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Valentine’s Day in London

The best restaurants, romantic events, quirky activities, parties, fun things to do and gift ideas to make the most of Valentine’s Day 2020 in London

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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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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in London

Valentine’s Day events in London
Things to do

Valentine’s Day events in London

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Alternative romantic things to do in London
Things to do

Alternative romantic things to do in London

Join a pizza buffet or have a film night in a 1930s ballroom

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Clubs

Banging Valentine’s Day parties

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The most romantic restaurants
Restaurants

The most romantic restaurants

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Where to wine and dine in London this Valentine’s Day

Restaurants for a date
Restaurants

Restaurants for a date

Book somewhere really, really great

Loved-up bars
Bars and pubs

Loved-up bars

Sip away any first-date nerves in style

Spots for champagne
Bars and pubs

Spots for champagne

Nothing says 'I love you' like champers

Swanky cocktail bars
Bars and pubs

Swanky cocktail bars

Skip the meal and hit the sauce instead

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Valentine’s Day gifts and ideas

Ace chocolate shops in London
Restaurants

Ace chocolate shops in London

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London’s best shops for online flower delivery
Shopping

London’s best shops for online flower delivery

Left it a little late? Get picking, petal.

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The best cinemas for a date
Film

The best cinemas for a date

The most romantic picture palaces

London’s loveliest spas
Shopping

London’s loveliest spas

Get ready to be seriously pampered

Romantic works of art in London
Art

Romantic works of art in London

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Romantic city spots
Things to do

Romantic city spots

Ample inspiration for loved-up vibes

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London’s dating scene laid bare
Sex and dating

London’s dating scene laid bare

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Film

Watch one of the 100 best romantic movies

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Listen to the 50 best love songs
Music

Listen to the 50 best love songs

Tune into this playlist and get loved up 

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Film

The worst romantic movies of all time

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