London can be a wonderfully romantic city to spend Valentine's Day. Here are some ways to help you have a perfect day.
© Kate Jenkins
An anatomical heart pop up gift shop will be open 8-10 February, at Top Office Machines, 133 Bethnal Green Road, east London selling gifts inspired by, or featuring, anatomical hearts. Some of the pieces on sale include a 1lb solid chocolate anatomical heart from Cakes for Breakfast, stunning work from textile artist Kate Jenkins, a heart cocktail shared from Bespoke Barwear and anatomical heart giant plush from the US based company I Heart Guts. We have Miss Cakehead
to thank for this event meaning you can say "I Love You" in a whole new way this year.
Enjoy a romantic evening at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich this Valentines Day, with a themed Planetarium show exploring the passionate side of astronomy; a chance to gaze at the stars through the gigantic 28-inch telescope plus a glass of bubbly for all ticket holders and a red rose for each couple. Dates: 14 February 2013 Times: 17:30 – 18.30 | 18.10 – 20.10 Venue: Royal Observatory Greenwich Admission: £28 per person Age: 18+
Dates: 14 February
Times: 17.30-18.30 | 18.30-20.1018.50
Duration: 2 hours
Admission: £28 per person, Booking details.
© Museum of London
The Museum of London's annual Valentine late is back with a 1920s twist - transport yourself to the London of the 'roaring twenties'! Learn to Charleston with the London Swing Dance Society, get creative with art collective Hurdy Gurdy, join Distillnation for an Absinthe tasting, listen to curator talks about 1920s fashion and sexuality, and enjoy authentic live music and cabaret from 1927's Lilly Henley and 'cabaret delinquent' Josephine Shaker. Find out more...
has a lot of fun and alternative ideas going on for lovers this season. Kingly Street has the pop-up Marshmallow Apothecary
for bespoke marshmallows by experiential food expert Robin Fegen. Aphrodisiac flavors include Ginger and Chili, and toppings can be added to all. There's a new flavor each day from 9 February for 2 weeks. Choose a box as a gift or stop at the speakeasy style cafe for a hot chocolate or a bespoke cocktail.
Carnaby has a lot more going on so have a look at the official website
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...
Do something a bit different this year with a personalised message sent high into the sky. On Thursday 14 February love struck guests will be able to project their heart-felt message to their loved ones 100ft above London from The Roof Garden's multicolored laser system. An exquisite 4-course meal following by dancing at the private club starts from £65.
There are lots of romantic options at The London Eye for this year including a Champagne experiences and romantic riverboat dining. Find and more and book in advance at www.londoneye.com.
8. Late Night Jazz at the Royal Albert Hall
© Royal Albert Hall
On Thursday 14 February 2013 at 9.45pm, in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, you can enjoy Valentine's Jazz with Nicola Emmanuelle
. It'll be a romantic evening with a complimentary bottle of Mercier Champagne, a sharing platter and a selection of chocolate truffles for you and your loved one, while acclaimed jazz singer Nicola Emmanuelle performs songs from the American songbook and classic arrangements of contemporary material.
Tickets are £60 each and can be booked online at royalalberthall.com
or by calling the Box Office on 0845 401 5034.
© London Zoo
Hopeless romantics can coo over loved up animals at ZSL London Zoo
this Valentine's Day with a special discount on gift membership for couples. From 1 to 14 February 2013, animal-loving couples can enjoy a 14 per cent discount on joint adult membership with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), which is a saving of more than £25.
Membership allows unlimited visits to both London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo 364 days a year, as well as invites to ZSL events and an exclusive member's magazine. Find out more...
Enjoy a feast on 14 February at the Medieval Banquet
in St. Katherone Docks. Expect a blend of romantic dining, dance, revelry and entertainment played out against the carnivalesque backdrop of Venetian Fayres of olde. Throughout the evening minstrels, troubadours, contortionists, jesters and musketeers will entertain you with their unique brand of performance artistry and after there will also be plenty time for you to take to the dance floor yourselves.
The menu is a fusion of dishes specially selected to complement a Valentine Venetian Ball and these are served at intervals throughout the evening as all the while the entertainment continues to unfurl around you.
Ball starts 8.15pm - doors open from 6.30pm (optional beginners waltz class starts at 7pm)