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What’s on in London this Valentine’s Day 2019 for couples and singles

Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, are single or loved up, there’s something for everyone in London over the Valentine’s Day period. From slushfest romantic dates to fun and cheese-free events.

Valentines hearts © Memoirs Of A Metro Girl 2019Valentine’s Day is fast approaching so Londoners everywhere are being bombarded with images of hearts and roses. Of course, it’s a commercial day which encourages you to spend money on your beloved. If you’re in a couple and looking for something a bit different from the standard overpriced set menu in a restaurant, check out this guide to what’s on in London. Many of the events, such as balls and comedy nights, are open to singles and couples, so you can still have fun and embrace the day regardless of your single status.

  • 9 February : Lost Hearts – A Valentine’s Ball

A masked ball spanning four floors at the Century Club, featuring eerie, exotic and eccentric performers, drinking and dancing. 9pm-3am. Tickets from £20. The Century Club, 61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, W1D 6LQ. Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit A Curious Invitation website.

  • 9 February : The Candlelight Club’s Valentine’s Ball

Pop-up vintage nightclub The Candlelight Club host a Valentine’s ball. Hosted by Champagne Charlie, there will live music from the Bubbly Boys, tunes from vintage DJs Bee’s Knees and dancing from the Gatsby Girls. Meanwhile, in the Cabaret Lounge, Hot Swing Bohème will be playing gypsy jazz, while Marcel Lucont will host two cabaret shows featuring acrobatics duo Deux Ailes, burlesque bombshell Bonnie Fox and comic singing by La Poule Plombée. Despite Valentine’s styling, the event welcomes groups and singles, rather than just couples. 7pm-12am. Tickets from £30pp. Tables start from £65pp. At a secret east London location. For tickets, visit the Candlelight Club website. For Metro Girl’s review of TCC, click here.

  • 10 and 14 February : Valentine’s @ Keat’s House

A series of Valentine’s events at the stunning house where poet John Keats fell in love with Fanny Brawne, who inspired his most romantic verses. Afternoon Poems: Love Poetry on Sunday 10 February (2pm-3pm) and Valentine’s Late Night Keats on Thursday 14 February (6.30pm-9pm). Afternoon Poems is free, while Late Night Keats is £15 (includes drink). Keats’ House, 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, NW3 2RR. Nearest station: Hampstead Heath or Hampstead. For more information, visit the City of London website.

chocolate cocktail Old Bengal Bar

Enjoy a chocolate cocktail at the Old Bengal Bar

  • 11 – 17 February : Chocolate Cocktails @ Old Bengal Bar

The Old Bengal Bar are creating a special chocolate cocktail menu for Valentine’s Day. Drinks include Dark Chocolate and Chilli Martini, White Chocolate Delight and a Baileys and Mint Chocolate Martini. Drinks: £9.75 (include complimentary mint chocolate shot). Old Bengal Bar, 16 New Street, City of London, EC2M 4TR. Nearest station: Liverpool Street. For more information, visit the Old Bengal Bar website.

  • 12 – 15 February : Barry White: Love God of Soul: Starring Shenton Dixon @ Boisdale

The Canary Wharf branch of Boisdale is hosting four days of music and food, inspired by the late Barry White. Tribute act Shenton Dixon will perform the Walrus of Soul’s classic hits while you enjoy a meal. Gig starts at 9.15pm. Tickets: £15-£99 (depending on date, package or drinks only). Boisdale, Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, E14 4QT. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For more information, visit the Boisdale website.

  • 13 – 14 February : Valentine’s @ Dirty Bones

Dirty Bones in Kensington are celebrating Valentine’s with special events and menus. On 13 February, enjoy a screening of When Harry Met Sally with popcorn, 2 cocktails and 25% food discounts if you eat before, after or during the movie. On actual Valentine’s Day, you can take part in the ‘Uh Huh Honey Cocktail Masterclass’ and learn how to make Dirty Bones’ Valentine’s cocktail, the Rose-Tinted Club (available 11-17 Feb). Film screening on Wed 13 Feb @ 7.30pm, tickets £10pp. Masterclass on Thu 14 Feb @ 6.30pm, tickets £45pp. Dirty Bones, Kensington Church Street, Kensington, W8. Nearest station: High Street Kensington. For more information, visit Dirty Bones website. To book masterclass, email Kensington@dirty-bones.com or for movie tickets, check out DesignMyNight.

