Yes, it’s that time of the year again – a horror for some, the big day for others – it’s Valentine’s Day! Whether you are naturally a Valentine’s Day celebrator or whether you mainly want to please your partner here are some recommendations in case you want to celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day in London. Please don’t be confused, but many of the events are on Saturday 12th, as Valentine’s falls on a Monday this year.
A very traditional way of celebrating Valentine’s Day in London is to book a table on a restaurant cruiser down the River Thames. Boarding at the Embankment Pier the boat will take you past some of London’s famous attractions and amazing buildings which are beautifully lit and make for an amazing background to your luxurious candlelight dinner. Great food and live entertainment might just make this an unforgettable evening.
A bit different and a bit pricey is the London Eye Valentine’s package: you get your own cupid’s capsule and a London Eye host will serve you Champagne and treat you to a red rose and luxury chocolates. But is a nice evening worth £325? You decide.
Valentine’s Chocolates: now you think, well yeah, but that is so ordinary. Everyone gets chocolates. But these ones have a twist: you don’t just buy them, you MAKE them from scratch. The two of you will be taught how to make excellent Belgian chocolates, which of course you can take home and show off to your friends. Or just eat them on the spot, I am sure they will turn out just fine!
For those of you who are of the really romantic type, why not go to the Royal Observatory and star gaze through a 28-inch telescope, enjoy a special planetarium show and the breathtaking view over London from the Meridian Courtyard.
For those of you who are not of that romantic kind and who are crazy (and brave) enough, why not enjoy the adrenaline rush of dropping over the edge in a Couple Bungee Jump. This will once and for all settle the score on who is the chicken in the relationship. You will receive half a bottle of Champagne with the jump (which I would desperately need before going down) and part of the proceeds go to social organisations. Please be responsible and do not go with this gift if one of you is pregnant or has high blood pressure, epilepsy, asthma, or damage to the neck, the spine or the eyes.
Now for all of you like Beyonce and her -Single lady song- who do not have that loved one to celebrate with : there are alternatives to spending that day on the couch armed with romance movies, tissues and a bowl of ice cream.
There are many anti valentines parties dotted all across London, like for example the Tales of the unexpected: Apparently at this event “the theme is dark circus, with a gypsy caravan, flame throwers, a carasoul seating area, performers and a ring master. The south gallery will be electro-fuelled party anthems. Forget your date and get involved.” Now doesn’t that sound better than your couch and Bridget Jones’ diary? (No offence intended)
Alternatively you could go to the Anti-Valentine’s Dinner Party at the River Room and spend the evening “denouncing the commerciality and hypocrisy of Valentine’s day” while having cocktails at the reception, snacks and a fantastic dinner, all in all “a night of eating, drinking, dancing and decadence”.
So get out and find the most suitable event for you (and your partner)!
Guest post by N.