With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, lovers around the world are making plans to celebrate each other on 14th February and beyond. Whether you are planning to treat your other half, surprise that special someone with a little mystery, or snuggle up with your friends, it’s all about love this month.
If you’re celebrating in the capital and need a little inspiration to spark the magic, keep reading…
Dancing below a four-tonne, 25-metre long blue whale skeleton isn’t the typical date night.. but anything is possible in London, right? Make it a V Day to remember at the Natural History Museum, where you can explore the galleries after-dark, drink cocktails amongst animal skeletons – including Hope, the iconic blue whale, before picking up your headphones and dancing the night away in Alfred Waterhouse’s Romanesque cathedral until midnight.
Photograph: The Trustees of the Natural History Museum
For something a little more romantic, head to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich for an evening of stargazing. Throughout the year, the observatory welcomes visitors to explore the universe via a planetarium show, presented by an astronomer. Lose yourself in fascination as you gaze up at the sky with your date, discovering what is in the stars for the month ahead.
Photograph: David Westwood
Valentine’s Day is sure to end on a (literal) high note, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as they host a special Valentine’s concert at Cadogan Hall, Chelsea. The concert consists of the most romantic music ever written, from the worlds of film, opera and classical music. Emotive and moving for even the coolest heart, with well-known themes played from Out of Africa, Doctor Zhivago and Romeo and Juliet (1968) as well as much-loved classics by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Mascagni, Verdi, Massenet, and more.
Photograph: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Cosy, rustic, informal and incurably romantic; Maggie Jones’ restaurant is the perfect setting for those favoring a slightly more understated celebration. Think intimate candle-lit tables, hearty British food, and warm, atmospheric decor. Maggie Jones’ is a B&L favourite, walking distance from our aparthotels in Kensington. This friendly restaurant has been loved by locals for over 40 years, and is always at the top of our list on local recommendations throughout the year, but especially for romantic Valentine’s evenings in February.
Photograph: Amelie Cook
Receive a complimentary couples’ massage whilst staying with us at B&L during the month of February (applicable to 3+ night stays, T&C’s apply). Enjoy all of the above activities, and more, in our local area of Hyde Park Gate, Kensington. Our team is on hand with world-class concierge services to make your reservations across the city and arrange your tickets for exclusive and sold-out events, as well as providing airport transfers, drivers, private chef services, and more. For more information, see our website or contact our team.