The dating scene is hotting up with these indoor date ideas for Valentine’s Day.
If the thought of outdoor park strolls and romantic evenings at open-air, rooftop bars still gives you the shivers, don’t worry. We know it’s the time to hunker down and get cosy for day dates and date nights; winter is still very much here, after all. There’s plenty you can do indoors to wow your other half or potential new partner though – ahem, not like that; we’re talking art, music, food and drink. So, grab your girl, your guy, or your pals, and let’s get ready for a little Valentine’s Day love with these indoor date ideas.
Feel as pretty as picture at this immersive exhibition, inspired by the works of one of the most well-known, post-impressionist artists. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience will enlighten visitors on the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh, as well as offering a chance to see them on a huge scale. A kiss in a seemingly endless field of sunflowers, or under a 360-degree projection of Starry Night, with musical accompaniment? You decide. Book your tickets here.
Take centre stage at an experience inspired by one of Netflix’s biggest ever programmes. Secret Cinema Presents Bridgerton With Fever will provide a lavish evening of delicious food, enticing drinks and pop classics played by a classical string quartet. You’ll be able to relive iconic Bridgerton moments and even earn coveted ‘love tokens’. A great date night all in all. The experience kicks off the week following Valentine’s Day, and you can get your tickets now.
Compete with other couples and families without having to leave the comfort of your own home! The ultimate indoor date, right? The Big Fat Quiz of Love will take place virtually on February 12, offering 10 lively rounds of gameplay, special guests, and a whole lot of fun over an hour and a half. You’ll play using your smart phones, with hosts BucketRace streaming rounds live to your sofa via Facebook, YouTube and their website. Book your spot here.
On February 12, we won’t be all by ourselvesssss. Oh no. We’ll be at Clapham Grand, singing at the top of our lungs and reliving the best moments of Bridget Jones’ Diary. This special Valentine’s screening of the laugh-out-loud rom-com will see the iconic venue transformed in the name of love. Expect cardboard cutout men, bottles of wine, and the film projected on a big screen. Are you Team Mark Darcy or Daniel Cleaver? Tickets are available now.
5–9. Enjoy a romantic evening of music by candlelight
If you opened the guide-book to romancing, you’d be sure to find both music and candlelight on the first page. Woo your way into a romantic evening with a touch of classical music by candlelight. Whether you know your Brahms from your Bach or not, an evening of candlelit orchestral music is sure to set a romantic mood.
🕯️Valentine’s Vivaldi by Candlelight at St Giles Cathedral (February 11 or February 14)
🕯️Valentines Vivaldi by Candlelight at St James Piccadilly (February 12)
🕯️Candlelight: Valentine’s Day Special ft. “Romeo and Juliet” and more (February 14 and 16)
🕯️Valentine’s Moonlight Sonata by Candlelight at St Mary Le Strand Church (February 14)
🕯️Valentine’s Day Moonlight Sonata by Candlelight at St Martin In The Fields Church (February 14)
Find The Dinner: Valentine’s Day Special takes all the hassle out of organising a classic February 14 celebration, and adds in the element of surprise for good measure – an indoor date needn’t be predictable. The bespoke service will let you plan a day and night that suit you and your loved one best, with a selection of packages that include dinner, wine, gifts, a hotel stay, private transportation, or a combination of all five. The catch is that the actual locations will be a surprise. Intrigued? Find out more here.
Sweeten up your sweetheart with date night at The Chocolate Cocktail Club. A chocoholics dream, the drinks menu will indulge your tastebuds with chocolate twists on classic cocktails, plus there’ll be chocolates available with creamy and caramel-filled supplementary flavours. The cushion-filled seating areas are laid back and stylish; perfect for an afternoon tipple. Grab your tickets here.
The multiple museums in South Kensington can transport you and your date wherever you’d like to go. Prehistoric times? Ancient Egypt? The future? Spend an afternoon strolling arm in arm, and let your feet guide you through the rooms upon rooms of relics. Then, after you’re done exploring, follow your feet into nearby MY&SANNE. This flower-filled eatery boasts unique cocktails, fantastic fresh cakes, and a hearty Mediterranean menu. The perfect date spot after a perfect day! Read more about MY&SANNE here.
Okay, hear us out. Yes, we all know how the journey ended, but the true tale of the Titanic featured many romances on the waters. Titanic: The Exhibition focuses on the personal stories of those aboard the ship, bringing together pages of intimate diary entries, precious jewellery, and clothing belonging to passengers. Alongside over 200 artefacts, you’ll be able to listen to riveting audio guides, and hear recollections of love for those who were lost at sea, as well as those who survived. The experience will be both heartwarming and moving in equal measure. Book your ticket here.
14. Celebrate with a classy, champagne-filled evening at a top restaurant
There’s nothing more magical than fancy drinks on demand. If you and your love have a taste for the finer things in life, Bob Bob Cité is the place for you. Alongside sophisticated interiors and an indulgent French-style menu is the pièce de résistance: the ‘press for champagne’ button. It does what it says. You press. You get champagne delivered to your booth. A spellbinding date night with no heavy lifting. Find out more here.