10 Alternative Dates for Valentine’s Day in London



Written by Hannah Saxton.

If you’re in charge of planning the most romantic day of the year for you and your partner, you’re in luck! Why? Because Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year.

Planning a Friday Valentine’s Day date is much better than a weekday because, well you know, you don’t have to worry about waking up early for work the next day. Also, Friday saves you from the fate of a Saturday or Sunday Valentine’s Day where you need to spend some serious time planning how to woo and serenade your date for an entire day.

Friday, in our humble opinion, is therefore perfect and all you have to do is fork out for an evening.

However, even when you’re spoilt for choice with all London has to offer, planning an evening of romance can be a daunting task. We think it’s fair enough if you don’t want to take your new (or not!) partner on a date you’ve been on plenty of times before. Scrap the idea of a candle lit dinner and the exchanging of cheesy cards. Put your money to better use and do something different this year. Make it memorable.

We’ve come up with a list of 10 alternative dating ideas for you and your valentine to enjoy!

1. Dining in the Dark
There are several places around London which offer dining in pitch black, whether you wear a mask or the entire restaurant is unlit. This experience should heighten all your other senses, giving you a feeling of intimacy. Now this is something you could set up yourself at home, but then you’d be at a huge risk of injury and embarrassment. Leave this one to the professionals we say!

2. Georgian Themed Ball
Take your partner back in time and party like the aristocrats for a night.

3. Chocolate Making Workshop
Valentine’s Day would be nothing without an indulgence of chocolate. Surprise your date with a chocolate making workshop where you can enjoy making and tasting handmade delights over candle light, chocolate fondue and a glass of bubbly.

4. Evening Meditation
London living can be stressful. Wouldn’t it be a nice treat to spend some time relaxing and meditating with your other half to relieve yourself of any worries? The session will have a wonderfully calming effect on both of you – meaning you’re in for a very tranquil evening!

5. Greyhound Racing at Walthamstow Stadium
If you like to go out and have a bit of fun then do something extraordinary and watch the greyhound races. Have a laugh betting some money and shouting at the top of your lungs. Good luck!

6. Electric Cinema
Forget about a traditional visit to the cinema. Cinemas have really upped their game over the last few years. You can now watch a film from the comfort of luxury sofas or even bathe and splash around in a hot tub!

7. Climb the O2
Not one for the faint hearted, but if your date is up for an adventure, this is a great option for London. Get your heart pumping and climb over the O2 arena for breath-taking views over London.

8. The London Eye
Day or night, the iconic London Eye boasts spectacular panoramic views across the city. Enjoy a private pod with chocolates and champagne where you can relax for half an hour of solitude.

9. Hot Air Balloon Ride
If you can get the day off, why not whisk your partner away from London for the day?  Take a morning flight and sip champagne as you glide above the countryside in a hot air balloon.

10. London Museums
Lots of spectacular London museums open particularly late on Friday evenings and they are invariably quiet. Slowly wander the endless corridors and show off your knowledge of the arts.

What’s your favourite Valentine’s date idea? Comment below or tweet us @eHarmonyUK

As the CEO of MyChocolate, Hannah Saxton is somewhat of an expert in both business and chocolate making.  She’s a mentor to young entrepreneurs and loves organising chocolate making classes and team building events for clients all over the country.  

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