Whether you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon in the city or an all-out weekend spectacular, we’ve got your V-day covered. From afternoon tea to crazy golf, here’s 9 interesting ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in London this year.
A Naughty Or Nice Night Away
Tucked away in a sedate corner of Kensington, and with a reputation for discretion, Blakes is arguable one of London’s sexiest hotels. This Valentine’s day the hotel is allowing couples to decide how best to express their love with a choice of Naughty or Nice packages. Opt for the latter and be welcomed with rose petals strewn over the bed, artisan passion fruit chocolate kernels and and the Love Letters of Great Men book of poetry. Up the tempo with the Naughty package where guests will find a Kiki de Montparnasse Naughty Kit and a copy of the Kama Sutra. Blakes restaurant is also offering the Aphrodisiac Menu designed to get pulses racing. Whatever your desires, guests will be treated to a glass of Champagne and breakfast in bed.
33 Roland Gardens, Kensington SW7 3PF blakeshotels.com
Views To Schmooze From
London might not be known as the city of love but the Sky Garden boasts one of the most romantic views the city has to offer. Occupying the top three floors of Rafael Vinoly’s 37 storey, 525ft 20 Fenchurch Street guests will arrive by an express lift at a beautiful landscaped garden at level 35 designed by award-winning landscape architects Gillespies. A bar serving Champagne and canapés, a chic brasserie and viewing area can be found at level 36, and a public terrace, seafood bar and grill restaurant and cafe at level 37. The food is by rhubarb who also run Gallery Mess at Saatchi Gallery, rhubarb at the Royal Albert Hall, and Bond & Brook by rhubarb at Fenwick. This is a popular hotspot so, although it is possible to visit the Sky Gardens without dining, it is best to book to avoid disappointment.
20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF, www.rhubarb.co.uk
Tipsy Tea at Mr Fogg’s Residence
This quirky bar takes its inspiration from Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg, the man who traversed the globe in 80 days. From the outside it is rather uninspiring but step inside to a room stuffed with the wonderful imaginary souvenirs of a Victorian explorer: every wall is covered with hunting rifles, stuffed animals, weathered flags and maps. It could have gone horribly wrong and looked like a theme bar but the level of detail makes this bar magnificent, exciting and romantic. Valentine’s tea is an eccentric affair and the invitation that you’ll receive to join Mr Fogg as his humble resident is just the beginning. Expect to sip on the most intriguing, delectable and well-brewed selection of exquisite Champagne and Spirited teas, with flavours from all corners of the globe along with doll sized cakes and load bearing scones.
Sunday 17th February 3:01pm – 5:01pm
Mr Fogg’s Residence, 15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, London W1J 6JD, mr-foggs.com
Eau Couture: A Personalised Perfume
Not only were British owned Floris responsible for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding fragrance, but they’re also the oldest privately owned family perfumers in the world. For a unique gift on Valentine’s day opt for their two-hour scent customisation experience and be guided through base notes and top notes while sipping on Champagne. You’ll leave with a monogrammed bottle and your exact scent mixture noted in the company’s 300-year-old ledgers. If you are prepared to be patient Floris also offer a full perfume design service. Over a period of six months you will work with their resident le nez to design your own signature scent totally from scratch.
89 Jermyn Street, St. James’s,London SW1Y 6JHwww; florislondon.com
A Serious Pamper Session
One of the most beautiful spas, the Bulgari London literally drips with opulence. For a truly wow-factor, book an afternoon in the private Onyx Spa Suite. This stunning hideaway boasts treatment space for two, as well as a supersized hydrotherapy pool and a dedicated relaxation room. With Champagne to accompany, you will both be treated to a traditional foot massage, before applying your own body masks in the double steam shower, and settling in for a hot stone massage and scalp treatment.
The Bulgari Hotel and Residences, 171 Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1DW; bulgarihotels.com
The Alternative Swing
If you’re looking to move away from the more clichéd Valentine’s options then the Swingers City & Swingers West End have a crazy golf package that will suit couples to a tee. Choose from four renowned nine-hole courses, (The Windmill, The Lighthouse, Helter Skelter and The Big Wheel), for a special round of crazy golf with a bottle of Champagne, pizza and cocktails.
The package is available from 14-17 February and costs £86 per couple.
Swingers West End, 15 John Prince’s St, Marylebone W1G 0AB & Swingers City, 8 Brown’s Buildings EC3A 8AL; swingersldn.com
Opera’s Greatest Love Songs
The sound of music will be filling the intimate surroundings of Cadogan Hall for a night of passion and drama from the world of opera. The Valentine’s Day Opera Gala Concert brings outstanding overtures, poignant arias and exquisite duets from some of the world’s favourite operas: La bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La traviata, Gianni Schicchi, Rigoletto, Carmen, Rusalka, The Merry Widow, Manon Lescaut… and much more!
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ; cadoganhall.com
Dans Le Noir offers a profoundly sensory food adventure. Diners eat in complete darkness so it’s all about the taste, smell and texture of the food on which you focus. A ditstinctly different eating experience.
All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre
If you are looking for a more dramatic Valentine’s Day option then this West End play is based on the award-winning 1950s film starring Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a Broadway star, and her young fan, Eve Harrington, who inveigles her way into her life. With Gillian Anderson and Lilly James in the starring roles and with the themes of celebrity and youth at its core, this is definitely not one to miss.
Love isn’t necessary about your two-legged friend. Phodography create flamboyant street-style photoshoots of you and your trusted pooch that would look quite at home in a glossy magazine.