Whether you’re a reluctant participant, a hopeless romantic, or just looking for an excuse to have a couple of wines, we’ve found some pretty cracking things to do in London this Valentine’s Day. From good, old fashioned dinner dates to wild nights out with your pals, check out the list, get inspired, and get loving…
And to make your V-Day even sweeter, you can get 10% off any of the below experiences that are on the Fever app with the code ‘10VDAY‘ — you can redeem it on the Fever app, but it’s only valid until February 14, so you better start planning now! ❤️
If you fell in love with the Netflix series, you’re sure to fall in love with Secret Cinema Presents Bridgerton With Fever. The experience will provide a lavish evening of delicious food, enticing drinks and pop classics played by a classical string quartet. You’ll be able to relive iconic Bridgerton moments and even earn coveted ‘love tokens’. The experience kicks off on February 16, and you can get your tickets now. Available on the Fever app.
Compete against other couples in a four-hour scavenger hunt that’ll take you all over London to complete funny and fabulous tasks in the hope of winning a three-course meal for two at the Paternoster Chop House. The tasks will be split into two categories: location, for example, find a taxi serving coffee in Shoreditch; and miscellaneous, for example, serenade a stranger. If you’re single and ready to mingle, you can still join in the fun. Individual entrants will be put in a team on arrival; maybe the chance to meet the partner of your dreams? The scavenger hunt will take place on February 12. Available on the Fever app. Book your spot here.
Valentines, Palentines, Galentines; February 14 is for all kinds of love. Good thing London is filled with all kinds of different things to do this Valentine’s Day, eh. Between February 10–12, you’ll be able to rent a rooftop igloo at Tobacco Dock’s Skylight to celebrate the lurrrve season with up to 10 of your nearest and dearest. You’ll receive a welcome drink each, then be able to purchase specially mixed cocktails and champagne, as you soak up views of the city below. Delicious street food will also be on hand to soak up the alcohol, and a DJ will bring the vibes all evening. Available on the Fever app. Book your exclusive igloo here.
4. Sip a sensual cocktail at a bottomless bao bun brunch
Bottomless bao bun brunch? Stop there, because we are sold already. However, if having as many bao buns as you can fit in your stomach isn’t enough, The Lucky Club Mayfair‘s bottomless brunch also includes 90 minutes of free-flowing cocktails and, for Valentine’s weekend only, a welcome drink with a tantalising twist. On Saturday, February 12, your bottomless kimchi Bloody Marys, espresso martinis, or bubbles, will be kicked off with a gin, lemon juice, ginseng and manuka honey liqueur cocktail, which is said to have aphrodisiac properties. Book your spot here.
Some of the things to do in London this Valentine’s Day aren’t aimed at the sentimental types – and this is one of those. Instead of swooning over dinner as you slowly cruise down the River Thames, this high-octane Valentine’s Boat Party will get you dancing, singing and up on your feet. Leaving from Crown Pier in Victoria at 8pm on February 12, the vessel will be pumping with a medley of hit, genre-spanning tunes for four hours. Upon arrival, ladies will receive a rose and some chocolates, and upon disembarking the boat, all guests can head over to the after party. Available on the Fever app. Book your spot here.
6. Admire a romance-inspired installation, before dining at 34 Mayfair
Of course one of the more classic things to do in London for Valentine’s Day is enjoy a lavish meal. Well, elegant restaurant 34 Mayfair is launching a month-long campaign to celebrate all things love. Between February 7 and March 13, guests will saunter through the doors flanked by a grand, romantic installation on the exterior, before sitting down to enjoy a new, limited-edition cocktail menu, and live music from a Jazz band. An exclusive raspberry and chocolate dessert will also grace the menu between February 11–14. Find out more on the restaurant’s website.
Making its global debut here in London, the Bob Marley One Love Experience opened its doors this month at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. The 10-week exhibit promises No, Woman, No Cry, as you journey through Bob Marley’s life, exploring the beloved artist’s passions, influences and his lasting legacy. Sights, sounds, and scents are used to elevate the experience in six different interactive rooms and studios. So, don’t wait in vain – visit the experience before it leaves London. More information is available here.
On Friday, February 11, The Candlelight Club’s Valentine’s Special will grace a secret location for an evening of Jazz, swing and cabaret, oozing 1920s glamour. Grab your pals or your lover(s… we don’t judge), don your best outfit and vintage jewellery, and Charleston the night away. A fortune teller will be on site, ready to tell you how your love life will play out… Available on the Fever app. Book your ticket here.
Usually closed on a Monday, Apothecary in Shoreditch is opening their doors especially for Valentine’s Day on February 14. With dishes inspired by traditional Tokyo small plates, and two cocktails specifically designed for Valentine’s Day (including a sharing cocktail), the set menu is the perfect treat for you and your mate or date. DJ Miche will be on the decks playing three hours of songs with the word “love” in the title to keep the Valentine vibes flowing. Book your table here.
10. Share a sweet treat with your loved one… or break up by cake
The dessert wizards at Chin Chin‘s Soho branch have returned with their innovative (and potentially savage, depending on the context) “heartbreaker” cake, which they are serving between now and Valentine’s Day. The cake has fans such as singer Paloma Faith, and is made up of peanut butter frosting sandwiched between two layers of heart-shaped chocolate cake, encased in chocolate glaze, with your personal message piped on top. Mmm mmm mmm. And, if that wasn’t enough, this branch is also selling a special Valentine’s flavour ice cream using Yorkshire rhubarb from Leeds grown by candlelight. Take two spoons and share the Rhubarb Panna Cotta liquid nitro ice cream as you saunter the streets of Soho.
If two years worth of lockdown walks hasn’t put you off, why not head to the great outdoors for a romantic stroll? It’s one of the few free things to do in London for Valentine’s Day, after all! With a plethora of pretty parks and city walks, not only is it great for mental health purposes, but it’s also a good way to catch up away from your phones, laptops and the TV.
12. Unleash your inner artist at a sip and paint session
Whether you use it as a chance to create a beautiful piece of artwork, or just have wine with friends, sip and paint sessions are pretty fun. A quick Google will bring up a host of London-based sessions that range in their theme, style and cost, so you can choose one that suits you best.
Like on the walks we mentioned earlier, the absence of phones, tablets and laptops will give you and your loved one ample time to catch up without distraction. What’s more, in the spa, these conversations can take place before or after a relaxing massage or soothing treatment. Bliss! Soak your cares away in one of London’s spa – check out our list of seven of the best in the capital here.
This year, the Super Bowl falls on Valentine’s eve, February 13 – great news for any American football-loving couples! The annual tournament final draws international fans in their droves to stream the game well into the night – due to the time difference – which in 2022, will see the Cincinnati Bengals (who haven’t got to the Super Bowl since the 80s) face the Los Angeles Rams. On the Super Bowl Pub Crawl, you’ll catch all the action on the big screens of various London venues, and receive free welcome shots. For those who aren’t fans of American football, there is also an epic halftime show line up this year, featuring Eminem, Dr Dre, Mary J Blige, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar. Tickets for the pub crawl are available here. Available on the Fever app.