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5 Valentines Day ideas in London

While it is wonderful to spend Valentine’s Day with your other half, not every couple goes in for love hearts, flowers and candles. If this sounds like you, consider a romantic break that steps away from the clichés and embraces your quirkier side. London has myriad options for those looking to mark the occasion in a different way.

Cookery classes at Divertimenti

Learning a new skill is a great way to bond and if you’re foodies then a cookery class could be perfect for you. Divertimenti offers a wide range of options, from demonstration classes to hands-on experiences and even food tours around South Kensington. If there’s one area where you both need a little improvement – such as knife skills or making the most of your AGA – then opting for specific tuition could be perfect. You will remember your Valentine’s Day date every time you put your new skills into action.

Dinner in the dark at Dans le Noir?

It may sound strange to spend Valentine’s Day sitting in the dark, but the concept behind this restaurant is that the flavours are enhanced when the other senses are muted. With blacked-out windows and blind waiters, the experience is likely to be entirely new to most people. Whether you opt for the meat, seafood, vegetarian or surprise menu, you will find there’s much fun to be had in trying to decide exactly what it is you’re eating.

Life drawing in an artist’s studio

Artistic couples may like to turn their hand to some life drawing and there are a number of classes available not far from the hotel. Among the best are those offered by Bobby Gill, who tutors small groups in her studio in Notting Hill Gate. You can experiment with various styles and mediums, as well as receive pointers on how to improve your work. There are long and short poses to help vary the exercises, each offering a different challenge.

Hip Hop Karaoke at the Queen of Hoxton

Tap into your inner Fugee, Missy or Kanye with a spot of karaoke unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. It’s perfect if you and your significant other love singing and rapping, but don’t like sitting through all the cheesy pop that often gets picked during normal karaoke nights. There’s hundreds of hip hop songs to choose from and before you know it, 02:00 will roll around and it will be time to head back to the hotel.

Horse riding in Hyde Park

Hyde Park being right on the doorstep of the Royal Garden Hotel is such an asset and there are plenty of activities to enjoy in this green space. A romantic walk is always lovely, but you can make your visit even more special by exploring the park on horseback. Hyde Park Stables is home to a beautiful stud of horses and ponies that have all been carefully selected for their calm temperaments. With more than five miles of bridleways to ride along, it’s a peaceful way to spend time in London.

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