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Best Valentine's Day Ideas in London

Romance in London

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London can be a wonderfully romantic city to spend Valentine's Day. Here are some ways to help you have a perfect day.

1. Valentine's Day Late at Churchill War Rooms

Churchill Museum, Bletchley Park
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There's a 1940s Valentine's Day late night opening at the Churchill War Museum this year. Learn the Jitterbug, improve your love letter writing technique, buy a vintage gift at the shop and enjoy a drink at the pop-up bar.

2. Evening with the Stars - Royal Observatory, Greenwich

Flamsteed House, Greenwich London
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Enjoy a romantic evening at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich this Valentines Day, including a planetarium show about the romantic sights the night sky has to offer, a chance to do some stargazing through the 18-tonne Victorian telescope. Then it's time for a glass of bubbly standing on the Prime Meridian of the world whilst enjoying the amazing view.
Times: 17:30 - 19:30 | 18:50 - 20:50
Admission: £28 Booking details.
Age: 16+

3. Literary Gin Palace at Charles Dickens Museum

Silhouettes of a young Dickens guide you around the Dickens Museum
© Laura Porter

 The Charles Dickens Museum has a special event on Thursday 13 February with a twilight botanicals trail through the home Dickens once occupied. Find out more...

4. London Eye

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There are lots of romantic options at The London Eye this year including a private capsule and a three course meal for one lucky couple. A poet will be bringing 'The Language of Love' from 13 to 16 February and on 14 February the London Eye will be decorated with roses and adorned with declarations of love in different languages, and the London Eye itself illuminated in red. Find and more and book in advance at www.londoneye.com.

5. Dr Johnson and Love

Dr. Johnson's House, London
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On 14 February there are curator-led candlelit tours of Dr Johnson's House at twilight. You'll find out about Johnson's often contradictory views on love, bringing to light his complex relations with 'the fairer sex'. Tickets include a recital and a glass of wine served in the Withdrawing Room. Find out more...

6. Valentine's Day at Tower Bridge Walkways

Tower Bridge London
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Suspended 42 meters above the timeless tides of the River Thames, London’s most iconic landmark will welcome lovestruck couples to indulge in pink champagne and chocolates whilst gazing out over the unique views of the city at night.

The one-hour "Champagne and Chocolate" package costs £40 per couple and pre-determined arrival times can be arranged between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. Find out more...

7. London Aquarium - How Deep Is Your Love?

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The Sea Life London Aquarium has lots of ideas for romantics who like a walk in the darkened galleries. You could try feeding the sharks, snorkeling with sharks or even the proposal package. Find out more...

8. Feline Lonely

 Meet your purrfect match at Feline Lonely at Battersea Cats & Dogs Home. On Friday, 14 February, 5.30pm to 9pm, their London Cattery will be dedicated to helping you find your new flame – whether they are feline or not. Find out more...

9. London Stories - Friday Late at London Transport Museum

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Not technically a romantic event, this late night opening at the London Transport Museum is on 14 February. A new exhibition is opening - the Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 exhibition, London Stories - and there will be a bar, DJ, a quiz and other good fun. Find out more...

10. Bateaux London Valentine's Cruise

A romantic cruise along The Thames is an excellent idea for you and your loved one and Bateaux London have lots of dining options with live entertainment and the wonderful views. Find out more...
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