5 alternative date ideas for Valentine’s Day in London

Whatever your views are on Valentine’s Day, you don't have to be predictable. Instead of following the crowd with the same old cliches, you can make a stand against a corporate agenda and still keep your partner happy by doing something totally different.

Whether you are reluctantly searching for date ideas for Valentine’s Day that don’t suck or on a mission to impress a new love; we have some unique date ideas that will light or reignite that fire. Single? All of these ideas are not exclusive to couples, get a group of friends together and jump on in.

1. A pop up screening with a difference

A romantic night with a twist, Block Party Cinema’s pop up screening of classic Valentine’s flick Poetic Justice (1993) is on Valentine’s Day Tuesday 14th Feb. You can snuggle up on a bean bag with a glass of bubbly and popcorn in hand to watch the movie. As an added treat the evening also includes a live spoken word exhibition, inspired by the films Maya Angelou poetry and smooth RnB tunes from the DJ before and after the screening.  Tickets from £12.

2. A comedy night that will float your boat

If your partner loves a good ol’ laugh and you really want to rock the boat this year, then you could come aboard this comedy night with a romantic spin.  The  Boat Show Comedy Valentine’s Special will be on the RS Hispaniola, moored in the West End opposite the London Eye. A great pick if you want to impress a new love. Laughing will break the ice and the romantic views across the river might just inspire that first kiss. Tickets from £16.

3. A sensory cocktail experience with live music & a love chamber

Midnight Apothecary, pegged by The Evening Standard as the ‘hottest pop-up cocktail bar in town’, will be opening its broad church doors on Saturday 11th February.  A truly unique experience with fireside merriment, midwinter cocktails and sizzling hot food. There will also be live music inside the candlelit Engine House and an optional descent into Brunel’s dark, underground love cave. Most importantly, there are free toasted marshmallows. Tickets from £7.

4. escape with a night of gaming in a London pub

The Four Thieves in South London is no ordinary pub. Not only do they have two of our escape rooms, they also have a retro arcade, table tennis, mini golf, and an RC racetrack. You can enjoy a tasty meal, get tipsy and keep yourselves entertained. An escape game is a great option for couples or groups - you can request to have the entire room to yourselves or share the experience with other couples on a double or triple date. In pub game prices vary, escape games available from £19pp.

5. Face your fears together on a fright bus tour

If you fancy an adventure, you could experience the darker side of London on a London Time Bus Tour; a fright bus service complete with on-board actors and technical trickery. A creepy conductor will provide commentary on some sinister sightseeing including unmarked burial grounds and haunted palaces. A sure-fire way to inspire some extra cuddles on a date. Tickets from £20.

Enjoy an alternative Valentine’s Day

We hope there is an experience in there that would get your lovers pulse racing or even inspire a group night out if you are unattached. For more inspiration you could also check out our silly date night ideas.