If Valentine’s Day has you thinking of that scene in the Sex and the City Movie where Carrie and Miranda get caught up in the ribbons of helium balloons suspended above them then chances are you’re an Anti-Valentiner. You’re certainly not alone, which is why for every sharing menu, aphrodisiacal cocktail and hotel package for couples there are also film screenings, cat parties and the chance to dispose of an item of your ex’s clothing in return for a burger and martini. Freedom has never been so sweet and hey, we’re not saying this list is only for singletons so if you’re loved up but against the hype of February 14th then read on for alternative things to do…
What: Shoutout To My Ex
Why: Freedom! Undoubtedly the biggest perk about being single, no one is there to compromise on your dinner plans when all you really want is a burger but your partner fancies ramen. This Tuesday 14th Ben’s Canteen will be updating their burger nights with a ox heart and chilli cheese ‘Heartbreak’ burger, accompanied by bottomless prosecco or a bitter berry martini. And, in a slightly dark twist, turn up bearing an item of your ex’s clothing and you’ll get a martini on the house whilst the clothes will be donated to charity… We smell a lot of hoodies coming along. In true Braveheart/‘freedom’ style, the burger comes with a knife stabbed through it. Dark or just practical? You decide.
Where: Battersea and Earlsfield
What: Dog Friendly Dating
Why: What’s more romantic than Lady and the Tramp?! OK, so it’s maybe not the first thing that springs to mind when you think anti-Valentine’s but if you’re not a coupley couple or maybe just love dogs then The Book Club’s dog-friendly Valentine’s Day screening of Lady and the Tramp might be up your street. Spaghetti and meatballs provided, as well as checked table cloths and an accordion player in chef whites ready to serenade you.
Where: 100-106 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4RH
What: Dirty Dancing in the Stars
Why: Maybe being out and about on the day itself means you’re automatically caught up in the hype so save the Anti-Valentine’s celebrations for the day after. The View from The Shard will have removed all traces of proposals from the day before and installed a pop-up cinema. The film in question? Dirty Dancing. Gaze at Patrick Swayze, glass of Champagne in one hand, popcorn in the other. Chocolatier Paul A. Young is hosting a pop-up so you can have chocolates balanced on your lap too.
Wednesday 15th February, 8:30pm doors for 9pm start
Where: 32 London Bridge Street, Southwark, SE1 9SG
What: Party for Three
Why: Think three’s a crowd? Think again, three is actually a party. Especially at The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell who are offering parties of three a complimentary cocktail from their ‘Ménage a trois’ menu this Valentine’s Day. Third wheeling has never been so great.
Where: 49-50 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4JJ
What: Celebrate Your Freedom... in an Old Prison
Why: Steer well clear of flickering candles and rose petals by visiting a venue with a colourful history. Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch (one ‘home’ to the infamous Kray Twins) is screening Breakfast at Tiffany’s in their in-house cinema where you can watch the scatty life of Holly Golightly, aka the most stylish cat lady ever. Head down to the prison-inspired bar afterwards for an aptly named Ball and Chain cocktail; Sipsmith Sloe Gin, Cointreau, lemon juice and orange marmalade, with a prosecco shot ‘chain’. Being tied down isn’t so bad after all.
Where: 335-337 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9LL
What: Tacos for £1
Why: Forget what the date is and focus on the day instead. It’s Taco Tuesday! For the past few weeks, Wahaca have been giving guests their first round of tacos for just £1 and just because it’s February 14th doesn’t mean bargain tacos have been shunned for overpriced menus. Grab your mates (or your dates) and dig in. Love tacos, hate Valentine’s Day? Sorted.
What: If You Think Valentine's Day is a Joke
Why: If you don’t take yourself too seriously then you won’t mind the potential grilling you’ll get sitting front row at a comedy club. Covent Garden Comedy Club’s Valentine’s show is their biggest night of the year – as well as TV comedians including Sarah Callaghan, Dave Johns and MC Sally Anne Hayward, you’ll get free snacks, a DJ and a room full of balloons. Overpriced dinner for two? What a joke.
Tuesday 14th February, 8:30pm
Where: 11 The Arches (Off Villiers Street), Charing Cross, WC2N 6NG
What: Feline Lonely?
Why: Cat lovers can replace their dates this Valentine’s and prepare for a night with furry friends instead. Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is hosting a moggie matchmaking event so you can find your soulmate and take them home with you – and we promise you won’t regret it in the morning. In house ‘matchmakers’, aka the Cat Rehoming Team will help you find your perfect companion, whilst bubbles, sweet treats and a feline quiz make a night of it.
Where: 4 Battersea Park Road, Battersea, SW8 4AA
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