The most loveable day (see what we did there?) of the year is nearly upon us. Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy all that London has to offer.

And in this city, we’re spoilt for choice: from immersive light shows to comedy specials, London has plenty of things to do on Valentine’s Day that go beyond the bog-standard restaurant recommendations. 

So, whether you’re on a special date night with your other half, or planning a Bromance/Galentine’s Day surprise, we’ve put together our list of the best things to do in the city.

Read on to find out more!

Thames Rockets

Nothing screams romance like whizzing down the Thames on a speedboat, right? Thames Rockets offers tipsy tea tours and a license to thrill adventures that will get your heart racing and make you feel like you’re 007 himself. Hold onto your hats as you race down the Thames passing some of London’s best sights and jealous spectators. 

Now THAT is what you call a memorable Valentine’s Day! Find out more about Thames Rockets on their website, here

F1 Drive Go Karting

A little friendly competition never hurt anyone right? Put yourself in the driver’s seat of the capital’s most thrilling experience, and take your relationship to the next level as you race down the brand new F1 Drive Go Karting track. Channel your inner Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen and pit your driving skills against each other. Just try not to get too competitive… 

Battersea Power Station Festival of Lights

If speed is not your scene, and you want something a little more tame (no judgement), you’ll have plenty to keep you entertained at Battersea’s Festival of Lights. 

Take a stroll along the free trail and marvel at some of the best light art you’ll ever see. But that’s not all! The festival is complete with LED performances and silent discos –there’s no better place to find out if your partner has two left feet. You can strut your stuff before heading to one of the venue’s popular restaurants to refuel. 

Valentine’s Comedy Special with Luisa Omielan

Fed up of your Tinder date not looking like their photos? Comedian Luisa Omielan shares her failed attempts at dating and how the bar was so low, it almost hit the floor. These dates were memorable alright, but not in the way you’d expect. This Bafta award-winning comedy show is bound to make you cry with laughter, with an all too relatable show this Valentine’s Day complete with a silent disco at the end so you can boogie the night away…

London Sky Garden 

If you want to go down the more traditional Valentine’s route, then look no further than London Sky Garden. What better place to toast to long-lasting memories with your partner than a bar that overlooks the London city skyline? It’s the perfect backdrop where you can watch the sunset with a glass of fizz or two in hand – it’s giving ultimate romance vibes! Complete with live music and a Valentine’s Day Menu, there’s no wonder this restaurant is so in demand year after year. Make your reservation here.

Dans le Noir 

You’ve heard the phrase ‘love is blind’ right? Well, get ready to put it into practice at Dans le Noir; a unique dining experience that’s completely in the dark! Their sensory workshops and dining experiences are one of a kind, trust us.  And what better time to try than on Valentine’s Day? It’s the perfect excuse to see what the hype is all about

Proud Embankment Kabaret Exposé

Wanna get your pulse racing this Valentine’s Day? Turn up the heat and explore the thrill of the unknown at Proud Embankment’s Kabaret Expose. This intimate show features talented burlesque and performers that push the boundaries – trust us, this isn’t your classic cabaret. Celebrate the beauty of the unconventional, it is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat for this spicy one-of-a-kind performance.

 Grab your tickets here.

Valentine's Day at ARK

From a Valentine’s themed cooking class to a cosy movie marathon and an all-inclusive community message board, we’ve got a bunch of exciting member events to celebrate all things romance here at ARK.

Safe to say that love is well and truly in the air!