Valentine’s Day, the day full of love and romance, and what better city to spend it in than London? You will not fall short of things to do in London this Valentine’s day, as it’s home to some of the nicest bars, the quirkiest attractions, the most adventurous events and historic exhibitions – London really is the perfect place to celebrate love.
With so much choice you’re probably thinking, where do I start?! Well, look no further, below are some ideas of how you can celebrate February 14th this year. The city offers experiences for all sorts of romantics — those looking for adventure, those looking to rest, those who want great food, and even those who want nothing but each other!
And that’s not all! For those who are single this Valentine’s Day, don’t worry we’ve got you covered! There are plenty of ‘Galantine's and 'Palentine’s’ events for you to celebrate the love you have for your best friends and your single self. So, let’s get stuck in!
Romantic Dates for Two
Rivoli Ballroom Pop-Up Cinema
Built in the 1950s and known for being the venue of Strictly Come Dancing, Rivoli Ballroom is transforming into a pop-up cinema for Valentine’s Day this year. The iconic venue is showing some of the most iconic movies to match. Romantic classics both new and old spanning across four dates in the run-up to February 14th. The Rivoli is as romantic as it gets this Valentine’s Day.
The Big Bake
Fancy yourself as a chef? Want to see which one of you is the better cook? Head down to Tooting or Haggerston, to compete in this unique baking competition and put your skills to the test! An activity injecting a little sweetness into your Valentine’s Day. Take the opportunity to impress your other half with some serious culinary action and make sure to bring home that all-important best baker title.
The Chocolate Cocktail Club
Looking to delve deeper into your partner’s loves, hates, desires then head down to The Chocolate Cocktail Club where they are playing cupid this Valentine’s Day. You’ll be served up 20 questions, truth or date style, along with your three tipples. Tuck into the Chocotini, a rose raspberry, Chocolate gin spritz and a Shamazing Strawberry cocktail. A perfect activity for a sweet tooth and to reveal the truth!
Covent Garden Cocktail Club
Up for a laugh on this romantic day? The Prince of Wales in Covent Garden is home to some of the most hilarious stand-up acts. It’s the perfect way to start your evening. Even Jack Whitehall said this is the best comedy club in London – so it’s definitely not one to be missed!
For date night, head to Plonk Golf in Camden Market. If you have a competitive side then show your partner what you’ve got with your best swing! Featuring tropical decor spanning across six unique courses the game is really on!
Burlock Rum Room
If you fancy cocktails, small plates and chocolate fondue – then Burlock Rum Room is the place for you. This year, Burlock has partnered up with Santa Teresa 1796 to become the ultimate match made in heaven this Valentine’s Day. Together, they will create a memorable Valentine’s experience for you & your special someone between the 14th February – 17th of February. It’s sure to get the chemistry flowing.
London’s most notorious prison-themed cocktail bar, Alcotraz is offering you and your other half a quirky thing to do this Valentine’s Day. Trade-in dresses and shirts for orange jumpsuits and work together to smuggle in hooch, where you’ll earn yourself tasty drinks from the inmate mixologist.
Darcie and May Green
Darcie and May Green is a great way to spend Valentine’s Day together – and it’s not just because of their Australian cuisine. These two adorable restaurants are actually barged on the Grand Union Canal, so you can have a romantic waterside, seasonal meal.
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Hot Tub Boats
A hot tub on the Thames, you can’t be serious!? That’s right! And there’s no better way to celebrate ‘Pal-entines day’ in style than with up to seven of your mates in the world’s first hot tub boats. A river tour of the Thames beginning at the historic Canary Wharf docklands – this is a luxury experience! You can add to the experience with food and drinks too – go on, you know you want to!
Here’s a quirky activity for you and your friends to enjoy this Pal-entine’s Day. Ballie Ballerson in Shoreditch is one of London’s finest and funniest. With a V-Day inspired menu, boozy ball pit, heart-shaped decor and themed photo booth it’s a great place for some fun.
Masquerade Boat Party
If you fancy something a little more mysterious, hop aboard this Valentine’s Day 80s and 90s themed masquerade boat party. Enjoy a drink upon your arrival, as well as music from a live DJ and dancing. Don’t forget your mask!
Legally Blonde Brunch
Round up your best pals and escort them over to Fulham to enjoy this Legally Blonde galentine’s brunch at Neverland. Not only will you get to stuff your face with delicious brunch grub, but you’ll get unlimited boozy bevs as well.
Near and Far Pal-entine’s Project
This Valentine’s Day, head to Near & Far Peckham for a fun and flirty event, the PAL-entine’s Project. You can be sure to have a night full of dancing with some of the best local DJs and guest appearances. They also have a hot and speedy ‘friendship’ dating session for those looking for new connections. Best of all – 2 for 1 on food all night and 2 for £10 on cocktails until 9pm.
The Self-Love Affair
It’s time to treat yourself to one of the best self-care events, which is taking place on the 12th of February. Head to Hammersmith for an evening of hand massages, delicious snacks and non-alcoholic beer. Plus, you’ll get to create a self-love vision board for yourself.
This Galentine’s Day, Hijingo is giving you one unforgettable evening with its bottomless booze event. Play bingo with their special cocktail menu personality test, where you’ll get to mark your answers with a dabber to see which concoction is your one true match.