  • 13 – 15 February : Pop-Up Cinema @ Rivoli Ballroom

Watch classic movies Pretty Woman, Romeo + Juliet or Ghost in the striking 1950s surrounds of the Rivoli Ballroom. 8pm. Tickets: £12. Rivoli Ballroom, 350 Brockley Road, Crofton Park, SE4 2BY. Nearest station: Crofton Park. For more information, visit the Rivoli Ballroom websiteRead the rest of this entry

Where is the love? Guide to Valentine’s events in London 2018

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Are you feeling the love?

It’s the florist’s favourite holiday… yes we’re talking about Valentine’s Day. Now, admittedly it can seem like contrived romance, but if you don’t spend enough time treating your loved one, it can be a good kick up the backside to crank up the lurve! However, if gazing in each others’ eyes over a candlelit meal seems too cliché, there’s a host of different Valentine’s themed events to cater for all kinds of interests. With Valentine’s Day falling bang in the middle of the week, plenty of places are holding early or late celebrations over both weekends. If you’re single, or hate any kind of romance, then there’s also some fun activities and parties going on too.

  • 9 – 10 and 16 – 17 February : Film & Fizz at One Aldwych

Enjoy a three-course dinner at Indigo, a glass of Champagne Lallier and watch All The Money In The World or Darkest Hour in the hotel’s private screening room. Tickets: Dinner, drinks & film: £55pp. One Aldwych Hotel, 1 Aldwych, WC2B 4BZ. Nearest station: Charing Cross or Temple. For more information, visit the One Aldwych website.

  • 10 February : The Candlelight Club’s Valentine’s Ball

Pop-up vintage roaming nightclub The Candlelight Club host a Valentine’s ball. Featuring live jazz from the London Dance Orchestra and DJ Auntie Maureen, performances from Gatsby Girls, while in the Cabaret Lounge there will be live music from Café Manouche, two cabaret shows hosted by Champagne Charlie, featuring song and dance from Ginger Blush, tap dancing from Josephine Shaker and acrobatics from Deux Ailes. 7pm-12am. Tickets from £30pp. Tables also available. At a secret London location. For tickets, visit the Candelight Club website. For Metro Girl’s review of TCC, click here.

  • 11 – 16 February : Valentine’s @ Keats’ House

A series of Valentine’s events at the stunning house where poet John Keats fell in love with Fanny Brawne, who inspired his most romantic verses. Valentine’s Guided Tour: ‘Love is my religion’ on Sun 11 Feb at 11.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm; The Poetry of Desire with Liz Berry and Richard Scott on Wed 14 Feb at 7pm and Late Night Keats: Ah! Dearest Love on Fri 16 Feb at 7pm. Ticket prices vary. Keats’ House, 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, NW3 2RR. Nearest station: Hampstead Heath or Hampstead. For more information, visit the City of London website.

  • 12 February : A Night Of Whitney

A musical tribute to the Queen of love ballads with her greatest hits performed by a full live band. 7pm-11pm. Tickets: Early Bird £12, Standard £16. Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7PG. Nearest station: Camden Town. For more information, visit the Jazz Café website.

  • 14 February : A Romantic Renaissance @ British Museum 

Daytime talk exploring symbols of love and marriage in the Waddesdon Bequest at the British Museum. 1.15pm-2pm. Free entry. Room 2a, British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3DG. Nearest station: Russell Square or Tottenham Court Road. For more information, visit the British Museum website.

