Valen­tine’s Day ideas we want you to love

Like it or loathe it, Fe­bru­ary 14 is al­most here again, Lois Swin­ner­ton has just what you need to make yours a mem­o­rable one

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LIKE it or loathe it, Valen­tine’s Day is al­most here again, and we have just what you need to make yours a mem­o­rable one

This year, Valen­tine’s Day falls on a Tues­day, so quite im­prac­ti­cal for most of us.

How­ever, this now gives us fur­ther op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the day of love, with both the week­end of Fe­bru­ary 11 and 13 and the week­end of Fe­bru­ary 18 and 19 as op­tions.

But when­ever you choose to cel­e­brate and who­ever with, make sure it is one to re­mem­ber.

We have a guide to make your day spe­cial whether you have a date or not.

Jump on-board a ro­man­tic river cruise

Im­press your loved one with a ro­man­tic cruise down the River Thames, tak­ing in all of the city’s most beau­ti­ful land­marks af­ter the sun has set.

Op­tions range from the more af­ford­able Valen­tine’s Day Riverlights Cruise, where you can en­joy live bands, sparkling wine and canapes, to the rather pricey Ul­ti­mate Valen­tine’s Cruise com­plete with a four course meal, bot­tle of cham­pagne, pri­vate mu­si­cian, and a bou­quet of flow­ers. Where: West­min­ster Pier, Vic­to­ria Em­bank­ment, Lon­don SW1A Cost: From £78 to £949 per cou­ple

Cre­ate your own unique per­fume

Take your loved one to cre­ate their own be­spoke scent at this work­shop in north Lon­don.

Dur­ing the class, which lasts for an hour and a half, cou­ples will be able to cre­ate their own fra­grances, learn­ing about per­fume cre­ation with one-to-one ad­vice from per­fume cu­ra­tor Em­manuelle Moeglin. Where: EPC Lab, 29 Bent­ley Road, Lon­don N1 4BY Cost: £ 125 per cou­ple How aboutb t an aphro­disiac? Kens­ing­ton Place is of­fer­ing a spe­cial Valen­tine’s Day three- course menu con­sist­ing of Colch­ester Rock Oys­ters, King Praws, pot­ted crab and tuna tartare.

A spe­cial ro­man­tic cock­tail, Cupid’s Kiss, will also be served along­side tea or cof­fee with petit fours. Where: Kens­ing­ton Place, 201 Kens­ing­ton Church St, Lon­don W8 7LX Cost: £50 per per­son

S CPTake a ro­man­tic stroll down the Rive Thames View from the Thames Path in Rich­mond Stretch­ing across a al­most 80 miles of p path­way, The Thames Path will of­fer you an es­cape from the hus­tle a and bus­tle this Valen­tine’s Day, weather de­pen­dent of course.

The walk along the River Thames is beau­ti­ful here in west Lon­don, of­fer­ing ram­blers views in­clud­ing Syon Park, Hamp­ton Court Palace, Chiswick Pier and Kew Gar­dens.

Why not stop off on your way round at one of the water­side bars in Rich­mond for a cel­e­bra­tory drink? Where: You can start the walk any­where you like, al­though, the Thames south bank, Ted­ding­ton Lock, TW11 is a good start­ing point. Cost: Free

Shake up a cock­tail for Valen­tine’s Day

Take your Valen­tine’s date for a few drinks in Not­ting Hill at Valen­tine’s Be­jew­elled Cock­tail Mat­ser­class.

Im­press as you shake up a cock­tail or three and de­sign your own canapes.

Learn how to make a Pimped up Pros­ecco and Rose Pop­corn Pop­corn, it’s the per­fect place for a date this Valen­tine’s Day. Where: Not­ting Hill Cost: £45

Take your date for a ro­man­tic meal

En­joy a free glass of bub­bly when you book a valen­tines meal at the the Lock & Quay Restau­rant and Bar in Hayes.

Sip on the sparkles as you en­joy a meal in the ro­man­tic set­ting of Wil­lowtree Ma­rina.

Or in Hilling­don, The Watersedge is of­fer­ing a ro­man­tic three course meal for £24.90. Where: The Watersedge, Canal Cot­tages, Packet Boat Lane, Hilling­don Lock & Quay Restau­rant and Bar, West Quay Drive, Yead­ing, Mid­dle­sex, UB4 9TB Cost: Varies

Spend a ro­man­tic evening sur­rounded by flow­ers

At Kew Gar­dens, you can en­joy an evening sur­rounded by orchids as you wan­der through sights, senses and sounds of In­dia’s cul­ture, in their Orchids Lates event, for over 18s only.

On their web­site, Kew Gar­dens say: “Join us af­ter dark for a se­ries of in­ti­mate evenings among thou­sands of orchids and trop­i­cal flower dis­plays.” Where: Royal Botanic Gar­dens, Kew, Rich­mond, Sur­rey, TW9 3AE Cost: £15

Dis­cover a his­tory of un­der­wear at the V&A mu­seum Head of cat­ter­ies at Dis­cov­erDisco how Bat­tersea, Lind­sey un­der­wearun­derwe has evolved Quin­lan, said: “Our fo­cus throug through the years from this year is on reg­is­ter­ing the 1 18th cen­tury to pre­sent­pre day at the those who are in­ter­ested Vic­to­ria and Al­bert in re­hom­ing the many V iMK Mu­seum in cats that come through Knights­bridge. our doors, but haven’t Ex­plor­ing the had the chance to come re re­la­tion­ship visit us yet. be be­tween un­der­wear “It’s an al­ter­na­tive, fun, an and fash­ion, you will see over 200 light-hearted event, so we exam ex­am­ples of both hope our cats will find men’s a and women’s their true love at Feline un­derwe un­der­wear. Lonely!” What bet­ter Where: Bat­tersea way tbto break the ice on a Dogs & Cats first date? Home, 4 Bat­tersea Where: The Park Road, V&A, Lon­don SW8 4AA Cromwell Cost: £7 Road, Knights­bridge, Lon­don SW7 2RL Cost: £13.50

Find your soul­mate this Valen­tine’s Day

Why not share your love of cats with a feline friend this Valen­tine’s Day.

More than 3,000 cats a year come to Bat­tersea Home look­ing for a home, so why not wel­come one into yours this Valen­tine’s Day?

Bat­tersea match­mak­ers will be on hand to pair you with a cat and there will also be events on dur­ing the evening, as well as a wel­come drink.

Take a jour­ney back in time at Ful­ham Palace

En­ter into the his­toric home of the Bishop of Lon­don in Ful­ham.

Dis­cover the 1,312-year his­tory of the palace and the 13-acre gar­dens as you walk hand in hand with a loved one.

And af­ter your ex­plo­ration, why not treat your­self to a cake and a tea for two in the palace café? Where: Ful­ham Palace, Bishop’s Ave, Ful­ham, Lon­don SW6 6EA. Cost: Free en­try

FLOW­ERS AND TREES: Get Ro­man­tic at Kew (left and main pic­ture) or Ful­ham Palace (right)

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