By Patrick Hinchcliffe
This Valentine’s Day will require a little more creative thinking than past years, but don’t worry we've got you covered. To help you sweep that special someone off their feet, we’ve come up with a list of the best London has to offer to make sure you have a fabulous Valentine’s Day despite being in lockdown.
Surprise your partner with a beautiful bouquet
Flowers are a traditional way of saying ‘I Love You’. Make sure your message is received loud and clear with a bespoke bouquet from the team at WildAbout. With a great range of seasonal arrangements to choose from, this is the perfect way to express your love for that special someone.
Enjoy a romantic city stroll
Venice is most people’s choice when they think of the ultimate romantic getaway. Luckily, some of the most romantic settings on earth are right on your doorstep as a Londoner and although travel might be off the table at the moment, London’s Little Venice in Maida Vale is the perfect antidote. You’ll be whisked to a faraway land as you experience the beautiful scenery along Regent’s Canal. Quaint little houses sitting canal-side are picturesque and the gently floating barges will have you admiring their paint work. Begin your walk in Little Venice and then make your way to Camden Lock, to see London at its beautiful, natural best.
Treat them to cool gift
Valentine’s gifts come in all shapes and sizes and we have a range of ideas in mind. For a little something for her, try Neal’s Yard Remedies, a Covent Garden based company specialising in luxurious bath time delights. Alternatively, Fortnum and Mason will be able to assist you with everything from their signature gift hampers right through to their wide selection of delicate jewellery. If your man is struggling to stay on top of his grooming without the barbers being open, bring the experience home to him with a range of grooming options available from the guys at The Refinery.
Go all out with a Valentine’s Day meal kit
Getting the food on point might be hardest part of Valentine’s Day in lockdown. However, we think it’s a chance to enjoy the finest dining experiences across the city without having to wait in queues or reserve. Padella is considered one of London’s best jaunts to grab an incredible homemade pasta dish, and they've made a special Valentine’s Day meal kit for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Comprising of longhorn beef with wild mushrooms and Padella's renowned pici cacio e pepe pasta side, you’re surely on to a winner- and that’s before you’ve tucked into the chocolate and salted caramel pot for dessert! There’s also several other spots who are offering meal kits if you fancy something a little bit different.
Set up your own indoor cinema
Movie nights are always a great idea for a date without having to venture outside. Some of the most well renowned rom-coms (we’re thinking Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’ Diary) have been set in the capital, whilst more contemporary flicks like About Time or I Give It A Year will also get you chuckling as you spot some iconic London landmarks in the background. All excellent options to warm the heart as you seek to kick back and relax. For more film inspiration, read through our top films set in London here
Get creative with a cocktail masterclass
A perfect Valentine’s night out would usually lead to cocktails in one of London’s many brilliant bars. This time you’ll have to roll your sleeves up and get shaking yourself. The team at T.T. Liquor will show you how of course. Their five-star experience means all the necessary goods will be shipped to you and you’ll be able to join an interactive class to get that cocktail just right. You can even book your own time slot with a group of six or more of your loved ones to join in the fun.