There is only a few weeks until Valentine’s Day on the 14th February and if London is anything to go by and you want to do something memorable or a little special, you need to get booking early. Here is a selection of events and goings-on to take your loved one to or if you are single this Valentine’s Day enjoy with friends.
Love Is All Around At The Coca-Cola London Eye
The Coca-Cola London Eye will be transformed into a haven for love birds this upcoming Valentine’s Day with Love All Around. From Friday 12th until Sunday 14th February, the eye will have a number of experiences on offer including the exclusive Cupid’s Capsule – your very own pod complete with a bottle of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne and a luxury box of Hotel Chocolat Pink Champagne Truffles, the indulgent Champagne Experience and an extra special Champagne River Cruise. For more info and to make bookings visit www.londoneye.com.
Perrier Jouet ”Butterfly Kisses” Afternoon Tea at The Ivy Kensington
The Ivy Kensington Brasserie has partnered with prominent champagne house Perrier-Jouët to create “Butterfly Kisses” – the ultimate romantic Champagne Afternoon Tea. An installation of over 700 hand-made origami green, white and golden butterflies will be suspended from the restaurant’s ceiling creating a stunning canopy over in which to enjoy Afternoon Tea. All guests will receive their own orgami butterfly at the end of the meal which will unfold to reveal a secret Valentine’s message, and for 140 lucky people, a bespoke Valentine’s Day prize. The Perrier-Jouët “Butterfly Kisses” Afternoon Tea is available now until Monday 15th February and will be priced at £27.50 per person, including a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut. More info www.theivykensingtonbrasserie.com.
Make Your Own Bouquet Of Red Roses At Judith Blacklock Flower School
A lovely idea for a gift or a treat for yourself this Valentine’s. The renowned flower school is running a ‘Flowers for Beginners’ course on 13th February specially designed for Valentine’s Day. The day will include a tour of all that New Covent Garden Flower market has to offer, a breakfast, followed by a practical session at the school in Belgravia where each student will create a beautiful bouquet of red roses to take home for their loved one. The course is priced at £150, to book visit www.judithblacklock.com.
Valentine’s Pampering at Cheeky Parlour
Get ready for a hot date or just treat yourself to a little me time this Valentine’s with Cheeky Parlour’s special Valentine’s pamper treat. Pop into one of the Cheeky Parlours (Holborn & Shoreditch) and enjoy a Cheeky Works Manicure, a Toe Shine Pedicure, a glass of fizz and take home an ‘It Kit’ filled with all your essentials you could need including hairgrips, safety pins, makeup wipes to make sure your date goes smoothly. This special Valentine’s pamper is priced at £45 and is available at Cheeky Parlour from 1st -14th February. More details on Cheeky Parlour locations and to book visit www.urcheeky.com.
Grab a Free Valentine’s Cocktail At South Place Hotel
If you are single this Valentine’s weekend, grab your friends and enjoy a free welcome cocktail at South Place Hotel. South Place Hotel in Moorgate is treating parties of three or more to a complimentary welcome cocktail when dining from the Evening Menu or Valentine’s Menu this Valentine’s Day weekend in 3 South Place. Single friends unite. Who said three’s a crowd? To book visit www.southplacehotel.com.
Valentine’s Chocolate Tours
Does your other half love chocolate? Then treat to them to a Chocolate Ecstasy Tour in London. Each tour takes you on a journey round an area of London, learning a little history and eating a lot of chocolate along the way. It’s basically a cross between a chocolate tasting, a historical tour of London and a pub crawl (just without the alcohol!). Guests get discounts on any chocolate they want to buy to take home and will leave the tour feeling full of chocolate. On Valentine’s weekend there is a Mayfair tour (£40pp) at 11am on Saturday 14th and a Chelsea tour (£45pp) at 11.30am on Sunday 15th. For more info and to book visit www.chocolateecstasytours.com.
Valentine’s Brunch at The Jam Tree
On Sunday 14th February The Jam Tree is offering friends and lovers a delicious boozy Valentine’s brunch at their Clapham and Chelsea venues. Guests can choose from 2 set menus, the first includes bottomless Prosecco and two brunch items for £15 per person and for £20 per person enjoy a strawberry bellini, any brunch item from the menu and a special Valentine’s dessert. Brunch items include traditional Eggs Florentine with buttered spinach and lashings of rich hollandaise on thick sourdough bread, to chunkier American inspired dishes. Brunch at Chelsea will be served from 12-4pm, whilst brunch at Clapham will be served from 10-2pm. More at www.thejamtree.com.
Get Flirty With Benefit
This February Benefit Cosmetics are holding flirting lessons with Flirt Coach Cate Mackenzie at their Carnaby Street Boutique. On the 10th February flirt coach Cate Mackenzie will be at Benefit’s Carnaby boutique to share her top flirting tips in a 45 minute masterclass, so whether you are single or not, come and enjoy with friends and put your best flirt forward. Afterwards enjoy a makeup lesson with the Benefit ladies and learn all about how to make your brows look fabulous. Tickets are free, but spaces are limited so get booking now.
Valentine’s Dinner With A Whole Host Of Celebrities
Imagine sharing Valentine’s dinner with the likes of David Beckham and Audrey Hepburn, well it’s a reality, as Madame Tussaud’s plays host to a special Valentine’s dinner with a difference. On Saturday 13th February they will be hosting their annual pop-up restaurant, where you will be greeted on arrival with a cocktail to the ‘Hollywood’ reception surrounded by some of the world’s top celebrities. Enjoy a three course dinner with a glass of wine in the Victorian inspired world stage ballroom with the stars and also live entertainment. For more info and to book tickets visit www.merlineventslondon.com.
Magic Lantern Festival
The Magical Lantern Festival is a magnificent five-week festival to celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of The Monkey, channeling its rich, 2000-year heritage into an immersive world, comprised of 50, enormous lanterns which flash and interact with guests; a 60-metre dragon; and a majestic Temple of Heaven. Visitors can discover the glowing Animal Kingdom, brimming with flamingos, zebras and elephants as well as an Enchanted Forest, Corridors of Light, and Entertainment Zone. Ideal for Valentine’s Day visits, there is an enormous Love Zone, where couples can even control the lighting by embracing on a ‘lover’s platform. The festival opens from the 3rd February until March 6th at Chiswick House Gardens. Tickets available here www.magicallantern.uk.