Love it or hate it Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. So whether you’re a loved-up Scriptoeris woman, or enjoying single life to the full with your girls, there’s something for everyone in London this Februrary 14th.
Skip dinner and head straight to dessert with a trip to Basement Sate; London’s first and only dessert bar. For Valentine’s Day they’re serving up a decadent triple-decker of puddings with matching cocktails. £38pp. Breakfast foods more your thing? Then Shoreditch’s cereal café is the place to go to. Try they’re suggested combinations, feel nostalgic or try something new!
See a movie:
But not at any normal cinema. No, no, the Odeon or Vue down the road won’t do for Valentine’s Day whether you’re single or coupled up. Instead take a trip to Nomadic Cinema in Hyde Park. Sit in a cabin between the trees in Hyde Park and feel far away from the hustle & bustle of London for an hour or two. Tickets for 14th are already sold out but you can still bag tickets to watch The Graduate on Friday 13th. Tickets cost £27.50 (incl. booking fee) with all profits going to charity. The Electric Cinema is showing “Love is Strange” on Valentine’s Day and tickets are still available. Book an armchair for a comfortable, snuggled up viewing (£18).
Don’t fancy sitting in a restaurant surrounded by couples gazing into each other’s eyes and holding hands? No, neither do I and I’m one half of a couple. Stay in and have a lazy day together. Not on the high street have a fantastic series at the moment on how to have a romantic breakfast. I’m planning food. Lots of it. Movies and something sparkly to drink whilst wrapped up in a duvet on the living room floor. If you’re a sushi fan then Feng Sushi have put together a special Valentine’s platter available. They deliver all over London – so you don’t even have to get dressed! (£38)
Take a stroll down Southbank
I’ve said it time and time again but Southbank is one of my favourite areas on London. Yes it’s full of tourists, but for good reason! Whether you’re single or loved up there’s plenty to see and put a smile on your face. Start your walk from Waterloo and take in the sights of the National Theatre, Big Ben across the Thames and, of course, the London Eye. Then, head west towards Borough Market and browse all the foodie delights. Want to extend your walk? Head down into Southwark for cutesy cafés.
Buy fresh flowers
What would Valentine’s Day be without flowers? Whilst surprise deliveries are always welcomed, pick out your own flowers by taking a trip to Columbia Road’s flower market. The stalls sell heaps of flowers and you can be sure roses will be in abundance. Fancy something a bit different? My favourite springtime combination are colourful tulips mixed with daffodils. Guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face.