London has rounded up the best restaurants for Valentine’s Day, from Ella Canta’s Mexican themed feast to SUSHISAMBA’s breathtaking views.
Visit a Rooftop Bar
A winter rooftop bar is a perfect place for getting cosy with a cocktail. From the Enchanted Woods at Madison to an apres-ski pop-up by Lodge d’Argent, London has plenty of romantic roofs to spend Valentine’s Day up high.
With Valentine’s Day falling on a Friday this year, there’s ample opportunity to book a romantic weekend away. Whether you’re a fan of staying in the city or escaping to the country, there are a plethora of guesthouses that are perfect for a Valentine’s getaway, from The Bloomsbury Hotel’s swanky interiors to the sprawling estate of Scotland’s Gleneagles.
Champagne Tasting at Bubbledogs
On Thursday 13th February, Bubbledogs invites guests to gather around their tasting table for the White Party, an exclusive exploration of Blanc de Blancs’ Champagne Tasting Experience. Each session will include four glasses of fine champagne, a selection of bar snacks to complement the bubbles and detailed tasting notes on each wine with an exclusive one-off discount to purchase bottles on the evening.
70 Charlotte Street, Bloomsbury, W1T 4QG; bubbledogs.co.uk
HI-Speed Dating HIIT Class
London’s first carbon-neutral fitness studio, Rumble Gym invite the capital’s couples and singletons to get their heartbeats racing and blood pumping at their HI-Speed Dating HIIT class this Valentine’s Day. Each participant will be given a glass of ‘love potion’ before partaking in a selection of high-intensity exercises to really get the chemistry building. As if that wasn’t enough, Rumble Gyms are dedicated to taking care of not only those who enter their studio but also the planet we live on. So, for each class or session a client books, a tree will be planted to help off-set their carbon footprint.
Classes start at £18; Ground Floor, Labyrinth Tower, Dalston Square, E8 3GP; rumble-gym.com
Visit Camden Market
From 10-14 February Camden Market are offering plenty of romantically-inspired bites with a twist. Nitro ice-cream wizards Chin Chin Labs will be serving up a HeartBreaker Cake, a peanut butter buttercream sandwiched between two layers of rich chocolate cake and encased in a velvety chocolate glaze, personalised with hand piped love messages from the chefs such as ‘Better Alone’, ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘Hot Mess’. A little way down the road, Naked Dough will be serving a limited edition Cupid’s Dough raw cookie dough rippled with raspberry marshmallow whip and topped with white chocolate and raspberries. You can also stop off for a hot drink at Pamban, the coffee and chai specialists, who will be serving their rose petal chai and their rose hot chocolates.
Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF; camdenmarket.co.uk
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