  • 14 FebruaryValentines with Patti Boulaye – Billie and Me

Enjoy a three-course feast while listening to a live performance of Patti Boulaye OBE, singing Billie Holiday. Shows @ 7.15pm and 9.30pm. Tickets: £30 (music, no dinner) or dinner packages start from £69.50. Boisdale, Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, E14 4QT. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For more information, visit the Boisdale websiteRead the rest of this entry

Valentine’s Day 2017: Guide to what’s on in London for lovers and singles

© Memoirs Of A Metro Girl 2014Is it that time already? Christmas feels like yesterday, and now it’s time to splash the cash again on that special person in your life. Or perhaps you’re single and dread this time of year? With Valentine’s Day taking place midweek this year, there’s a host of themed events taking place on both weekends either side of the date. If you’re happily single or looking for love, then there’s also plenty of anti-Valentine’s events on around town too.

For a guide what else is on in London in February, click here.

  • Valentine’s Masked Ball of the Full Moon (10 February)

A masked ball featuring four stages, three immersive realms and a huge cast of performers. Including walzer-meister Troylus Searll, London Gay Symphony Orchestra, Electric Swing Circus, DJ Rockit Riyad, Chivaree Circus, Morpheus’ Masseuses, the Blue Moon Cabaret featuring Benjamin Louche, Ungewinster, Syban V, Lolo Brow, Cynth Icon and Sacha Dieu, hot tub movies, and food. Dress code: Surrealist, fairy tale, futurist, lace, Mardi Gras, Venice Carnival, tribal and animals. Masks optional. 9pm-4am. Tickets: From £15. Coronet Theatre, 28 New Kent Road, SE1 6TJ. Nearest station: Elephant & Castle. For more information and tickets, visit A Curious Invitation website.

  • Valentine’s Candlelit Late @ Sir John Soane’s Museum (10 February)

Late-night opening of the Sir John Soane’s Museum, the former home of the 19th century architect, which is full of his sculptures, painting and antiquities. Also including two complimentary cocktails and some more surprises. 6.30-9.30pm. £30. Sir John’s Soane Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, WC2A 3BP. Nearest station: Holborn. For more information, visit the Sir John’s Soane Museum website.

  • Galactic Love (10 and 11 February)

Feral (aka The Artful Badger) are hosting another amorous adventure in The Vaults below Waterloo station for both singles and couples. As part of The Vault Festival, there will be live bands, DJs, FERAL performers, dating games, face painting, stalls, games, treats and more across the tunnels. Fancy dress code: ‘Tron Toads, Rocket Man Racoon, Binary Star Bear, Moon Monkey, Planetary Pet, Spaceflight Fox, Intergalactic Insect, Frisky Fighter Pilot, El-Wire Weasel, Pluto Pop Star, Astronaut Aardvark, Amorous Alien, Starfleet Stork, Interspecies couple, Barbarella Bear, or any galactic creature.’ From 10.30pm-3am. Tickets start from £16 (early bird) or £22 (advance). The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo, SE1 7NN. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information, visit The Vault Festival website. For Metro Girl’s blog post on The Vault Festival’s highlights, click here.

  • Valentine’s Day @ Aquum (10 – 14 February)

Enjoy a romantic foodie feast for two at Clapham bar and restaurant Aquum. Featuring eight meze sharing plates, a starry-eyed sharing dessert, and a complimentary bottle of Prosecco. Dishes include Pork Rib Eye Steak, Lemon-Oregano Chicken, and Greek-style Fries (veggie option also available). £27.50pp. Aquum, 68-70 Clapham High Street, Clapham, SW4 7UL. Nearest stations: Clapham North, Clapham High Street or Clapham Common. For more information, visit the Aquum website. For Metro Girl’s review of Aquum, click here.

  • Shaggers: Valentine’s Special (11 February)

For those with a naughty sense of humour, head for some stand-up comedy on the subject of sex. 7-9pm. Tickets: £15. Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, Chinatown, WC2H 7BX. Nearest station: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus. For booking, visit the Leicester Square Theatre website.

