North Londoners, reawaken your senses this Valentine’s Day with The Resident’s guide to sensuous things to do, see and buy in and around Islington…
Put on your most sophisticated ensemble and head down to King’s Cross’ Everyman Cinema on the 10 February, sultry mask in hand. A pre-Valentine’s Day evening of sorts, Everyman On The Corner will hold a mystical masquerade showing of the much anticipated Fifty Shades Darker film, the second installation in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, complete with a special menu, champagne galore and entertainment all night.
Handyside Street N1C 4UR; 087 1906 9060; everymancinema.com
Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a routine couple’s massage. Let the stresses of the work week evaporate underneath the hands of a skilled masseuse together. Head to Essex Road’s The Angel Therapy Rooms where you can both indulge in a two-hour pure organic therapy massage by candlelight, along with post-treatment chocolate-covered strawberry nibbles.
16b Essex Road N1 8LN; 020 7226 1188; angeltherapyrooms.com
The Little Orchestra has been making a splash on the London scene for a while now. They’ll be putting on a spectacular lounge-style Valentine’s show at Hackney Town Hall on 10 February where they’ll play Max Richter’s beautiful Vivaldi Recomposed accompanied by Spring from Vivaldi’s original Four Seasons. Leave the serenading to the professionals…
Mare Street E8 1EA; thelittleorchestra.com
Perfuming Valentine’s Day with the scent of spice and roses since 1870, where better to pick out the perfect scent for your partner than Islington’s very own Penhaligon’s? With a selection so vast, you’ll barely be able to make up your mind, everyone’s perfect scent is hidden away somewhere in the Penhaligon’s collection. Their Malabah set is the perfect evening fragrance, inspired by the East Indian Spice route, while The Coveted Duchess Rose scent is daring in every way.
112 Islington High Street N1 8EG; 020 7359 6547; penhaligons.com
It’s time to order in the oysters and load up on the aphrodisiacs at the acclaimed Wright Brothers Oyster Bar inside Old Spitalfields Market. With an eclectic selection of the finest oysters, including those from the Channel Islands and Oléron Island in France, plus tantalising Oscietra caviar, one of the most prized types of caviar around, you’ll both be in for a real treat.
8a Lamb Street E1 6EA; 020 7324 7730; thewrightbrothers.co.uk