Hi guys! So Valentine’s Day is approaching, and I thought I would throw together a V-day inspired outfit for you. For me personally, it’s been 3 years since I celebrated Valentine’s with a special someone. Where I’m from (Finland) the day is celebrated as “friends’ day” anyway, so it’s not too much of a bummer. Last year my gay bff treated me to a meal and roses in one of the nicest places in town and this year I plan to spend a “gal-entine” with a girlfriend as well. Luckily London has lots to offer in terms of alternative Valentine’s Day attractions. I’ve put together a list of three of the most intriguing things I’ve found (which is basically my need-to-try list now), so if you have no plans yet, I hope you find some inspiration!
“250k clear balls. 10k LED dance floor. Fire, Ice & Helium Cocktails. BallieBallerson is an adult play pen set over two floors; the underground club is kitted out with 250k clear balls set upon an LED dancefloor.
Cocktails are themed around the planets; Neptune is based on charcoal and liquid nitrogen; the helium rich Saturn is garnished with a floating balloon; and Uranus, which is undrinkable until you’ve eaten the Miracle Berry pill provided.”
My flatmate is the master of finding out amazing venues in London and he recommended this place to me back in November. In addition to the exciting things described on the website, BallieBallerson offers bottomless brunch and needless to say, a very Instagrammable setting.
2. Speed Hating (Down with Dating)
I came across this event on Timeout and had to include it as it is such a fun and original only-on-Valentines idea! The website describes the event better than I ever could, so here goes: “Disgruntled singletons will be provided with a fake name on arrival and can then get to know other miserable singles during ‘Speed Hating’, by slagging off all the things they dislike. You can also play ‘Blind Hate’ (find a potential partner through questions like ‘If I turned into a zombie which household implement would you use to finish me off?’) and various other fun games that royally flip Valentine’s Day the bird.” Now, I don’t have such harsh feelings against V-day, nor am I a negative person, but I think this event could provide a lot of laughs and undeniably an unforgettable experience!
3. Feline Lonely
Battersa Dogs & Cats home is hosting a heartwarming V-day event where you get to go on a date with a cat. The event is obviously meant to provide a matchmaking platform for sheltered cats and potential owners, but with complimentary prosecco and snacks, everyone is welcome to join in for a “paw-some” time.
Alternatively, if you’re just looking to sit down and have coffee with friends, you may want to try Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in Shoreditch.
What are your views on Valentine’s Day – love it or hate it?
Shop the look
Red Crochet Dress, Rare London
Black Trench Coat, H&M (sold out online but it’s on sale in the 174-176 Oxford St H&M), similar here