  • Valentine’s Events @ Keats’ House (11 – 12 February)

A series of Valentine’s events at the stunning house where poet John Keats fell in love with Fanny Brawne, who inspired his most romantic verses. Late night opening on Sat 11 Feb from 6.30pm-9pm, Afternoon Poems: Love Is… on Sun 12 Feb from 2-3pm and Valentine’s Guided Tour: ‘Love is my religion’ on Sun 12 Feb at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Ticket prices vary. Keats’ House, 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, NW3 2RR. Nearest station: Hampstead Heath or Hampstead. For more information, visit the City of London website.

  • Film & Fizz at One Aldwych (12 and 14 February)

Enjoy a three-course dinner at Indigo, a glass of Champagne Lallier and watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s in the hotel’s private screening room. Sun 12 screening @ 4.30pm, Tues 14 @ 6.30pm. Tickets: Dinner, drinks & film: £55pp. One Aldwych Hotel, 1 Aldwych, WC2B 4BZ. Nearest station: Charing Cross or Temple. For more information, visit the One Aldwych website.

  • Making Love in the Queen’s House (14 February)

Enjoy a Prosecco afternoon tea while listening to the love stories of the royals who lived in the stunning 17th century Queen’s House in Greenwich. 2-4.30pm. Tickets: £25 (£22 members). Queen’s House, Romney Road, Greenwich, SE10 9NF. Nearest station: Maze Hill, Cutty Sark (DLR) or Greenwich. For booking, visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website.

  • Black Cat Cabaret / Joey Arias at Live @ Zedel (14 February)

Live At Zedel at the Crazy Coqs are presenting two shows for lovers. The Black Cat Cabaret will be performing their Salon des Artistes show at 7pm, featuring comic song, live music, showmanship and burlesque. Tickets: £35 (show only), £52.75 (show and three-course meal at Brasserie Zedel). The second show of the night will be New York based cabaret singer and drag artist Joey Arias with his Valentine’s special Love Bites at 9pm. Tickets: £18. Crazy Coqs, 20 Sherwood Street, Soho, W1F 7ED. Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Brasserie Zedel website. For a review of a show at Zedel, click here.

  • Sing-a-long Moulin Rouge! (14 February)

Watch and sing-a-long at a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! 8.30pm. Tickets: £16. Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, Chinatown, WC2H 7BY. Nearest station: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus. For more information and booking, visit the Prince Charles Cinema website. Read the rest of this entry

Valentine’s Day 2016: Guide to what’s on in London

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Love is burning bright in London this Valentine’s

It’s that time of year again! When anyone attached is expected to pull out all the stops to demonstrate their love. While, evidently the whole event can be quite commercialised, it can be a subtle reminder to spend a bit more quality time with your loved one. Fortunately, London’s attractions, bars and restaurants have got plenty of romantic events on to suit your budget. I highly recommend booking any of the events in advance as they are highly likely to sell-out in advance. Here’s a guide to what’s on in London over the Valentine’s Day weekend for both couples and singles.

For a guide to non-Valentine’s events in London in February, click here.

  • Film & Fizz at One Aldwych (12, 13 and 14 February)

Enjoy a three-course dinner at Indigo, a glass of Champagne Lallier and watch Carol or Dr Zhivago in the hotel’s private screening room. Fri 12 & Sat 13 screenings @ 6.30pm and 9pm, Sun 14 @ 2pm. Tickets: Dinner, drinks & film: £55pp, Film & champagne only (9pm screening) £25pp. One Aldwych Hotel, WC2B 4BZ. Nearest tube: Charing Cross or Temple. For more information, visit the One Aldwych website.

  • Valentine’s Weekend @ The London Eye (12 – 14 February)

Celebrate Valentine’s while enjoying one of the best views in London. Packages include the Valentine’s Champagne Experience (£37.50pp) for a glass of champagne and Hotel Chocolat luxury chocolates or I Only Have Eyes For You Cocktails (£45pp) with two romantic themed cocktails per person and savoury nibbles. If you really want to splash out, the Valentine’s Cupid Capsule (£380) is a whole capsule for just the two of you, including champagne, chocolates and roses. London Eye, Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Road, Southbank, SE1 7PB. Nearest station: Waterloo, Westminster or Embankment. For more information and tickets, visit the London Eye website. For Metro Girl’s review of the London Eye, click here.

