VALENTINE'S DAY in London 2021: Things to Do
Though slurping down oysters may not seem like the most glamorous meal for a romantic date, there's no disputing that oysters have been a go-to meal on the dating scene for ages. The best oysters in London are: Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill, Scott's, Wright Brothers and J Sheekey.
This French delicacy is a guaranteed success on Valentine's Day. You might already know this piece of trivia, but champagne can only be called "champagne" if it's made in the region of Champagne in France. But that doesn't stop the Londoners from importing in the bubbly treat! Head to Soho's iconic Bob Bob Ricard restaurant, where booths are decorated with (functioning) "Press for Champagne" buttons. Need we say more? Alternatively, you've got Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar at the Royal Albert Hall, Atrium Champagne Bar on the Strand, and more - especially if you explore the various rooftop bars in the city.
DINE WITH A VIEW
There are plenty of restaurants in London where you can dine with a view, be it the Modern British cuisine overlooking the Thames from a souring height at the Aqua Shard, or Hammersmith's michelin starred The River Café on the Thames. If you're more into a natural view, try out The Magazine in Kensington Gardens?
Don't they say that the key to someone's heart is through their funny bone? If that's indeed the case, then London is the city of love for sure, because there are comedy clubs galore. Check out the line-ups for any of these clubs and you're in for a night of side-splitting laughter:: The Top Secret Comedy Club, Piccadilly Comedy Club London, Camden Comedy Club, The Covent Garden Comedy Club and The Boat Show Comedy Club - this last one is on a refurbished paddle steamer. Now there's a unique Valentine's Date all wrapped up in one!
WATCH LIVE JAZZ
It was the great William Shakespeare who said, "If music be the food of love, play on", from one of his romantic plays, Twelfth Night. It seems like Shakespeare is a bit of an expert when it comes to romance (if you ignore his tragedies, of course), so why not feed your love with some music this Valentine's Day? Jazz has to be one of music's most romantic genres, and London happens to be a hub for jazz, so venture to any of these jazz bars, order a glass of fizz or a cocktail, and let the music work its magic: Jazz Cafe, Ronnie Scott's, The Dalston Jazz Bar and Nightjar. We're sure you can find more if you go looking, though...
GO TO THE THEATRE
Pick your production carefully, and then head to the theatre to watch a romantic, cheery, love-filled musical or play on London's West End. Some good choices include Mamma Mia, which includes an interactive show and dinner so makes for a perfect date - the storyline is also pretty loved-up (uh huh, honey honey). There is also The Phantom of the Opera, which though admittedly a little morbid at times, is ultimately a triumphant story of love and passion. If you're looking for something lighter, Aladdin will warm the cockles of your heart, get you dancing in your seats, and take you to a whole new world of love...