Steer clear of love’s bells and whistles with our pick of venues that are perfect for an anti-Valentine date
Words Helen Brown
Open all day, seven days a week, Greenwood is your one stop shop for – well – pretty much everything, and perfect for whiling away a lengthy, low-key Valentine’s day. This pub-come-restaurant-come-sportsbar has extensive breakfast, lunch, all-day pizza, dinner and sports lounge menus that accompany many a fancy; from fans of the posh-burger to full-English advocates. What’s more, Greenwood houses a Blink Brow Bar, on-hand for a chic eyebrow reshape when the footie comes on. greenwoodlondon.com
Keystone Crescent Cocktail Masterclass
Behind the secret grey door of Keystone Crescent is an intimate oasis to escape the hustle and bustle of city life above, on the streets of Kings Cross. Join the hidden lounge bar for a romantic night of spirit tasting and the art of cocktail making. What makes a Bourbon a Bourbon? How is it made? All your burning Bourbon questions will be answered at this special masterclass hosted by the Bourbon queen Amanda Humphrey. You can expect to taste around four varieties including the likes of Maker’s 46 & Knob Creek.14th February, 7-8:30pmTickets £10 and include a drink on arrival.keystonecrescent.com/members
The Covent Garden Comedy Club Valentines Show
Love can be a funny old thing so why not spend its synonymous day at Covent Garden Comedy Club’s best night of the year? Expect an amazing line-up of TV comedians performing in a balloon filled, party- dressed room, with DJs, free snacks, free sweets, and MC’d by the hilarious Sally Anne Hayward. 14th February, 8:30pm; Book tickets here.
Pitch Black at No Such Place
Heralded the Dans Le Noir of the drinking world, Pitch Black at No Such Place puts a whole new spin on dating in the dark. This new experiential, blind tasting of cocktails and wines will challenge the way you and your partner view your drinks. Each session lasts for 90 minutes and includes a welcome glass of bubbly before a series of blind tastings that focus solely on the facets of flavour, aroma. Expect some witty banter, and a pleasant surprise once your drinks are revealed to you at the end of the session.
Anti-Valentine’s Day Pool and Ping Pong
To combat the faff that inevitably comes with the big V-day, Proud East are throwing an Anti-Valentine’s Day party, open to singles, couples, the “it’s complicated;” basically anyone who would rather remain at a barge pole length away from cheesy gifts and candle lit dinners. There’ll be pool, ping-pong and prizes; a gigantic social wall for scribbling not-so-sweet nothings and tasty dishes for those looking to grab a casual bite. 14th February, 7-9:30pm, book tickets here. proudeast.com
The Lexi Cinema
Valentine’s Day can feel a bit self-indulgent. All that planning to spend this, eat that; indulging yourself and your loved one to try this and that. All that considered, why not treat yourself, your partner and others by supporting one of London’s non-profit organisations? The Lexi Cinema is the UK’s first social enterprise independent boutique digital cinema. They donate 100% of their profits to charity and are staffed predominantly by passionate local volunteers. Screenings are hand-picked from the latest releases, cult favourites and live theatre and opera. A cinema date is about as low-maintenance as it gets, but if you are looking to turn it up a notch for the big day, you can hire The Lexi for your very own private screening of whatever film takes your fancy.