  • Lost Hearts – Valentine’s Masked Ball (12 February)

A masked ball featuring four stages, three immersive realms and a huge cast of performers. Including The Turbans, Miguel Dare, London Digital Circus. Dress code: Surrealist, fairy tale, futurist, lace, Mardi Gras, Venice Carnival, tribal and animals. Masks optional. 9pm-4am. Tickets: £12 early bird. Coronet Theatre, 28 New Kent Road, SE1 6TJ. Nearest station: Elephant & Castle. For more information and tickets, visit A Curious Invitation website.

  • Valentine’s Late @ Kew Gardens (13 February)

Enjoy a Brazilian-themed evening at Kew Gardens’ Princess Of Wales Conservatory. Check out the Orchid Festival, before build-your-own cocktail, take a Latin dance class and listen to live music. 6-9.30pm. Tickets: £25 (£20 members). Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, TW9 3AB. Nearest station: Kew Gardens. For more information, visit the Kew Gardens website.

  • Dirty Dancing Party @ Archer Street (13 February)

Soho bar Archer Street are hosting a Valentine Dirty Dancing party with cocktails and staff recreating songs and performance from the film and stage show. 2pm-1am. Archer Street, 3-4 Archer Street, Soho, W1D 7AP. Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Archer Street website.

  • Valentine’s Day – The Masked Ball (13 February)

The Bootleg Club are hosting a special Valentine’s edition of their secret parties. Guests are encouraged to wear eye masks until midnight, before taking them off to reveal their true identities. Dress code: Gentlemen – Black tie, white shirt and velvet smoking jacket, Ladies – black silks, lace and velvet. 8pm-1am. Tickets from £25. Stationer’s Hall, Ave Maria Lane, City of London, EC4M 7DD. Nearest station: St Pauls. For more information, visit the Bootleg Club’s Facebook page.

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Gaze out over London at View From The Shard

  • Valentine’s Day Weekend @ View From The Shard (13 – 14 February)

The Shard is open until midnight so couples can watch the lights of London twinkling later that usual. The Champagne Experience with bubbly and gourmet popcorn is also on offer. 10am-12am. Tickets: £25.95 The View From The Shard, Joiner Street, SE1 9SP. Nearest station: London Bridge. For more information, visit the View From The Shard website. For Metro Girl’s review of a late night event at The Shard, click here.

  • Macarons & Mews Tour (13 – 14 February)

The ‘Macarons & Mews’ tour explores the hidden corners of Belgravia and Knightsbridge while sampling some of the best macarons the area has to offer. The walk includes 5 tastings and there is time for additional purchases. Tours depart at 2pm from Hyde Park Corner station. £20pp. For more information, visit London Unravelled, or to book, visit Eventbrite.

  • Valentine’s Day @ The Deck (14 February)

A pop-up restaurant comes to the exclusive rooftop venue above the National Theatre for one day only, which is not normally open to the public. Enjoy a four-course brunch cooked by executive sous chef at the National Theatre, Jason Wild, with bottomless Prosecco or Bloody Marys. Settings at 11am or 2pm. Tickets: £55pp. The Deck, National Theatre, Upper Ground, SE1 9PX. Nearest tube: Waterloo. For more information, visit the National Theatre website.

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Meet, play, love at London’s fun new dating night ‘Game Dating’

Game DatingWith the likes of dating apps like Tinder and Happn, it can feel like the search for romance has become… well, a bit too technological. On the flip side, some speed dating nights can feel a bit daunting.

Shaking up the London dating scene is an original and fun new concept called Game Dating. Having launched in Shoreditch last month, Game Dating is back this month in the hope of making matches in a relaxed and creative environment.

London singletons can leave their nerves at the door for a fun-filled evening of playing specially selected interactive games. It’ll be a battle of wits, wills and team bonding against a backdrop of DJs, music and drinks.

