If you are stuck for ideas, things to do or simply want to try something a little different, then take a look at the ideas below – we guarantee that if your other half has a taste for adventure, they’ll love these.
However, this doesn’t mean that keeping to a conventional evening (dinner at a local restaurant with a bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates with tender, emotional sex afterwards) is dull – that’s not what we’re saying at all. However, there are those who may need to feel their pulse rate move a bit more rapidly – and this list is for them…
Head out on the town: Why not go to the theatre and enjoy one of Noel Coward’s most hilarious comedies? Blithe Spirit is filled with memorable lines and quips, and there’s wit and charisma at every turn that will add a alluring touch of glamour to the evening before you set off for your evening’s adventures. For added spice, during the intermission you can sip on a strong overpriced cocktail and tell your other half you’re not wearing any knickers, but that’s not very classy, and might frighten them.
Celebrate in Soho: The Chinese New Year will be celebrated with a massive parade through Trafalgar Square on Sunday, February 2, with Chinese dragons, performances, acrobats and firecrackers. Then it’s time to chow down, and if food be the stuff of love, meander on – you’ll have the opportunity (read: stuff your face) to explore the world of food from Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam through numerous workshops and pop-up restaurants from February 1 – March 15. Go hungry, you’ll enjoy it more.
Dress up: For an unusual evening where you can combine your love for all things romantic and cultural, head to The British Library on Valentine’s evening. They’re hosting a Georgian-inspired party from 7.30pm – and at £35 a ticket, it’s well worth attending. Watch out for interactive performances, baroque musicians and quadrilles, coinciding with an exhibition on Georgians Revealed. In this case it is recommended to book online and in advance. Don’t forget to powder your wig.
Have an out-of-this-world experience: Spend a romantic Valentine’s evening at The Royal Observatory looking through their Victorian telescope, and enjoy the star-studded view with a glass of bubbly. Their Love in the Archives exhibition boasts romantic letters from men working for the Georgian Navy to their wives and mistresses – be careful not to weep if you’ve had a few. Because it’s mainly outdoors, the event is weather-dependent, but if the worst should happen, you’ll be taken off to an equally-exciting indoor activity.
Pick up something sparkly: If you’re after something spectacular, head to Kempton Park on Tuesday, February 11 for the Sunbury Antiques Market. This is definitely the place to surprise someone special with a tiny box that houses something life-changing. The event starts at 6.30am, so it’s not for slug-a-beds, and is free – but it shuts at 2pm, so you’ll have to be speedy.
George Peebles is a freelance writer living in London. He writes for many websites, including venue Kempton Park.
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