A Curious Invitation, London
If you like your dates to be a little bit ‘alternative’ this London-based events organisation can certainly help you out. How about an afternoon of taxidermy? Or hear a talk on the philosophy of death whilst you sip on gin cocktails. If you fancy something more lively, they also run regular literary themed parties, and huge lavish balls for Valentines, Halloween, and Christmas. Founder Suzette Field is an American now based in London, and author of A Curious Invitation – The Forty Greatest Parties in Literature. Her CV includes curating parties for the V&A Museum and organising cultural and literary talks at National Trust properties. She’s also founded several popular cabaret nights, so it’s fair to say A Curious Invitation know how to organise a good shindig.
One of their biggest and boldest events is 32 Londoners, which launched in 2014 and looks set to become an annual event. Taking over the whole of the London Eye, ticket holders choose which celebrity or arts leader they want to hear giving a talk on one of 32 influential people that made London what it is today. Each talk is held in a pod on the Eye and rotates across London lit up at night. The talks are fantastic anyway, but there’s something extra special about listening to someone speak about London as you float above it whilst drinking cocktails. Afterwards there’s a party (of course) in the historic County Hall. If you and your date like history, and want to hear some in a very unique way, this is a fantastic date idea – remember to book early; with a limited number for each pod the tickets sell out fast!
Taxidermy might not be for everyone, but the monthly workshops regularly attract people on dates. Anywhere with a disclaimer that there’ll be ‘minimal blood and gore’ has got to be a date to remember. There’s also a warning to not bring your own dead animals, which would definitely make for an awkward date if procuring said deceased animal is how the date started. Instead you choose from a list (definitely not a menu) of animals, including mice, rabbits, squirrels and crows. The website description adds further detail to the course outline, and is perhaps not for anyone with a sensitive nature. If the date goes well, you’ll definitely remember it, and can look fondly on your stuffed squirrel or crow for memories. There’s also butterfly setting and preservation classes for a less gory alternative.
This is the organisation to find something more unusual for date ideas, with a hint of bohemian, and an ode to the lavish, the literary, and the decadent. The balls are renown amongst London revellers who want a little bit extra; not just live music and DJs, but rooms of installations, performers, and cabaret. These also sell out fast, so it’s a good idea to join the email mailing list and get a heads up on events and talks.
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