With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it can be hard to find new ways to celebrate this special day. So whether you’re looking for a romantic evening for two, something a little bit more casual or plan to spend it with a friend, we’ve got some new and exciting ideas in mind.
Image: Elephant Glow Twitter
Elephant Park, London, SE17 1LB
12th – 18th February 2018
4pm – 8pm
Spend this Valentine’s under the fluorescent glow of another light installation coming to London; Elephant Glow! A team of alumni of the London College of Communication have brought what is expected to be a very exciting show to Elephant Park, Elephant & Castle.
This might be the most interactive light show we’ve seen yet, where you can be in control of the evening as the lights are triggered to turn on once you’re standing in the vicinity, and glow brighter the closer you get! You can even add a touch of colour to the night by tweeting the colour you want to see using the hashtag #ElephantGlow.
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Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Gardens
Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB
10th February – 11th March 2018
Nothing says romance like flowers, right? So why not head over to Kew Gardens for their spectacular Orchid display in celebration of the Thai annual festival.
Whilst admiring the beautiful arrangements, there will be opportunities to learn more about the culture of Thailand with talks on their cuisine and medicine. You’ll also see handcrafted Thai umbrellas on display, an exquisite Bang Pa-In inspired orchid palace and a special Thai cart on loan from Thailand’s embassy in London.
Walk hand in hand through a floral Vanda tunnel with arches rung with orchids, and enjoy what is promised to be an an evening of vibrant colours and culture.
BFI Southbank Valentine’s Day Screenings
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
This month, the BFI Southbank will be hosting a month of Valentine’s Day Screenings to share with your loved one. Some of the top classic romantic films have made the list including Casablanca, Moulin Rouge and The Way he Looks.
For Valentine’s Day, they’ve got a special offer so you don’t have to break the bank for an evening out – whomever you decide to spend the day with! You can enjoy cinema tickets, a meal for two and a glass of prosecco at BFI Bar & Kitchen for £40 each – just quote ‘Valentine’ when purchasing.
Image: Hoxton Square
Fall In Love With A Stranger: A Social Experiment
Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU
14th February 2018
No date? No problem!
Hoxton Square are hosting a very special (if not slightly odd) Valentine’s Day Social experiment. To test if you really can fall in love with a stranger, they’ll be pairing you up with your potential soul mate.
What do you have to do you ask? You’ll be invited Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen on 14th February to meet a stranger, to ask and answer 36 questions and find out if it really is true love! It’s free to take part, just enter here – what have you got to lose?
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This Is Not A Valentine’s Pub Quiz
Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, E1 6AB
14th February 2018
Not a fan of the day and sick of being told how to have a romantic evening? Well forget the fancy dinners and head to Whitechapel for a night of pub quizzing instead. They’ve got plenty of rounds planned with some novelty acts and party tricks weaved in, keeping you entertained all evening! If that’s not incentive enough, you’ll be greeted with a free cocktail on arrival. If this type of evening is more up your street, you can book your tickets here.
How will you be spending Valentine’s this year? Let us know in the comments below!