Valentine’s Day need not be all about corny clichès invented by Hallmark- here`s how to celebrate l’amour with a little imagination.
When it comes down to it, it really is all about the birds and the bees. Why not visit them at the Natural History Museum and while you’re at it, check out their brand new exhibition, Sexual Nature, which aims to expose the sexual oddities of the animal kingdom. However one of the greatest oddities to be found there features one of our very own kind – Isabella Rossellini. In a series of 8 short films entitled Green Porno, the Blue Velvet beauty interprets the sexual habits of deer, ducks and angler fish. Informative and hilarious, watching animals get frisky has never been so funny.
London Zoo promotes animal attraction this Valentine’s Day too. Their Flirty £30 Zoo ticket-for-two offer is sure to inspire lovers to get back to nature. Famous Zoo couples to visit include Sumatran Tiger pair Raika and Lumpur and Rita and Raef, the Rockhopper Penguins.
If your new furry friends have inspired you to propose to your partner, avoid ending up on one knee in some done-to-death candle-lit saccharine scenario. Instead, embrace the grand gesture and engage in some underwater love at the London Sea Life Aquarium where they will kit you out in scuba gear and let you wear your heart on your sleeve whilst you swim with the fishes.
For the more pessimistic partner there`s always the Huntarian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, where their special Valentine’s Day exhibition showcases one of the greatest love bugs of all time, syphilis. Other gory delights on offer include the chance to take part in the ‘pickle a part’ workshop. Obviously, this is another great proposal opportunity just begging to be seized.
Cinema lovers could check out the BFI’s Francois Truffaut retrospective. Though it is clichèd to say that no-one does romance like the French, this New Wave director’s portrayal of a woman scorned in The Bride Wore Black is something to marvel at.
Romance cynics need not shun Valentine’s day any longer. After all, it is love that makes the world go round. Well, love and money.