Best Valentine's Day Events in London

 
 
 
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Kew Orchid Festival
Woburn Treasures
The Prince of Egypt
Anton and Erin: Dance Those Magical Movies
Alex Edelman: Just For Us
Pussy Liquor: Self-Love Sanctuary
Ouse: Twisted Valentine at Queen of Hoxton
Outhaus: I Feel Love - A Big Queer Valentines
Message In A Bottle
Royal Ballet: Onegin
Valentine's Day onboard Glass Room
The London Cabaret Club: Gatsby with Love
Valentines at the Museum
Valentines at the Museum
PopHorror Anti-Valentine's Ball
Dating Twitter Advice Bureau
Just Eat Ultimate Love Island Date Night
Kitsune: French Kiss Party
British Baroque: Power and Illusion
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Looking for romantic Valentine's Day screenings, floral displays to help love blossom or more unusual date ideas - drag karaoke, anyone? Whether you're loved up or hoping to find your perfect match on the dance floor, LondonTown has paired you up with the best events for getting in the mood for love.

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Valentines at the Museum

Birds do it, bees do it... let's fall in love.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station , Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 14th February 2020

 

A wonderfully romantic setting, the Natural History Museum is hosting its first ever Valentines event where you can take inspiration from love and relationships in the natural world. With a cocktail in hand - the ticket price includes a free drink - you can explore everything from aphrodisiac tasting to salsa dancing and meet the museum's experts at this special after hours event. Going to Valentines at the Museum also guarantees entry to the popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. In the impressive Hintze Hall, as you pass under 'Hope' - the 25 metre long Blue Whale skeleton - who knows, the relationship you're hoping to nurture might just become fully formed in the Natural History Museum.

 
 
 

Dating Twitter Advice Bureau

Free pop up with games modelled on the funniest dating stories on Twitter.

7 James Street, 7 James Street, London, WC2E 8BH

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 13th - 16th February 2020

 

Twitter is sharing the love and opening its very own free Dating Advice Bureau for Valentine's Day. Go along to the pop up at in Covent Garden and play games modelled on the funniest dating stories and observations from Twitter. There's a giant swipe simulator - basically your phone, but bigger - a relationship wall, where tweeters share hilarious observations from their relationships, and a ghosting graveyard of DMs and dates who disappeared. Go jogging with a virtual date, wear your singledom with pride in the mini photo studio, observe the big red flag and just enjoy laughing at the funniest Tweets about other people's lessons in the language of love.

 
 
 

Just Eat Ultimate Love Island Date Night

Meet 2019 champion Amber Gill at a free Love Island event in Hackney.

Night Tales, 14 Bohemia Place, London, E8 1DU

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: 10th February 2020

 

Love Island fans (don't be shy), this is your chance to date like an islander and meet 2019 champion, Amber Gill, at a free event at Night Tales in Hackney laid on by Just Eat. Be swept away to a tropical island where you'll lounge on day beds with your friends and eat delicious Japanese street food - gyozas and nori tacos - from Sugoi JPN. Gather round the fire pit to test your knowledge of villa life with a superfan quiz. Brightly coloured bean bags - just like on the reality TV show - are scattered around for a live Love Island screening. After you've caught up on the latest love triangle and any shock eliminations, you can dance the night away at the villa party finale with a DJ spinning the tunes. It's the Ultimate Love Island Date Night.

 
 
 

Kew Orchid Festival

The Princess of Wales Conservatory is transformed by cascading exotic flowers.

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 08th February - 08th March 2020

 

An annual visual treat, the Kew Orchid Festival returns for its 25th year in 2020. This year the festival celebrates the diverse wildlife and vibrant culture of Indonesia. Made up of more than 17,500 islands, including Bali, Java and Borneo, the country's vast topography ranges from tropical rainforests to spectacular volcanoes and is home to a plethora of flora and fauna. Visitors to the festival will find themselves transported into an exotic paradise that captures the sights, smells and sounds of the country with a display of life-sized orangutans, tigers and rhinoceros decorated in flowers.

