A Valentines takeover is not as scary as it sounds; nobody’s going to get hurt. Simply, if you’re stuck for what to do this year, whether you’re single or in a relationship, or fancy a change from set menu dinner dates, you should check out this Arts Bites guide to the alternative Valentines Day.
Forget Dinner, Go Straight To The Movie
On Valentines Day, cinemas around the country are showing old films, letting you catch up on a classic. I suggest going to an independent cinema to make the event even more memorable.
If you’re after a romantic comedy, The Phoenix in East Finchley is showing the 1989 classic When Harry Met Sally, and Everyman Cinemas (not strictly independent) are showing Hepburn masterpiece Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
For an atypical take on romantic films, head to The Exhibit in Balham showing Midnight In Paris, The Duke of York in Brighton showing Only Lovers Left Alive or the BFI in Waterloo, which has a great selection of films on 14th including Sebastiane and Blue Is The Warmest Colour.
Be a Culture Vulture
There are tons of exciting events happening on Feb 14th – from free theatre, to one night only museum exhibitions.
IdeasTap Takeover: Love
IdeasTap are putting on an exhaustingly jam packed weekend programme of free theatre on the theme of Love at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green.
Museum of London’s Late London: City of Seduction
The Museum of London have a huge array of alternative and risque romantic things to do happening at their one-night-only event and exhibition. On display will be erotic tiles from the 18th century, interactive art installations and spoken word seductive performances by Untold London. And if you fancy absinthe tasting or a chance to dance, this is the place to do it!
Vault Festival 2014’s Vault Lates: The Art of Hearts
Running ’til 3am, watch secret performances, dance in two rooms of music and see large scale installations as part of Vault Festival’s rampant party atmosphere Valentines night.
Late Night Keats – Valentines
Unleash your inner romantic with Keats readings, pop-up workshops, Regency games and a torch-lit tour of Keats’ house, where he courted Fanny Brawne, who lived next door.
What will you be doing to celebrate?
Happy Valentines Day!