Forget stereotypes. Keep the restaurant-red roses-chocolates for another day, as an unexpected surprise. London’s just the place to be crazy in love so make the most of the fun, sometimes even wild events out there! We’ve picked the best ones for Valentine’s Day:
Make your Valentine’s Card extra special at Liberty. Scribble & Daub, Two Pipe Problem and Marby & Elm will be on-hand to create a one-off design with a personal twist. One to keep forever.
Liberty | Regent St, Carnaby, London W1B 5AH | February 10-13
Planning to take the day off? Start with breakfast, with a view and none is better than the Sky Garden‘s… The Darwin brasserie there serves a special menu for 2 with watermelon and cranberry juice, peach and honey oatmeal, avocado, smoked salmon & scrambled eggs, strawberry & mint salad with whipped mascarpone, cinnamon churros with chocolate sauce. Resistance is futile. Just book.
Darwin Brasserie | Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 3BY| Everyday from 10.00 | £33.00 for 2
The Queen of Hoxton turned its winter rooftop into a Nordic Viking stronghold complete with long boat, feasting hall inside a WigWam, fire pits, driftwood sculptures… For Valentine’s, they have designed quite an exciting menu: everything on the table was at one point or another considered an aphrodisiac! The evening, presented by food historian Tasha Mark, will take you through 2000 year of history, tasting included, of course.
Queen of Hoxton | 1-5 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JX | Sunday, February 12, 6pm | £20.00/person
Looking for a romantic movies? Try a classic. The Southbank Centre will hold a special screening of Brief Encounter, with the soundtrack performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Magical.
Southbank Centre | Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | Tuesday 14 February, 7.30pm | From £20.00/person
A special evening for those nostalgic of the 60ies! The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a sparkling programme of the Love Songs from that era at the Cadogan Hall. This should keep you both humming happily for a while.
Cadogan Hall | 5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia, London, SW1X 9DQ | Tuesday 14 February, 7.30pm | From £18.00/person
Get a little closer to heaven on top of The Shard. Romantic views, champagne, a saxophonist to create the perfect setting and oh, wait, famous chocolatier Paul A Young will be here all night with his chocolate pop-up experience offering luxury chocolate and freshly dipped/sprinkled chocolate lollies.
The Shard | 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG | Tuesday 14 February from 4pm | from £25.95/person