 
 
 

Anton and Erin: Dance Those Magical Movies

See the Strictly Come Dancing stars twirl to musical numbers from the silver screen.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 14th - 15th February 2020

 

Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag perform classic ballroom dance to musical numbers filled with Hollywood glamour. Set to much loved film scores, music includes classics from Breakfast at Tiffany's, Singin' In The Rain and The Wizard of Oz as well as more recent blockbusters The Greatest Showman and Moulin Rouge. Featuring clever choreography and stunning costumes, the ballroom dance stars are joined on stage by vocalist Lance Ellington, a dance ensemble and 23-piece concert orchestra under the baton of Richard Balcombe. Proving very popular, the Q and A section adds some fun interaction for the audience.

 
 
 
 

Message In A Bottle

Modern dance reveals a story of displacement set to the songs of Sting.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 06th February - 21st March 2020

 

In a first-time collaboration between Sadler's Wells and Universal Music, Message In A Bottle is a brand-new dance show from triple Olivier Award-nominee Kate Prince. Set to the music of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, the world premiere sees a village in the midst of celebrations come under siege, resulting in three siblings - Leto, Mati and Tana - separated from their parents and launched into an extraordinary journey to new lands. Gravity-defying lyrical hip hop dance and uplifting music come together in the feel good show with a cast of international dancers performing to Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Walking On The Moon, Shape of My Heart and Fields of Gold.

 
 
 

Royal Ballet: Onegin

A young girl's doomed infatuation is beautifully played out by the Royal Ballet.

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 18th January - 29th February 2020

 

John Cranko directs Tchaikovsky's most-loved opera, based on the Alexander Pushkin novel, about the young country girl Tatyana, who believes that the dashing Onegin is the man of her dreams, however is humiliated when he rejects her and flirts with her older, engaged sister. John Cranko's adaptation of Pushkin's verse-novel, "is suddenly flavour of the month" said The Telegraph reviewing this "welcome revival" of Onegin at the Royal Opera House in 2013. Made in 1965 for Cranko's Stuttgart company, this portrait of a young girl's doomed infatuation is "one of the great ballerina vehicles" and includes a dream pas de deux danced by the youthful Tatiana who transforms from a bookish country girl into a sophisticated woman at the pinnacle of St Petersburg society.

 
 
 

The Prince of Egypt

A glittering new production with music by the man who wrote the score for Wicked.

Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 5th February to 31st October 2020

 

With new musical numbers and lavish sets, The Prince of Egypt brings a glittering production based on the Dreamworks film to the Dominion stage. Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as the brand-new stage show follows the story of Moses, adopted by the Pharaoh and raised together with his adopted brother, Ramses. Tensions rise as the two find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (who wrote the score for Wicked) and songs like 'When You Believe' - a big hit for Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey - you can expect a spine tingling soundtrack which includes ten new songs. The cast comes with a wealth of experience in shows like Sweeney Todd and Les Mis with Luke Brady as Moses and Liam Tamne playing his adopted brother, Ramses, while Gary Wilmot stars as Bedouin leader Jethro.

 
 
 

Woburn Treasures

Marvel at masterpieces by Gainsborough and Canaletto in the gallery next to Buckingham Palace.

The Queen's House, Park Row, London, SE10 9NF

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 13th February 2020 to 17th January 2021

 

This year, Queen's House presents Woburn Treasures, a major new collaboration with Woburn Abbey that sees the venue showcase works from the private art collection of The Duke and Duchess of Bedford - widely regarded as one of the most important private art collections of today. With a number of pieces on public display in a national museum for the first time in over 60 years, visitors will be able to see pieces by the likes of Van Dyck, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Canaletto. Highlights include a full-length portrait of Anne of Denmark by Flemish artist Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, Lady Elizabeth Keppel by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Regatta on the Grand Canal by Canaletto.

