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Valentine’s Day parties in London

Impress your date or find a mate with your mind-blowing moves this Valentines

Valentine’s Day 2017 is going to be extra special. Why? Because it falls on a Tuesday, meaning extra scope for celebrating the weekend before, the day itself and weekend after. Here are the parties that London has to offer this Valentines, with plenty to do for loved-up couples, embittered singles and anyone looking to segue messily from the latter to the former. Have fun out there, and don’t do anything we wouldn’t do!

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Parties on first Valentines weekend (Feb 10-11)

The Last Tuesday Society - Dandies And Daemons Valentine's Ball

The Last Tuesday Society has packed enough activities into this Valentines ball to distract the most loved-up or heartbroken. The Clapham Grand's main room will be filled with circus spectacles, carnival sounds and swing dancing while roaming performers and private enclaves are there to be discovered. There's a costume competition so even if the object of your desire isn't paying you attention, you could still win the hearts of the judges.

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Clapham Grand , Clapham Junction Friday February 10 2017 - Saturday February 11 2017

Lost Hearts Valentine's Ball

This debauched and spirited celebration of both the full moon and Valentines Day promises a tantalising mix of performances across four stages and three 'immersive realms' including contorting aerial artists, heartbroken symphonies, potential food fight, a petting menagerie, hot tub cinema screenings and, erm, mass onion chopping. Please note: this is a masked ball and masks are obligatory. A selection will be available at the door for £5.

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The Coronet , Elephant and Castle Friday February 10 2017 - Saturday February 11 2017

Stevie Wonderland: Let Love Flow On

Funk-flinging night Stevie Wonderland is taking over Corsica Studios for a disco drenched Valentines love-in that brings together resident DJs with international guests Marcel Vogel and Mr Mendel going back to back.    

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Corsica Studios , Elephant and Castle Friday February 10 2017 - Saturday February 11 2017

Kitsuné French Kiss Party

French label Kitsuné are pulling out amorous future house sounds for their fourth Valentines party that also offers live performances – including Joe Goddard's protege Karma Kid – themed cocktails and endless hot pink balloons.

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Village Underground , Shoreditch Saturday February 11 2017 - Sunday February 12 2017

Planet Angel's Big Valentine's Ball

Planet Angel's first party of 2017 is bound to be a big and colourful explosion of Psy Trance, Liquid Drum & Bass, face painting and magnetic poetry. Everyone will be given a sticker and if you're looking for a love connection search for your matching sticker and who knows?

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Fire , Vauxhall Friday February 10 2017 - Saturday February 11 2017

Parties on Valentines Day

A Night Of Marvin Gaye (Valentine's Special)

Marvin Gaye's songs are recognised the world over as a sign it's 'romance time' such is the power of his Galaxy bar-smooth voice and effortless groove. This Lover's special is bound to get everyone feeling amorous, even if only towards Marvin himself.

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Jazz Cafe , Camden Town Tuesday February 14 2017

Bar Wotever Drag King Bonanza

Ultra-welcoming queer performance mixer gets all hot under the collar for Valentines with drag king collective Pecs. The kings will be upping the ante with extra-sexed up sketches and dance routines. Get ready to fall in love.

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Royal Vauxhall Tavern , Vauxhall Tuesday January 24 2017 - Wednesday March 29 2017

Down With Dating

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Hate dating? Want to avoid any hint of it this Valentine's Day? This one's for you. Disgruntled singletons will be provided with a fake name on arrival and can then get to know other miserable singles during 'Speed Hating', by slagging off all the things they dislike. You can also play 'Blind Hate' (find a potential partner through questions like 'If I turned into a zombie which household implement would you use to finish me off?') and various other fun games that royally flip Valentine's Day the bird.

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The Albany , Fitzrovia Tuesday February 14 2017

Drake

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Forget trying to impress a lover and enjoy a mass-date with Drake and thousands of others in the intimate surroundings of The O2 as the superstar serves up sensitive, emotional hip hop and R&B.

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The O2 , Greenwich Peninsula Saturday January 28 2017 - Monday March 20 2017
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Parties on second Valentines weekend (Feb 17-18)

Casa Loca Presents Anti-Valentines Party

If you're firmly avoiding all things lurve you might bizarrely find your soulmate at this anti-Valentines party. Residents DJs will be dropping house, R&B and funk across three rooms, with live bands, fire performers and a secret terrace garden.

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Proud Camden , Primrose Hill Saturday February 18 2017 - Sunday February 19 2017

Your Valentine's Day soundtrack

The 50 best love songs

The business of writing a love song – one that’s not cheesy or clichéd – is a challenge that the greatest songwriters have wrestled with ever since the first caveman grunted a serenade to his beloved. Now, after painstaking research, we have arrived at what we believe to be the 50 best love songs ever recorded. 

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By: Time Out editors

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