Get creative this Valentine's day (Tuesday February 14 2017) and make it one to remember. London has a ton of loved-up options to help you on your way, from a special evening at the best museums in London or various raunchy Valentine's Day parties. Whatever your plan for V Day, we've got you covered – or if you'd rather stick to something more traditional, wow your significant other with something from our guide to London events in February.
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Lovely Valentine's Day events in London
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.
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.
Alternative Valentine's Day events
Fancy a macabre February 14 this year? Head to the Tower of London for some anti-Valentine's action. You can draw the ghost of Anne Boleyn at the site of her burial with Art Macabre. Or if you're gagging for romance, you can make love tokens with artist Lozzy Bones instead.
Get undressed this Valentine's Day, or more specifically – get tickets to 'Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear' at the V&A. The exhibition tells the story of undies from the eighteenth century to more recent times, including some incredible examples of underwear’s influence on outerwear. Highlights include a transparent Givenchy haute couture dress by John Galliano and a Dolce & Gabbana sheer silk dress with wicker crinoline. Rarely has underwear been so overwhelming.
I know what you’re thinking. Hawaiian-inspired restaurant equals hula girls in grass skirts and coconut bras. But at Black Roe, the vibe is swanky Asian fusion (don’t forget, a large proportion of Hawaii’s population are of Japanese descent) – all sexy dark woods, flattering lighting and chilled tunes. As for the people: sharp suits, girls with expensive hair. This is a place to pose. Hardly surprising, considering it’s from Kurt Zdesar, the brains behind see-and-be-seen sushi hangout Chotto Matte. But while that joint balances slick style with culinary substance, Black Roe’s kitchen has some work to do. There’s no faulting the idea of serving pokē, a seasoned ‘tartare’ (it means ‘to cut’) of fish, meat or occasionally veg, as a signature. But the execution is off. Pokē can be served with or without rice; here, it’s the ‘served-over-rice’, eye-on-the-profit margin version. Fair enough. But it needed restraint: I tried four kinds and each saw the high-quality protein clobbered by a different kind of unnecessarily overbearing sauce. Other dishes were better: succulent monkfish and tiger prawns on a puddle of citrus salsa, or pink-middle lamb chops with an intriguing coconut crust. But dessert: two scoops of watery, sweet-but-not-fragrant ‘cherry’ sorbet, was a final disappointment. Factor in the 20-minute wait for the bill and absence of service (we weren’t offered fresh drinks once) and it’s a black mark for Black Roe, sadly.
"London's first poke bar and grill. Pacific Rim cuisine located in Mayfair."