Bouquets of roses, fancy dinners, champagne – some of us love a traditional Valentine’s Day. But if old-school romance isn’t your thing, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the day with your significant other. We’ve picked out some of the best alternative date ideas, from couples’ boxing sessions to crazy golf…
Relax at a private yoga class
Couples yoga is said to strengthen relationship bonds, deepen connections and build trust – on top of all the physical benefits. With My:Method, you can book a private yoga or pilates session for two, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Book a class before enjoying a cosy home-cooked dinner together, made better with post-yoga happy endorphins. Namaste! First My:Method session costs £60 for two people (reduced from £90)
Enjoy a cookery class at Daylesford
Sure, you could book a nice restaurant for Valentine’s Day – but why not do something a bit different and get in the kitchen together? At Daylesford’s cookery school, set on an idyllic Cotswolds farm, you and your Valentine will be guided through creating a series of romantic recipes to produce an intimate feast to share. Begin with an introduction over freshly made coffee and tea, followed by a series of demonstrations and hands-on cooking sessions. You’ll of course get the chance to try everything you make, along with a glass (or two) of wine from Daylesford’s sister estate in Provence, Chateau Leoube. 14 February, 9.30am-3pm. Tickets are £195pp, including lunch, refreshments and all course material. To book visit
Watch a film at the Natural History Museum
Snuggle up in the Natural History Museum’s majestic Hintze Hall for a film screening underneath the jaw-dropping 25m long Blue Whale skeleton. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic rom com or the complete opposite, there’s something for everyone – from The Notebook to Kill Bill. Popcorn included. 14-15 February
Sweat it out at a couples’ boxing session
They say couples who train together, stay together – so why not incorporate some exercise into your date? At charming Marylebone hotel No. Ten Manchester Street, the Valentine’s Package includes a training session at high-end boxing gym BXR following a restful sleep at the hotel. One for the fitness enthusiasts…4-24 February. £510 for the package which includes an overnight stay and a training sessions for 2 at BXR, as well as an exclusive membership discount.
Admire some orchids at Kew Gardens
Escape the dreary winter at Kew Gardens’ annual orchid festival, themed this year around the bright and colourful Colombia – the world’s most biodiverse country for orchids. Taking place in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, visitors will be transported to a paradise evoking the sounds, sights and smells of Colombia, with beautiful displays of over 5,700 orchids representing different aspects of Colombian wildlife and culture. Until 10 March
Compete at crazy golf
Challenge your date to a crazy golf competition at Swingers, with venues in both the City and the West End. And while the bottle of champagne and heart-shaped pizza that comes with the package is a little on the clichéd side, we’d never say no bubbly – and there’s no denying it makes the perfect accompaniment to your game. £86 for two. 14-17 February
Take a trip to the land of Shakespeare
Explore the birthplace of one of the romantic pieces of literature of all time, Romeo and Juliet, on a three-day tour of Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the beautiful thatched cottage of Shakespeare’s wife Anne Hathaway’s cottage, and pay your respects at Holy Trinity Church, his final resting place. You’ll also visit some of the UK’s prettiest towns in the Cotswolds and Oxfordshire, including Bampton, the filming location for Downtown Abbey. £139pp with Rabbie’s Tours. The three-day tour departs form London Victoria once a week, with a departure on 12 February.
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