A Valentine’s Day Activity For Every Type Of Londoner

Billie Manning

Love it or hate it, it’s coming and it’s inescapable: Valentine’s Day. And sure, you could go for a fancy dinner or take a trip up the Shard, but there are so many more interesting ways to celebrate the most romantic day of the year in London. So if you’re looking for something a bit different to do this Valentine’s Day, look no further.

For the thrill-seekers
There's a reason we go on rollercoasters or to see horror movies on first dates: well, apart from needing a reason to grab someone's hand, adrenaline is proven to make the heart grow fonder. So, for those looking for something to raise their heart rates, why not check out the Thames Rockets, the speedboat company offering edge-of-your-seat sightseeing on our iconic river?

For retro lovers
If you and your paramour fancy stepping back in time, why not relive the romance of the Jazz Age at the Candlelight Club’s 1920s Valentine’s ball? With live music, a chorus line of dancers, a three-course dinner, a jazz band and two variety shows featuring acrobatics, burlesque and more, you’re sure not to get bored in one another’s company. Plus, if you want to know if he/she is The One for you, fortune tellers Foxglove and Lucius will be on hand to advise.
For the cinephiles
The Prince Charles Cinema’s Valentine’s series is a blockbuster one this year. On Valentine’s proper you can choose between Sleepless In Seattle or Hot Fuzz, depending on your vibe, and then you can get seriously romantic on the Friday with a 6-hour marathon of Richard Linklater’s 20-year Before Trilogy romance saga, or keep it light and take your date to see Amélie.
For the music-lovers
What could be more romantic than a night listening to live performances of Nina Simone’s music? For Valentine’s Day this year The Black Voices Quintet will perform the most powerful numbers from the repertoire of one of the 20th century’s greatest musicians. Talk about a good date!

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