The concept has been created by people with backgrounds in psychology, events and team-building so the games have been developed to reveal more about a potential date than traditional apps and dating sites.

Explaining the concept, Game Dating creator and founder, James Smith said: ‘After being a user of dating apps and websites, I soon found I became bored of swiping left and right and that potential matches were not of a serious nature. Talking to friends who were also single, I began to develop the idea of Game dating. We knew how speed dating nights have been around for many years but realised it was a good time to look at starting a fresh approach to speed dating, rather than it being just a meet and greet, we could make the whole process less daunting and a lot more fun.’

  • Game Dating takes place on 15 December 2015 and more dates in January 2016 at BL- NK Space, 25-27 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3LT. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street or Old Street. Tickets: £25 or 2 friends for £45 (inc. free glass of Proseco). For more information, visit Game Dating’s official website. For tickets, visit Design My Night.

For a guide to what’s on in London in January 2016, click here.

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Valentine’s Day 2015: Guide on where to treat your love in London

This guide is for 2015, for a new guide to what’s on in London this Valentine’s Day 2016, click here.

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It makes the world go round…

Yes it’s that time of year again – hearts, flowers, chocolates… aka Valentine’s Day. While big gestures are encouraged, sometimes it’s just a bit too hard to find the energy to dream up an original celebration. For those wanting to mark the day of love with something a bit different from their usual favourite Indian restaurant down the road, here’s a guide to just some of the special events on in London this Valentine’s Day. I would strongly advise booking most of these in advance as they are unlikely to have availability on the night. However, if you’re single or not a fan of Valentine’s, I’ve also compiled a list of some Anti-Valentine’s events at the bottom of the post. Most events listed are on 14 February, unless otherwise specified.

  • Late London : Bohemian City (13 February)

Late night opening at the Museum Of London in honour of Sherlock Holmes (exhibition currently on at museum until April), featuring Trans-Siberian marching band performances, Desire Lines installation, Absinthe Chalkboard Philosophy workshop, a licensed bar and life drawing. 7-10pm. Tickets: £12 (event only), £18 (event plus exhibition). Museum Of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN. Nearest tube: Barbican or St Paul’s. For more information and booking, visit the Museum Of London website.

  • Valentine’s Week @ Vinopolis (14 and 15 February)

Celebrate Valentine’s with your loved one and wine at Vinopolis. The Valentine’s Day package for two includes Framboise Fizz sparking wine cocktail each, 2 x Essential Wine Tasting tickets, cheese and charcuterie sharing plate and a bottle of Prosecco. Tickets: £70 for two people. Vinopolis, 1 Bank End, SE1 9BU. Nearest tube/overland: London Bridge. For information and booking, visit the Vinopolis website. Read Metro Girl’s review of Vinopolis here.

  • Film & Fizz at One Aldwych – Pretty Woman (13 and 14 February)

Enjoy a three-course dinner in Axis, a glass of Champagne Lallier and watch Pretty Woman in the hotel’s private screening room. £49.50 per person. One Aldwych Hotel, WC2B 4BZ. Nearest tube: Charing Cross or Temple. For more information, visit the One Aldwych website.

  • Valentine’s Day at The Deck (14 February)

A pop-up restaurant comes to the exclusive rooftop venue above the National Theatre for one night only, which is not normally open to the public. Enjoy a four-course meal and welcome drink on arrival while looking at the sights of the Thames. Settings at 5pm or 8pm (sold out as of 5 Feb). Tickets: £75pp. The Deck, National Theatre, Upper Ground, SE1 9PX. Nearest tube: Waterloo. For more information, visit The Deck website.

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Dating prospects looking ruff? Try Bark In The Park

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Walk your dog and potentially find love at the same time
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Any dog-owning singleton knows how important it is that your future soulmate is also a dog lover. Imagine the horror if George Clooney or Harry Styles (whoever floats your boat… I don’t judge!) declared their undying love for you… but was also highly allergic to your four-legged friend!

