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Alternative Date Ideas in London for Valentine’s Day 2018

From an Anti-Valentine’s Day party with Veuve Clicquot, where you can win a magnum of champagne, to a private Russian banya suite, we bring you six alternative ways to spend Wednesday 14 February in the capital

Veuve Clicquot 

Veuve Clicquot is transforming Granary Square Brasserie in King’s Cross as part of an Anti-Valentine’s Day celebration, taking place 14 and 15 February. Reserve a table of three or more for dinner and receive a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival. At 8pm, a Clicquot Piñata will hang from the ceiling, which you can smash for prizes. The first group to break the piñata will not only receive a share of the sweets and small toys inside, but will also win a magnum of  Veuve Clicquot Rosé champagne. 

Veuve Clicquot Anti-Valentine’s dinner series; from 6pm, 14 and 15 February 2018; quote 'soulmates' when booking to ensure a complimentary champagne, granarysquarebrasserie.com

My Funny Valentine at The Barbican

The Barbican Hall is hosting an exuberant evening of Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits, performed by London Concert Orchestra. Enjoy songs including Fly me to the Moon, I’ve Got You Under my Skin and Come Fly With Me, performed by singers Matt Ford and Emma Kershaw.

Tickets from £16.50, barbican.org.uk

Film & Fizz at One Aldywch 

Enjoy a glass of champagne, a film and a three-course dinner at One Aldwych. The five-star hotel’s popular Film & Fizz package continues throughout February, showing Oscar-nominated blockbusters including Darkest Hour, Phantom Thread, All the Money in the World and Three Billboards: Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. An intimate screening is followed by a meal at Indigo, the sleek mezzanine restaurant that overlooks the buzzing hotel lobby and bar.

Tickets from £55 for two cinema tickets and a three-course dinner; onealdwych.com

London Shell Co. Valentine's Day Cruise 

Set sail this Valentine’s Day on the London Shell Co., the intimate floating restaurant by Paddington Station. A five-course menu, which is available all week, includes oysters, seafood platters and wild salmon, matched with a considered wine list and a selection of cocktails. 

Priced at £45 per person (excluding drinks), Valentine's Day lunch or dinner from February 13 until February 18

Freixenet Valentine’s Platter 

Freixenet, purveyor of premium prosecco, has partnered with Galley in Islington on a luxury ‘Sip and Shuck’ Valentine’s Day delivery offering that includes a platter of fresh seafood and a bottle of Cordon Rosado rosé.

Delivered to your door, enjoy ethically sourced seafood including tiger prawns, mussels, a whole crab and a selection of oysters, served on a bed of ice. The offer also comes with a lemon and ginger cheesecake for two.

£60, available from 5pm on 14 February 2018  Select the Freixenet Valentine’s Platter on Galley London, deliveroo.com

A Helicopter Tour of London

Take to the sky this Valentine’s Day on a private helicopter ride over London. The sky-high tour lasts 35 minutes, offering birds-eye views of the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. 

Helicopter Tour of London from £540 for up to 3 passengers, privatefly.com 

A Romantic Skate in Canary Wharf

London's longest-running ice rink will be turning pink (to make the boys wink) for Valentine's Day, making it the ideal date location for a romantic turn around the rink this Wednesday.

What's more, pairs of Valentine's Day skaters (over 18s only) will be treated to two complimentary glasses of champagne at Ice Rink Canary Wharf's rink-side bar, The Grandstand Secret Garden on Wednesday 14 February 2018. Luxury London readers can receive 25% off full-price tickets using the code: FEB251RC3.

From £14.50, icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk