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Valentine's Day in London

Get great ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day in London, whether you're single or part of a nauseatingly loved-up couple

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Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is approaching (Sunday February 14 2016) and it's time to get on board the love train. Whether you're part of a duo or flying solo, celebrating Valentine's Day in London means one big squeeze-fest. Here's our round up of the hottest things to do in town or, if you'd rather celebrate in your own time, check out our ultimate guide to 101 things to do in London and our February events calendar for more inspiration.

Celebrate Valentine's Day in the capital

Things to do

Nine non-naff romantic things to do

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Things to do

Valentine's Day events

Whether you're loved up or free as a bird, there's something to keep everyone sweet this February 14

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Clubs

Valentine's Day parties

Impress your date, or even find a mate, with your mind-blowing moves

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Sex and dating

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Where to wine and dine this February 14

Bars and pubs

Bars for a date

Sip away any first-date nerves in style

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Restaurants

Restaurants for a date

Looking to impress on a first date?

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Bars and pubs

Swanky cocktail bars

Skip the meal and hit the sauce instead

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Restaurants

Romantic restaurants

Enjoy an intimate meal for two

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See more perfect date restaurants in London

Bag the best Valentine's deals

29% off a three-course meal for two at Madame Tussauds on February 13

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£23 VIP tickets to a Valentine's show at Covent Garden Comedy Club

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Discounted tickets to Medieval Banquet's Venetian Ball

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A Curious Invitation's ‘The Lost Hearts - A Valentine’s Ball’ at the Coronet Theatre

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See more great Time Out deals

Looking for more Valentine's Day ideas?

Film

15 mush-free romantic movies

Sick of cheesy, soppy romcoms? Try one of these alternative Valentine's movies instead

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Music

Listen to the best love songs

Tune in with your loved one

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Restaurants

Couture chocolates

Even bad present-buyers can't go wrong

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Film

Watch the 100 best romantic movies

Snuggle up with one of the most romantic movies of all time

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Loved-up highlights this Valentines

Things to do

Cahoots Presents a Very Squiffy Valentine's Day Picnic

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. 

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Things to do

Midnight Apothecary Valentine Special

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.

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Things to do

Uncle Barts Valentine’s Day Chocolate Cocktail Masterclass

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. 

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Things to do

Valentine's Weekend Concert: Brief Encounter

Spend Valentine's Day watching 'Brief Encounter' one of the most romantic flicks around. The screening will be preceded a performance from the Amadeus Orchestra of Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto which features throughout the  the film.

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Comments

6 comments
Michael A
Michael A

I went to Madame Tussauds Last year they had a pop up restaurant it was great my friend and I had a great time.

Pieter J
Pieter J

Hello guys! Unfortunately the whole valentine "thing" slipped my mind. But I came up though with (in my opinion) a great last minute alternative! Although I am wondering what you guys think of it!


I am going to have a romantic dinner for two at my very own home, including fitting valentine decorations of course! I will use Dinein.co.uk to have my food + champaign delivered from our (me and my gf's) favorite premium restaurant. Sounds sweet right! This way I can jump straight to the real business if you know what I mean ;)! Which is obviously getting myself a beer and watch football! Just kidding, but for real though, what are your thoughts on this ;)?

Felicity D
Felicity D

Love your post! It gave me some really great ideas and inspiration for my first valentines in London! I also wrote an alternative list of my own, feel free to check it out fiftytwofridays.co.uk

Rajesh J
Rajesh J

Valentine's Day is an opportunity for people in Canada to tell somebody that they love them in a romantic way. It falls on February 14, the name day of two saints, St Valentine of Rome and St Valentine of Terni. In pre-Christian times, the middle of February was a time of pagan fertility festivals in Europe and allegedly the time when birds chose a mate.