Calling all you lovebirds – the day to declare to the world that your schnookums/ pookiepie/ snufflewuff/ cuddlebun is the pearl in your oyster and the spring in your step is almost here. Whether you think it's purely a Hallmark marketing scam or you’re currently making a heart-shaped photo frame out of macaroni and PVA glue for your beloved, spending Valentine’s Day in London is the ultimate romantic dream. You won’t be able to settle for a nice box of chocolates this year – London is offering up a plethora of lovetastic events and activities for all you happy couples.
Single and proudly declaring that you don’t care about Valentine’s Day yet secretly crying on the inside (just a little bit?). Don’t worry – there are some great events happening for the singletons seeking that special someone, too. Who knows, maybe Cupid will shoot you with his arrow and you’ll be the one saying ‘Yes!’ at the top of the Eiffel Tower next year.
So get ready for some lovin’ – here are some of our favourite Valentine’s Day events in London that are sure to ignite some flames in your love life.
For the Lovebirds
Get your glad rags on and boogie the night away at the 1920s inspired Valentine’s Day ball at The Candlelight Club. The location of the club is secret and you will be sent the address and password a few days before the event. With live jazz and vintage DJing to keep you dancing, there’ll also be cabaret and burlesque performances throughout the evening. All of this with a fancy three course meal prepared by Michelin Star trained chefs and flowing Moët champagne. Ooh-la-la!
Join the waiting list for tickets via the Candlelight Club website.
Address: It’s a secret.
Phone: 07768 628788
Stimulate your brain as well as your… well… you know, this Valentine’s Day with an intriguing look into the changing social attitudes and understandings about sex. Focusing on studies that have been undertaken since the 19th century by scientists and thinkers such as Kinsey and Freud, this exhibition investigates how our improved understanding of sex, desire and fantasy has helped shape and lift taboos.
The exhibition topic is proving quite popular so, while the exhibition is free, it's recommended that you book tickets in advance.
Address: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
Phone: 020 7611 2222
If cheese toasties, Prosecco slush puppies and disco music don’t just scream “ROMANCE” then I don’t know what does. London’s infamous Meredith Bespoke is organising this pop-up love party at Bloomsbury House, with luxury cocktails, a Lulu Guinness kissing booth and heart-shaped piñatas. You can also cuddle up in the 100-seater theatre to watch Quentin Taratino’s classic, True Romance.
Book tickets in advance and add some fun and fancy to your Valentine’s Day.
Address: 2 - 3 Bloomsbury Square, WC1A
Even cats need love and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is hosting a special cuddle-session on Friday 13th February. For a £4 entry you get a complimentary glass of bubbly and cake plus the opportunity to find your true love in the form of a furry friend. Whether you’ve found that special someone or you’re looking for your soul mate, your heart will be all a-flutter when you see these cute kittens.
Advance tickets have sold out but there will be a limited number available at the door.
Address: 4 Battersea Park Road, London, SW8 4AA
Phone: 0843 509 4444
The highly anticipated release of Fifty Shades of Grey is happening on Friday 13th February and this sexy tale is sure to get some hearts pumping. Odeon has a special Valentine’s Day offer to watch the film in their comfy Lounge cinema with a two course set menu plus a bottle of champagne and a box of macaroons per couple. This is the perfect way to add some spice to your romantic night out.
Address: Whiteleys of Bayswater, Queensway, Whiteleys, London W2 4YL
Phone: 0871 224 4007
If you and your other half go crazy about the idea of Hawaiian shirts, coconut shys and New York’s famous beachside resort, then the Coney Island party is the Valentine’s gig for you. With fairground games, dancing contests and a hot dog eating competition, it’s fun, fun, fun at this carnival club night.
Buy your advance tickets online or they’re £5 at the door before 10pm, or £8 after.
Address: 42-44 Pollard Row, London, E2 6NB
Phone: 0207 739 7170
A good old-fashioned fun time with your Valentine doesn’t need to cost a fortune – not thanks to the special Valentine’s Day Bingo Night at Number 90 Bar in Hackney Wick. For the bargain price of just £1 per Bingo card, you could even afford to buy your date a drink! Bingo night is happening on 11 February so if it all goes well, you could be coming back for some more love on the 14th with some super smooth beats being mixed by Bloody Mary, Geddes and Konrad Black.
Address: 90 Main Yard, Wallis Road, Hackney Wick, E9 5LN, London
Phone: 020 8986 0090
For the Single Folk
This is one for the single ladies. Relish the fact that you’re not attached and therefore if Ryan Gosling were to walk down the street, fall instantly in love with you and ask for your hand in marriage, you could say yes. Until that happens, you can stare at him on a big screen at the Where is the Nomad pop-up cinema at Hyde Park. This roaming cinema will be at Hyde Park on both 13th and 14th of February and is the perfect way to escape reality.
Address: The Royal Parks Foundation, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
You won’t find any schmaltzy romance here – artist Robin Lee has put together a very different version of all things ‘hearts’ with a graphic and rather confronting exhibition focusing on what you might change or rectify before it’s too late. While the opening night isn’t happening until 18 February, we still think this is worth being put on the Valentine’s calendar. The opening night will include canapés and drinks themed to suit the exhibition. Think marinated ox hearts and Bloody Marys served in syringes.
Address: Barts Pathology Museum, St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, EC1A 7BE
Phone: 020 7882 5555
In the lead up to the big day, join your fellow dating-haters at this anti-dating night. Created by the guys who run Feeling Gloomy (a club that just plays sad music) you get to participate in activities such as Speed Hating and generally spend the entire evening complaining. Sounds like a great night!
They have now introduced a Gay Down with Dating night, too. Everyone can complain, no matter what your sexual preference.
Address: The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, W1G 0PP
Phone: 0844 477 2000
We know we were only supposed to have 10 BUT we couldn't resist droppin in this:
With the Artful Badger, this was always going to be a hot ticket. This raucous bash will be packed with brilliant music, provocative performance and all out love-struck hedonism. The perfect place for singles and/or couples to get lost in the secret rooms, make mischief, dance all night and maybe get a kiss that's NOT from one of the kissograms! It's just like a mini festival so if you like that kind of thing, you'll be in your element.