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8 last minute ideas for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year! This is the perfect occasion to spend an entire day cuddling… FranceInLondon selected for you 8 original ideas to help you score some brownie points with your Valentine. Surprise him or her with a wine tasting, an opera dinner or a « truely memorable » movie screening! All you have to do is find the magic formula that will get make your Valentine tick …
A bonding moment
A cooking class is the good idea to share a bonding moment. On 14 February, L’Atelier des chefs will teach you how to make your own macaroons or how to prepare a full brunch. After the class, you will be able to enjoy together the meal you have prepared and the drinks are on them!
L’Atelier des Chefs – Oxford Circus – 19 Wigmore Street London W1U 1PH - Book online or on 020 74 99 65 80.
Macaroons: 9h30-11h30 - £72 per person
Brunch: 10h30-12h30 - £54 per person
A cuddling moment
Going to the movies on Valentine’s Day is a classic? What if you made it a little more original? The Lounge organises a very special Valentine’s Day evening. For £85 per person, you will get to see together probably the most "riqué" film in a long time: Fifty Shades of Grey. The film is based on the best seller of the same name. In addition to seeing the film, you will also enjoy high quality food, macaroons and a full bottle a Champagne to share, all served in the most comfortable armchairs ever. And if you get a little chilly? Ask for one of their softly warm comforters!
Whiteleys – The Lounge, Queensway, London W2 4YL.
Numerous screening sessions from 11h15 to 21h30.
If your budget does not stretch that far, how about the Pillow Cinema instead! No armchairs there, but beanbags for two, on which you will get to snuggle up during the screening. Three romantic classic movies will be shown on Valentine’s Day: When Harry Met Sally (12h-13h36), Lars and the Real Girl (14h15-16h) and Let The Right One In (16h45-18h45). Do not forget to bring your pillow, or you will not be allowed in! It is up to you to bring your quilt too…
Pillow Cinema - Former Shoreditch Underground station, Shoreditch - £10 per person
A romantic dinner
Combine a show and quality food at Bel Canto! On Valentine’s Day, the restaurant offers a special menu: mise en bouche, starter, main course and dessert, served whilst listening to your waiters/waitresses sing arias from some of the best operas.
Bel Canto Restaurant - £73 per person – 020 72 62 16 78
An awakening of your senses
You are always welcome at Vinopolis, whether you are coming as a couple or with a bunch of friends! Their Valentine’s Day wine tasting experience includes two Framboise Fizz (their special cocktail), two glasses of the wine of your choice, a cheese and charcuterie sharing platter and a bottle of Prosecco. And as they say: “let the bubbles flow”!
Vinopolis, No.1 Bank End, London, SE1 9BU - £70 for 2
For a "gourmand" Valentine’s Day in London, book a table on BB Bakery’s Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. The vintage bus/teahouse will drive you around Central London and lead you to discover the city in a way you might never have seen it before. What is on the high tea menu? Freshly baked cupcakes, warm cookies and delicious teas.
BB Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour - email@example.com - 12:30 and 15:30 - £45 per person
A intimate candle lit dinner "A deux"
In order to create the most intimate moments there is nothing better than a candle lit dinner at home especially if you have taken the trouble to cook the meal yourself. Your Valentine will be suitably impressed not only by your cookery skills but also by the fact that you have gone through the trouble of selecting the most sensual ingredients. Nothing more simple: You can get some inspiration from Valentine’s Day recipes that we have selected for you and you will only have to follow the instructions!
If however, you have two left feet when it comes to cooking, do not hesitate: order the full dinner! The Good Food Network delivers all sorts of delicious French products, and French Bubbles will take care of the Champagne and if you are both keen on oysters, Cornish Native Oysters will deliver fresh oysters to your door. Howe erotic is that?!!!
There is no candle lit dinner without candles! Dyptique candles will turn your flat into a field of flowers and will awake your senses with precious wood and oriental fragrances.
And to finish your evening on a high romantic note why not get under the covers and watch one of the best romantic movies ever… Here is our selection (by chronological order):
- Casablanca - 1942
- Jeux interdits (Forbidden Games) - 1952
- An affair to remember - 1957
- Un Homme et une femme (A Man and a Woman) - 1966
- The way we were - 1973
- La boum (The Party) - 1980
- An Officer and a Gentleman - 1982
- Notting Hill - 1999
- Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (Amélie) - 2001
- Jeux d’enfants (Love Me If You Dare) - 2003
- Love Actually - 2003
- The Notebook - 2004
- Ma vie en l’air (Love is in the Air) - 2005
- The Holiday - 2006
- Hors de prix (Priceless) - 2006
- Prête moi ta main (I Do) - 2006
- P.S. I love you - 2008
- L’Arnacoeur (Heartbreaker) - 2010
- Paris-Manhattan – 2012
- La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast) - 2014
A romantic gateway
Paris remains one of the most romantic cities in the world. Eurostar tickets are very reasonable at the moment. Enjoy! Le Sacré Cœur, le Pont des Arts and the Eiffel Tower can be yours from £145 per person…
A romantic view
Stop looking for the perfect view: it is from the top of the Shard. Invite your partner to have a glass of Champagne at 244m high, and there will be nothing he or she will be able to refuse you once at the top of the world.
The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG – £24,95 without Champagne (£19.95 for students), £32.95 with Champagne (£27.95 for students).
You do not want to get back on the ground? Book a table in one of the 6 high quality food restaurants of the tower. Whether you book the Oblix (32nd floor), Hutong’s Chinese food (33rd floor) or the Aqua Shard (31st floor), you will not be disappointed.
For smaller budgets, Hampstead Heath offers a colder but intimate alternative. Order your hamper at Villandry and wrap yourselves in a blanket to watch the sunset (weather permitting). Do not forget to bring a little lamp…
Villandry – 170 Great Portland Place London W1W 5QB firstname.lastname@example.org - 020 76 31 31 31 – From £50