Unconditional Love, Unconditional Valentines
Planning a little something for Valentine’s Day, but don’t want to resort to simply the standard dinner-for-two? We’ve been looking out for a few different places you can try out in London on the 14th. It may be tempting to stay in and avoid the pretence altogether, but when there’s fun parties, nights and events to go to (whether you’re partnered up or single this Valentine’s!) why miss out?
Valentine’s Day Comedy in Leicester Square
Hosted by Comedy Carnival
Mix things up this Valentine's Day and celebrate with some stand-up comedy.
Hosted at Bar Rumba off Leicester Square, this year's show promises to feature a fantastic line-up. Recent acts include Reginald D Hunter, Sara Pascoe, Paul Chowdhry, Milton Jones and Jack Whitehall so expect a great night of top stand-up.
If you don’t want to ditch a dinner altogether, with this event you can book a three-course dinner with a glass of prosecco at Pizza Express Covent Garden or four dishes and cocktail on arrival at Leicester Square Kitchen before the show (5.30pm).
Where: Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EP
Timings: 8.00pm - 10.00pm
Investment: £17.68 – £86.83
The London cabaret club: Gatsby with love
Hosted by The London Cabaret Club
This Valentines, The London Cabaret Club are creating their own romantic take on Scott Fitzgerald’s most memorable love story - The Great Gatsby.
Immerse yourself in this sensory experience, with the lavish backdrop of the 1920’s heritage listed Art Deco Bloomsbury Ballroom, bespoke show, fine dining experience, and the chance to dress up and channel your inner Gatsby or glamorous Daisy Buchanan.
You can indulge in one of their three tailor-made ‘Gatsby With Love’ Valentine’s Dinner & Show packages, all of which will transport you back to the glamorous 1920s.
Where: The Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, Bloomsbury, 37-63 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1B 4DA
Timings: Doors open 6.30pm, Guests shown seats at 8.00pm, show starts at 8.30pm
Investment: £105 pp (Silver package), £195 (Gold), £295 (Diamond / VIP)
Valentine’s Special with Andy Davies & Guests at The Piano Bar Soho
Hosted by The Piano Bar Soho
This Valentines, the Piano Bar Soho is hosting Andy Davies and his guests for a great night of live music, providing couples with guaranteed couple seating and spectacular live jazz music (and a mini box of chocolate truffles as an extra treat!)
Rest-assured, you will be in good hands - Welsh-born Andy Davies has made a name for himself as London’s king of bebop. As well as being one of the capital’s most acclaimed jazz trumpeters, he is compère and resident trumpeter for Ronnie Scott’s Wednesday jam.
Your seats are guaranteed for your seating time (between 5.30pm - 8.00pm or 8.00pm - 10.30pm) and after your seating time you are welcome to stay in the bar, but they may require your seats back for other reserved guests.
Where: The Piano Bar Soho, 16 Carlisle Street, London, W1D 3BT
Timings: 8.00pm - 10.30pm
Investment: £30.00 - £50.00
Pop Up Painting! Paint The Kiss & Wine!
Hosted by PopUp Painting & Events Ltd
PopUp Painting invites you to unleash your creativity this Valentines – wine glass in one hand, paintbrush in the other! They ensure no experience is needed, just eagerness to get creative with this aptly picked painting - Gustav Klimt's iconic painting The Kiss!
Since 2013, PopUp Painting’s mission has been to bring art out of the classroom and gallery and into the places people meet on an every day basis. So expect to be guided step by step by a practicing artist, while you drink, paint and create your way to becoming an artist for the night!
Your experience will include:
All art supplies – including paint, brushes, apron.
Guidance from a qualified and practicing artist (but feel free to go off-piste!)
A themed playlist to immerse you in your experience.
A glass of wine (soft drink alternatives available).
A guaranteed like on Instagram if you share your pics with #popuppainting
Where: (London Bridge) Horniman at Hays, Unit 26, Hays Galleria, London, SE1 2HD
Timings: 7.30pm - 10.00pm
hip hop karaoke AT THE QUEEN OF HOXTON
Hosted by Southern Hospitality
One for the brave! Fancy yourself a karaoke queen? Why not prove your prowess at the Queen of Hoxton’s New Hip Hop Karaoke night with DJ Rob Pursey & Host Bobby Champagne Jr. Over the years Hip Hop Karaoke has toured London and national residencies and all major UK festivals, seeing thousands of amateurs and more than a few celebs on stage with DJ Rob Pursey, Host Bobby Champagne Jr. and the extended Hip Hop Karaoke family. Whether you want to go classic with some Biggie, Missy or The Fugees or keep it right now with Drake, Kendrick Lamar or Kanye, Southern Hospitality are giving you the chance to live out your rap fantasies to London's most loving crowd.
Where: Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3JX
Timings: Doors from 7pm Performances from 9pm Song requests / Group / Tables
Investment: £5 early bird, £7 advance
Luxury Chocolate Workshop
Hosted by My Chocolate
Run by My Chocolate’s charismatic Chocolatiers, the workshops promise to be a deliciously romantic treat for chocolate-loving couples, with lashings of melted chocolate from start to finish. After a glass of bubbly and a fresh strawberry fondue on arrival, guests will dive straight into the sensual chocolate making fun, learning to shake up a chocolate martini, infusing chocolate slabs, whipping up copious chocolate treats to share with their loved one (with fresh chocolate ganache, truffles, gooey dark chocolate fudge, and luxurious decorations including decadent berry crumble and Cornish sea salt), sampling plenty of exotic chocolates along the way! Every couple will leave on a guaranteed chocolate-high with around 30 handmade chocolate treats to enjoy at home. Delicious!
Where: My Chocolate in London, 10C Branch Place, London, N1 5PH
Timings: 2.00pm - 4.30pm
Benoit Viellefon Orchestra Swing Valentine Special at ParisGrill
Swing and dine to the fabulous music of Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra - a firm favourite at the most elegant places around the country, selling out Upstairs at Ronnie Scotts every two months.
Expect a night of romance with 1920-30-40's favourites tunes to please dancers and listeners alike.
Where: The Paris Grill, 37 Crutched Friars, London, EC3N 2AE
Timings: 7.00pm - 11.00pm
Investment: From £20.00