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February 4, 2016

Valentine’s Day: 7 Alternative Things to Do

No matter if you hate it or love it, it is hard to ignore it – St.Valentine’s Day is coming! Whether you are single or in a relationship, there are so many different things for you to do! Before rushing to book a table for yet another romantic dinner, take a look at some of the alternative ideas of how to spend this Valentine’s Day 2016:

1. If you are not in the romantic mood but still want to have something to celebrate, why not join the Chinese New Year celebrations, the biggest in the world outside China! A grand parade will set off from Trafalgar square at 10am. Expect to see lots of Chinese food stalls, musical performances, crafts, workshops and so much more!

You can also visit UK’s first Chinese Lantern festival in Chiswick House and Garden. This is an outdoor event, a festival of light and illumination celebrating Chinese New Year 2016 and the Year of the Monkey. You will have a real cultural adventure when exploring a picturesque garden trail through Corridors of Light. Read more about it here.

2. Feeling lonely? Feline Lonely! Meet your perfect cat match at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on Friday 12th February. You can visit the Cattery, where you will be treated to a complimentary glass of bubbly and have a chance to find a new cat friend.

3. If you are looking for something more fun, dance the night away to some of your favourite rom-com soundtrack hits at The Piano Works, Farringdon’s non-stop live music venue. Special cocktails, popcorn, photobooth and ice cream will be waiting for you!

4. Why wait to have a romantic dinner when you can have a romantic brunch? Mad Hatter’s Valentine’s Brunch is taking place in a secret north London apartment and promises ‘a winning combination of fantastical design and weird and wonderful flavour combinations’.

5. If you want to get closer to nature, stroll down the Kew Gardens, where celebration of the Orchid 2016 returns for a second year, this time with a colourful carnival theme. A series of displays, talks and films will help you learn more about the diversity of Brazil’s environments. Read about it here. 

6. For something more cultural, go to watch the new version of the most well known love story of all times, Romeo and Juliet, at London’s biggest arts festival – Vault Festival 2016. This version by Serious Mischief is said to surprise audience at every turn. Show takes place in the Forge space, which might be tricky to find since its entrance is in a graffiti tunnel under Waterloo.

7. Valentine’s Masked Ball at the Bootleg Club is another way to spend Valentine’s Day, suited for those most sophisticated party-goers. An evening of celebratory dinner and various entertainment in an elegant ballroom sparkling with glitz and glamour, where all the guests are asked to hide their identities under eye-masks until midnight.

Now that you have a choice of where to go, what’s left for you to do is to find your perfect outfit, and we can help you with that too! Browse your date night dress in our online store. And have a very happy Valentine’s Day!