| Sufiyeh Hadian

Alternative Valentine’s Date Ideas in London for you and your Sweetheart

Don’t fancy the cheesy-dinner dates and staring into each others eyes lark? Take a look at our top picks for an alternative valentine’s evening.  

A Valentine’s Evening with the Stars
Enjoy an evening of events at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, including a romantically themed planetarium show, a chance to look at the moon through our our 18-tonne Victorian telescope and spend some time in the Meridian Courtyard with a glass of fizz, standing on the Prime Meridian of the world. The evening provides an opportunity to visit the Observatory after hours, and to meet a number of different astronomers with whom you can discuss topics from the life cycles of stars, to collisions between galaxies and more besides! These romantic stargazing sessions include glasses of bubbly and a classic red rose for each couple attending.

The Ultimate Sensory Dining Experience

Delight your senses with the new Valentine’s Sensory Dining experience at The Arch London. Cast a spell on that special someone with our love potion cocktail, treat your taste buds with our unexpected menu and indulge in a dining experience like no other. Love is in the air at our elegant Hunter 486 restaurant, the perfect setting for a romantic evening full of affectionate detail and culinary creativity. The exclusive Valentine’s Sensory Dining experience will be available on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th, Wednesday 14th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th of February 2018. Dinner reservations only, starting at 6pm.

£75 per person – including cocktail, 5 courses with coffee and Petit fours.


Arabic Poetry of Love & Lust: 7,000 Years of Female Desire

A breath-taking collaboration of art and poetry join forces this Valentine’s Day to celebrate feminine wit and desire. This event showcases poetry by Classical Arab women and the bold responses to their verses by contemporary female artists. Readings on the night bring to life poetry spanning 5,000 years, from the insatiable elegance of Hafsa bint al-Hajj Arrakuniya’s verses to the gleeful scorn of Wallada bint al-Mustakfi. These female voices, who refused to remain silent, are still inspiring artists working today. A selection of art from the touring exhibition Radical Love will be on display throughout the evening.


Dominic Alldis & The Canzona Chamber Orchestra
Leadership masterclass, Classical & jazz concert
St James’s Church, Piccadilly
22nd April 2010
© Pete Jones

Valentine’s Late Night Piano Recital

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an evening of romantic piano music, performed by one of the UK’s leading concert pianists, the phenominal Warren Mailley-Smith, in the beautiful setting of this Christopher Wren-designed landmark in the heart of London’s West End. A favourite with Classic FM listeners, Mailley-Smith has performed for Royalty on many occasions and he became the first british pianist to perform all 240 pieces of Chopin from memory in 2016. This special Valentine’s event is timed to allow for a relaxed, romantic evening of dinner and drinks without missing a second of the performance, which runs from 9.30pm – 10.30pm. Each pair of tickets includes a red rose!


Gin-House Burlesque- Valentine’s Special

Following two years of sold out roaring gin-house parties, London’s premium vintage showgirls welcome you back to their final revue of the year at east London’s best kept secret speak easy, The King’s Head Members Club for an entire evening of Burlesque, Circus, Music and Vaudeville delights!



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