Video cakes

For when a decorative ‘happy birthday’ scrawl is just not enough, you can now surprise a special friend with a cake containing with a home-made video message. The clip is hidden until you click the video QR code with a smartphone, and then the ‘Qake’, becomes all singing and all talking. Upload your video to the web, then send the URL with your order, and let the bakers do the rest. Creative genius! Cakes start at £50.

A cocktail and a tear

Jilted lovers, here’s a place to drown your sorrows. On February 29, Covent Garden cocktail specialist Adventure Bar is providing a haven for ladies whose leap year marriage proposals have gone pear-shaped. If you present the unwanted ring, or regale the staff with your heartbreaking story, not only will you get a shoulder to cry on, but a free cocktail, too. That’s solidarity, sister.

Après-ski menu

If you can’t get to the snow this year, head to Bayswater, where Le Café Anglais brings a taste of the slopes to you, with its après-ski menu. At the centre of the menu is raclette, which originates from the mountainous regions of Switzerland and France. Cheese is melted at your table and served with boiled ratte potatoes, cornichons, charcuterie and salad. Two courses for £16.50, until March 10.