Want to spice things up this year? Check out our recommendations for what to do in London on Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s day is a time of the year when lovers express their love and affection with greetings and gifts. However, you don’t really need a partner to enjoy this holiday – love is all around! There is nothing wrong with taking a day to celebrate the power of love even if you’re on your own. If you have a partner, you might already be thinking about all the roses and cute bears on your shopping list, but take a moment to consider the day itself and how you can do something different in 2020.
The holiday is celebrated on the 14th of February which in 2020 happens to be a Friday – a perfect opportunity to do a bit extra for your loved one or simply yourself. For those of you visiting London for the holiday, we have done some research and found some of the best ways and spots to celebrate the holiday.
Check out our list right here:
1. Who said dining in the dark? Dans Le Noir.
Looking for a truly unusual experience? Dine in complete darkness with your loved one at Dans Le Noir. The idea is that due to the lack of light your other senses will be heightened. The restaurant is regularly ranked among the 10 most original restaurants in the world. The fun part about it is that even if you go alone you have a chance of meeting someone new – on their large sharing tables you never know who is sitting next to you. If you go with a partner, then the darkness will allow you to enjoy each other’s company without visual distractions giving more attention to one another. One thing we know for sure is that it will certainly provide for a memorable experience.
2. A classical Valentine’s day at Restaurant Balthazar.
Balthazar was opened in New York City by Keith McNally in the spring of 1997. The restaurant is located on the corner of Russell Street and Wellington Street in the heart of Covent Garden. Restaurant Balthazar has a French inspired menu, perfect for a romantic night on Valentine’s day. The menu includes fruits de mer from the raw bar as well as a wide selection of classical French brasserie and bistro dishes. With some romantic candles and a classic and elegant interior, the restaurant is guaranteed to set the mood into the romantic direction.Contact:
London, WC2B 5HZ
3. How about some REAL fun at Ballie Ballerson?
Tired of romantic restaurants and movies? Shake things up with a visit to Ballie Ballerson where you can enjoy yourself alone or together with your partner shoulders deep into the ball pit pool. Other than having access to the pit all night, you have the option to go get some drinks at the bar as well. It may not be the classical image of Valentine’s day but it will sure shake things up and bring about some laughs. There are locations both in Soho and Shoreditch. You can check out their offers and discounts right here.
4. Need to feel alive with some live music? The Piano Works.
London’s only non-stop live music venues! The Piano Works has some special deals for you on Valentine’s day. To begin with, indulge in a 3 course set Valentine’s menu including a rose and a glass of Moët for £55. For vegans, there are delicious alternatives in the forms of vegan Shepard’s Pie and a tasty vegan walnut pâté. On top of that there is a special Valentine’s day “game” where you’ll be given a number sticker, so your secret admirer can make their first move by dedicating a song to you. Perfect for Valentine’s day adventures for the single ones. Entry and a glass of Prosecco – £5. Choose the right location for you right here.
5. Got a fever for the 1920s? Cure it at The London Cabaret Club.
Are you a Gatsby fan? If yes, then this is the right place for you. The London Cabaret Club offers sophisticated entertainment combining high-end dining experiences with a live cabaret performance. On the 14th of February, you can enjoy a Great Gatsby Valentine’s dinner party where you will be transported back to the 1920s, now a hundred years later. The experience is created especially for Valentine’s day by London Cabaret Club artistic director – Doni Fierro. However, keep in mind that you must adhere to the dress code associated with the roaring twenties, otherwise you will be denied entry.
6. If you need a bit of wilderness check out the Midnight Apothecary.
Inside the underground Grand Entrance Hall you can find live music from the Nathan Osgood Trio alongside our botanical Valentine cocktails. If you need to cool off, you are able to go outside to the magical candlelit roof garden and toast some complimentary marshmallows around the cozy fire with tasty hot rum toddies. The Midnight Apothecary is considered as “a pocket of wilderness in the urban landscape”. The perfect Valentine’s day spot if you are looking for something a bit out of the ordinary with tasty cocktails and warm food.
Did you know?
February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas. This year, it’s expected that 1 billion cards will be exchanged around the world.
Want to join the fun? We have made a card for you that contains a code for 1 extra free hour of luggage storage! Surprise your loved one this Valentine’s day by sending it to them.
We believe that all those places and experience will be able to provide you with a Valentine’s day to remember – whether you are alone or with a partner. Remember that if you need to store some luggage and enjoy the holiday luggage free, you can do that in our over 120 locations all around London!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Valentine's day in London
Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Valentine's day in London.
Is London a good city to visit for Valentine's Day?
Yes it is! Despite the bad weather, London is full of life with countless dining opportunities, wonderful hotels, diversity and numerous sights to see.
Do people in the United Kingdom celebrate Valentine's day?
In the UK, just under half of the population spend money on their Valentines and around £1.3 billion is spent yearly on cards, flowers, chocolates, and other gifts, with an estimated 25 million cards being sent. That means that quite a lot of people are celebrating the holiday!
Are there other names for Valentine's day?
Yes there are - it is also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine.
Are there any concerts this Valentine's day in London (2020)?
Yes, there are many concert options. That includes some rock 'n' roll into Valentine’s Day with The Godfathers' Saint Valentine's Day Massacre at Dingwalls in Camden, an evening with Shenton Dixon as Barry White, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club's Valentine's Day night with Emma Smith, Ashton Jones and Jamie Safir Trio, and many others!
Are there any workshops for Valentine's day in London this year (2020)?
There are many workshops to choose from. For example you can learn to roll sushi, mix cocktails, paint while sipping wine, taxidermy and so many others.
What are some of the most romantic views in London?
Some of the best views include taking your date on a romantic walk around WWT London Wetland Centre just in time for sunset, or watching the sun set over the capital from The View from The Shard.