Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. The Dutchman and I never do much to be honest, and will probably hit up our local pub for a romantic pint for two. For people who want to get out and do Valentines Day London style, I have this awesome guest post for your reading pleasure. I have been dying to go to one of the Natural History Museum’s Sleepover nights, but a night safari sounds pretty incredible too! (Dutchman: If you are reading, please take me to a ball. Thanks.) If you check out any of these places with your lovah, let me know how it went!


If expensive restaurants aren’t your thing, why not try something a little more interesting this Valentine’s Day? Seeking out new experiences will create lasting memories rather than merely leaving a gaping hole in your pocket.


The Natural History Museum

Pretty much the best place in the world. I think dinos are pretty romantic. photo credit: Demonsub 


Night Safari at the Natural History Museum

For something a little less serious, ideal for courting couples, The Natural History Museum is providing two different tours, with the chance for romantics to view the beautiful side of nature, and the sceptics to view a somewhat uglier side.

The beautiful side includes some of the world’s most starry-eyed natural feats, while the ugly side provides the most stomach-churning, gruesome exhibits around; enough to make your skin crawl. All the material is previously unseen at the museum; a well-stocked bar means you can learn while letting your hair down too.

Tickets £28 for non-members; Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, 5BD.


Chocolate Making

For all the dorky couples out there… photo credit: Vicky TGAW


Chocolate-making for two

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with a 1950s inspired chocolate-making course? While learning about the process of making chocolate, you get to create, cut and decorate your own, adding rose petals and gold sugar to various tasty truffles.

With a glass of bubbly on arrival, beautiful candlelit ambiance and fresh strawberry, chocolate fondue to try, it’s every chocolate lover’s dream.

Tickets £165 per couple from My Chocolate; various venues.


Masquerade Ball

I am not sure if a Masquerade Ball is Georgian (I assume not) but do whatever makes your heart happy. photo credit: foto_plus via photopin cc


Georgian Valentine’s Ball

This amazing Valentine’s Ball will allow you to step back in time to a bygone age, enjoying a Georgian banquet with traditional baroque music, quadrilles and ball gowns. The British Library will be transformed into an amazing setting, with live performances and opportunities to tour the Georgian’s Revealed exhibition.

This is perfect for couples who enjoy a little bit of history and fantasy.

Tickets £35 from British Library; 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB.


Love Letters

My Dearest You- How Do You Do? photo credit: Julie Edgley 


Love letters and dinner

Before texting and e-mails made saying ‘I love you’ easy, Romantics like John Keats sent their lovers long letters.

Caird Library’s exhibition displays a unique collection of historical love letters from famous suitors, followed by a delicious three-course meal for two at 16 Seconds West Brasserie. This is a great way to see how courtship has changed over the years, before enjoying a romantic meal.

Tickets £96 for two non-members, e-mail [email protected] or call 020 8312 6608 for more details; National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF.


Singles Party

Single? Lucky ducky. photo credit: channingb 


Singles only Valentines party

If you don’t have anyone to celebrate Valentine’s Day with this year, don’t worry, there’s plenty of people in the same boat. Head to The Hoxton for a singles party, including ‘love potion’, served upon arrival, free flowing wine, canapés and a ‘romance room’ for icebreakers and flirt games; you never know, you might just meet the love of your life!

Tickets from £35, The Hoxton, 81 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HU.


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