12 Original Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for Londoners

1 Up at The O2’s Champagne Climb, Greenwich Peninsula
Up at The O2 is inviting adventurous couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day by climbing to the top of the world’s number one entertainment and music venue. The 90-minute climb to the peak of The O2 is guaranteed to set hearts racing and can be made extra special with a champagne upgrade – choose a Celebration Climb and get a glass of Lanson champagne each to enjoy once you reach the viewing platform at the top! Sunset Climbs, Twilight Climbs and Climb and Dine, where you can combine your climb with dinner at a restaurant in the O2, such as Gaucho. Tickets from £36pp.

2 London Shell Co’s Valentine’s Cruise, Paddington
Can’t get to Venice this Valentine’s Day? An intimate cruise through Regent’s Park on London’s Regents Canal is your next best bet. London Shell Co is setting sail with another Valentine’s offering – a romantic two-and-a-half-hour dining cruise with seven-course seafood menu and optional wine pairing. The menu, inspired by the Best of British seasonal produce, will begin with a traditional aphrodisiac of oysters, followed by a range of incredible seafood dishes including truffled cods roe, salmon en croute for two to share and sea salt caramel truffles to finish. 14 February. Doors 6pm, cruise departs 7pm, return for 9.30pm. £75 per head.
The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, Paddington Central W2 6PY; londonshellco.com

3 The Luna Cinema at Natural History Museum, South Kensington
The Luna Cinema is popping up at the Natural History Museum with six specially selected screenings across three evenings this Valentines (14, 15 and 16 February). But this one’s not just for couples – as well as Pretty Woman, The Notebook,  A Star Is Born and Love Actually, there will be anti-Valentines screenings of Kill Bill Vol 1 and Thelma and Louise. The films will be screened in the iconic Hintze Hall below the jaw-dropping 25m long Blue Whale skeleton, Hope. Every guest will also receive a complimentary box of popcorn and access to the Natural History Museum’s Life in the Dark exhibition any time from 14-24 February. Tickets £27.70 per person.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 5BD;

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4 Couples Flights with The London Helicopter, Battersea
What could be more romantic than treating your other half to a luxury, exclusive flight over the London skyline for just the two of you? Choose from the London Buzz package, a 10-minute flight that takes in 18 landmarks from £200 per person on a shared flight (a private helicopter starts from £1,000); the London Sights package, a 20-minute flight that takes in 25 landmarks from £3000 per person (or £1,500 for private use); and London Max, a 30-minute flight that takes in a whopping 36 landmarks from £2,000 for private hire. Tours generally depart from Battersea but you can opt to depart from Redhill aerodrome, near Gatwick.
The Pod Building, Bridges Court, Battersea SW11 3BE; thelondonhelicopter.com

5 Temple Song Valentines Concert, Temple Church
The 2019 Temple Song series will begin on 14 February with a special programme devised to mark St Valentine’s Day. A selection of beautiful love songs – Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes Op. 52 and Op. 65 and Schumann’s Spanische Liebeslieder Op. 138 – will be performed by a quartet of exceptional young singers, including Gemma Summerfield (soprano), Fleur Barron (mezzo-soprano), James Way (tenor) and Julien van Mellaerts (baritone). The performance will take place in the glorious acoustic of the 12th century Temple Church, just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Fleet Street. 14 February, 7pm. Tickets £5-£45.
Temple Church, Temple EC4Y 7BB; templemusic.org

6 Winecdote Valentine’s Day Wine Masterclass, Hackney
Winecdote is a new wine studio on a mission to teach Londoners about wine without the complicated vocabulary or stuffy atmosphere. Started by certified wine expert Claudia Bastiaensen, Winecdote in Hackney aims to make the whole experience more fun with blind tasting challenges, fun wine facts and plenty of approachable wines. On 14 February, Claudia will lead a Valentine’s Day Wine Masterclass featuring five romantic wines, including an elegant champagne, a voluptuous white wine and warming reds, alongside complimentary snacks. Tickets £40.
Studio 001 in Netil House, 1 Westgate Street E8 3RL (entrance on Bocking Street); winecdote.com 