This is where professional cupids Match.com come in. The online dating agency are hosting a special one-off dating event for dog-owners on Saturday 5 April 2014 in Battersea Park. As well giving singletons the chance to meet other dog lovers, the setting is a lot more relaxed than other dating events, making it easier to strike up a conversation. There will be complimentary refreshments for the humans and activity sessions and a play area for the dogs. Made In Chelsea star Lucy Watson and her beloved dog Digby – who are frequent visitors to Battersea Park in the E4 show – will also be in attendance.

  • Bark In The Park takes place on Saturday 5 April from 1-3pm at the Battersea Park Bandstand in Battersea Park, Battersea, SW11 4NJ. Nearest train station: Battersea Park or Queenstown Road. To take part, either register at www.match.com/events or email BITP@eu.match.com. Tickets are £5 with proceeds going to the Dogs’ Trust.

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Valentine’s Day 2014 in London: Ideas and tips on where to treat your loved one

This guide is for 2014, for a new guide to what’s on in London this Valentine’s Day 2016, click here.

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City of romance: Forget Paris or Venice, there’s plenty of places in London to bring your love

Valentine’s Day – the one day of the year when couples feel pressure to make a big song and dance about their loved one. While many couples may keep things simple with their favourite takeaway or a table at their local restaurant, some men and women will be looking to pull out all the stops to make the night special. Here’s some ideas and listings of things on in London during Valentine’s. Most events are on 14 February unless otherwise specified.

  • Love Nest Valentine’s Ball @ Old Vic Tunnels (14, 15 and 16 February)

The Artful Badger is hosting the Love Nest Valentine’s Ball over three consecutive days at the Old Vic Tunnels underneath Waterloo station. Featuring live bands, DJs, performers, interactive theatre and kissograms. Couples and singles welcome. Fancy dress encouraged. 14 Feb 8pm-2am, 15-16 Feb 8pm-4am. Tickets: £25. Old Vic Tunnels, Leake Street, Waterloo, SE1 8SW. Nearest tube/overland Waterloo. For more information and tickets, visit the Old Vic website.

  • Night Safari Valentine’s Special @ Natural History Museum

Choose one of the two tours – the beautiful or the ugly – to see the stunning side of nature, or the world’s most gruesome creatures. 7-10pm. Tickets: Non-members £28, Members £25. Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD. Nearest tube: South Kensington. For more information and booking, visit the NHM website.

  • Valentine’s Day Late @ Churchill War Rooms

Celebrate Valentine’s Day vintage-style under the streets of Whitehall. Featuring dance workshops with the London Swing Dance Society, 1940s-style letter writing, champagne and other drinks at the pop-up bar. Tickets £17.50. Churchill War Rooms, Clive Steps, King Charles Street, Whitehall, SW1A 2AQ. Nearest tube: Westminster. For more information and tickets, visit the IWM website.

  • The Georgian Valentine’s Ball @ British Library

A Georgian-inspired banquet in the grand entrance hall of the British Library, featuring historical feasts, interactive performance, baroque musicians and Quadrilles. Tickets: £35. 7.30-10.30pm. British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB. Nearest tube: Euston or King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information and tickets, visit the British Library website.

  • Friday Lates: London Stories @ London Transport Museum

This month’s Friday Lates coincides with the opening of The Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 – London Stories. Featuring DJ, bar, storytelling on board the heritage vehicles, illustration workshops, fun photobooth and a chance to see the exhibition. Tickets: £10. 6.45pm onwards. London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB. Nearest tube: Covent Garden. For more information and tickets, visit the LTM website.

  • Nomad Cinema comes to Hyde Park

Pop-up cinema company The Nomad Cinema screens two films on Valentine’s Day – an earlier showing of The Princess Bride @ 6.45pm or Breakfast At Tiffany’s @ 9.30pm. The secluded spot has underfloor heating, dance space under a glitterball, firepits for toasting marshmallows and a silhouette portrait workshop. Tickets £20 (includes glass of Prosecco and bar of Devine chocolate). The Lookout, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH. Nearest tube: Hyde Park Corner or Marble Arch. For more information and tickets, visit the Nomad Cinema website.

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