Had enough of walking down the high street only to be bombarded by images of love hearts, cheesy slogans and utterly predictable Valentine’s Day promotions? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here at QL we have sifted throughout the commercial stuff to come up with a truly original selection of ways to spend Valentine’s day. Warning: The following contains strictly no balloons, bears with hearts or Clinton’s cards.
The Literary Gin Palace
Is your sweetheart a Dickens fan? Then what better place to take them this Valentine’s Day than to Dicken’s very own home! Ok it’s now a museum but this Valentine’s day they have organised something totally alternative to do. Begin with a twighlight Botanicals trail through Dickens’ home before heading to the Basement kitchens where Berry Bros. & Rudd, London’s oldest wine and spirit merchants will be chatting to you about all things gin related culminating in a unique opportunity to create your own take on the classic in and tonic. The ticket also includes 20% off at the local Victorian pub The Lady Ottoline- all in all a fantastically original way to spend Valentine’s Day
Thu 13 Feb
Timed entry from 18:30
Tickets: £15 including first drink, twilight botanicals trail, access to gin bar and drop-in workshop with take home handmade journal.
All ticket holders must be minimum 18 years of age and be able to produce ID if required.
How about truly impressing your Valentine this year by taking them on a journey through food. Edible stories has joined up with acclaimed Chef Jonty Franks who has worked with some of the giants of the Gastronomic world such as Raymond Blanc and Paul Merritt and Lee Parcel. Sit down to an elaborate nine course meal as you use the culinary experience, the soundtrack playing in the background and the people around you to put together the pieces of a classic, well-known story without any narration at all. The evening is shrouded in mystery but promises to be a truly original experience a world away from the mainstream restaurants. You will receive a free cocktail and shot as part of the meal and you can bring your own bottle. Intrigued? Go to Edible Stories to book your tickets and wait for the top secret London location to be revealed!
Tickets are priced at £60 (+£4.25 booking fee) each
My Bloody Valentine
So you don’t hate Valentine’s Day? You really really hate Valentine’s Day. The Prince Charles cinema is showing ‘My Bloody Valentine,’ a horror story resulting from a tragic accident that happened in the coal mines because the security man was at a Valentine’s Day party. The sole surviving miner warns the town never to hold a Valentine’s Day party again. 20 years later the town decides to disobey him, killings ensue.
Tickets £7.50 or £5 with concessions
Bateaux London: Valentine’s Day Cruises
Looking to pull out all the stops? You will be hard pressed to find something as romantic as a cruise through London’s twinkling lights. Enjoy a romantic three course meal freshly prepared on board with live music and dancing into the night. If your partner is a die hard romantic then this is the perfect opportunity to make them feel truly special.
Prices start at £25 per person
To book tickets go to their website: