Your Valentine’s Day Date Guide
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Your Valentine’s Day Date Guide

Your Valentine’s Day Date Guide | 2020

Roses are red,
That much is true,
But violets are violet,
Obviously. Not blue.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, allow us to similarly sift through the many clichéd and predictable Valentine’s date nights on offer, and instead present you with a hand-picked bouquet of 50 excellent date ideas, including – but not limited to – an intimate concert in an old medical museum; a house party in the flat of a 1960s icon; atmospheric readings of some of the most passionate love letters of all time; and the occasional demagorgon.

Happy Valentine’s Day, one and all.

SIP HOT COCKTAILS AT A ROOFTOP POP-UP

Hot Gin Roof valentines day London 2020

The Temperance Punch is literally cooked in a cauldron, on a BBQ. READ MORE

Details: Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, W1D 7DT | £20

LEARN TO MAKE FRESH PASTA AT OFFICINA 00

Officina 00 pasta classes valentines day

Because doing it by yourself would be cannelloni.

Details: 156 Old St, London EC1V 9BW £70

SIP YOUR WAY THROUGH A BLANC DES BLANCS CHAMPAGNE TASTING

Bubbledogs tasting

They’re the crème de la crème of fizz.

Details: 13th February Bubbledogs, 70 Charlotte St, Bloomsbury, London W1T 4QG | £60

GO SKATING ON A ROOFTOP

Bar Elba Valentine's Day

It might not be real ice, but skating in February still gets our vote. READ MORE

Details: Bar Elba, 109-117 Waterloo Road, SE1 8UL £10

FINALLY GET TICKETS TO LETTERS LIVE

And listen to famous performers read out the greatest love letters of all time.

Details: 14th February Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT £60

GO DANCING, 1920s STYLE

Candlelight Club valentine's day

The Candlelight Club‘s Valentine’s special is taking place over three floors of a beautiful London townhouse…

Details: 15th February A Secret Location £40-65

SPEND THE DAY AT LONDON FIELDS LIDO

London Fields Lido

It’s heated! Then restore those lost calories with cupcakes at Violet.

Details: London Fields West Side, Hackney, E8 3EU£5.10

HIT UP A POP UP HONESTY WINE BAR

Vinery Honesty Pop Up bar

If your date runs off without paying, they’re probably not a keeper.

Details: 14th February Benk + Bo, 4-6 Gravel Lane, London, E1 7AW£8.68

LISTEN TO A STRING SEXTET IN AN OLD PATHOLOGY MUSEUM

Barts Pathology Museum quirky Valentine's Day

Try not to laugh every time they say ‘sextet’.

Details: 14th February Barts Pathology Museum, 24 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 7BE £3-7

MAKE CANDLES AT AN EARL OF EAST WORKSHOP

Earl Of East

Then use them for a candlelit dinner back home… READ MORE

Details: 5a Gransden Avenue, London Fields , E8 3QA £48

CATCH 40 WINKS TOGETHER

40 Winks Valentine's Day

That is, make a serious effort to win ‘best pyjamas’ at Bedtime Story Nights.

Details: 8th & 15th February 40 Winks, 109 Mile End Road, Stepney Green, London E1 4UJ | Email reservations@40winks.org

WATCH THEATRE UNDERNEATH WATERLOO STATION

Vault festival valentine's day

This year’s Vault Festival will be seeing in V day with a VR experience filled with different scents; an immersive show taking place in the afterlife; and a version of Saving Private Ryan… with sperm. READ MORE

Details: The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN

PARTY IN JIMI HENDRIX’S OLD FLAT

Hendrix House Valentine's Date Ideas

And sneak a peek at the room George Harrison stayed in.

