The day of love is soon upon us – a dozen roses, a box of chocolates and a candlelit rendezvous – you know the drill. This Valentine’s Day, why not shake things up a bit and take your loved one on a quirky date she/he will not forget! London offers an array of diverse activities which are sure to impress. From dining in the dark to trampolining to indulging your inner Wes Anderson fantasies in Bethnal Green – 2017 is the year romance goes rogue in the best possible way. Here are our top picks of things to do to keep the fire burning (and cliche-free):
This idyllic cinema is making movie nights under the stars a reality. You can snuggle right up to your date on a beanbag and soak up the unique atmosphere that this popular South London spot has to offer. Plus, they screen a whole range of films from classics like 10 Things I Hate About You and Mean Girls to the latest releases.
When you think romance, trampolining might not be the first thing that springs to mind but at Flip Out you can bounce your troubles away with your partner in a state-of-the-art arena while bopping along to resident DJs and watching professional circus artists. It’s fun, it’s different and it’s a pretty good workout too! Two birds, one stone and all.
Nestled in the depths of East London is street food’s best kept secret. Dinerama is an outdoor dining metropolis; with nine different traders to choose from and eight bars on top of that, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Plus, the bustling atmosphere can be surprisingly intimate, particularly when you’re snuggled up underneath a heater sharing bao buns and margaritas.
Dans le Noir
Made famous by Richard Curtis’ About Time, this transgressive restaurant in Covent Garden is run exclusively by blind waiters and waitresses and guess what…you eat in pitch black. Yes, that means you have absolutely no idea what you are actually eating – diners simply choose from a meat, fish or vegetarian menu. It might be a sensory experience rather than a culinary one, but nothing shakes up a date more than dining in the dark.
Town Hall Hotel
Are you a die-hard Wes Anderson fan? Do you have a cat named M. Gustave? Then this is the Valentine’s Day activity for you. The Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green is running two special screenings of the critically acclaimed Grand Budapest Hotel with a three course dinner, cocktails and unlimited popcorn. Need we say more? Hurry, tickets are selling like hot cakes.
Victoria & Albert Museum
Looking to get your cultural fix this Valentine’s Day? Opt for the sophisticated choice by heading to the glorious V&A museum in South Kensington to check out the widely praised ‘Undressed’ exhibition. All about the history of underwear, this fascinating exhibit takes visitors on a lingerie journey that spans from 18th century to the present day, raising issues surrounding gender, race and morality.
Whichever date activity you choose this V-day, spice it up, make it fun, fab and unforgettable!