As soon as February 1st hits we are bombarded with red and pink heart covered merchandise; from food and novelty gifts to a Valentines exclusive bag you might buy for yourself, the pretty and loved themed products are pretty enticing. But we mustn’t forget what Valentines Day is about, celebrating the connection we have with somebody special. Whether you are spending the day with your hubby, wifey, family or best friends, the day of love should be celebrated by everyone. So prepare for February 14th with my list of top 5 activities to do in the capital, no matter what your romantic situation is.
For first dates…
Electric Cinema Notting Hill
One of the oldest cinemas in London, Electric Cinema oozes romantic and cosy vibes. The seating arrangement almost feels more like the lounge of a stately home, with red leather arm chairs, lampshades on table in between each set of chairs and red velvet beds at the front and back of the theatre, fit for a good old fashioned cuddle. If the first part of your date goes well you could take a short stroll through Notting Hill to the Resting Room Bar, on the ground floor of Portobello Road’s gin hotel…
Nearest tube station: Ladbroke Grove
For the well acquainted…
Spend the weekend unwinding at The Ned
With ten restaurants under one roof, a hammam spa, nail salon and grooming parlours, I can imagine it’s difficult to get bored at The Ned. They have a huge selection of rooms and although their rates are a little steep, you certainly do get what you pay for. If you do want to head out for the evening (but why would you?), you are right in the heart of The City and a short walk away from the lively nightlife of Shoreditch. Personally I would be spending the evening in Millie’s Lounge after a day at the spa!
Nearest tube station: Bank
Alternative cosy city hotels:
Henrietta Hotel: Inspired Covent Garden’s rich history with a nod to Italian design, the bedrooms in the Henrietta are super and bathed in pink & blue hues.
Zetter TownHouse: There are two Zetter Townhouses in London; Whether you stay in the East London Zetter Townhouse in cool Clerkenwell or the central chic Marylebone location, you probably won’t leave the award winning cocktail bars.
Artist Residence: A small and vibrant boutique hotel in Chelsea, Artist Residence is filled with contemporary art. Each bedroom is completely unique so each stay is as exciting as the next!
For the ones with curious minds…
Put things into perspective at the Royal Observatory
Situated on a hill in Greenwich Park overlooking the River Thames, even the surroundings of the Royal Observatory are like something from a film featuring Hugh Grant. In a city like London it can be easy to forget what else is out there, so refresh your mind with a generous dose of curiosity, courtesy of the universe. Choose between a tour of the solar system, exploring dark matter or simply observe the night sky live. Psst! If you’re looking to take the next step, they will let you pop the question under a canopy of stars, without having to rely on the notorious British weather!
Opening times: Mon – Sun 10am – 5pm
Nearest tube station: North Greenwich
For those that dream of a picturesque Valentines Day…
Take a daytime stroll down the canals of Little Venice
Little Venice is a mysteriously tranquil part of London and is a wonderful place to go any day of the year, even if you’re on your own. Get lost under the trees (currently leafless I’m afraid, but still pretty!), watch the boats go by or settle with a good book in Cafe Laville which floats above the canal. Fingers crossed the rain will keep away but if not, there are plenty of bridges to provide shelter! Who knows, maybe it will snow by February 14th in which case, might just make it the prettiest place in London…
Nearest tube station: Warwick Avenue
For the ladies celebrating Galentines…
Find the prettiest lunch spots
CALLING ALL LADIES WHO LUNCH! Look no further for the perfect lunch spot with the girls. People from all over the world come to Peggy Porschen just to see the breathtakingly attractive exterior. The parlour is updated often with themed decor, but Valentines Day is my personal favourite. The word ‘love’ is spelled out with roses and fairy lights above the door and all the hand made treats are, you guessed it, love themed. It is quite literally the sweetest place to be on Valentines Day.
PS – If you want to remember the special day, you can buy my framed Paris prints in Peggy Porschen!
If you fancy going for cocktails afterwards, read my previous article on my favourite coffee hide-outs in London, a lot of them double up as great places to spend the evening!
Opening times: Mon – Sun 8am – 8pm
Nearest tube station: Sloane Square
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little romantic roundup and wish you a wonderful Valentines Day! Whatever you choose to do, remember to #LiveColourfully.