Forget flowers this Valentine’s day, too predictable. Surprise your loved one with something a little different. Here are the top 20 unique and unusual romantic things you can do in London.
Make your own Jewellery! – The London Jewellery school in Hatton Gardens is running a class the Sunday before Valentine’s day. Get creative and make a silver pendant, keyring or pair of earrings. No experience or skill required, this will be a wonderful Valentine’s gift. Or, go as a couple and make something for each other.
The Whispering Gallery at St Paul’s Cathedral – Now this is sweet. The whispering gallery runs around the interior of the dome. Due to its acoustics, you can whisper sweet nothings against its walls and you can be heard on the opposite side….just make sure you are whispering to the right person!
Chocolate Walking Tours – Valentines and Chocolate go hand in hand, so how about a total immersion into the world of chocolate? The London Chocolate tours in Chelsea / Knightsbridge offers hot chocolate, chocolate sampling and vip discounts. An exploration of the origin of chocolate and modern chocolate trends (if you like the sound of chilli chocolate this is your tour!), this is a chocoholic’s dream! A Mayfair tour, Evening and full day tours are available too!!
Circus skills – learn unicycling, diabolo, stilt walking and static trapeze in the morning and/ or flying trapeze, tightwire walking, juggling and acrobatic balancing in the afternoon at Circus space on Coronet street. You can also learn Western skills such as knife throwing, whip cracking and lassoing – my other half is already very good at cracking the whip, believe me!
Lessons in wine – Vinopolis is a great chance to educate yourself in all things vino as well as having a fab time. The wine tour and tasting will show you how to ‘sniff, swirl and slurp’ like a professional. 1 hour masterclass with prices from £25.
The world’s longest Champagne bar – Arrange to meet at St. Pancras station (how about under Paul Day’s 30 foot tall statue, The Lovers?) then drink champagne at the world’s longest champagne bar, on the station platform. Impressive!
Outdoor Ice skating – wrap up warm and get your skates on. Until feb 20th, you can enjoy the ice rink at Canary Wharf. Lots of support and cuddles, lots of romance.
Chelsea Physic Garden – Situated in the heart of London, this ‘Secret Garden’ is a centre of education, beauty and relaxation. It is London’s oldest botanic garden and a unique living museum. You just have to pay a visit to the special Tangerine Dream Café.
Embargo 59 – Arguably the Kings Road’s finest nightclub, this oozes glamour, style and cool. The relaxed roof top terrace and the elegant gold room are the club’s highlights. A superior London night spot.
London by Helicopter – Cabair Helicopters are based at Elstee aerodrome and offer an aerial tour of London for just £150. The Helilondoncitytour flies you over the Millennium Wheel and the new Eurostar terminals at Kings Cross and Waterloo. An unforgettable experience. A proposal at 1000 feet?!
See London in a Mini Cooper – A brilliant way to see London, inside a classic Mini Cooper. With London Mini Cooper tours starting from £54, your knowledgeable tour guide knocks spots off the traditional open topped bus tours! The confined space of a mini will be a plus for any romantic!
Chill out at Innerspace – London’s meditation and self development centre, Innerspace is based in Covent Garden has a huge range of personal development books and runs courses too. The real gem is their quiet room which is free to use. Sometimes, all you need is some soothing music in the background and a comfortable chair!
Greyhound racing – Walthamstow Greyhound Racing Stadium is putting on a special Valentine’s menu at its Paddock Grill, and there’s even the opportunity to sponsor a race and name it after your loved one. Good work, dog racers! Guaranteed fun.
The Cartoon Museum – Perfect for spending quality time with your loved one, the Cartoon Museum is dedicated to preserving the best of British cartoons, caricatures, comics and animation.
London Ghost walk – How romantic! OK, so it’s not candlelit dinner, but will certainly get you closer to your loved one. The Ghost walk starts off at St Paul’s tube station and covers a variety of ghosts from old London town. The London Horror tour includes haunted pubs, eerie churches and St Paul’s.
High octane Thames – Take a tour on a high-speed boat on the Thames, exhilarating experience which takes in the London Eye through to Canary Wharf and back again. This is a stunning activity from London RIB voyages, this Valentine’s treat will never be forgotten!
Sexy Moves – Tango has to be the raciest of dances. Learning the Tango in candlelight seems a natural progression. For more info, check out Tango @ 33’s website.
Private Karaoke – A private room / booth seems like a great idea for Karaoke, especially if I am involved! Get to LuckyVoice and sing a loving duet with your better half. Lots of fun!
The best brunch in London – Get cosy, take in the view and enjoy the most amazing brunch London can offer. Overlooking Chelsea Harbour, The Wyndham Grand Sunday brunch is an experience in itself. The best brunch in London starts with a welcome cocktail followed by a choice of healthy breakfast options, the bespoke Egg Station with delicious hot accompaniments (truly amazing), a selection of fresh salads, main courses and tempting desserts. Treat your partner the day before Valentine’s day with this and you will be in the good books all year long!