The loved and hated notorious non-holiday is upon us yet again; whether you’re planning to avoid it or embrace it, here’s River Online’s suggestions of fun things to do for couples, singles, cynics and daredevils.
If you’re looking to meet that special someone on the most romantic day of the year, why not give speed dating a go at The Wall in London, for a chance to meet 20 different singletons. Call 0871 224 2828 to sign up or visit www.slowdating.com.
Music lovers should go to the Don’t Panic Valentine’s Day Ball at Area in Watford for ‘club classics, Indie gems, RnB and Hip Hop’. The entrance fee is £5 and doors open at 22.00 pm. Click here for directions.
If you agree that Valentine’s Day is a celebration of ‘love and affection between intimate companions’, go to Mother Bar in London for a night of cheeky mingling.
Not keen on going out for a meal, but don’t really master the skills of cooking? If you really want to impress your partner, loosen the purse strings and get a professionally prepared meal delivered to your door. Top London chef Steve Evennett will provide a fabulous feast, and all you have to do is answer the door when it arrives (and pay £60). Call 020 8549 7514 or visit www.yourpersonalchefservice.co.uk.
On a budget
There are plenty of places to eat out for just a tenner. The popular Indian restaurant Mazala Zone offers a 2 course fixed price menu for just £9.20. The closest one to Kingston is located in Bayswater.
Tiger Tiger in Croydon is perfect for the meal-and-drinks combo. The venue compromises a restaurant, three bars, two lounge areas and a club, and you can get any two courses from the party menu for £10, or the Valentine’s Pre-Theatre Menu – 2 courses for £10.
Finally, Tapas restaurant La Mancha in Putney offers a 40% discount if you spend £20 on tapas, main courses or dessert.
For the cynics
Join fellow Valentine’s Day opponents at the Anti Valentine’s Day night out at Pitcher and Piano, London. Express your hatred while drinking – no hearts or flowers allowed.
For the adventurous
If you want to defy tradition and do something entirely different, why not attend a beginners comedy course; No previous performance experience is required, just turn up and have a laugh. Location: Sylvan Grove, London.
Girls love guys who can dance – take your girlfriend to a Salsa class at Uxbridge Conservative Club. Beginners classes start at 7.10 pm.