Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and whether you’re a hopeless romantic or young free and single, it’s time to make plans.
Fed up with the usual Valentine’s Day clichés? Then you’ll love our alternative Valentine’s Day events. So whether you want to dance the night away, brush up on your cooking skills or just spend an evening cuddling up with some kittens in need, read on.
Valentine’s Day dinner party dining class at the Avenue Cookery School
Fancy getting frisky in the kitchen? Join The Avenue Cookery School for a special Valentine’s Day dinner party dining class. When you arrive you will be treated to a glass of wine (which will remain topped up throughout the evening!) and freshly baked bread.
Once settled they’ll demonstrate the dishes you’ll be cooking, so pay attention to their helpful hints and tips. Then when you’ve finished making your delicious three course meal you get to sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labour!
The Avenue Cookery School are currently running a giveaway worth £170 for 2 tickets to their Valentine’s Day event! To enter you simply need to sign up to their mailing list and share their post on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.
- When: 14th February, 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
- Where: Wandsworth, SW18
- Cost: £85 per person
Feline Lonely at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
If you are looking for your purrfect partner, or a new furry addition for your family, then pop down to Battersea Dogs and Cats home for their special Valentine’s Day rehoming event ‘Feline Lonely‘.
You’ll be greeted with a glass of bubbly and the re-homing team will find you your perfect feline match. If that’s not enough of a draw for you there will also be the chance to pose for photos in front of their photo board, listen to some poetry, or test your feline knowledge in a fun quiz whilst enjoying a selection of sweet treats.
- When: 14th February, 5:30pm – 7:00pm & 7:00 – 8:30pm
- Where: Battersea, SW8
- Cost: £7 per person
LUMINOCITY at Canary Wharf ice rink
What could be more romantic than holding hands and gliding effortlessly around an ice rink? At Canary Wharf the fantastic LUMINOCITY ice rink and bar is open until the 25th of February. This is not your average ice rink; the combination of music and over 8km of LED lights beneath the ice makes this skating experience utterly unique. Once your time on the ice is up (or you’ve hit the deck one too many times) you can relax in the LUMINOCITY bar and enjoy a tipple or two. The bar even has a heated terrace so you can watch the skating whilst you relax.
- When: Open until February 25th, opening times vary
- Where: Canary Wharf, E14
- Cost: From £9.95 per person
Time Out Silent disco at the Cutty Sark
Looking to dance away the evening? Head over to Greenwich where Time Out are holding one of their amazing silent discos in the belly of the historic Cutty Sark! Start off the evening by having a wander around the attraction and soaking up the history of the ship, before putting on your headphones and showing everyone your best dance moves. There will be three music channels to choose from, so even if your significant other or your friends have different tastes in music you can all enjoy dancing into the small hours together!
- When: 10th February, 8:30 pm – midnight
- Where: Cutty Sark, SE10
- Cost: From £26.99 per person
The Georgian Dining Academy at the National Maritime Museum
The Georgian Dining Academy are hosting an opulent evening at the National Maritime Museum, where you will be able to embrace the past and enjoy a thoroughly immersive evening. Costumes are encouraged but not necessary – if you do want to dress up Angels fancy dress shop are offering a discount on your Georgian garb (details of how to apply the discount can be found on the event page). A night about love and friendship, you will be able to read love letters sent from Lord Nelson to Emma Hamilton, learn a traditional courting dance or if you like a little mystery with your romance you can create a mask to keep your identity a secret! Can’t make this Valentine’s Day special? Embrace your inner Georgian at another event of theirs on the 9th March at Simpsons Tavern.
- When: 14th February, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
- Where: National Maritime Museum, SW10
- Cost: from £12.00 per person
Thames River Cruise & Champagne & Fromage
It may still be chilly but what better time to cuddle up and enjoy a cruise along the Thames than on Valentine’s Day? Thames River Services have teamed up with Champagne & Fromage to offer you this exclusive treat for two. Jump aboard the boat at Westminster and cruise through London to Greenwich, with a live audio commentary along the way. Once you have disembarked in Greenwich it is a short walk to the Champagne & Fromage Deli Bistro, where you will be treated to a glass of champagne and a charcuterie board which also includes two artisan French cheeses and tapenades.
- When: Daily
- Where: Westminster, SW1A to Greenwich, SE10 (return journeys available)
- Cost: £40.42 single ticket, £44.42 return ticket (tickets are 2-4-1!)
We hope something here tickles your fancy, and that you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day!