Cupid‘s national day is fast approaching and whether you’re loved up or loving the single life, there’s no escaping it. Everyone has different opinions on the somewhat controversial day, but one thing we can all agree on is that roses become double the price, chocolate too and getting a table anywhere for a disappointing, set, overpriced menu is nigh on impossible. So I thought I would put together some fun alternative ways for everyone to celebrate, be it the long-term couples, the new daters, the singles loving life or the singles wanting to mingle/meet someone.
M&S really have struck gold with their dine in for two deals. Starter, main, side, dessert, wine or prosecco and choccies for £20! Pick up your bits early to avoid being left with the bits no one wants and plan a romantic night in.
For anyone who hasn’t been dating too long but long enough to have to do something on valentine’s day, a cooking class could be the perfect activity. Fun, not too full on/mushy and you get to learn a new skill! Also a great option for long-term couples.
Ed and I recently did a class at Ann’s Smart School of Cookery (Seafood extravaganza) which was really interesting. I was also a huge fan of the Jamie Oliver class we did a while ago, these were much more hands-on as you were only learning one dish and everyone had their own cooking stations.
Another perfect option for new couples is Four Thieves in Clapham. Your usual pub downstairs upstairs it has a full arcade full of varying games from old-school pinball machines to brand new VR experiences. They even have a very mini crazy golf course up there. It’s the perfect light-hearted date place, with a touch of competition!
Loving single life:
Think it’s safe to say, single ladies who want a night a girls night out without having to worry about getting hit on by boys should be safe at this Beyonce themed night at XOYO. Princess crowns, Bey masks and euphoric Valentine’s lasers sound like the perfect mix for the greatest girls night. Tickets are on sale now for £8 a pop so hardly breaking the bank either.
Not technically on Valentine’s Day, this night out falls the weekend after when mushy loved up plans are still in full force. The night promises to consist of “gender-bending cabaret, awe-inspiring interactive theatre performances and jaw-dropping circus acts!” plus confession booths, love roulette, sex magic tarot, a massage parlour, roaming illusionists, face & body painting and London’s finest nude life drawing models in the Life Drawing Salon. Tickets are only £18.50 for all of that, pretty great value and a night to remember by the sounds of thing!
Hear me out on this one! I know most people read Playboy Club and think seedy Hugh Hefner (RIP) and men of a similar ilk sat in a club together, but this ladies night sounds completely opposite to that. No boys allowed means you lose all the creeps and The Tale Bar will be offering a selection of free treatments including manicures, massage and more plus a whole host of drink offerings. Tickets are only £10 and include a drink on arrival plus all treatments that run from 6pm-10pm.
Singles wanting to mingle:
Imagine telling your friends and family you met your future partner on valentines day! CUTE! The 2.5 hour speed dating session will let you meet as many people as possible (age range 24-40), plus you can stay on afterwards and mingle with any guests you didn’t meet during the speed dating rounds. Tickets for men and women are still available at £25 each.
Who doesn’t love a board game!? Now imagine meeting someone for the first time…..over a board game! It takes out all the awkwardness and adds some healthy competition, plus you can establish each other’s feelings on monopoly early on, a deal breaker as far as I’m concerned! Tickets are also super reasonable at only £16.75.