Have you left it a bit late to organise a date for Valentine’s Day tomorrow? Or agreed to take out someone you swiped right on yesterday? Or just fancy something to do with your mates this Wednesday? We’ve found some dates to impress which either don’t need booking or have a few tickets left for you to snap up and woo with.
Put your heads together for the big Quiffy Quiz
Everyone loves a pub quiz, even if they’re rubbish at them. Head down to The Birds in Leytonstone for their weekly Quiffy Quiz hosted by voice-over star Boogaloo Stu. Book online or get there early to get your names down for the quiz and enjoy a great selection of craft beer, or maybe even a romantic dinner. £2 entry makes this a cheap date idea and if you’re a quiz whiz you might even end up with a prize to impress your date with.
Dine with an iconic 70s couple
Experience the chaos of Fawlty Towers at this dining experience at East Dulwich Tavern. Basil and Sybil aren’t the most romantic couple but perhaps one of the most amusing. Join them and Manuel for a hilarious date night. As part of the audience, you’ll be dining on a three-course meal as the most inept hoteliers wait on you. Astonishingly, this isn’t sold out yet, but no doubt it will be soon so snap up those tickets.
Make your own Valentine’s dinner with market-fresh food
Swiss Cottage Farmers’ Market is one of few midweek farmers’ markets. Its fresh produce is delightful to look at so it is worth taking your date along for the shop – much more exciting than your local supermarket. Gather up some fresh ingredients and wow your date with your culinary skills. You can even pick up a bunch of English flowers to really impress him or her.
And they call it puppy love
Have you only swiped right because of their dog? We thought so. Bring the pooch along and enjoy a Saturday Valentine’s brunch at Near and Far. They’re hosting Club Puppicana with bottomless Bloody Marys for you and pawsecco for doggo. There are vegan, veggie and meat options for you and homemade dog treats, making it the perfect date for you and your four-legged friend.
Indulge in aphrodisiacs
Get in the mood with a selection of East Anglia’s finest oysters. Bobby Groves is hosting a Valentine’s Party in Old Spitalfields Market. Enjoy your choice of oysters with Dedham Vale white wine: a surprisingly good pairing. Scientists have backed up what we already knew, namely that oysters have aphrodisiac qualities. The best news? These powers are at their greatest during the spring, just in time for V-Day.
A date in the dungeon
No, not Christian Gray’s love dungeon. As part of the London Lates, the London Dungeon is open for Valentines Day. The tour involves special effects enhanced by intriguing storytelling and humour. Before you descend into the dungeon, you’ll be treated to a gin cocktail to harden your nerves as you’re guided by London’s most infamous villains. After a whirlwind of wit and fright, you’ll finish up at the Tavern for another cocktail and some Victorian pub entertainment.
More than a box of chocolates
Love board games and chocolates? The Museum of Chocolate in Brixton is hosting the perfect evening for you and your date. Play board games where you get to eat the chocolate pieces that you win. Guzzle your way through wine and hot chocolate at this indulgent event. If you’re not into board games but still want to learn the fascinating tales of the history of chocolate, then admission to the museum is free for you and your date to explore.
- Watch a classic rom-com
Crofton Park Picture’s pop-up cinema in the Rivoli Ballroom is screening a romantic classic, Pretty Woman. Whether you’re taking your V-Day date or gathering the girls for a galentines get-together, this 1990s hit is bound to warm your heart. If you can’t make Wednesday, don’t worry, they are also showing Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on Thursday and Bridget Jones’ Diary on Friday.
Stroll along the canals of Venice.
Although it would be nice to take your date to Venice for the Valentine’s Day, it’s probably a little too late in the day and a lot over budget. Instead, take a romantic walk around London’s own Little Venice. This quaint corner of London is perfect for strolling hand-in-hand. Admittedly, it’s not quite a whole floating city, and there are barges rather than gondolas, but the canal and surrounding area are sure to spark some romance.
Listen to live orchestra
Watch one of the most enchanting love stories of all time, the Beauty and the Beast. Wondering how this exquisite film could be made any more romantic? Pair it with a live orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, of course. There are limited seats to snap up before tomorrow and they’re not the best in the house. But the sensational sounds of the orchestra are certain to pull at your heartstrings.
Hopefully, we’ve found you something to stifle your last minute Valentine’s Day panic or even inspired you to take a friend or your latest match to one of these awesome V-Day ideas. Have a very happy February 14th!
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