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Rooftop Arabic Poetry | Courtesy of Mothership Group
Rooftop Arabic Poetry | Courtesy of Mothership Group

11 Unusual Things to Do on Valentine’s Day in London

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Updated: 12 January 2018

Perhaps this year you’re looking to move away from the conventional romantic dinner and inject a little more creativity into your Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re single or in a couple, if you want to try something a little different, check out these 10 unusual things to do on Valentine’s Day in London.

Take part in a social dating experiment at Hoxton Square

If you’re open-minded when it comes to love and prefer not to use dating apps, why not try a unique social dating experiment, right in the heart of the city? The experiment explores how intimacy between strangers can be heightened through a series of intimate questions… well 36 questions in total. Apply to the event to be matched with a stranger and to take part in this interesting test, that could even result in you bonding with the perfect partner!

Tickets free: apply to take part here

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Hoxton Square | Courtesy of Mothership Group

DIY porn workshop

If you’ve ever fancied trying your hand at your very own home movie with your partner, this exclusive workshop at Shoreditch’s The Book Club will tell you everything you need to know. Sexual liberties campaigner and pornographer Pandora Blake will teach you tips and tricks and how to get it right. The unique class promotes safe and fun sex positivity, so if you’re looking for something bold to try this Valentine’s make sure you book in advance.

The Book Club, Shoreditch, London, UK

Doggie Date Night

Perhaps all the company you need this Valentine’s Day is your sweet four-legged friend. Sound familiar? If your one true love is your dog, you’ll be pleased to hear the Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge is opening its doors to owners and their furry sidekicks for afternoon tea with a twist; featuring a selection of treats including beef meatloaf, homemade dog biscuits and even doggy ice cream. At £40 per person and £18 per pup, why not spend Valentine’s Day with your loyal companion that worships the ground you walk on.

Egerton House Hotel, Knightsbridge, SW3 2BX

Rooftop Poetry Reading

If you are a literature enthusiast, head down to the Queen of Hoxton this Valentine’s day for an evening of Arabic poetry celebrating female wit and lust. Soak up the love with readings from poems from over the past 5,000 years that celebrate the voice of women. To make things even more spiritual, the evening even takes place in a cosy Moroccan wigwam, so you can cuddle up and enjoy the fantastic poetry and art.

Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, London, UK

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Rooftop Arabic Poetry | Courtesy of Mothership Group

Book yourself into a pyjama party in Stepney Green

Stepney Green has been holding sleepover events since 2009 and the popular 40 Winks night takes the idea of a pyjama party to the next level, incorporating interesting stories and fabulous cocktails. Event organisers work with storytellers, actors and musicians to give sleepover guests a memorable evening.

Watch an anti-romance film at one London’s great independent cinemas

London has a fabulous selection of independent cinemas, why not check the listings and go unconventional. Instead of snuggling up to a rom-com, choose a violent action film or creepy horror flick.

Treat yourself to an afternoon tea cruise

Sail down the river Thames and take in the city’s stunning landmarks including The Shard and the towering Canary Wharf skyscrapers. Treat yourself to sandwiches, cakes and prosecco to your heart’s content, all the while listening to some great live jazz music as you make your voyage down the river.

Spend the night surrounded by lions

Sleep just metres away from one of the most magnificent creatures in the animal kingdom and book to stay the night at London Zoo’s Gir Lion Lodge where you’ll be staying roaring distance away from lions. Ticket prices include an after-hours tour of some of the enclosures as well as a two-course dinner and full English breakfast. Channel your inner explorer and spend the night surrounded by dangerous animals.

Gir Lion Lodges at night (c)ZSL

Gir Lion Lodges | Courtesy of ZSL

Book a booth at Lucky Voice

If you’re brave enough, book a karaoke booth at Soho’s Lucky Voice. Scroll through their collection of karaoke anthems and impress your date by belting your heart out to a romantic ballad. You can also get drinks delivered directly to your booth to make the experience slightly easier, (if you’re not blessed with a natural singing voice, that is).

52 Poland Street, Soho, London, UK

Visit a comedy club

Get your endorphins flowing and inject some comedy into your Valentine’s evening. While the day may been known for romance, there’s nothing better than sharing some laughs and watching some of the best performers on the comedy circuit right now. Whether you’re coupled-up or looking for a great night with friends, London has a great selection of comedy clubs including the likes of Bearcat comedy club, Headliners and Instant Laughs – you definitely won’t be left disappointed.

Comedy Carnival | Courtesy of Comedy Carnival

Comedy Carnival | Courtesy of Comedy Carnival

Spend the night playing boozy board games

Inject some competitive spirit into your date at London’s first board game café in Hackney. Draughts offers a huge library of games for couples to get stuck into. Located in the railway arches on Acton Mews, the spot is an absolute haven for board game lovers.