What to do in London for Valentine’s Day

Romantic walk and a picnic on Hampstead Heath

Theres nothing quite as romantic as escaping the hustle and bustle with your loved one, leaving the traffic, sirens and crowds and taking in a breath of fresh air. Jane Austen and Emily Bronte certainly knew the power of the great outdoors to get your pulses racing , and luckily London boasts an unrivalled array of beautiful parks and open spaces for all of us to enjoy. Hampstead Heath, with its lakes, lanes and vast swathes of open ‘green-ness’ provides the perfect landscape for a romantic stroll- with Highgate village a great pit-stop for wearied wanderers. The view of the capital from the top of Parliament hill is unrivalled on a clear day, and perfect for a romantic trip out.

Dial Arch

Situated in the natural heart of Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich, the original Dial Square building dates from 1720, this Gastro pub is a truly unique part of Woolwich history- the building itself acted as the gate house for the historic home of British defence and munitions production. Recently re-furbished to house a “plush and unique style, with exposed brickwork, chandeliers, and original artwork on the walls”, the Dial Arch is brimming with rustic style and character.  A warming fire with heart-warming food and traditional cask ales will assure that you and your loved one are comforted to the core this Valentines day- and its right on your doorstep.

Future Cinema

“WE ARE LIVE CINEMA” boasts the website in bold capitals. Future Cinema is a live events company that specialise in creating living, breathing experiences of the cinema. A totally new concept providing an immersion in the cinema, and bringing  back the concept of ‘spectacle’ – it is perhaps best explained by themselves: “Specialising in bringing events to life through a unique fusion of film, improvised performances, detailed design and interactive multimedia, Future Cinema create wholly immersive worlds that stretch the audience’s imagination and challenge their expectations.” Current viewings on offer are Casablanca and the Shawshank Redemption – whilst the latter is perhaps not top of the list for romance, Casablanca is heralded as one of the greatest love stories of all time, and the spectacle of either event will be sure to provide  a great evening out.

Cocktail Masterclass

What’s better than enjoying a delicious cocktail with your loved one on Valentine’s Day – why learning how to make them of course! London’s very own Harvey Nicholls run cocktail making master-classes twice weekly. The course promises to guide you “through cocktail bar alchemy, classic cocktail combinations and bartender’s top tips,” before they let you lose behind the bar to practice your newly found skills. The morning class is followed by a certificate presentation and lunch in the adjoining 5th Floor restaurant – reservation required.   If great drinks followed by great food don’t get you in the romantic spirit then nothing else will.

Tramshed

Set in a famous grade-2 listed tramshed building on Garden Walk and Rivington Street was designed by Vincent Harris and built in 1905 as an electricity generating facility for the Tramway System. Where gastronomy and culture collide, there is an art gallery on the bottom floor as well as a specially commissioned Damien Hirst work overlooking the restaurant- which can be equally enjoyed by private diners on the mezzanine floor. With a simple menu of chicken or steak, or chicken salad or steak salad, this isn’t one for vegetarians however. But for meat lovers, great quality and fantastic produce can be assured. Tramshed also offers takeaway chicken & chips, salads, steak sandwiches and coffee from 11am daily-  an ideal way to enjoy valentine’s day at home!

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