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Gin-House Burlesque Valentine's Special

Photo credit: Chris Baker

 

Special events dreamt up just for Valentine's Day. From a evening of Arabic poetry a DIY porn workshop, read on to find all the best alternative events for a romance fuelled Valentine's Day in London.

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Winterland London

Albert Wharf, , London, SW6 2TY

Tube: Parsons Green Station

 

Dates: 2nd February to 10th March 2018

 

Neverland London - Fulham's first Thameside beach - has frozen over and been given a makeover for winter, transforming into Winterland London. The sand, beach huts and sun loungers are out and snow, wintery lodges, igloos and fur lined sofas are in. After entertaining audiences over the festive period, the wintery adult playground reopens in February for a six-week run, returning with the four neon lit curling lanes, mini golf, ping pong and prosecco pong. Food comes in the form of gooey fondue and raclette while drinks are winter warming cocktails. New for February is a karaoke booth and there will also be special packages in the igloos especially for Valentine's Day.

 
 
 

The Dark Side Of Love: The Valentine's Masked Ball

Century Club, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6LQ

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: Saturday 10th February 2018

 

Celebrate the darker side of love this February at The Dark Side of Love - The Valentine's Masked Ball. Presented by A Curious Invitation, it will take place at the Century Club and offer an evening of debauchery and dancing with a cast of eerie and exotic performers across four floors. Performers include burlesque bombshell Dinah-Might, bizarre latex cabaret act Syban V, New Orleans Brass band Temple Funk Collective, contortionist Twisted Nymph, dominatrix Mistress Beatrix and mind reader Nelson Brett. So, don your finest attire and embark on an evening of drinking and mischief.

 
 
 

DIY Art Market

Epic Dalston, Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8BH

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 

Dates: Sunday 11th February 2018

 

Just three days before Valentine's Day, DIY Art Market will be showcasing over 70 emerging and established artists, designers, and independent publishers at Hackney's EPIC Dalston. The perfect place to find an alternative Valentine's gift, the market has everything from jewellery to ceramics as well as screen prints and artist books, all available to buy direct from the artist or publisher. Free entry gets you access to the cafe, there's a good sound system and it's indoors.

 
 
 

Valentine's Day at Greggs

Enjoy Greggs' signature puff pastry parcel and a glass of prosecco.

Greggs, 312 Clapham Road, Stockwell, London, SW9 9AE

Tube: Stockwell Station

 

Dates: Wednesday 14th February 2018

 

For a Valentine's Day to remember forget Galvin at Windows, take your date to Greggs. Treat your true love to a three course meal made entirely from Greggs' food, given a special Valentine's twist, including a main course of the signature puff pastry parcel, accompanied by a glass of prosecco. Admittedly, the proposition will only truly woo the Greggs fan in your life. But who can resist a fairy tale ending of chocolate brownie, raspberry and almond bite and caramel shortbread? To really impress your love, they're dialling up the romance with special mood lighting and music, roses, candelabras and white linen tablecloths.

 
 
 

Arabic Poetry of Love and Lust

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

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: Wednesday 14th February 2018

 

Head to the cosy Moroccan WigWam sitting atop The Queen of Hoxton this Valentine's Day for Arabic Poetry of Love and Lust. Celebrating feminine wit and desire, the event will showcase poetry by Classical Arab women and the bold responses to their verses by contemporary female artists. The rooftop readings will bring to life poetry spanning 5,000 years, from the insatiable elegance of Hafsa bint al-Hajj Arrakuniya's verses to the gleeful scorn of Wallada bint al-Mustakfi. A selection of art from the touring exhibition Radical Love will be on display throughout the evening.

 
 
 
 

Valentine's DIY Porn Workshop

The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: Wednesday 14th February 2018

 

Things are getting raunchy at The Book Club this Valentine's Day with the DIY Porn Workshop. For those who have always wanted to create a naughty home movie with a partner but never really known how to go about it, this will be an evening of wild and wonderful education. Delivered by owner and director of production studio Dreams of Spanking, Pandora Blake, it will provide tips and tricks, as well as screenings of some inspirational examples of shat-at-home porn. It will be a chance to hear from a professional how it can be a safe, inclusive medium of sex positivity. Strictly for those 18 .

 
 
 

Fall in Love with A Stranger: A Social Experiment

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: Wednesday 14th February 2018

 

This Valentine's Day, the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen presents Fall in Love with A Stranger: A Social Experiment. Based on Mandy Len Catron's Modern Love essay, Too Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This, which explores how intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by getting them to ask each other a specific series of personal questions, it will present 36 questions to attendees to see if they will fall in love. Presented before the event, the set of questions is broken up into three sets, with each set intended to be more probing than the previous. Upon answering the questions, only those with a potential match will be invited to attend the event.

 
 
 

Gin-House Burlesque Valentine's Special

The King's Head Members' Club, 257 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8AS

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: Saturday 17th February 2018

 

Lose yourself in the opulence and debauchery of the Gin-House Burlesque this Valentine's with a seductive evening of circus, burlesque, dancing and shenanigans. Created by internationally renowned burlesque performers Miss Betsy Rose, Jolie Papillon and Missy Fatale, Gin-House is an interactive experience inspired by the prohibition era and 1930s Art Deco, combining the energy of New Orleans with the glory of London. The event will take place in east London's best kept secret speak easy, The King's Head Members' Club.

 
 
 

Anti Valentine's Day: Fatal Attraction

The Screen on the Green, 83 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0NP

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: From 30th November -0001

 

Want some tips on how NOT to get a guy this Valentine's, then get down to Screen on the Green and learn from Hollywood's ultimate bunny boiler in Fatal Attraction. Dan (Michael Douglas) thinks he can have his cake and eat it too when he embarks on a tawdry affair with Alex (Glenn Close), but he gets a little more than he bargained for when his love struck 'other woman' decides not to take no for an answer and launches a campaign of terror in a bid to regain his affections. Thrilling, psychotic and utterly unromantic, this 80's classic is enough to put you off relationships for life.

 
 
 

Valentine's Day at the Museum of Brands

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, 111-117 Lancaster Road, London, W11 1QT

Tube: Ladbroke Grove Station

 

Dates: 10th to 18th February 2018

 

This Valentine's, enjoy 2for1 admission at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. The venue is offering the deal to anyone who brings date between February 10th to 18th. Visitors will be able to explore the Time Tunnel from the Victorian era to the present day, discovering the brands, packaging and advertising that have kept romance alive throughout the years. Once you're done exploring, relax with a glass of prosecco in the conservatory overlooking the museum garden.

 
 
 
 
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