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.
- 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.
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.