Valentine's Day events in London

Valentine's Day isn't all about dinner and a movie – plan something a little bit different for February 14

Overbooked cinemas and overpriced restaurants are so last year. This Valentine's Day (Sunday February 14 2016) think outside the box and head to one of the capital's many alternative events instead.

Alternative Valentine's Day events

Sleeping with Sherlock

Apologies if the title got you all hot under the deerstalker – this event does not signal Cumberbatch's turn as a gigolo. But you may well dream of Holmes (if you choose to get any shut-eye, that is) at this adults-only sleepover in the Museum of London. Guests will tuck into a three-course meal before exploring the museum and its current exhibition, 'Sherlock Holmes', after-hours. There'll also be talks, storytelling, forensics workshops, ghost story recitals and a movie marathon running into the wee small hours. Cash bars will stay open until 1am, and the morning after will be heralded with a full English breakfast.

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Museum of London Saturday March 28 2015

The Institute of Sexology

The Wellcome Collection's newly expanded gallery space will open with a wink and a blush with The Institute of Sexology, an exhibition that brings together the great pioneers of the study of sex. More than 200 pieces of art, erotica, photography and ethnography will help visitors get a new perspective on perversions, lust and normality, with live events, discussions and performances to accompany the X-rated exhibits. Sex research such as the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles and Alfred Kinsey's groundbreaking questionnaires have shaped our attitudes towards sexual behaviour and identity, and this exhibition will tell the stories of its pioneers.

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Wellcome Collection Until Sunday September 20 2015 Free