Valentines Day in London

Jan 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured London Article

At first London may not seem the ideal city to whisk your paramour to for Valentines Day. London’s sombre buildings and largely wet February weather rather put a damper on events, if you’ll excuse the pun. But if Richard Curtis films have taught us anything, London’s winding Victorian streets can be conducive to romance and a moonlit walk under the London Eye can be as much of an aphrodisiac as the Eiffel Tower (well almost).


Whether you are attached, single or even heartbroken, there will be something to suit you. London has the highest concentration of singletons in the UK, so if you’re not loved up at the beginning of the night, you may be by the end. Luckily, Londoner’s penchant for cynicism means that there is a wide range of Valentine’s Day activities available, which cut back on the schmaltz.


If you’re in a couple, you could opt for the typical riverboat cruise down the Thames with champagne, or you could crank up the adrenaline with a high speed motorboat ride down the Thames, or a helicopter ride over London, you’re not going to be looking at the views that much anyway, so you may as well enjoy the ride. If you are both looking to get your hearts racing in more ways than one you can literally fall in love with a tandem bungee jump.


If that’s a little extreme for you and you simply want to gaze on a spectacular view, you could ride in one of the London Eye’s ‘Cupid Capsules’, or you could extend that view beyond the reach of sight by taking your date to The Royal Observatory’s Evening With the Stars, where you can look through the Observatory’s high-powered telescope.


Valentine’s Day’s notorious revolving price system means that cheap options for the night are much appreciated. If the weather happens to be unseasonably warm, a picnic in one of Regents’ Parks bandstands could win you some Brownie points for it’s cuteness factor even if you do get rained on. You could also visit the Whispering Gallery at St Paul’s Cathedral where the unique architecture allows you to whisper sweet nothings to your partner from opposite sides of the room.


If you eschew superficiality and prefer to wax lyrical about your partner’s brilliant mind instead, you might want to use this holiday as a learning experience for your both. Whether you see view some art house cinema with The Curzon Cinema’s amorous package, learn about the aphrodisiac properties of your dinner at The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Cognitive Lunchbox event, or create some ‘cuddly’ bacteria at The Hunterian Museum’s Love Bug event, maybe intellectual stimulation will lead to more.


For the couple that is somewhat enthusiastic about more amorous pursuits this Valentines, you can enjoy an admittedly uncomfortable sounding meal at The Supper Club, where you will feast on beds, oh, and be handcuffed to your partner for the duration. Once you’re hands are free again, they can get up to some mischief at the Coco De Mer salon, where demonstrations lean towards the avant garde side of sauce.


If you do happen to be single, and you’re feeling good about your chances, you could meet an interesting match via the medium of art, specifically your art. Doodle Draw is a speed-dating event where instead of talking, potential partners communicate via doodling. If that all sounds a little enigmatic for your liking, you can find a more brazen unsubtle approach in the Vice Old Blue Last Bar, where single men and women will be auctioned off to lucky punters.


If you happen to be single and feeling rather murderous towards moon eyed lovers on the tube, you can attend The Shop NW10′s Valentine’s Day Massacre, where you can vent your frustrations to the anarchic sounds of punk and rockabilly, drink heartbreak themed cocktails and if your break-up story is a real weepy, or just truly horrific you may even win a prize. So this Valentine’s Day, jump on a tube and pin your heart on your sleeve, because whether you’re loved up or livid at your ex, London will welcome you with open arms.

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