Valentine’s Day is upon us yet again and this year falls on a weekend allowing you to take advantage of those precious days off work to spend some quality time with your loved one. A lot of people are adverse to Valentine’s Day due to the mass marketing, tacky gifts and price hikes that surround it however those naysayers should not put you off, (they are usually the tight or lazy ones) there is loads of ways to do it on the cheap. With so much to see and do, Valentine’s date ideas in London are a plenty so you have no excuse!
A romantic restaurant is always a lovely way to spend an evening. It doesn’t have to posh or expensive, as long as it has a warm atmosphere and ambience. Old favourites include Clos Maggiore, Galvin at Windows, Chez Elles and Toulouse Lautrec. For a double date Barrica near Goodge Street is a fantastic tapas bar and for vegetarians check out Vanilla Black at Chancery Lane. A dinner cruise along the Thames with Bateaux London is a must-do experiences that combines food, views and live entertainment to create a unique experience on the Thames.
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Cocktail Bars and Cosy Pubs
There are loads of brilliant bars for a date in London and we just scratch the tip of the iceberg. We’d recommend getting yourselves some delicious cocktails at one of the many speakeasy style bars such as Discount Suit Company, Portside Parlour and Little Nans. Alternatively you could snuggle up in a cosy pub such as The Carpenters Arms.
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It’s not too late to book something! Though the prices for the Valentine’s weekend may be higher it is always fun to get away to somewhere new and different even if it’s to just outside of London. Bath, Oxford and Cambridge are only a short train journey away and LateRooms.com and Secret Escapes are usually pretty good for getting last-minute deals on a decent hotel. make sure to check Groupon for dinner & spa hotel deals to save yourself some cash.
Doing a fun activity, seeing a show or comedy makes for a great date on the Valentine’s weekend. For the adventurous there is Go Ape just outside of London. If a show is more your bag then The Play That Goes Wrong is a side-splittingly funny show to see and its hilarious touring sister production Peter Pan Goes Wrong is on in Bromley over the weekend, well worth getting tickets to see. For stand up comedy, Clapham Comedy Club has a Valentine’s comedy show featuring big names and you also get wine, cheese and a charcuterie sharing plate. For live music check out intimate Limehouse venue Jamboree for gypsy jazz, swing and blues. For a Valentine’s activity deal look at offers on Groupon, LivingSocial and Wowcher.co.uk
Flowers are a standard Valentine’s classic and while cliché they should not be overlooked. Sending flowers is a sure-fire way to make someone feel special. The prices are more expensive for Valentine’s however you can save money using discount codes. See Valentine’s flower deals and discounts.
If you’re broke and doing Valentine’s on the cheap then stay in and cook dinner and make a card, while it may look a little childish if you’re not skilled in the arts, a homemade card is a thoughtful and meaningful token of your love that is way better than any tacky gift and it will earn you serious brownie points.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure it’s fun, relaxed and personal.