Details: 14th February 25 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HB £25

GO AXE-THROWING

Whistle Punks

The ultimate anti-schmaltz V day. READ MORE

Details: Arch 25, Handel Business Centre, 73 Bondway, SW8 1SQ £22-29

BOOK A BACK-ROW SOFA AT THE PLUSHEST CINEMA IN TOWN

Electric Cinema White City

And flout the PG rating when the lights go down. READ MORE

Details: Electric Cinema Portobello & White City £45 for two

CRACK CODES FOR COCKTAILS AT THE BLETCHLEY

The Bletchley

And give each other aliases for the evening. READ MORE

Details: 459 King’s Road, SW10 0LR | £36

HUNKER DOWN IN A HIDDEN WINE SPEAKEASY

Bar Aspen valentine's day

And share a bottle as you soak up the live acoustic music. READ MORE

Details: 14th February 82 Camden High Street, NW1 0LT

MAKE A SCENT FOR EACH OTHER AT THE EXPERIMENTAL PERFUME CLUB

Experimental Perfume Club Valentine's Date Ideas

Then waft down the road for brunch at Bistrotheque with a live pianist. READ MORE

Details: 4 Netil Lane, E8 3RL From £25

SEE WHO HAS THE BEST AIM AT FLIGHT CLUB

Flight Club valentine's day

Spoiler: it’s Cupid. READ MORE

Details: 2a Worship Street, EC2A 2AH £30

PARTY IN 1900s BOHEMIAN BARCELONA

RA Lates valentine's day 2020

At the Royal Academy’s late, with artsy cabaret, secret music halls, philosophy salons and more…

Details: 15th February Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD £25-75

TAKE A CANDLELIT TOUR OF DENNIS SEVERS’ HOUSE

Dennis Severs valentine's date ideas

Then retire for dinner at Smoking GoatREAD MORE

Details: 14th February | 8 Folgate Street, E1 6BX£15

BOOK LONDON’S MOST ROMANTIC PRIVATE TABLE

This table is tucked away in the most beautiful stairwell in the city (where the Spice Girls recorded their Wannabe video), and you can even serenade your date with opera singers.

Details: Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, London, NW1 2AR | £155pp

LISTEN TO JAZZ IN AN OLD RAILWAY ARCH

Hidden Jazz Club Valentine's date ideas

Then go for a small plate medley at Miss TapasREAD MORE

Details: 13th February Peckham Springs, 4-5 Dovedale Trading Estate, London SE15 4QN £18

LEARN TO SALSA BENEATH A GIANT BLUE WHALE

Natural History Museum lates

At the Natural History Museum’s Valentine’s late.

Details: 14th February The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD£35

LISTEN TO KEATS’ FIERY LOVE LETTERS IN HIS HAMPSTEAD HOME

Keats House valentine's day 2020

He fell for the girl next door, whose nostrils he described as ‘fine though a little painful’.

Details: 13th February Keats House, Keats Grove, London, NW3 2RR£10

DISTIL YOUR OWN LOVERS’ GIN

Half Hitch Gin Valentine's date ideas

At Half Hitch, you can each bring an ingredient and make your own bespoke spirit.

Details: Unit 53 Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF £60pp

FEAST WITH LIVE JAZZ ON A 115 YEAR-OLD BARGE

Barge East Valentine's Day

The desserts include ‘drowned toast ice cream’. READ MORE

Details: 14th February Barge East, River Lee, Sweetwater Mooring, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN From £40

SURPRISE YOUR DATE WITH 70,000 ROSES

Lightopia valentine's day 2020

They can’t take them home, unfortunately. But they’re just one of several installations at this stunning light festival… READ MORE

Details: Chiswick House Gardens, W4 2QN £20

GET STARRY EYED AT THE OBSERVATORY AFTER HOURS

Royal Observatory Valentine's Date Ideas

Featuring a ‘romantically themed planetarium show’.

Details: 8th & 14th February Royal Observatory, Greenwich Park, London SE10 8XJ £24

SKATE, DINE AND BOWL AT SKATE, DINE, BOWL

And maybe squeeze in a little ice go-karting, too. READ MORE

Details: 17 Queensway, W2 4QP

TAKE A TRIP TO THE UPSIDE DOWN

Secret Cinema date ideas

Courtesy of Secret Cinema, and their insanely detailed immersive take on Stranger Things. READ MORE

Details: A Secret London Location From £49

LISTEN TO THE MUSIC OF NINA SIMONE

Nina Simone Valentine's Day

Sung by a quintet who have actually performed with her.

Details: 14th February | Camden Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, NW1 7PG | £17.50-25

GET MESSY AT A PAINT PARTY

Paint Jam valentine's day

Paint shapes, then throw shapes.

