Valentine’s Day 2017 is going to be extra special. Why? Because it falls on a Tuesday, meaning extra scope for celebrating the weekend before, the day itself and weekend after. Here are the parties that London has to offer this Valentines, with plenty to do for loved-up couples, embittered singles and anyone looking to segue messily from the latter to the former. Have fun out there, and don’t do anything we wouldn’t do!
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Located on Greek Street, Club 49 proves a popular choice with the Soho crowd. Upstairs is a main bar with a VIP area, while downstairs hosts the dance floor with its regular live music and DJ nights. It's mostly about the entertainment here, with cocktail orders keeping the party crowd well-oiled - think classics like mojitos, moscow mules, mai tais and manhattans and you won't go far wrong. There's a varied selection of martinis on offer too, as well as beers by the bottle and a short wine list visiting the old world and new. Those looking to soak up the booze with some food can tuck into bar bites with a Lebanese bent. If you're booking a party then you can pre-order canapés and platters for the group.