Valentine’s Day is upon us once again, if you’re feeling the pressure to come up with something extra special for Valentine’s Day – don’t panic. We have some of the best Valentine’s Day date ideas in London so read on for inspiration and solutions to make you’re Valentine’s day the most romantic, intimate and enjoyable yet.
The Nomad Cinema
The Nomad is London’s best pop-up cinema. Screenings have a special festival atmosphere that makes their events memorable and unique. The films are screened in fantastic locations and the event will immerse you in the film with added elements such as music, themed decorations and delicious food. Taking place in Hyde Park on the Valentine’s weekend, they will be screening my favourite film The Princess Bride as well as Splash, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Thelma & Louise.
Canary Wharf Ice Rink
Open until 23rd February 2014, Canary Wharf Ice Rink is London’s best winter rink and features London’s only skate path, which leads skaters under trees lit with fairy lights. It’s all very romantic, in fact so romantic it has become a popular place for proposals! So this Valentine’s Day why not go skating hand in hand under twinkling lights with music to get you in the mood!
Canary Wharf Ice Rink Website
Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days for restaurants in London so make sure you book early to avoid any disappointment and not end up in an overpriced dump. The restaurants we highly recommend you trying to book for this special day are Chez Elles, Bleeding Heart, Clos Maggiore and Upstairs
Bateaux Thames River Cruise
A Valentine’s Day cruise may sound a bit cheesy but a Valentine’s Day cruise with Bateaux Cruises offers a unique opportunity to celebrate your romance in a relaxed and amorous ambience whilst experiencing the city from the river. You can enjoy a romantic evening including the stunning sights of London, delicious food that is freshly prepared on board and fantastic live entertainment. Prices start from £125pp so it’s not that cheap but the ticket includes; glass of champagne on arrival, a four course dinner, wine and beer for duration of the cruise, live entertainment and a single red rose.
The Georgian Valentine’s Ball
Hosted at The British Library you can enjoy a Georgian themed banquet in their Terrace Restaurant. As well as the historical feast, there is an interactive performance, baroque musicians and quadrilles for a magical, seductive and romantic evening. The night begins with a complimentary drink in Kings Library, becoming the backdrop of an enchanted promenade. During the cocktail hour you will have an opportunity to make a free visit to the exhibition, Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain. The Georgian inspired buffet dinner will include a vegetarian option and at least three courses. Expect live music, flirtation and romance.
The Sexy Valentines Show – Invisible Dot Theatre
Love is in the air, the roses are in blossom, and the chocolates are starting to melt… oh matron, it’s the Sexy Valentine’s Show!
Cupid has drawn his bow and flown over to King’s Cross for four nights of beautifully romantic Valentine’s performances. Prepare yourself to be love-struck as you are treated to a night of passion, enchantment, and pure sauce, from some of the most titillating, sensuous, and flirtatious performers around. On for four nights from the 11 – 14 February this 2 hour show will only set you back a mere £12.50 a ticket.
Valentines Package for the Flash (with cash)
If you have money to burn then this valentine’s package is for you. The Metropolitan hotel has a “Love The One Your With” package for the most extravagant, indulgent and, frankly, rich Valentine’s Day lovebirds. It includes a couples’ massage, a massage lesson for two, a cocktail masterclass for two, a personal shopping appointment (for the lady) with luxury lingerie brand Myla, incl. a private fitting and free undies, breakfast in bed, champagne, flowers and a night for two in a Metropolitan Room. All of which should leave just about enough time for the real business at hand…
You can’t put a price on love, but if you could, this would cost £599 for two
Vault Festival – Vault Lates the Art of Hearts
For those that have just started dating and want something a bit more sociable
After the steaming success of their 2012 Valentines ball, the Artful Badger once again invites you to explore the amorous arts. Secret performances, two rooms of music and large-scale installations set the scene for mischief and match making. Head to Vault Festival Late for sweet siren song, beautiful bondage ladies, stalls, games, alluring aerial performances, delectable dancers and of course…a romantically rampant party.
Future Cinema – ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’
This Valentine’s, Future Cinema, from Secret Cinema have announced their Valentine’s Special with the live immersive experience of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’. The Troxy in Limehouse will be transformed into the famous Ink and Paint Club where the coolest movers and shakers sway to the seductive voice of Miss Jessica Rabbit. Audiences will become part of Toontown’s underworld, heading to the Ink and Paint Club for jazzy tunes, a smoke-filled atmosphere and dirty cocktails, where Toontown’s sleeziest members of the underworld go about their dirty business. Tickets are £43.50 a pop and you can go on selected dates from 14th February – 23rd February 2014
If you’re on a budget (I know I am) or just don’t fancy spending vast amounts of cheddar then save yourself some cash and stay in. Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be about having to go out (though we all know it is), as long as you do something with the one that makes you happy then that’s all that matters. You could cook dinner then snuggle up and watch one of the latest releases from LOVEFiLM.com or Netflix. Or you could just forget dinner and go straight to bed…
Try out the Valentine’s Date Ideas Generator
If you need some more ideas or a want a safe bet for a date idea you can try out the Valentine’s Date Idea Generator. Created by Ladbrokes Bingo they have pulled together some of the key stats from a survey of 2000 people; 42% of London respondents would prefer to go for drinks on their first date. 33% surveyed chose Italian as their preferential first date cuisine and 59% of Londoners would expect to split the bill. 59% would kiss on the first date and a quarter of London respondents would sleep with someone on a first date. They have then matched these results with their personal attributes including hair colour, eye colour and sexual preference to pin point what makes the perfect date and transformed this into a date generator.