Details: 14th February The Lighthouse, 62 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY | £7.50-60

GET SEATS AT A SECRET RAMEN POP UP

Make sure you book ahead, or you’ll get in a noodle. READ MORE

Details: 15th FebruarySecret North London location

GET DRESSED UP AND HEAD TO A MYSTERIOUS MASKED BALL

The Invitation Secret Theatre Valentine's Date Ideas

At Secret Theatre’s latest immersive spectacle. READ MORE

Details: Secret East London Location From £40

HIRE A HOT TUB BOAT, FILL IT WITH CHAMPAGNE

Skuna Hot Tub Boats Valentine's Day

And chug your way around Canary Wharf. READ MORE

Details: Off Hertsmere Road, West India Quay, E14 4AL From £225

TAKE A BAG OF COINS TO NOVELTY AUTOMATION

And play a nice romantic game of ‘Divorce’.

Details: 1a Princeton Street, London, WC1R 4AX

PRINT LETTERPRESS VALENTINE’S CARDS

Curtis Thompson

At the evening opening of the National Archive’s exhibition on love letters.

Details: 13th February The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Richmond, TW9 4DU£9.60-12

WATCH A QUIRKY SHAKESPEAREAN ROMANCE IN A CRUMBLING OLD MUSIC HALL

Watermill Theatre Wilton's Music Hall

Then have a late-night feast at Bravas Tapas.

Details: Until 15th February Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB £22.50-27

HAVE A SPA DAY AT THE RUSSIAN BANYA

Banya No 1

Warning: it involves ice cold water and getting whacked with branches. READ MORE

Details: 17 Micawber Street, N1 7TB From £30

LISTEN TO TALES OF ROMANCE, HEARTBREAK, AND TINDER

Bogomil Mihaylov

Natural Born Storytellers’ true storytelling nights will make you laugh, cry, and be deeply grateful for each other.

Details: 16th February Backyard Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 0EL | £5

TAKE A TASTING TOUR AT CRATE BREWERY

Crate Brewery Valentine's date

Then take a tasting tour of new restaurant Silo, upstairs. READ MORE

Details: 13th & 15th February Unit 14, Queens Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN £15-25

ENTER INTO THE GRITTY WORLD OF 1920s LONDON CRIMINAL WARFARE

Crooks 1926 immersive theatre valentine's

In this new immersive show featuring family rivalries and a lot of newsboy caps…

Details: Until 29th March King William IV, 16 Harper Road, London, SE1 6AD £28

MAKE A PICNIC BASKET AT BOROUGH MARKET

Borough market - food market London

Stopping at Karaway for some baltic bakes while you’re building the basket, obviously.

Details: 8 Southwark Street, London Bridge, SE1 1TL

…THEN TAKE A PICNIC BOAT ALONG LONDON’S CANALS

Go boats London Valentine's

Motorboating: officially the most romantic thing you can do on Valentine’s Day. READ MORE

Details: Set off from Merchant Square, W2 1AJ | From £59

SLIP INTO THE AQUARIUM AFTER HOURS

Aquarium lates valentine's

And fill your own tanks at the pop up bars.

Details: 14th February SEA LIFE London Aquarium, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London, SE1 7PB From £29

LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC & SPOOKY STORIES IN THE DARK

London Dreamtime storytelling quirky valentine's

Who needs mushiness when you can have candlelit tales of the supernatural?

Details: 14th February A Secret Outdoor Location, SE15 £9

LISTEN TO GAMALAN MUSIC SURROUNDED BY ORCHIDS

Kew Orchid Lates valentine's date ideas

And maybe even discuss having orchids of your own, someday.

Details: 13th & 14th February Kew Gardens, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE£18

PAINT PORTRAITS OF EACH OTHER ON A DINNER PLATE

Ladies Gentlemen Camden quirky date night bar

It’s BYOB… but you could always slip off to Ladies & Gentlemen afterwards.

Details: 14th February The Abbey Tavern, 124 Kentish Town Road, NW1 9QB£5.95 – 27.39

 

Last Updated: 20th January 2020 | Main image: The Candlelight Club


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