Get creative this Valentine's day (Tuesday February 14 2017) and make it one to remember. London has a ton of loved-up options to help you on your way, from a special evening at the best museums in London or various raunchy Valentine's Day parties. Whatever your plan for V Day, we've got you covered – or if you'd rather stick to something more traditional, wow your significant other with something from our guide to London events in February.
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Lovely Valentine's Day events in London
Bringing some cabaret-noir to your evening, these events promise to offer up opulent surroundings, fine dining and spectacular performances. For Valentine's Day, The Black Cat Cabaret will be performing their Salon des Artistes show in the opulent surroundings of Crazy Coqs.
Woo your boo high above London with and early morning breakfast at the Sky Garden. Enjoy the views while digging into avocado, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, plus a strawberry and mint salad with whipped cream and cinnamon churros with chocolate sauce. The menu is available from Valentine's Day until the end of February. Book and find more info via the website.
The silent disco phenomenon reaches new heights at these exclusive Time Out events. Pick your channel and choose your side as three DJs battle it out over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics, while you dance the night away at 1,000ft. The View from The Shard is the visitor attraction at the top of Western Europe's tallest building, The Shard. With unparalleled, panoramic views, it offers visitors a unique perspective on the capital.
Alternative Valentine's Day events
Get undressed this Valentine's Day, or more specifically – get tickets to 'Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear' at the V&A. The exhibition tells the story of undies from the eighteenth century to more recent times, including some incredible examples of underwear’s influence on outerwear. Highlights include a transparent Givenchy haute couture dress by John Galliano and a Dolce & Gabbana sheer silk dress with wicker crinoline. Rarely has underwear been so overwhelming.
I know what you’re thinking. Hawaiian-inspired restaurant equals hula girls in grass skirts and coconut bras. But at Black Roe, the vibe is swanky Asian fusion (don’t forget, a large proportion of Hawaii’s population are of Japanese descent) – all sexy dark woods, flattering lighting and chilled tunes. As for the people: sharp suits, girls with expensive hair. This is a place to pose. Hardly surprising, considering it’s from Kurt Zdesar, the brains behind see-and-be-seen sushi hangout Chotto Matte. But while that joint balances slick style with culinary substance, Black Roe’s kitchen has some work to do. There’s no faulting the idea of serving pokē, a seasoned ‘tartare’ (it means ‘to cut’) of fish, meat or occasionally veg, as a signature. But the execution is off. Pokē can be served with or without rice; here, it’s the ‘served-over-rice’, eye-on-the-profit margin version. Fair enough. But it needed restraint: I tried four kinds and each saw the high-quality protein clobbered by a different kind of unnecessarily overbearing sauce. Other dishes were better: succulent monkfish and tiger prawns on a puddle of citrus salsa, or pink-middle lamb chops with an intriguing coconut crust. But dessert: two scoops of watery, sweet-but-not-fragrant ‘cherry’ sorbet, was a final disappointment. Factor in the 20-minute wait for the bill and absence of service (we weren’t offered fresh drinks once) and it’s a black mark for Black Roe, sadly.
Venue says: “London's first poke bar and grill. Pacific Rim cuisine located in Mayfair.”