Valentine’s haters, please look away now.
Whether you’re a reluctant participant or a helpless romantic, we’ve found some smashing things to do in London over the Valentine’s Day week, courtesy of our friends at Fever.
1. Secret Garden Winter Dome – February 14
Here’s a tasty bit of romance for you: get cosy inside your very own private dome and celebrate your undying love for one another. Feast on Oriental-inspired grub and get tipsy on prosecco as you share gushy stories and reminisce. You’ll get three courses, choosing from the likes of: lobster and quail with shiitake mushroom tart; Malay spiced salmon fillet with grilled courgette, smoked olive basil pesto & lime jus; and dark chocolate tart with gold leaf, strawberry, and stem ginger syrup. Secure your dome here.
2. Candlelight Concerts – February 14
Candlelit dinners are such a cliché, so why not turn it up a notch and head to one of these candlelit concerts inside London’s oldest and most beautiful churches? See stunning performances of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata at either St. Martin-in-the-Fields, a 500-year-old church on the edge of Trafalgar Square (tickets here), or the Wren-designed St. James Church off bustling Piccadilly (tickets here). Alternatively, head to Southwark Cathedral for a gorgeous piano recital, including Debussy’s Clair De Lune and Rachmaninov’s Prelude in G minor. Each pair of tickets comes with a red rose – purchase them here.
3. Valentine’s Swing Boat Party – February 14
Ever felt so in love that you feel like you’re floating? Experience that for real this Valentine’s Day, and jump on board Tamesis Dock for their February 14 boat party. Groove to the best of rock’n’roll, swing, and Motown hits, brought to you by DJ Maj Duckworth – perfect for a dance with a certain someone. You’ll be given a complimentary glass of prosecco upon arrival, and the bar will be open all night. Get your tickets here.
4. Candlelight Club’s Secret 1920s Valentine’s Ball – February 9
Within a hidden candlelit hall in east London, the classiest Valentine’s ball will be taking place – and they’re celebrating the Day of Love a little early. Heading back to the 1920s, there’ll be live jazz, a ballroom, a raunchy cabaret show, and even fortune tellers who will tell you whether or not you’re with The One (just in time for Valentine’s Day, which is handy). Get read to shimmy and shake! Get your tickets.
5. Bottomless Dining and Live Music at JuJu – February 14
How To Show Somebody You Love Them 101: Treat them to prosecco, and make sure that glass remains full. If you dine at JuJu on February 14, you’ll get free-flowing prosecco (or Champers, if you really want to show off) and two delicious courses of Pan Asian grub for £50 per person. There’ll even be live music to complete the perfect evening. Bag your spot here.
6. Champagne Party at the Shard – February 16
For a dizzying date, look no further than this evening of champagne and views at the View from the Shard. 800ft above the city streets, you and your boo (or anyone, really) can party the night away at Moët & Chandon special Valentine’s event on February 16. Once you’ve been whisked up to the 72nd floor, you can enjoy the vibes as DJ Cinderella provides a classic mix of house, dance and party tunes, Moët & Chandon keep the champagne flowing, and London itself provides a glittering view. I personally demand a revote of who gets the City of Love title, tbh. Get your tickets here.
7. Speakeasy Dinner and Show at the Ivory Vaults – February 14
Imagine the year is 1923 and we’re all swigging gin from tea cups at secret underground bars. What you’re imagining is this: the Gatsby-esque Valentine’s dinner and show taking place at the Ivory Vaults. It will be a raucous soirée, filled with lots of booze and live entertainment. Your ticket will get you a welcome gin cocktail, a three-course meal, half a bottle of prosecco, as well as a fantastic show. Get involved.
8. Comedy at 99 Club Leicester Square – February 14 (and surrounding dates)
Laughter is the best medicine, but it’s also a well-known aphrodisiac. If you’re looking for something less soppy for your Valentine’s Day date night, head to Leicester Square’s 99 Club for an evening of comedy. Acts regularly include professional comedians as seen on shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats, Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, and Have I Got News For You. This particular event features Darren Harriott, Glenn Moore and Sarah Keyworth. 99 Club has been voted “Best London Comedy Club” from 2011 to 2018, so you’re definitely in for a treat. Get your tickets here.
9. Tapas, Sangria and a Flamenco show – throughout February/March
For a night of Iberian fare, humour and culture, head on down to Salvador and Amanda. Between the two of you, and for just £40, you can choose six tapas dishes from a tempting menu, featuring the likes of chorizo lollipops, king prawns with chilli and garlic, crispy squid and patatas bravas. You’ll also get a jug of white sangria and some seriously sassy entertainment. ¡Olé, amigos! Get your tickets here.
10. Dinner and Prosecco at Umami – February 14
Named after a word meaning “a pleasant savoury taste”, Umami is a seriously unique restaurant. Experience a menu that’s rich in authentic flavours and ingredients, offering a real taste of Pan-Asian cuisine. Try everything from roasted pumpkin, coconut and ginger soup, to braised lamb shank with asparagus, yellow beans and a marinated cherry sauce. Book yourself a spot here.