February – it’s that time of year when people are slowly venturing out of their January hibernation and looking to re-acquaint themselves with the wider world.
We’ve picked out some of the city’s cute, couple-friendly activities in honour of Valentine’s Day. And if you’re young, free and single, we’ve made sure there’s some great stuff in there for you too, cutie…
1. The Grant Museum of Zoology (yes, stick with us) is opening its doors after-hours on Valentine’s Day. Come along, have a glass of wine and hear about the art of seduction in the animal kingdom. Raaaar. Tickets are £6 on the door.
2. It’s the highlight of the fashion calendar, so if you’re more into ruffles than romance, make sure you head along to London Fashion Week Festival at The Store Studios. You’ll find various events hosted by over 150 international and British brands.
3. Flowers abound when Valentine’s day rolls around. Instead of buying an expensive bouquet for your boo, why not head along for a stroll down Columbia Road flower market and pick out a bunch of beautiful fresh blooms together? Ah, romance ain’t dead, hey?
4. The Magic Lantern Festival at Chiswick House and Garden promises a dazzling affair to mark the end of the Chinese New Year. Follow the trail to discover beautiful light installations that include colourful vignettes from Asia, India and the Middle East, along with some sights that are closer to home – Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament!
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5. Sky Garden is one of the coolest places in town, making it onto multiple lists of London’s best rooftop bars. With it’s exotic interiors and some of the best views of London, we’d say it scores high on the romance front. Make sure to book in advance if you’re planning a trip.
6. Gin Lovers rejoice! The Gin Festival is returning to Tobacco Dock for it’s third year. With over 100 gins to try, new brands to explore and masterclasses from industry experts, this is an event not to be missed.
7. “I am sailing with thee through the dizzy sky! How beautiful thou art!” If you don’t out high hopes for such romantic proclamations on Valentine’s Day, why not go along to the home of Keats to hear the love poems of one of the most celebrated Romantic poets read aloud. Tickets are £15 and include a glass of fizz.
9. If you’re a bit of a magpie when it comes to vintage clothes, then Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage Fair is the place to head. York Hall transforms into a treasure trove of home wares, accessories and retro clothes, ripe for the picking.
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10. If you’re downright fed up of dating and sick of the all the smug couples on Valentine’s Day, Down with Dating at The Albany is for you. Pick up your fake name on arrival and get to know other sombre singletons at ‘Speed Hating’ and ‘Blind Hate.’ It’ll be fun, promise… Pick up your tickets for £10.
Beds are filling up quickly this February, so if you’re planning a trip, make sure to book yours soon!