Valentine’s Day. The Hallmark Holiday whereby couples spend their hard-earned cash on cheap chocolate flowers and plushy bears, and singletons everywhere finally invest in that Netflix subscription or download the Tinder app.
So. Much. Pressure.
Every year, our Valentine’s Day dates are expected to be bigger, better and quirkier.
Fear not, we’ve got you covered in this urban jungle of never-ending possibilities.
Whether you’re spending this weekend on your own or with your pooch, friends or a loved one, we’ve got some of the most unusual dates in the Capital listed for you. You’re welcome.
Get yourself down to Dirty Bones in Soho for their Limited Edition Valentine’s Dirty Lovin’ menu (ooh er missus). They’ve got guest chef Adam Rawson (of Gordon Ramsay and Pachamama fame) whipping up a storm including:
- The Sugar Daddy Cocktail
- Banana Toblerone-tella Waffles
If, like me, you’ve just had to pick your jaw up off of the floor, head on over to their site and reserve a table now – it’s sure to be a sell-out.
Website: Dirty Bones
Closest station: Oxford Circus
When? Sunday 14th February 2016, 9pm – late
South East London
Lying Lover’s Street Tour
Beginning at London Bridge, you’ll be given a guided tour with a theme of love and twisted truths. Not for the shy and retiring, you’ll have the opportunity to parade your Oscar-worthy acting skills in front of a group as you impersonate a pirate and meow like a cat (seriously). With prizes like bubbly on offer, this quirky date will take you to some of the most scenic areas in the Capital.
Closest station: London Bridge
When? Sunday 14th February 2016, 12pm – 3:30pm
South West London
Putt In The Park
We guarantee that even if you don’t enjoy teeing off, you’ll heart this crazy golf course. Perfect for couples looking to break the ice, or something a bit different for friends, the Wandsworth Park course is suitable for all abilities.
The best part? If you didn’t win you can drown your sorrows in one of the many wine bars nearby (in moderation, of course).
You can guarantee your Valentine’s will be more successful than Tiger Woods’, even if you’re not a pro golfer.
Closest station: Putney
When? Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February 2016, 9am – dusk
Dans Le Noir
Visit this infamous restaurant for a truly unique gastronomical experience. If you’re an adventurous foodie type, you’ll love the menu and delicious wine pairings especially created (with love) by famous French chef Olivier Romain. The difference to any other Valentine’s dates? You have to chow-down in the dark.
Website: Dans Le Noir
Closest station: Clerkenwell
When? Saturday 13th February and Sunday 14th February 2016, 6pm – late
Masquerade Ball In The Garden Of Eden
Don your fanciest clobber for an evening of wonder and whimsicalities at this uber-posh masquerade ball. Held at Richard Branson’s Rooftop Gardens, this is one classy affair. Think Romeo + Juliet, rather than Eyes Wide Shut.
Tickets include a potent cocktail and live music, and there’ll be a yummy BBQ later on.
It’s £25 per ticket, but book soon – there’s only a small amount of tickets left!
Website: Kensington Rooftop Gardens
Closest station: High Street Kensington
When? Saturday 13th February 2016, 7pm – 3am
Stuck for ideas?
If you’re at a loose end and want to go out this weekend, head on over to the DogBuddy website or click on the button below to download the iOS app to find your perfect dog sitter.