Overbooked cinemas and overpriced restaurants are so last year. Our Valentine's Day ideas (Sunday February 14 2016) will get you heading out to the capital's many loved-up events instead. Whether it's a special evening at the best museums in London or one of the many raunchy Valentine's Day parties - we've got your mushy plans sorted. And if you'd rather celebrate in your own time, check out these London events in February guaranteed to wow your loved ones.
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Lovely Valentine's Day events in London
Cahoots, an underground cocktail bar in Kingly Court Station are reworking their Squiffy Picnics with a Valentine's twist. Loved up couples can enjoy one of three hampers complete with booze and a ration inspired menu which includes sandwiches, pork pies, lavender shortbread and Victoria sponge cake.Read more
The Brunel's pop-up garden cocktail bar is hosting a Valentine's Day Special for a fourth year. Guests can expect a cosy fire pit, complementary toasted marshmallows and cocktail infusions. An optional guided descent into Brunel's underground chamber for love diary readings is included.Read more
Chocolate and cocktail lovers should signup sharpish for this Valentine's masterclass led by a mixology expert from Barts Bar. The speak easy will provide the perfect setting for the workshop covering classic recipes from the Prohibition era, teamed with luxurious chocolatey flavours.Read more
Star-crossed lovers, the planets have aligned for you this Valentine's Day. The Royal Observatory are once again hosting an evening of romantic events where beaus can stargaze through the 18-tonne Victorian telescope, enjoy the view (and a glass of bubbly) standing on the Prime Meridian.Read more
Think you're romantic, do you? Well, how many Gothic towers have you had built in memory of your beloved? That's just what the grieving Lady Anne James did for her husband, which – coupled with the stunning views from her folly Severndroog Castle, up on top of Shooters Hill – should make these volunteer-led sunset tours a supreme Valentine's Day surprise.Read more
A seafood feast served up on a floating wide beam Norfolk cruiser? This is the sort of classy outing that's normally reserved for people with second homes in the countryside, and yet London Shell Co. are making it happen on the serene (if slightly scruffy) Regent's Canal right here in London. The good ship 'My Fair Lady' will sail from Camden to Little Venice while diners enjoy three-course menus inspired by the oyster bars and crab shacks of New England.Read more
If you must do something romantic on Valentine's Day, it may as well be spectacularly romantic, and sipping champagne as you look out over the glittering lights of London after dark from 244m above ground level is a great effort. The View from the Shard will be open two hours later than usual – last session at 10.30pm.Read more
Love is in the air at the beautiful Georgian house Keats called home between 1818-1820 this Valentine's weekend. Saturday sees an afternoon session of poetry readings from the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors where work by Keats, Byron and many others will be performed (3pm-4pm free with admission), while Sunday boasts an evening event curated by Cupid himself.Read more
Alternative Valentine's Day events
This sassy alternative to soppy Valentine's events champions fabulous women, feminism and ultimate girl power. Activities include a female themed quiz hosted by Sister Magazine with the chance to win Lovebox and Citadel tickets (8pm, £2 donation), a screening of 'Heathers' (9pm) and DJ sets from Cosmic Strip, Middle Fingers and more.Read more
You know what they (don't) say – people who spade together, stay together. This mass tree planting day organised by independent charity Trees for Cities encourages couples (and families) to help plant a new edible urban woodland in Ealing. As well as that huge endorphin rush of doing something good together you can then personalise a heart-shaped planter with your names or a romantic message.Read more
Who knew that 'purl one, knit one' was actually a revolutionary mantra? Well, crafters for one and they will be encouraging everyone to pick up their chunky needles for a mass knit-in to make blankets for refugee families in Europe. And as it coincides with Valentines there's also a chance to combine charity and romance by crafting a heart shaped gift. 10% of proceeds will be donated to aid organisations working to improve the lives of refugees across Europe.Read more
This is the ultimate antidote to sickly sweet Valentine's events that leave many of us feeling queasy. Guests can discover the Museum's Blood exhibition after dark, build their own Bloody Marys and get busy during creative workshops. Horror music will help you forget all about love and mushy stuff.Read more
Meet your pawfect match at Battersea this Valentine’s Day. Visit the Cattery, enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly and potentially meet the cat you’ve always dreamed of. Visitors that find feline love can give a second chance and a new home to one of the 3,000 cats the charity takes in each year.Read more
This pop-up restaurant experience is bringing all the glitter to Bloomsbury, offering a three-course meal devised by food writer Anna Barnett that's accompanied by jazz and glamour. Pies, hog roast, polenta and pavlova (among other things) will be accompanied by live performances by jazz singer Collette Cooper and guests can expect a 'warped seventeenth-century' theme.Read more
Spend a sketchy evening flexing your artistic skills as you creep around the Tower of London after hours. All drawing materials are included in the ticket price and each event takes on a new theme, usually of a morbid persuasion. The dark arts, ravens and royal beasts are all on the schedule.Read more
Venue says: Valentine's plans? Join us for that perfect night to remember in Mayfair with the finest seafood for that romantic meal. Call 020 3794 8448.
There's certainly some pedigree to this swanky Mayfair spot - it comes from Kurt Zdesar, the chap behind London's first Nobu, the Ping Pong chain and Soho's Chotto Matte. Here the focus is on seafood, including an eponymous signature dish. The menu has been put together by executive head chef, Jordan Sclare. All-day dishes range from oysters, fritto misto and Dover sole meuniere to whole lobster from the Isle of Skye, seafood pie, barbecue mussels and seafood platters of sole, clams, mussels, prawns, lobster, scallop and langoustine. Options from terra firma include steaks and chicken schnitzel. The wine list features a selection from coastal wine making regions from worlds old and new, alongside vineyards in Bordeaux, Piedmont, Mendoza, the Loire Valley and Burgundy. A short cocktail list includes a coffee negroni, a blueberry caipiroska and a hazelnut martini.