Valentine’s Day 2020 in London: What’s on for couples and singles
Treat your love or celebrate your fabulous singledom at one of London’s many Valentine’s events, from film screenings to workshops to 1920s themed ‘dos.
If doesn’t matter if you’re single or coupled up, there’s plenty going on in London in the run-up to Valentine’s Day. If you’re loved up and fancy something a bit different from dinner at your favourite local restaurant, why not treat your other half to a party, film screening or evening of poetry? Meanwhile, if you’re still looking for your Mr or Miss Right, head to one of London’s Valentine’s parties or dating events.
Here’s a guide to the best Valentine’s Day events on in London this February 2020.
- 12 February : Fashion Roundtable
Q&A and workshop celebration of love for Valentine’s Day, discussing music, vintage, identity, inclusion and all things love with singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor and LGBTQ+ writer, model and activist Jamie Windust. 7pm-10pm. Tickets: £35.08–£57.18. The Curtain, 45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PT. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street or Old Street. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.
- 12 February : Cinema Night @ View from the Shard
Watch A Star Is Born (2019) while enjoying 360 views of London from the top of The Shard. You’ll also be served complimentary Mermaid Gin and Tonic and fresh popcorn. From 8pm. Tickets: £45. View From The Shard, Joiner Street, SE1 9SP. Nearest station: London Bridge. For more information and booking, visit The View From The Shard website.
- 12 February : Murder on the Barts Floor… Valentine’s Special
Murder mystery experience at a 1920s Chelsea speakeasy. Collect all the clues and interrogate the suspects to find out whodunnit. 7pm-9pm. Tickets: £30pp (inc complimentary cocktail). Barts, 87 Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, SW3 3DW. Nearest stations: Sloane Square or South Kensington. For more information, visit the Barts website.
- 12 – 14 February : Pop-up cinema @ Rivoli Ballroom
Vintage ’50s ballroom hosts a pop-up cinema, featuring screenings of The Notebook, Pretty Women and Romeo + Juliet. 8pm. Tickets: £12. Rivoli Ballroom, 350 Brockley Road, Crofton Park, SE4 2BY. Nearest station: Crofton Park. For more information, visit the Rivoli Ballroom website.
- 13 February : Late Night Keats – ‘Sick of Love’
Late-night opening of poet John Keats’ former London home, featuring readings, activities and a bar. 6.30pm-9pm. Tickets: £10. Keats’ House, 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, NW3 2RR. Nearest station: Hampstead Heath or Hampstead. For more information, visit the Eventbrite website.
- 14 February : The Godfathers’ Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre
The Godfathers return with their Valentine’s rock ‘n’ roll gig. 7pm-10pm. Tickets: £18.15. Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Camden Yard, NW1 8AB. Nearest station: Camden Town or Camden Road. For tickets, visit Ticketweb.
- 14 February : The Soul of Nine Simone @ Jazz Cafe
The Black Voices Quintet perform music legend Nina Simone’s greatest hits. 7pm-10.30pm. Tickets: £15 (standing), £25 (restaurant). Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7PG. Nearest station: Camden Town. For more information, visit the Jazz Café website.
- 14 February : Valentine in Paris
The London Philharmonic Orchestra performs music by Ravel and Saint-Saëns. From 7.30pm. Tickets £14-£65. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest stations: Waterloo or Embankment. For tickets, visit the Southbank Centre website.
- 14 February : Valentine’s Day Speed Dating
Charity speed dating evening with money raised going to The Foundation for Live Research. Registration from 7pm, speed dating 7.30pm-9.30pm. Tickets: £25 (inc welcome drink). The Prince Albert, 85 Albert Bridge Road, Battersea, SW11 4PF. Nearest station: Battersea Park. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.
- 14 February : Orchestral Valentines
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs romantic classical tracks, from the worlds of film, opera and classical music. Including the themes from Gone with the Wind, Doctor Zhivago, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Out of Africa, as well as tunes by Rachmaninov, Mascagni, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Verdi and Massenet. From 7.30pm. Tickets: £18.40-£53. Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, SW1X 9DQ. Nearest station: Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra website.
