As Valentine’s Day approaches, we’ve sorted through all the options to bring you Part One of THE Top 10 Events happening in London this Valentine’s Week. Check in next week for Part Two and remember to book somewhere soon before you are left with no choice but the local pub (and what a sad Valentine’s Day that would be). First up, the folks at Callooh Callay think they know the way into a your lover’s heart: Meat, Liquor and Romance. Yep, seems about right to us. In honour of that beautiful trifecta, they have organised a three course dinner on Tuesday, 14th February with prices ranging from £25 for the basic dinner to £45 for the basic dinner + Bollinger. They provide the meat and liquor. You provide the romance.
For a vintage Valentines, consider Die Frech Muse on Saturday, 11th February at the George Tavern, a 15th century tavern in East London. The ‘intimate, dark and melancholic soiree’ promises cabaret, burlesque, jazz and swing performers and more. The dress code is strictly 1900-40s. Tickets are £15 in advance or £20 at the door.
If black and white films are more your style, book two spots at Secret Cinema’s latest event, Other Cinema presents David Lean’s Brief Encounter. They will be screening the romance classic for four days from 14th – 18th February at the Troxy, transforming it into a picture palace of old complete with live music, an organist and usherettes. The audience is encouraged to dress in black-tie and carry a flower (for a lover or to give to a stranger). Tickets are £20 or £15 concession.
If you prefer to go all-out classy, consider celebrating Valentine’s Day at Bablyon located at the Kensington Roof Gardens. The price is £75 per person (£65 if you are a member of the private club) and includes a glass of champagne upon arrival, a four course meal, live jazz and breathraking views of London.
If you find yourself single this Valentine’s Day, don’t despair. Feeling Gloomy and Down With Dating’s Love Will Tear Us Apart at Islington Academy 2 on Saturday, 11th February is the place to be. There is the famous “Speed Hating” game, a misfortune reader and much more with tickets going for just £4.50.