Ah Valentine’s. Everyone pretends they don’t care about it and then, come February 14, all the London couples seem to have plans, and all the ‘dating’ and V-day parties in town have sold out. Suspicious.
Like it or not, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means London will soon be overrun with sweet treats, soppy cards and big bunches of overpriced red roses that are already close to death.
If you’re scoping around for last minute plans, London is the place to be for a Valentine’s Day that isn’t riddled with set menus and clichés. Yes you can find a great date spot, hole up with other couples in loved-up bars, pick up a gift from deliciously decadent chocolate shops or catch a film in a romantic cinema. But you can also spend February 14 drinking prosecco with your partner in the shadow of a giant whale skeleton at the Natural History Museum or watching psychedelic go-go dancing in Jimi Hendrix’s old flat.
If you’re flying solo, London doesn't discriminate on relationship status. Just spend it at one of the city’s many, many Valentine’s club nights (both pro and anti). And if you want to avoid it altogether, you can find events that will be 100 percent heart confetti free with our guide to the best things to do in London this February.
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