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
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Valentine's Day events
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Where to wine and dine this February 14
Bars for a date
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Restaurants for a date
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Swanky cocktail bars
Skip the meal and hit the sauce instead
Enjoy an intimate meal for two
Bag the best Valentine's deals
29% off a three-course meal for two at Madame Tussauds on February 13
£23 VIP tickets to a Valentine's show at Covent Garden Comedy Club
Discounted tickets to Medieval Banquet's Venetian Ball
A Curious Invitation's ‘The Lost Hearts - A Valentine’s Ball’ at the Coronet Theatre
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Loved-up highlights this Valentines
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.
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.
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.
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.