London is one of the most romantic cities in the world whatever the time of year, and is a hugely popular destination for romantic getaways and lovers’ retreats. On and around the 14th February, of course, this atmosphere is amplified many times, as the British capital hosts a huge range of events to celebrate the international day of love.
For a truly evocative and atmospheric celebration, head to the ever popular Kensington Roof Gardens on Saturday 13th for the Valentines Masquerade in the Garden of Eden, courtesy of the Late Night Cocktail Club.Acrobats, stilt walkers, contortionists, glow performances and even snake handlers will be there to entertain you on this night of revelry and romance, in one of London’s most stunning nightspots. From 10pm onwards, musical accompaniment comes in the form of an amazing saxophonist and percussionist, before a DJ takes over and keeps the party alive until 3am. Tickets include a complimentary cocktail, and mouth-watering food will be available all night from the BBQ. Tickets cost between £37.57 and £45.
Whatever you choose to do in London this Valentine’s Day, your stay at The Montcalm London City will ensure that your trip is as stress-free and romantic as possible. Its location on Chiswell Street makes it perfect for exploring central London and attending Valentine’s events, and the Romantic Stay Package will help make your trip unforgettable, with extra special touches such as a bottle of wine on arrival and chocolates and flowers waiting for you in your room.
On February 14th itself, head to Keats House for a special evening viewing of the most romantic house in London. In the genteel neighbourhood of Hampstead, this charming white house was the home of the great Romantic poet John Keats between 1818 and 1820, which were perhaps his most productive years. He is said to have written his famous ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ while sitting underneath a plum tree in the garden here. This is also the house where Keats fell in love with Fanny Brawne, an affair which inspired his most passionate poetry. At this romantic event, you can make a Regency-inspired Valentine’s Day Card for your other half, listen to readings of Keats’ romantic poems and love letters, and enjoy live music and drink at the pop-up bar. Booking is essential, and tickets cost £15. The price includes a complimentary glass of fizz.
If you want to start off your Valentine’s celebrations early, there are a huge number of events taking place on Friday 12th February, too. For something a little bit different, why not check out Gin House Burlesque, to be held at a secret location somewhere in Haggerston, only revealed upon the purchase of a ticket. Performers include London’s burlesque queen Miss Betsy Rose, Italian showgirl Jolie Papillon, and the fire-eating, snake charming vixen Missy Fatale. There’s also riotous comedy from Abi Collins, Tom Baker on accordion, blues and gin drinking, and Miss Noire performing as Jazz Age starlet Josephine Baker. Tying the night’s entertainment together seamlessly will be your vaudevillian host and master of ceremonies, Mister Meredith.