- 14 February : London Dungeon Lates
Late-night opening of the London Dungeon for adults-only. Explore the capital’s gruesome history with interactive exhibits, two cocktails and a visit to the Dungeon Tavern for a Victorian experience. Tickets: £29. London Dungeon, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, SE1 7PB. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information, visit the London Dungeon website. Check out Metro Girl’s review of London Dungeon.
- 14 February : Boyz Nite Out – Valentine’s Disco
Drag kings host a Valentine’s Disco, featuring the best of ’90s and 00 classics sung live during the show, followed by a disco. 8pm-2am. Tickets: £8-£11.37. Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 42-44 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, E2 6NB. Nearest station: Bethnal Green. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.
- 14 February : Shaggers: Valentine’s Special
For those with a naughty sense of humour, head for some stand-up comedy on the subject of sex. Over 18s only. From 9.30pm. Tickets: £18.75. Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, Chinatown, WC2H 7BX. Nearest station: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus. For booking, visit the Leicester Square Theatre website.
- 14 February : Valentines at the Museum
Late-night opening of the Natural History Museum, featuring beginners salsa class, screening printing with Valentine’s designs, science stations, ask-the-expert, live music, food and drink, and complimentary ticket to Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. 7pm-10.30pm. Tickets: £30 (early bird). Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD. Nearest station: South Kensington. For more information, visit the National History Museum website.
- 14 February : Romantic Couples Painting
Enjoy a romantic evening with your partner with drinks, water and painting. Previous art experience not required. 7pm-10pm. Tickets: £60. Studio 249, 249 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, E2 0EL. Nearest station: Bethnal Green. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.
- 14 February : Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra – Swing Valentine special
Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra play by swinging music from both sides of the Atlantic in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Dinner and dancing available. 7pm-11pm. Tickets from £20. The Paris Grill, 37 Crutched Friars, City of London, EC3N 2AE. Nearest station: Tower Hill or Tower Gateway. For tickets, visit DesignMyNight.
- 14 – 15 February : Anton & Erin Dance Those Magical movies
Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag return to the Barbican for a Valentine’s Day show. Shows at 7.40pm (14 Feb) and 2.30pm (15 Feb). Tickets: £21.50-£49.50. Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City of London, EC2Y 8DS. Nearest station: Barbican or Moorgate. For booking, visit the Barbican website.
- 15 February : Love Thy Self
Single ladies are invited to an afternoon of self-love, energy-tuning, vision board lab workshop and high vibe goodies to make yourself feel comfortable and content with yourself and your dating status. 1.30pm-6pm. Tickets from £15/£36. The Curtain Hotel, 45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PT. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street or Old Street. For tickets, visit the House of High Life website.
- 15 February : The Candlelight Club’s House of Love
Roaming 1920s nightclub hosts a Valentine’s party, featuring live music from Champagne Charlie and his Bubbly Boys, Cabaret of Desire, burlesque, comedy magic, vintage DJs, dancers and dining. 7pm-1am. Tickets: £40-£65. At a secret venue in central London. For more information and tickets, visit the Candlelight Club website. Check out Metro Girl’s review of Candlelight Club.
- 15 February : Pussy Liquor’s Self-Love Sanctuary
A riotous, grrl-power queer disco, featuring cabaret, DJs, immersive audience experiences and self-love. 10.30pm-late. Tickets from £14.50. The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo, SE1 7NN. Nearest station: Waterloo or Lambeth North. For more information, visit The Vault Festival website.
- 15 February : Valentine’s Masquerade Ball – LOSS: An Evening of Magnificent Melancholy
An evening of magical melancholy for the broken-hearted over four floors. Featuring live music, DJs, circus performers, pyrotechnics, and more fabulous performers. 9pm-3am. Tickets: £15 (early bird). Century Club, 61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, W1D 6LQ. Nearest station: Leicester Squre or Piccadilly Circus. For tickets, visit A Curious Invitation website.
- 16 February : Love & Comedy
Annual Valentine’s comedy night returns to the Empire. From 7pm. Tickets: £14-£39.40. O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 8TT. Nearest station: Shepherd’s Bush. For more information, visit the Academy Music Group website.
For a guide to what’s on in London in February, click here.