As Valentine’s Day edges closer, we’re on the lookout for some unusual date ideas. As much as we love a spot of fine dining, sometimes you just can’t beat doing something a little bit different. From ping pong bars to city treasure hunts, ditch the pizza and cinema combo this year with our list of alternative date ideas for Valentine’s!
Best for Old Romantics: Georgian Valentine’s Ball
For those seeking a little luxury this Valentine’s Day, you’d be hard pressed to find a more decadent event than the Georgian Valentine’s Ball. Boasting a grand setting in the Great British Library, a generous Georgian-themed banquet, baroque music performances and historical style dance routines, this will be a truly authentic date night.
Don your dancing shoes, sip cocktails and indulge in a three-course feast at this year’s most romantic soirée.
Best for Anti-Romantic: Ping Pong at Bounce
A far cry from the typical candle-lit dinner, Bounce specialises in delicious eats, great music, and of course, ping pong! This trendy Holborn bar is the work of retro bowling alley All Star Lanes who opened Bounce with the aim to provide fun seekers with a little extra to the usual food and drink concept.
Now for Valentine’s Day, Bounce are organising an ‘anti-valentine’ event featuring fun games and tournaments marketed at public-affection-shy couples. One of the best things about Bounce is that food is available to order direct to your Ping-Pong table, so you can keep up the momentum without any need for lovey dovey table-talk. No sweet nothings required!
Best for Something Different: Bright Lights Treasure Hunt
Ok, so we may be a little bitold for treasure hunts but we couldn't resist this moonlight gem from the team over at Hidden City. Groups of 2-4 can hunt concealed streets, uncover quirky shops and drink at hidden bars on the Bright Lights Treasure Hunt. Taking place at night time, this is a tempting way to explore the city of London and the perfect date option for those looking to do something out of the ordinary.
Clues are sent to contestants via text message and there is also the option to compete against other teams for the fastest time. With 2 bar stops en route and a final destination of central London, this is a fantastic option for double dates or groups of friends.
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