There’s no ignoring it…V Day is upon us. Here to help, is a list of things to do and places to go that will hopefully have you feeling the love.
Get date-night ready
At the ultra-hip Radio Hair Salon. Owner and Creative Director Corrado Tevere is a regular behind the scenes at Vogue, so you couldn’t be in safer hands. Opt for a blow-dry (trust us, your hair will never look better), or change it up with a cut, style & colour. For the ultimate in brownie points, book your other half a spa treatment. We recommend the thalassotherapy treatments from luxury skincare brand Haeckels. Try a deep cleansing seaweed facial, a Seaweed, Sea Buckthorn & Walnut Scrub, or for 90 minutes of bliss, a tip-to-toe full body massage. Find Radio Hair Salon at 1 York Way, King’s Cross N1C 4AS
Go with the flow
Couples that yoga together namaste together, right? Head to fitness studio Frame on Feb 14, and try an energising Vinyasa flow session or for something a little more…hot and sweaty, opt for Power Yoga. In the run-up, why not get Drunk in Love with a 2-hour Beyoncé workshop? Specially created for Valentine’s Day, this high-energy session will see you master some bootylicious routines, get your heart pumping and make you feel like Queen B. No experience needed, just come along and shake your stuff. Drunk in Love Beyonce workshop, Feb 10 2.45-4.55pm with Olu Alatise. FRAME studio, 1 York Way, London N1C 4AS
Get tipsy together
The mixology team at Drake & Morgan take you on a whistlestop tour of cocktail-making history before handing over the reins. Learn how to mix, mash, muddle, stir and strain, and then (the best bit!) take a seat in the gorgeous bar and sample all your hard work.
Bookings are for a minimum of 6 people, so this one is ideal for sharing with two of your favourite couples. A three cocktail session will set you back £30 each, or you can add a sit-down dinner for £55. Drake and Morgan, 6 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AG
Cupid’s arrow strikes at House of Illustration
The latest exhibition at House of Illustration is from curator Quentin Blake, and fittingly, is all about love. Opening on Valentines Day, Arrows of Love depicts women embracing (or avoiding) Cupid’s arrow. With his characteristic humour, the show reveals Blake’s personal reflections on the joy, folly and sorrow of love. Quentin Blake: Arrows of Love is at House of Illustration Feb14 – Apr 29 from 10am – 6pm. House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH
Feel the magic
If your lover loves Harry Potter, then there’s a spellbinding evening to be had at King’s Cross. After a visit to Platform 9 and ¾s, stroll across to the British Library for the History of Magic exhibition. This is a journey into the magic and myth that inspired the Harry Potter books. The experts at the British Library have delved deep into the archives and uncovered rare books, manuscripts and magical objects that capture the traditions and folklore that are at the heart of Rowling’s tales. Plus, on display for the first time are original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling herself, and original illustrator Jim Kay.
From there, apparate to The Booking Office bar inside the lovely St. Pancras Hotel, where high ceilings, neo-gothic architecture and old church arches provide the perfect backdrop to your next spot of magic: the Elixirs and Potions cocktail menu. Start with – what else? – The Elixir of Love, a delicious sharing punch of amaretto, Chambord, vodka and lemon juice presented in a cauldron!
Lean back and sink in
Elevate your night by catching a film at the boutique Everyman Cinema. Don’t worry about underwhelming your date with a suggestion of a night at the flicks – this is no ordinary cinema experience. You’ll enjoy well-chosen films from the comfort of two-seater sofas. Food and drinks, including made to order pizzas, build-your-own sundaes, cocktails and drinks are brought to your seat.
On Valentine’s Day, there are screenings of the third instalment of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trilogy, and Guillermo del Toro’s much-lauded The Shape of Water.
Everyman Cinema has two venues at King’s Cross. Screens 1, 2 and 3 are at 14-18 Handyside Street, while screen 4 (aka the charming Everyman on the Corner) is at the corner of Handyside Street & Wollstonecraft Street.
Join the music love-in at Spiritland
With its world-class sound system, Spiritland is a music lover’s dream. Add to the mix an ever-changing line up of artists and DJs, a cool stripped-back interior and a fine selection of craft beers, and you’re in for a great night out. On Feb 14, Emma McGuigan is on the decks with Emma’s Valentine’s Love-in. Billed as ‘nothing but the best, from the best’, join Emma as she plays the smoothest grooves, for lovers and dreamers. From 8pm until 1am. Spiritland, 9 – 10 Stable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AB
Spend the night
If you really want to thrill, how about a night at the exquisite Great Northern Hotel. The 1854 Grade-II listed building is considered the first great railway hotel. Today it’s one of London’s finest boutique hotels, evoking all the romance of Victorian-era rail travel. Sip cocktails in the glamorous lobby bar or dine at the heavenly Plum & Spilt Milk.
