Valentines Day is fast approaching and the panic may be setting in (for those of you lucky enough to to be struck by cupids bow this year) as to what you are going to do. If you've done the chocolates and a simple meal just wont cut it, then have a look at our comprehensive list of the more interesting things to do this valentines. Why not WOW your date with something a little more out there.
There will of course be the standard anti-valentines events to match for those unlucky in love (myself included)
Here's our definitive list
A Night at the Grand
Lovers can celebrate Valentine's Day in serious style thanks this Wes Anderson-themed food and film evening in East London. Welcome cocktails will kick off the evening and a three course dinner in The Grand Hall will follow, complete with personalised menus and bars of Mast chocolate for you and your beau. A screening of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' will round off the night and unlimited popcorn with be dished out. Advanced booking essential.
Town Hall Hotel , Bethnal Green - Tuesday February 14 2017 - Wednesday February 15 2017
Two Hearts: Dissection and Desire
Delve into the world of dissection this Valentine's with a close up look at matters of the heart. Dr Paula Vickerton will begin the evening with a prosection of a pig's heart, giving audience members step-by-step visuals of the dissection and sharing facts about the organ. Dr Sally Holloway will follow the demo with an illustrated talk packed with love letters, paintings and Valentine's gifts exploring the history of the heart as the seat of emotions. Advanced booking essential via the event page.
Barts Pathology Museum, Smithfield - Tuesday February 14 2017
SEA LIFE After Dark with Prosecco
What’s more romantic this Valentine’s Day than sipping prosecco as you walk through the magnificent Pacific Reef display, gaze at the wonders of crocodiles and turtles, or walking the scary Shark Walk all at SEA LIFE After Dark. This adults-only event is an exclusive chance to see the aquarium at your own pace with the one you love.
SEA LIFE London Aquarium on Various dates from 27th January
London Shell Co. Champagne Cruises
It's plain sailing this Valentine's Day thanks to London Shell Co's waterway cruises. Choose between lunch or dinner, then hop aboard The Prince Regent canal boat where a seasonal menu featuring Carlingford Rock oysters, devilled brown crab and wild salmon await. Tickets include a glass of champagne and should be booked in advance via the London Shell Co. website.
Various , London Saturday February 11 2017 - Sunday February 19 2017
Midnight Apothecary Valentine Night
Perfect for both couples and singletons looking for something to do on Valentines day, Midnight Apothecary welcome guests to the Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden and offer a selection of mid-winter cocktails, delicious food and fireside entertainment. Alongside a terrifying trip down Brunel's underground love cave, guest will be amazed by a stunning live musical performance by the Nathan Osgood Trio.
Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden on Saturday 11 February 2017
Last Night a Speed Date Changed my Life
All your friends have partnered up and gone on a date for Valentine’s Day. It’s sad, but put away that tub of ice cream and Bridget Jones Blu-Ray, it’s time to do something about it. Last Night a Speed Date Changed My Life is a fun, light-hearted way to find a spark with someone on the most romantic day of the year.
Looking Glass Cocktail Club on Tuesday 14 February 2017
Down With Dating
Hate dating? Want to avoid any hint of it this Valentine's Day? This one's for you. Disgruntled singletons will be provided with a fake name on arrival and can then get to know other miserable singles during 'Speed Hating', by slagging off all the things they dislike. You can also play 'Blind Hate' (find a potential partner through questions like 'If I turned into a zombie which household implement would you use to finish me off?') and various other fun games that royally flip Valentine's Day the bird.
The Albany , Fitzrovia Tuesday February 14 2017
The Tower Of Love: Romance Is Dead
Fancy a macabre February 14 this year? Head to the Tower of London for some anti-Valentine's action. You can draw the ghost of Anne Boleyn at the site of her burial with Art Macabre. Or if you're gagging for romance, you can make love tokens with artist Lozzy Bones instead.
Tower of London , Tower Hill Monday February 13 2017
Love, Sex and Marriage...with a Robot?
Part of the British Academy's season 'Robotics, AI and Society', this late night event includes talks, performances and activities exploring how robots and AI tech will change our relationships. Find the full programme and register for a free ticket via the event page.
British Academy , St James' Friday February 3 2017
Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear
Get undressed this Valentine's Day, or more specifically – get tickets to 'Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear' at the V&A. The exhibition tells the story of undies from the eighteenth century to more recent times, including some incredible examples of underwear’s influence on outerwear. Highlights include a transparent Givenchy haute couture dress by John Galliano and a Dolce & Gabbana sheer silk dress with wicker crinoline. Rarely has underwear been so overwhelming.
V&A , Brompton Until Sunday March 12 2017
James - Making plans for V Day whether there's a date or not