Valentine's dates come in all shapes and sizes. From the classic movie and munchies scenario to a lavish £100,000 hotel and helicopter experience, we have something for everyone this Valentine's...
For a low-key option, catching a movie is a failsafe choice. But why not take it up a notch or two and wow your date with a high-flying movie at none other than London's Shard. On 10th February, The Shard will be showing Baz Luhrmann's romantic classic Romeo & Juliet on the 69th floor Viewing Platform. Tickets are £40 and include entry to The View from The Shard, the movie, a glass of champagne and a Little Black Classics book from Penguin.
If heights aren't your thing, head to Hyde Park where roaming pop-up cinema The Nomad is screening Harold and Maude and The Graduate on Friday 13th and The Notebook and Drive on Saturday 14th February in their cosy wooden lodge The LookOut. Ideal for romantics, the £27.50 ticket includes a glass of bubbly, French meal and marshmallows for toasting on the fire pit.
Alternatively, if you can brave the cold or want an excuse to snuggle up, the Table Café (83 Southwark Street) is showing romantic classic Chocolat al fresco under the stars, complete with chocolate fondue and donuts (Tickets £12.50 including bubbles). Or for something a little more racy, head to the leather arm chairs and flat beds of boutique cinema The Electric in Notting Hill for a first peak of the much-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey which is being previewed on Valentine's Day along with a special Valentine's menu.
If your penchant is music over movies, take your seats at the Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room) on Saturday 14th and enjoy a cabaret style night of jazz, champagne and dinner with swing and jump-blues band Blue Harlem (Tickets from £62.20). Or over at the Roof Gardens 100 feet above the streets of Kensington, be entertained by The Atlantic Soul Orchestra who will be performing soul classics from Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Wilson Picket on Friday 13th (Ticket £15 - £20).
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For a more grounded way to see London, hop on the BB Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. Their gorgeous double decker vintage bus will drive you around the highlights of London's sightseeing trail while offering a typical British afternoon tea (Tickets £45).
Alternatively, why not try gazing up at the stars from London's Royal Observatory in Greenwich, where on February 14th you can enjoy stargazing through their 18-tonne Victorian telescope, champagne and a planetarium show about the nights stars (Tickets £28).
If you are single, or just want a bit of fun, then try your swing at pop-up crazy golf club Swingers in Shoreditch for their 'Don't Call it Valentine's Swingers Party' on 10th February. Play a round of golf before retiring to one of the two 1920s clubhouses for drinks and snacks and then dancing the night away (Tickets from £9).
For a central London bash, Broken Hearts and Promises at decadent party pad Bloomsbury House, promises a night of love, laughter and disco on Saturday 14th. And as well as yummy food, cocktails and even a Lulu Guinness kissing booth, this pop-up party from the people who brought us Nordic Yulefest, is also showing a pre-dinner screening of Quentin Tarantino's True Romance. (Tickets from £15).
Boycot the romance entirely at wine tasting sanctuary Vinopolis, who are hosting a wine tasting and comedy night 'Barrel of Laughs' on Friday 13th with comedians Sara Pascoe, John Robins and Matthew Osborn (Tickets £35). Or dance the night away at The Shard's Silent Disco on the 69th Floor on Friday 13th (Tickets £37.50).
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For the true romantics out there where money is not an option, how about the £100,000 package from London's Rosewood Hotel, which includes a helicopter flight over London, private firework display, bespoke jewellery and live jazz on your suite terrace. Or for those with a tighter budget, there is always the £35,000 Valentine's package from The Exhibitionist Hotel in South Kensington. Bathing in your luxury suite's very own plunge pool filled with champagne, 30 bouquets of roses, enough oysters to fill an ice bath and aphrodisiac delicacies are just some of the package's perks. Thankfully for most, there is also a more modest £3,000 package on offer from 6th – 22nd February, but you will have to choose between the champagne bath or oyster bath... Oh it's a hard life.
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