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 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.
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.
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?
Parties on Valentines Day
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.
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.
Parties on second Valentines weekend (Feb 17-18)
Your Valentine's Day soundtrack
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.