Galentine’s Day: 14 Girls Night Out Ideas for You & Your Besties

If Leslie Knope wants to champion Galentine’s Day, then so does The Resident. Whether you’re in a relationship, single or your Facebook status reads ‘it’s complicated’, this February 13 (or any other date on the calendar), grab a handful of your besties and have some fun… 

Photo: Magic Mike

1 Her Hustle Live Letters, Fitzrovia
This alternative Valentine’s Day event, held in the hotel’s intimae Punch Room, is one big ol’ love letter to female friendships – which are no less important or rewarding than our romantic relationships, despite not actually having a day carved out for them. In an evening of live letters, Her Hustle co-founder journalist and presenter Emma-Louise Boynton has put a call out to the Her Hustle community to pen a love letter to their greatest female chum.
Date: February 14
Cost: From £12
Address: Punch Room at The London EDITION, 10 Berners Street, W1T 3NP

2 Little Kyoto at Neverland, Fulham
Spring-time pop up celebrating Japan’s Sakura season, Little Kyoto is Neverland’s floral pagoda pop-up, that comes with a sake bar, and Japanese inspired menu. Feast on delicious soft bao buns, the finest sushi and crispy gyozas and try spring-inspired cocktails inspired by spring blossom and Kyoto mule for example. Price
Dates: From February 11 to mid-April
Cost: From £10 for a single table, and £120 for a lodge for 30 people
Address: Neverland, Wandsworth Bridge Road SW6 2TY

3 Porte Noire, King’s Cross
I don’t want to name drop, but this is Idris Elba’s wine bar. Housed in the always charming Coal Drops Yard, it’s a place to quaff great drops of plonk and inject a little bit of style into your night – it’s a good date night option too. The kitchen plates up light bites all day long, and there is a more substantial menu for lunch and dinner. The venue has just released a brunch menu too. Available on the weekend from 12pm to 3pm it features brunch favourites such as egg royale, as well as more lunchy dishes such as steak tartare.
Address: Gasholder 10 , Unit A, 1 Lewis Cubitt Square, N1C 4BY

4 Magic Mike Live, West End 
If you want to have a full blown girls-go-wild night with your pals, a trip to see Magic Mike is in order. Based on the Canning Tatum movie (who also wrote and directed the stage show), it’s an unashamed excuse to get hysterical, get primal, and to get rowdy. Featuring acrobatics and red-hot dance routines performed by bare-chested men, and maybe a storyline.
Dates: Booking through to January 2023
Tickets: From £39
Address: The Hippodrome Casino

5 Bottomless brunches
There’s no end of bottomless brunches in London, it just depends on your vibe. Pulling out a few, Clerkenwell clubhouse Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings has launched a new bottomless brunch option, so now you can opt for endless bloody Marys, fizz or verdita cocktails made with tequila and pineapple. Shangri-La The Shard has as bottomless brunch (£135pp) offering unlimited Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV Champagne for 90 minutes. Heritage in Soho also puts on a cracking offer (£79pp). New Jamaican kitchen in Brixton, Wood & Water also have one on the go, as do Spanish joints Brindisa, and El Pirata.

6 Try a workshop 
If you’re a bunch of pals that like to do things, there’s plenty of workshops to try your hand at. Blooming HausJudith Blacklock Flower School and Petersham Nurseries are all running flower arranging classes, some of which include a trip to the flower market. Petersham Nurseries are also hosting pasta making classes.ClassBento pulls together a stack of classes, workshops and masterclasses across London covering food, design, and cosmetic classes. Visit the website to find treats such as pottery throwing classes, Asian bun making classes, painting, perfume and jewellery making classes. 

7 Dirty Dancing, West End
If you can believe it, it’s been 35 years since we all learnt that nobody puts baby in a corner, and Patrick Swayze became a god for multiple generations of women. Crush out again on one of the best loved love stories of all time, and enjoy that iconic dance lift once more at the West End rendition of Dirty Dancing. The classic coming-of-age story features all the hit tunes including Hungry Eyes and The Time Of My Life, as well as a lot of the film’s original dialogue and hip-grinding glory.
Date: February 2 – April 16
Time: 7.30pm/8.30pm and matinee shows
Tickets: From £20
Address: Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ

8 Feel Good Club & Restaurants, Covent Garden
This may be a Valentine’s thing, but it’s also for everyone. The Feel Good Club pop-up installation/event, Notes To A Stranger, is spreading positivity, joy and self love throughout Covent Garden. Notes To A Stranger sees more than 200 envelopes stuffed with an inspirational quote handed out at random to Covent Garden visitors in efforts to normalise talking about feelings. Positivity quotes will also be displayed on a large scale along King Street and Floral Street until February 14. Head down with the girls for some self love and validation, then continue singing all your praises at one of Covent Garden’s bars or restaurants. For a modern Indian feast, head to Cinnamon Bazaar or Dishoom, for Italian try Ave Mario, there’s also the new cocktail bar by the Petersham Nurseries team,La Goccia Bar or head to SUSHISAMBA for cocktails and sashimi.
Date: Until February 14
Address: Covent Garden

9 Bridgerton Secretcinema
Grab your besties, frock up and head to the ball. Live out your Bridgerton fantasy at the Bridgerton Secretcinema, where you get to don your Regency finest and hunt for your true love and make your debut into a debauch society. Held in a secret location in Wembley, the event features a ballroom dancefloor with a string quartet playing pop classics. You will have a dance card which you can fill up with partners of choice. If all that sounds like you’re reliving your prom hell, there are side rooms where you can learn life drawing, play cards, train at the boxing club or re-live your favourite on-screen moments with a moving light show.
Dates: From February 15
Time: Tuesday to Sunday
Tickets: From £39
Address: TBA

10 The Money Heist: The Experience, South Kensington
Immersive experiences are all the rage at the moment, and Money Heist: The Experience gives you the opportunity to live your Oceans Eleven or, indeed, Money Heist dream, without risking arrest. With a minimum group of six people, you have to step up for the challenge of pulling off a robbery in one of London’s most iconic locations. So grab your red overalls and put on your mask. I can only assume the experience would be better when done with your best mates and a couple bottles of fizz under your belt?
Dates: Various dates through to the end of February
Tickets: From £43
Address: 79-85 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington SW7 3LD

11 Electric Gamebox, Southbank & Wandsworth
Electric Gamebox is an immersive experience where you have to solve puzzles and complete tasks as a team. There are 10 games to choose from, all which come alive through projection mapping, motion tracking and surround sound. Choose to embark on a career in international espionage, save the Queen’s corgies or work with your offspring, best mate or lover to outsmart an alien invasion. Make the experience even better by ordering in beer, wine, cocktails or soft drinks into your private Gamebox.
Address: Southbank: Arch 3, 83 Scoresby Street SE1 0XN
Wandsworth: Southside Wandsworth, Wandsworth High Street SW18 4TF

12 Skuna Hot Tub Boats, Canary Wharf
Based at London’s West India Quay, Skuna Boats offers the UK’s first Hot Tub Boating experience as well as self-drive electric BBQ boats, which you get to putt around the quay. Hot tub boats are currently imported from Holland, and it’s good to note that not only is the water refreshed regularly, it’s heated to a toasty 38C – so you can pootle around whatever the season.
Tickets: From £150
Address: West India Quay, off Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf, E14 4AL

13 Go Trampolining
Probably an activity best done by those who keep their pelvic floor muscles in check, Flip Out London has huge trampoline parks in Brent Cross, Croydon, E6 (Barking Road) and Wandsworth. E6 is the newest and largest of these with rows of inter-locked trampolines, a giant super-slide, indoor caves, 100-metre indoor potholing zone, 12 themed climbing walls, plus a laser maze, cyber tower, ninja warrior course and dodgeball – all spread over three floors. Check out Oxygen Freejumping in Acton, too, which has 150 interconnected trampolines, a mega airbag to practice your moves, a super squishy foam pit to leap into, ninja warrior course, volleyball and dodgeball courts.

14 Indoor Crazy Golf
Swingers is a triple threat, with street food, amazing drinks and competitive socialising, and the vibe is 1920s country golf club. It has two venues: on in the West End, near Oxford Circus and the other in the city, near Bank. Junkyard Golf Club on Brick Lane has a more east London vibe, with four crazy golf courses so you can putt your way through all sorts of bizarre holes – think UV garage, scrapyard slides, circus freaks and jungle bathtubs. You can also grab a snack from the main bunker bar, from hotdogs to salted caramel popcorn, as well as novelty cocktails like the Jaffa The Putt and Tropic Like It’s Hot. Check out Plonk, too, which has five locations around London


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