How to spend Valentine’s Day in London
Whether you’re in a couple, single or visiting with friends, here’s a selection of great events to enjoy this week.
Watch Company at the Gielgud Theatre
Single, heartbroken or think Valentine’s Day is commercialised nonsense? Then watch this musical about a single woman on her 35th birthday. All of Bobbie’s friends are pressuring her to find a boyfriend, but she has other ideas. Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning Broadway classic is huge fun and the songs are brilliant.
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 6AR | www.gielgudtheatre.co.uk
Celebrate Diana at Kensington Palace
For many, the late Princess of Wales embodies glamour, beauty, tragedy and love – all the ingredients of epic romance. Visiting Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace is a great way to celebrate her love for life, but be quick: it closes permanently on Sunday.
Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX | Kensington Palace
Free drink for solo diners at Kanada-Ya
On Thursday only, this top-notch ramen minichain is offering anybody eating alone a free glass of sake or a bottle of beer, as long as you order a main course. London’s three Kanada-Yas offer some of the best ramen in the city, so if you’re dining alone we recommend going.
Covent Garden: 64 St Giles High St, WC2H 8LE | Haymarket: 3 Panton St, SW1Y 4DL | Angel: 35 Upper St, N1 0PN www.kanada-ya.com
Visit The Wallace Collection
This beautiful former home displays many romantic paintings: The Swing, created by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, shocked the French in 1767 as it depicted a love triangle; Jean-Baptiste Pater’s Fête Galante with a Dancing Couple shows the courting world of 18th-century France, while Gerard ter Borch’s A Lady Reading a Letter sees a young girl reading a love letter in hopeful anticipation.
Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN | www.wallacecollection.org
Menus for any relationship status at Hard Rock Cafe
For something a bit different, visit the Hard Rock Cafe on Old Park Lane. Its Flavours of Love menu is available 13-17 February and includes lobster tortellini and tender beef fillets. There’s also the Sweetheart Shake with vanilla vodka to share.
150 Old Park Lane, W1K 1LB | Hard Rock Cafe
Stroll through Columbia Road Flower Market on Sunday
This east London street turns into an oasis of foliage every Sunday morning. It’s always incredibly busy but lots of fun, making it a great place to take your loved one, a group of friends, or to be on your own – the atmosphere is fantastic and there’s always lots going on in the surrounding streets, too.
Columbia Rd, E2 7RG | Columbia Road Flower Market
Watch Battersea Power Station turn red
The famous chimneys of this regenerated landmark will be glowing red for St Valentine, from 14-17 February. If you’ve never been there, why not take a boat west along the Thames, see the river at night and check out all of the new shops, restaurants and bars that have opened at Circus West Village.
Battersea Power Station Pier, SW8 4NR | www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk
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