 
 
 

British Baroque: Power and Illusion

Art from an overlooked era and a time of momentous change in Britain.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 05th February - 19th April 2020

 

In 2020, Tate Britain presents the first-ever exhibition to focus on baroque culture in Britain, which remains far lesser known in comparison to the pomp and glory of European baroque. British Baroque: Power and Illusion focuses on key historic moments such as the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 and the death of Queen Anne in 1714 in order to shine a spotlight on a much overlooked era and a time of momentous change in Britain. Works on loan from stately homes are shown in public for the very first time in order to explore how art was used to project a vision of power within the recently restored monarchy.

 
 
 
 

Dora Maar

The artist, photographer and lover to Picasso is celebrated in her own right.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 20th November - 15th March 2020

 

The Surrealist artist and photographer Dora Maar, lover to Pablo Picasso for eight or nine years, is celebrated as an artist in her own right at Tate Modern. More than 200 of her works, including rarely seen, privately-owned canvases such as La Conversation 1937 and La Cage 1943, and never-before exhibited negatives, feature in this first UK retrospective of her work. Her documentary style photography from the 1930s, when she was active in left-wing revolutionary groups, shows the effect of Europe's economic depression on the streets of Barcelona, Paris and London. The exhibition also reunites over 20 works from the second half of her life - the camera-less photographs that she made in the 1980s, four decades after all but abandoning the medium.

 
 
 

Alex Edelman: Just For Us

Get intimate with the Bostonian stand-up and his encounters with anti-Semites.

The Vaults, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 11th - 16th February 2020

 

Observational material from Alex Edelman, the Bostonian stand-up comedian whose Millennial show earned him best newcomer at Edinburgh four years ago. Peppered with tales of meeting Prince William and stories about his Olympian brother, Just For Us centres around a 20 minute strand stemming from the time he found himself targeted by strong anti-Semitic online abuse. Edelman decided to covertly attend a meeting of those same anti-Semites... "Edelman's supremely controlled technique and some high-quality gags ensure the laughs seldom falter" - The Guardian.

 
 
 

Pussy Liquor: Self-Love Sanctuary

Celebrate Galentine's Day because sometimes gal friends are better than boyfriends.

The Vaults, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 15th February 2020

 

To celebrate Galentine's Day (because sometimes 'gal' friends are better than boyfriends), Pussy Liquor invites you into The Vaultsfor a raucous and jovial celebration of all things body positive. Throw away societal expectations and get down to the grrl-power queer disco at their Self-Love Sanctuary, a party designed to make you feel good. Featuring a decadent feast of cabaret, DJs and immersive experiences, this is a festival of self-love, self-confidence and self-worship in a world that all too often inspires the opposite.

 
 
 

PopHorror Anti-Valentine's Ball

Ditch the roses and romance, replace with an evening of speed hating and twisted cabaret.

Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5HY

Tube: Vauxhall Station

 

Dates: 13th February 2020

 

If Valentine's Day is your least favourite day of the year, the PopHorror Anti-Valentine's Ball is for you. Whether you're single and lonely or loved up and anti-romance, the event invites you to enjoy an evening of twisted cabaret at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Hosted by Dusty Limits, performances will come from Shazia Mirza, Loxx Blaxx, Vulgaire, Oedipussi, Dolly Trolley and The Fire Factory. Games and activities include speed hating, a singles snogathon, worst date confessionals, power ballad group singalong and the damaged goods tombola. There will also be fine pop, indie and alternative music at the broken-hearted disco 'til midnight.

 
 
 

Ouse: Twisted Valentine

Fall down the rabbit hole with your star-crossed lover.

The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: 15th February 2020

 

Birmingham based club collective Ouse returns to the Queen of Hoxton for its first instalment of 2020. Taking inspiration from 'Alice in Wonderland' as well as 'Romeo and Juliet', the venue is transformed into a spectacular 'twisted Valentine's' world. Fall down the rabbit hole with your star-crossed lover at this immersive club night and get down to the very best old school, hip hop and RnB.