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7 Murder Mystery Night at Barts, Chelsea
Barts, a 1930s prohibition-style cocktail bar tucked away on Sloane Avenue, invites you to experience an immersive evening of mystery and investigation as you try to solve a thrilling crime of passion. The exciting murder mystery night, organised in collaboration with Torchlight Mysteries, will see you manoeuvre your way through an old apartment block to find the secret black door. Beyond lies not only Chelsea’s most notorious speakeasy, but also the scene of a terrible crime. Once you’ve solved the mystery, you can calm your nerves with a toast to the deceased and a complimentary cocktail from Barts’ Murderous menu and enjoy the afterparty. Tickets are £30pp and include a welcome drink.
Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, Chelsea SW3 3DW; barts-london.com

8 I A-DOUGH YOU Valentine’s Masterclass at PAUL, Covent Garden
Swap flowers for flour this Valentine’s and get hands-on with three bespoke Valentine’s masterclasses to choose from at PAUL. Spend quality with your beloved learning to bake how to create beautiful heart-shaped baguettes, intricate heart-shaped brioche plaits and generously filled éclairs with PAUL’s master baker. The classes take place at PAUL Covent Garden on 11, 12 and 13 February from 6pm-9.30pm. Tickets are £90 and include vegetarian/charcuterie/cheese platters and champagne to enjoy at the end of the class, as well as a luxury baker’s kit to take home, including limited edition PAUL apron, recipes and course certificate.
29 Bedford Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9ED; paul-uk.com

9 Swingers Crazy Golf Valentine’s Package, City & West End
Swingers City & Swingers West End are celebrating Valentine’s with a crazy golf package that will suit couples to a tee. Leave the clichéd Valentine’s plans behind and opt for a special round of crazy golf for two on one of Swingers four renowned nine-hole courses, (The Windmill, The Lighthouse, Helter Skelter and The Big Wheel), with a bottle of Perrier Jouët Champagne and a heart-shaped pizza of your choice from Pizza Pilgrims or Made of Dough (depending on which location you visit). After your bubbly, head over to one of the bars for cocktails like the Anna Pavlova (Zubrowka vodka, apple, lime, egg whites, elderflower) and the Hibiscus Sour (Bimber Oak vodka, Cointreau, Peychaud’s Bitters, homemade hibiscus syrup, lemon juice, egg whites). The package is available from 14-17 February and costs £86 per couple.
Swingers West End, 15 John Prince’s St, Marylebone W1G 0AB & Swingers City, 8 Brown’s Buildings EC3A 8AL; swingersldn.com 

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10 Love & Illusion at Maskelyne & Cooke, Piccadilly
Piccadilly’s Maskelyne & Cooke, the new cocktail bar focused on magic and the art of illusion, is staging a free live magic show on 14 February. Couples can sip on signature cocktails, from an impressive list inspired by celebrated Victorian magicians John Neville Maskelyne and George Cooke, and be magically entertained at the same time. Favourites include the Levitation, a nod to the illusion trick believed to be the invention of Maskelyne, not Houdini, made with St. Germain Liquor, Agave Syrup, Lavender bitter and Butterfly pea flower tea.
21 Piccadilly, Mayfair W1J 0BH; maskelyneandcooke.co.uk 

11 Tarot Card Readings at Croque Monsieur, Camden
For a truly unique Valentine’s Day experience, Croque Monsieur is hosting an array of professional tarot card readings on 14 February, offering guests an insight into their love, marriage and relationships. Readers with over 20 years’ experience will be dishing out destinies with traditional Rider Wait Tarot, The Marseille Tarot and The Crowley Thoth Tarot readings in the all-new Bohemian-style Absinthe Bar hidden away below Lost Boys Pizza. Readings cost £35 including a drink. For reservations, email fangs@lostboyspizza.com
245 Eversholt Street, Camden N1 1BA; lostboyspizza.com

12 Partner Yoga at FirstLight, Shepherd’s Bush
FirstLight, the immersive light-technology fitness studio at Westfield London, is encouraging Londoner’s to bring your date for an uplifting partner yoga class that builds up to some easy Acro-Yoga moves. Taking place on 14 February, the special one-off workshop will include a range of partner-work using heart-opening yogic postures, meditations and romantic eye-gazing – culminating in an energising acro-yoga session. Combining the power of yoga with FirstLight’s cutting-edge mood boosting light-technology, you’ll leave feeling uplifted and connected to your partner. Tickets for the event also include mocktails and canapes from Maple Restaurant and the chance enjoy an array of pampering and mini-treatments. Tickets are £20 per couple. 6.30pm-8.30pm.
Westfield London, Ariel Way W12 7GF; firstlightcycle.co.uk

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