Here, we’ve rounded up what to do and what to wear for the weekend of Feb 14. None of these suggestions are limited to a relationship status, or to one day of the year, so even if you’re more realist than romantic, it’s worth reading on…
Thanks to Covid, spontaneity is somewhat out the window this Valentine’s, but so are a chorus of other possibilities. Like dining out, when you’re surrounded by loads of overly amorous couples, and singles nights, which can be equally cringe. So take a welcome break from candy hearts and Cupid’s bow, and follow our lead on what to do and wear…
1. The Activity Date
With nature reserves, canal, rivers, plentiful parks and woodland, there is bound to be some untouched pathway to explore for adventure-deprived folk. Richmond Park offers up wildish nature walks, if it’s a clear day the hill in Greenwich Park boasts sweeping views of London, as does Parliament Hill, and Little Venice to Camden along the canal is pretty picturesque.
If you’re looking to refuel after, and you live within stomping/ cycling distance of The Mitre Hotel in Hampton Court – we recommend a pit stop. They’ve transformed an old school bus into a chocolate van selling hot chocolates (including a boozy version), donuts and savoury snacks like pulled pork buns. www.mitrehamptoncourt.com
We’ve also rounded up more of the best walks, here.
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2. A Stroll & Sunday Lunch
For a relaxed and effortless day… After an amble around Battersea park and a stroll over the Albert Bridge, call into Fifty Cheyne and pick up lunch. Just make sure you pre order! If you’re not already familiar, No. Fifty Cheyne sits in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The now infamous grill is offering a signature Sunday roast take away, by chef Iain Smith, plus wine at ‘shop’ prices and bottled cocktails, too!
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3. Movie Night, But Make It Luxe
Valentine’s isn’t just for roses and romance. Whatever your relationship status, there is a movie for you. From Classics like My Fair Lady, to tales for rebel hearts and rom-com haters like True Romance, to heart warming, uplifting stories like The Big Sick, and real tear jerkers – The Notebook – there’s a movie rendition for every preference and orientation. Cashmere loungewear and a kit from NIO Cocktails have the potential to set it apart from every other Saturday night in in.
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4. A Posh Afternoon Tea
Sometimes, it’s just a luxury to be served. Thankfully, Cakes & Bubbles at Hotel Cafe Royal are now delivering sweet treats directly to your door. They’re offering sugar-coated delights created by the ‘World’s Best Pastry Chef’, Albert Adria (he has a Michelin Star FYI), so you can enjoy a decadent afternoon in, bubbles included.
Their ‘Afternoon-In’ for two includes signature desserts alongside a bottle of Grand Reserve Champagne. £100, www.cakesandbubbles.co.uk
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5. The Gourmet Take Away
If you’re within a 3 mile radius of Dover Street then Park Chinois’ at Home Chinese delivery is worth serious consideration. They offer the finest Asian at-home dining experience – perfect for a Valentine’s night spent in. With a menu which includes the likes of Salt & Pepper Squid with Green Papaya Salad and Wagyu Beef Short Ribs with Black Bean Sauce – all you really need to think about it what to wear. Oh hang on, we’ve got that sorted, too!
Park Chinois currently operate through Slerp, Deliveroo and Supper. Or you can arrange collections. A courier-delivered Chinese sounds quite decadent, but then we are living through unprecedented times…
Oh and we highly recommend all of these, for great booze delivered to your door