 
 
 
 

Outhaus: I Feel Love - A Big Queer Valentines

Celebrate on V-Day itself with drag performers, gogo dancers and DJ's in Hoxton.

Colours, 2-4 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 14th February 2020

 

Celebrate a night of lust, love and life on the Colours dance floor on the big V-Day itself, with drag performers, gogo dancers and DJ's. Dance to disco, house and funk fused with a mix of RnB throwbacks and big hits, who knows who you'll meet under the disco balls. Returning to Colours Hoxton, Outhaus brings you the sexiest disco in London for a big queer Valentines. Dress code: red or whatever makes you shine brightest. In addition, down at Colours' SuperCulture room between 9pm and 11pm there's a Drag Karaoke V-Day Special. Sing your heart out to break-up ballads in a brilliant, sweaty, messy, glittery singalong hosted by That's Drag's third girl.

 
 
 

Kitsune: French Kiss Party

The French record label is back with lo-fi house and groovy tunes.

Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London, EC2A 3PQ

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 15th February 2020

 

Maison Kitsune, the French record label that blends fashion, music and coffee shops, is back in London, bringing a special Valentine edition, the Kitsune French Kiss Party, to Village Underground on Saturday 15th February. Dance the night away as New York City-based Baltra spins lo-fi house, followed by a head-to-head from rising house duo Adryiano and Harrison BDP, plus Theo Kottis and Jay Carder. House gems from UK producer Theo Kottis and Jay Carder provide the vibes for those of you who enjoy more African and groovy tunes.

 
 
 

Valentine's Day onboard Glass Room

Push the boat out and set sail on a romantic river dinner date.

Glass Room, Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2N 6NU

Tube: Embankment Underground Station , Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 14th February 2020

 

Set sail on a romantic river dinner date in a floating Tom Dixon designed dining room this Valentine's, taking in the sights of the city, from Big Ben to the Tower of London. Push the boat out and splash out on a romantic trip on the Thames with a glass of Champagne and live music to start things off. Departing from Embankment Pier, Glass Room serves up a decadent five course dinner while you reflect on the stunning night views of the city. Dinner, which includes wine, starts with an amuse bouche of butternut squash veloute and a sharing seafood starter, followed by slow roast chicken on a bed of celeriac puree or a vegetarian-friendly puy lentil and cannellini bean cottage pie. Whether you're a lover of sweet or savoury food, your tastes are catered for with a chocolate fondue followed by a cheese platter before your ship comes in.

 
 
 

The London Cabaret Club: Gatsby with Love

Step into Scott Fitzgerald's most memorable love story.

Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4DA

Tube: Holborn Station , Russell Square Station

 

Dates: 14th February 2020

 

This Valentine's Day The London Cabaret Club invites you to step into Scott Fitzgerald's most memorable love story, turning back time to the roaring twenties. At a party that Gatsby himself could have hosted, the immersive dinner and cabaret showcase will be filled with illusionists, singers, magicians and acrobats. Treat your loved with one to a tailor-made Gatsby With Love dinner and they can enjoy the show and a Valentine's themed menu. Fresh oysters, Scottish smoked salmon and caviar blinis followed by roast rack of lamb and chocolate molten lava cake are among the choices. It's all at Gatsby With Love at Victoria House in Bloomsbury.

 
 
 

Valentine's Day at The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The restaurant presents a spectacular Valentine's Day flower installation.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden, 197 King's Road, London, SW3 5ED

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 13th - 19th February 2020

 

Following on from its previous seasonal displays, The Ivy Chelsea Garden is going all out for Valentine's Day with an eye-catching installation inspired by Jean-Honore Fragonard's painting of the iconic love swing. The entrance will be transformed with a display of pale pink and peach roses, perfectly setting the scene for a romantic dinner. The restaurant is also adding two Valentine's Day themed cocktails to its menu as well as a limited edition sharing dessert that sees a rich white chocolate cheesecake coated with raspberries, strawberries and rose petals.

 
 
 
 
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