We’ve made it our duty to bring you the ultimate list of anti-cliche things to do this Friday 14th, be you single or not.
>> 50 Shades of Valentines at The Wellington
The Late Night Cocktail Club like to spice things up a bit. So this V-Day, they’re taking over the raucous and rambuscus member’s club ‘The Wellington’ for a night of surprises. Get the girls together and embark on a fire-breathing, body-painting filled, cocktail-fueled adventure minus PDA from sickly-sweet lovebirds.
From 8pm onwards. Tickets start at £15, with a free cocktail for anyone in before 9pm.
>> MatchMaker at House of Wolf
Mr Wolf from the wonderful House of Wolf on Upper Street is playing cupid, with 100 single ladies (Beyonce-dance-hand) and 100 single males entering his love nest in the hope of finding love and/or a heated smooch.
Tickets are £15, doors open at 9pm.
>> Speed-Hating at The Phoenix
If a matchmaking night brings you out in hives, try Speed Hating at The Phoenix: the chance for yourself and other unattacheds to bind over those little things in life that REALLY NARK YOU. Throughout the night you’ll play delightfully anti-love-themed games, and one lucky lady will win the opportunity to play ‘Blind Hate’, choosing her potential date based on a series of horrific questions. Delightfully detestful.
Tickets are £10 and the night starts at 7.30pm.
>> Anti-Valentines Day Party at Bounce
The ping-pong party place in Holborn is hosting an anti-V Day party on Friday, with strict ‘no petting’ rules. Games will break the ice and DJ Shredded Pete will make sure there’s no possibility of slow-dancing. Get a group together and head down.
Tickets are just £5!
>> Dans Le Noir
Dinner with a difference. The difference being: it’s pitch black. Dans Le Noir is a ‘culinary experience’ restaurant where you sit with strangers and are served in absolute darkness by blind waiters – much to the confusion of your senses. This Clerkenwell spot is great for an unusual date, and there’s no danger of being surrounded by overly affectionate lovers. Even if you are, you’ll never know.
This V Day, Dans Le Noir are hosting an ‘aphrodisiac’ night: champagne and canapés, 3 course meal with wine, £80 per head.
>> Late Night Magic at The Jermyn Street Theatre
Not THAT kind of magic. Although it might turn into THAT if you take your date to the Jermyn Street Theatre on Friday for a spot of sleight of hand. Richard Leigh is the cheeky trickster with mind-boggling skills, and with a Valentines Day theme it’s a date with a difference for any lovebirds out there.
The show starts at 10.30pm and costs just £12, so time for a bite to eat and some glasses of fizz beforehand.
>> House of Burlesque at Madame JoJo’s
If you’re a curious couple with a taste for the exotic, head to the infamous Madame JoJo’s in Soho for a night of burlesque, bank robbers and booze smugglers. Designed to give you thrills that’ll get you hot under the collar, this early doors show will give you plenty of time to hit the town and sample Soho’s best cocktails afterwards.
>> Vauxhall Village and The Tunnel of Love
For the 14th, 15th and 16th, Vauxhall Village are showcasing a selection of classic, quirky or indie films in an unused railway arch. Cosy blankets are provided, and there’s the option to buy flowers, fizz, or perhaps most importantly chocolate fondue from stalls in the venue.
Friday is Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet showing at 7.30pm, and tickets are just £7.50.
Words by – Jo Birch