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 February : Valentines 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 website. Read the rest of this entry
This guide is for 2015, for a new guide to what’s on in London this Valentine’s Day 2016, click here.
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.
This guide is for 2014, for a new guide to what’s on in London this Valentine’s Day 2016, click here.
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.