The Alternative Valentine's Day in London
Your perfect guide to spending the 'day of love' in London.
By Sandip Kana
Forget Paris and Rome, London is the capital of Love. With it's blend of cool, quirky and traditional restaurants and Valentines Day activities popping up all over town, London is the perfect place to be on the most romantic day of the year. Whether you're single, part of a couple or looking for love there is always something for you!
If you're tired of the same old February 14th dinner and movie, or theatre combo, them you'll be glad to hear that there are plenty of alternative ways to celebrate Valentines Day in London. Hopefully this blog will change your perception of what a romantic night in London on this auspicious day could involve.
Romantic date in an authentic British Pub
The Dove, in the heart of Hammersmith (short walk from Ravenscourt Park underground station), offers a unique and truly British romantic setting. This is the pub where only British beers are the oder of the day and the food covers all the classics, from fish and chips to British-sourced burgers and legendary Sunday roasts. The Dove is a rustic and warm-hearted British pub- the ideal location to get to know your date and cosy up by the fire!
Love is in the air
One of the unique aspects of London is the stunning panoramic views of the capital. If you're looking to splurge this Valentine's Day then book yourself and your date into the most romantic view of London at The Shard. If you're budget doesn't stretch so far, then have no fear, for London has many rooftop bars, which offer an equally romanic night with spectacular views, at an affordable price. Rooftop Gardens in Kensington is an ideal outdoor venue for a romantic night out. If you're looking for something a little more quirky then check out Dalston Roof Park or The Boundary in Shoreditch. For something more stylish, Vista in Trafalgar Square, or the Sky Lounge, in Tower Hill would be the ideal locations for a romantic date.
If you're date is more adventurous and has an appetite for grabbing life by the heels, then you're in luck, as London has many outdoor things to do! You could try deer-spotting in Richmond Park, fly-kites in Parliament Square, Go-Ape down in Cockfosters in the treetop challenge or try out horse riding in Hyde Park. Other options include taking a romantic cycle with one of the many Boris bikes around town or why not take a canal boat ride from Little Venice to Camden.
You might not think it, but you can have a romantic Valentine's Day in London without it burning a hole in your wallet. For star-crossed lovers, why not check out if the planets have aligned for you at the Royal Observatory, who are once again hosting an evening of romantic events, including stargazing in its glorious park (tube fares do apply). The BFI Southbank is having visions of love with screenings of classic and contemporary love films in all four screens from 6pm. There's nothing like a stroll along the Southbank to top off a romantic night! Of course, if you're really looking to save on the pennies this Valentine's Day, then why not stay in and watch a movie.
Walks by the river, romantic dinner for two? No, then make the most of having no plus one and indulge in a bit of adventure in this fine city. The Drink, Shop & Do offer a great night in their annual pyjama party - yes that's right PYJAMA party! From Hip-Hop to Beyonce and British Indie hits, this unique bar offers a great night out for those looking to avoid the chaos of Valentine's Day. If you hate dating and want to avoid all hints of Valentine's Day, then head 'Down with Dating' at the 'Phoenix' in Marylebone is the perfect night out for disgruntled singletons.
I hope these ideas have stimulated your plans for this Valentine's Day. Just remember you're in London, one, if not the most romantic city in the world, so you won't be struggling for things to do come February 14th.
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