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A Valentine’s Day Activity For Every Type Of Londoner

29 January 2019 | 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 zip up the Shard and catch those twinkly lights, 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, here’s something to suit everyone!

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.
 
Fawlty Faulty Towers Valentines day immersive improvised theatre

For the comedians
Basil’s rude, Manuel confused, and Sybil cracks the whip… all the while dishing up a 3-course meal - and plenty of laughs. Laughter is definitely the best way to the heart and this improvised, immersive theatre show based on Fawlty Towers is sure to bring out a chuckle or ten in you and your date.
 
For the love-allergic
If you’re looking for an antidote to the soppiness all over the capital on the international day of lurve, then head down to the Vaults, where Shotgun Carousel will be presenting an Anti-Valentine’s party as part of VAULT Festival. With live punk music from Dream Nails, a full-length cabaret show hosted by drag king Len Blanco plus DJ sets from Anna Prior, there’s no way you’ll fail to have totally unsentimental, un-soppy fun.

For the best mates
How better to spend Palentine’s Day with your friends than knocking a few balls around at Bounce? The Farringdon branch of the ping-pong place-to-be is hosting a party on the 14th in collaboration with Bumble – but don’t let that put you off! There will be giant heart shaped piñatas ready to be smashed, Love Police to breaking up any romantic rebellion and of course unlimited table tennis for a bouncing good time.

Bounce Ping Pong Valentine's party

For the cinephiles
PCC’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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