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From wartime-style dance lessons to torch-lit poetry tours, here’s our pick of offbeat things to do in London this Valentine’s Day.
1. A Valentine’s Day African Safari at the Natural History Museum (£28)
Lovebirds with a passion for science and nature can unwind over a drink underneath the famous Diplodocus skeleton in the Natural History Museum’s iconic Central Hall, before joining one of two tours. True romantics can take the Beautiful Tour which celebrates the beauty of nature, while anti-Valentines can join the Ugly Tour which features expert-led talks on nature’s most stomach-churning work with specimens of the most gruesome creatures in the world of science. Book here
2. A romantic ride on The London Eye (from £22.50)
The London Eye will be a vision in red from 13-16 February, and capsules will be adorned with roses and fairy lights to set the amorous mood. Couples can choose from several different Valentine’s Day packages that include treats like Champagne, chocolates and red roses. Book here
3. Valentine’s Late at Churchill War Rooms (£17.50)
Explore this historic site after dark for an evening of events and activities including dance workshops, wartime music and letter writing, all in the name of love. Journey under the streets of Whitehall to a bygone era to discover the stories of those who led the war effort in secret below ground. Get your heart racing with dance lessons in Triple Step, Lindy Hop and the Lambeth Walk. Write your own love letter with hints and tips from off duty officers. Hear stories of wartime romance and be inspired by letters from the Churchill War Room‘s own collection. Then quaff Churchill’s favourite Champagne or enjoy a bite to eat in the attraction’s pop-up bar. Book here
4. Tunnel of Love at Vauxhall Village (£7.50)
A disused railway arch in Vauxhall is being transformed into a tunnel of love for the Valentine’s weekend to enable lovebirds to watch movies on the big screen. From 13-16 February, film fans can snuggle up under cosy blankets to watch a mix of outdoor screenings, from art house flicks to old school classics. Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet will be shown on 14 February. The bar will offer champagne cocktails and chocolate fondue. Book here
5. Late Night Keats at Keats House (£8)
Lovers of life and literature can spend an evening in one of London’s most romantic houses, situated in leafy Hampstead. Party Regency style with risqué games or join a torch-lit tour about Keats’s loves and losses. Not just for loved-up couples, pop-up readings and workshops will guide you through the more surreal side of love poetry. The price includes a glass of bubbly. Book here