Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with your significant other or a group of friends, celebrate love in all its forms with these great events.
Love is in the air in London — and here are some events to attend so you can make the most of it. As Valentine’s Day celebrations have been low-key for the past two years thanks to the pandemic, you can go all out in 2022 at some of the capital’s best venues. Here are our top picks on how you should celebrate the day of love this year.
For a relaxed date night
Take your love to new heights at London’s Sky Garden from 12-14 February as it hosts an unforgettable event across its two restaurants and bars. If food is the way to your heart, choose from a luxurious three-course meal at the Darwin Brasserie or a seven-course menu from £135pp, with an on-hand sommelier, at Fenchurch Restaurant. For something more relaxed, you can also enjoy music by Sky Garden’s house DJ as the sun sets across London, while sipping a glass of champagne. Book and find out more online.
For the foodies
If you and your partner love all things food and are also slightly competitive, join The Big London Bake for a date you won’t want to end. For £45 on 14 February, be one of 12 bakers at The Castle, Tooting, creating a love-themed creation. With all the ingredients freshly prepared and good to go, you have 90 minutes to whisk, roll and drizzle your way towards a winning bake. Every baker will get instructions, tools and tips to create a masterpiece or a mess — and it’s all in your hands. Find out more online.
For film fans
Watch A Star Is Born (2018 version) in the ultra-romantic setting of south London’s Rivoli Ballroom on 10 February. Steeped in history and original features, the ballroom is home to a series of pop-up cinema events such as The Lost Boys and The Big Lebowski. It’s also served as a film location for Tom Hardy’s Legend, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Muppets and Brad Pitt’s Spy Game. For this romantic screening, doors will open at 8.15pm and two bars will be available serving an array of British ales, ciders, cocktails, wines, as well as hot dogs, popcorn, and ice cream.
For sweet romantics
Go back in time to the 1920s and celebrate Valentine’s Day in roaring style at The Candlelight Club. On 11 and 12 February, enjoy an evening of hot jazz, cocktail-sipping and all things 1920s glamour. Live music by Jack Calloway and his Parlophonians promises to have you dancing all night long and the evening will be hosted by the ‘lord of cabaret’, Champagne Charlie. The award-winning club will be holding the evenings at a secret venue – it has no fixed premises and puts on scheduled parties across the city every year. When you’re not dancing on Valentine’s Day, roam the club to find a pop-up vintage jewellery store, a fortune teller and a photographer. Tickets from £25.
If you and your girlfriends love the film Legally Blonde, this event will be right up your street. Hosted at Neverland, Fulham, indulge in a Legally Blonde Galentine’s Brunch on 13 February, with an hour and half to drink as much pink prosecco as you can. Make sure you wear your pinkest outfit and then choose from a range of great brunch plates — as well as bottomless bubbles. Tickets from £25.
Grabs your pals and celebrate Valentine’s Day in a unique way with a delicious brunch followed by a shuffle session at the London Shuffle Club, Shoreditch. Fast-paced, competitive and fun, get shuffling on 12 and 13 February to the best tunes, with the Shuffle Club team on hand to teach you the rules. The brunch includes two hours of unlimited sourdough pizza — with gluten-free and vegan options available on request — plus bottomless prosecco and beer. Tickets from £30 for groups of more than four people.