Tick-tock, tick-tock! The countdown to Valentine’s day has started. No plan yet? Don’t panic. Here are 10 ideas to make the week-end sparkle…
1. You can always trust Bompas & Parr to add magic to the day. Now, forget red roses: what you really want (or what your lover, in fact, really wants) is colour changing flowers, hand painted with a thermochromic ink. Visitors will be able to pick up bouquets of chameleon blooms, savour Perrier-Jouët champagne and join a workshop to create their own colour-changing flowers. The installation runs from the 11th to 14th February.
2. Spend your Friday evening surrounded by masterpieces at the National Gallery. Their Late Opening is of course dedicated to Valentine’s day, with live jazz and folk music, exotica and electric boogaloo beat. You will also learn a few Renaissance dances, the language of fans, the stories of love and romance within the collections. There might even be aphrodisiac cocktails…
3. Want to feel special? The Kensington Roof Gardens are putting on a show this Saturday for their Valentine’s day ball – cocktails, acrobats, DJ and fireworks. Just a little closer to the stars…
4. Share a memorable experience at the Trafalgar Hotel this Sunday. Glass of prosecco in hand, you will be taught to paint Klimt’s famous kiss. No skill or previous experience required.
5. Make a movie night more extraordinary. Cadogan Hall will be screening Brief encounter, preceded by a performance of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, which features throughout the film. One Aldwych also has a Film & Fizz programme with Curzon: a 3 course meal, champagne and screening for £55 per person. Choose from Carol on Saturday or Docteur Zhivago on Sunday.
6. London at your feet, sipping champagne… That would be at The Shard, which will stay open until midnight on February 13 and 14. After being awarded the title of The Most Romantic View in 2015, they have now introduced a Marriage Proposal Concierge Service.
>> The View from The Shard <<
7. Discover Lights of Soho, an art gallery dedicated to neon signs. The current exhibition, Love Hz (Love Hertz!) brings a sexy tone to the room – think erotic Las Vegas atmosphere. You will also find a Tunnel of Lust in the basement, with lush pillows, crushed velvet and beds for guests and lovers to relax in private.
8. Best way to start your Sunday? A musical brunch at the Royal Albert Hall! Classical, traditional jazz, rock, Western swing, blues and roots, gypsy jazz… You will feel like dancing in the streets after that.
9. Love finds inspiration in the African culture at Rich Mix this Sunday – comedy, poetry, music, divine dishes, love quiz and DJ, of course!
10. It’s all in the name – Happy Endings! This pop-up, on Sunday, is entirely dedicated to desserts: £45 for 6 sweet creations, a cocktail, tea and petit fours. 100% happiness.