Or if you want to go even more opulent, then we suggest the gothic masterpiece that is St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel. The hotel’s interiors are as dramatic as the ornate facade – coloured marble, intricate stonework, lofty stained glass windows and a magnificent grand staircase. The hotel boasts a bar, two restaurants, a spa, indoor heated pool, and gym.
And finally, a roundup of where to eat and drink…
Three’s never a crowd at Granary Square Brasserie
Granary Square Brasserie has teamed up with Veuve Clicquot and friendship app Bumble BFF to celebrate soulmates of every kind. On 14 and 15 Feb, anyone that reserves a table for three or more from 6pm onwards will receive a complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot rosé. Lots of other fun on the night with Clicquot Piñatas and a photo booth, all set to a cracking playlist by DJ Jez Pereira.
Showstopper specials at The Greek Larder
The Greek Larder has a sharing main course for 2 of côte de boeuf, josper roasted calçots and chios mastello cheese, with a seriously chocolate-heavy 2-person dessert – chocolate and mahlepi mousse, chocolate and bailey’s sorbet and white chocolate martini (hey, it’s an aphrodisiac). Plus 50% off sparkling wine for good measure. From £86 pp.
Straight to dessert and straight to the heart at Ruby Violet
Honestly, Ruby Violet’s ice cream cake is too cute not to indulge your sweetheart’s sweet tooth. Standing at an adorable 7.5 cm tall, the layered cake is three tiers of deliciousness. Belgian chocolate, delicate British raspberries and Ruby Violet favourite, Maxi Moo Moo, all topped with chocolate hearts, raspberry and crystalised viola. Order 1 for £15, or 2 for £25.
Or, you can enjoy the ice cream cake as part of their special Valentine’s Afternoon Tea. As well as the cake, there are savoury bites of cheese twists, quiche and vol au vents, three styles of Genoese sponge infused with yumminess such as pistachio and Chambord, rosewater and prosecco lollipops, ice cream chocolates, and a choice of prosecco or wine. £35pp. Ruby Violet, 3 Wharf Road, Kings Cross, London N1C 4BZ
Make it a beau-‘tea’-ful Valentine’s Day at Yumchaa
Granary Square tea shop Yumchaa has created a special tea for V-Day. Mr Valentine is a blend of kemun black tea, with yummy elderberries, blackberries, raspberries, and sugar candy hearts…! The blend can be enjoyed on its own, with a splash of milk, as a tea latte or ‘on the rocks’ as an iced tea with some fresh mint and a handful of berries.
You can buy an 80g pack of the tea blend on its own, or add a super-cute card saying ‘you’re my cup of tea’. Yumchaa is at 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA.
Get romantic canalside at Rotunda
Pretty canalside restaurant Rotunda celebrates romance with a delicious two-course sharing menu and a glass of champagne on Feb 14, with tuna tartare & quail’s eggs to start and a tempting chateaubriand as the main event. The Valentine’s menu is £60 pp, and the full a la carte menu will also be available.
Skip V-Day at the Skip Garden
The Skip Garden takes a slightly off-beat approach. No ode to St. Valentine here. Instead, it’s an evening in honour of Februa, the Roman goddess who gave her name to the month, as well as a celebration of ancient traditions and old English folklore marking the start of spring. An intriguing menu reflects these stories, served supper-club style in the charming surrounds of the Skip Garden. £36.30 per person, BYOB.
‘Surf and turf’ or ‘Fries Before Guys’ at Drake & Morgan
Drake & Morgan covers all the bases. You can celebrate St. Valentine with wickedly decadent sharing menu. Both options are ‘surf and turf’, choose from The Charming, grilled Dover sole and fillet steak with bearnaise sauce (£75) or The Lover, chateaubriand and lobster thermidor with peppercorn sauce (£85). Yum! Bookings and walk-ins welcome.
And if candlelit for two isn’t for you… show some love to your bestie/office pal/housemate/workout buddy throughout February. Buy two glasses of champagne and receive a complimentary serving of chips, or upgrade to a bottle and get a trio – topped with parmesan & truffle, Cajun spice, and honey, chilli and garlic, Cowboy style. Beats a dull first date every day of the week.
If none of the above takes your fancy, then visit the full listing for lots of other venues.
Maple & King’s treats
Just for V-Day, Maple & King’s has created a mix sweet box with all its tastiest gluten free treats for jsut £5.95. Because love is only possible if you love yourself first.
Find Maple & King’s at Three Pancras Square just off Pancras Square.
The Booking Office
Spend this Valentine’s Day enjoying your favourite dishes at The Booking Office Bar and Restaurant. From Wagyu beef and Foie gras to chocolate and everything in between, here are 15 mouth-watering dishes to enjoy if your true love is food. This special menu is available from 9th February to 18th February.