10 Inspiring Ideas For Valentine’s Day

1: Have A Candlelit Dinner
Guide your partner by the hand through Dennis Severs’ House, a candlelit home that artist Dennis Severs decorated just as a family of Huguenot silk weavers may have left it in the early-18th century. Look out for love letters on an antique table. dennissevershouse.co.uk

2: Learn How To Make It 
You’ve made it this far, but can you make it for ever? Find out how to increase your chances of long-haul love at The School of Life’s How to Make Love Last workshop. The class examines skills such as communication, compromise and tolerance while debating the balance of privacy, mystery and openness and dealing with conflict. 16 Feb. theschooloflife.com

3: A Milestone Anniversary – Butcher A Pig
Butchering a hunk of meat isn’t everyone’s idea of romance, but ladies, if seeing your man bring home the bacon turns you on then why not try a couple’s butchery class at Ginger Pig? As well as learning traditional butchery skills, you’ll receive cooking tips on how to get the most from each cut. thegingerpig.co.uk

4: Attend A Wedding 
What’s more romantic than a wedding? If your diary is empty until summer, then bag an invite to The Wedding Reception and dress up to attend Kate and Will’s comical reception. Join other guests and enjoy a three-course dinner while actors mill around you and you’ll have front-row seats to the drama that unfolds when an uninvited guest turns up. 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25 Feb. interactivetheatre.com.au

5: Be Inspired By Poetry 
Gents, if you managed to get the girl next door, you’re not the only one – poet John Keats fell for Fanny Brawne while living at Wentworth Place in 1818. Now called Keats House, it is a museum about the Romantic poet. cityoflondon.gov.uk

6: Be Part Of A Cabaret 
Get a taste of Moulin Rouge at Secret Cinema’s latest venture, which recreates the 2001 film starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor before screening it. Dress to the nines – think feather boas for ladies, and top hat and tails for gents – and immerse yourself in 1899 Paris at a secret location. Booking essential. From 14 Feb. secretcinema.org

Love Letters7: Honeymoon – Pen A Love Letter 
Romantic types can pen a love letter on heart and envelope-shaped biscuits (8 & 15 Feb), lovebirds (12 Feb) or woodland animals (26 Feb) at The Biscuiteers in Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, and Northcote Road, Battersea. There is also a late-night class (2 & 23 Feb) that includes Prosecco. biscuiteers.com

8: Soak In A Hot Tub
Book the Lucy Suite at the boutique Bermondsey Square Hotel and you can enjoy a rooftop Jacuzzi. The private terrace has a hot tub, too. bermondseysquarehotel.co.uk

9: Go Wine Tasting
Take a tour of London Cru, London’s only winery, and learn how it hand-picks grapes in European vineyards, then turns them into wine in Fulham. londoncru.co.uk

10: Make Perfume
Experts say falling in love is all about pheromones, but why not give nature a helping hand? Try a perfume workshop in Dalston with pop-up Experimental Perfume Club. 11, 13 & 25 Feb. experimentalperfumeclub.com

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