10 Cheeky Valentine’s Day Activities For Singles in London

Gloomy Down With Dating

Candle-lit dinners, heart-shaped candy, long-stemmed red roses. Yep, it’s that time of the year where loved-up couples hit by the Valentine’s Day marketing machine do extra special things to celebrate their love for one another. But hey, not being in a relationship doesn’t bar you from joining the party and celebrating what is supposed to be the most romantic time of the year. Hating on Valentine’s is so 2010. So ditch the cold pizza pity party, put on your dancing shoes and grab your lovers and your friends, us singletons are gonna celebrate Valentine’s Day, crazy, fun, London style. Ready?

1. Erotic Cake Decoration: A Valentine’s Day Class for Beginners

Erotic cake baking
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It’s like the naughty version of Great British Bake Off, and there will be prizes at the end for realism and invention. Intended for couples or friends, you start with a classic sponge, and then the cake’s transformation into a pure smutty delight is all up to you. Icing and decorations will be handed out, and under the guidance of some master bakers, you can turn your cake into something truly magical and X-rated. Drinks will be available at the bar, and you can take your prizewinning cake home and impress all your friends with your culinary prowess.

Sat 13th Feb 4:30– 6pm, £8.50, The Book Club, Shoreditch
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2. Valentine’s Extreme Garnishing

Valentine's Extreme Garnishing
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Get over your ex, or celebrate love’s burning flame malarkey by setting fire to your food. Yes, you heard us. During The Robin Collective’s Valentine’s edition of their Extreme Garnishing, you will learn how to create, decorate and then set fire to your creations. Your inner child will love that. And no kid’s party is complete without a goody bag to take home, and so you will also learn how to use aphrodisiacs to make a takeaway love potion, accompanied with edible Valentine’s cards to give to your lover.

Tues 16th Feb, 7-8.30pm, £20, The Hoxton Grill Shoreditch
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3. Down With Dating

Gloomy Down With Dating
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Give Valentine’s Day the middle finger at this party perfect for singles. Take part in ‘Speed Hating,’ where you and your fellow singletons will be given fake names, and you can slag off everything you hate to each other. People who stand on the left on escalators, politicians, realising there’s no milk once you’ve already made your tea, the bitching possibilities are endless. Other games like ‘Blind Hate’ can be played, where you can find your future beau or belle through asking hateful questions. A chance for you to mess about and put that lovey-dovey date talk to one side. And who knows, you might leave with someone you could hate on the world with for life.

Wed, 10th Feb, 7-10pm, £12 + booking fee, The Phoenix, Cavendish Square
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4. Edible Playground’s Valentines Special

Edible Playground Valentine's Special
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Here’s another workshop where you are encouraged to play with your food! Forget table manners at this event. Think back to your childhood, or last week, when you coloured in pictures, played Jenga and cried over stepping on a Lego. Edible Playground’s menu is certainly intriguing, you can feast on such delights as rose popcorn, Snakes & Ladders bruschetta, chocolate Lego and shortbread Jenga. For the veggies, there’s paint your own quinoa castle with pink playdough, and for the meat lovers, paint your own chicken. A percentage of the ticket sales goes to ‘edible playgrounds,’ an organisation that inspires children to grow and eat good, wholesome food at school, pretty neat if you ask us.

Sat, 13th Feb 7-10pm, £50 includes 1 cocktail, Central London – Secret apartment in N1
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5. The Artful Badger Presents The Love Potion Valentine’s Ball

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Live arts company The Artful Badger have set up another unforgettable weekend in the tunnels under Waterloo Station. Born at Secret Garden Party, you know these guys will bring you an immersive event nothing short of spectacular. Expect secret rooms, aerial dancers, games, stalls, bands, performers and more. Come dressed up as an ‘amorous animal.’ A few ideas TAB has thrown around are frisky ferrets, seductive squirrels, desperate dodos… The fancy dress world is your oyster. Oozing oysters? Too much.

Fri, 12th & Sat 13th  Feb, £16.75 Early Bird, £21.75 Advance, The Vaults
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6. Anti-Valentine Fright Night

Photo: dollartheatremassacre.com
Photo: dollartheatremassacre.com

Turn soppy into scary at the Jewish Museum’s horror-themed night, inspired by their ‘Blood’ exhibition no less. Guests are offered exclusive tours of the exhibition, which has received a four star rating from the likes of Londonist and The Independent and well worth seeing. As part of Fright Night you can get hands on with the museum objects and get stuck in with some unusual activities. From constructing your own Bloody Mary cocktail, to creating blood-inspired jewellery, there are plenty of creepy crafts to keep you entertained, all washed down with classic horror films and live music from a string quartet.

Thurs, 11th Feb 6-9pm, £10, Jewish Museum, NW1
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7. Palentine’s Day

Palentine's Day
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Who’s there with the tissues to dab your wasted tears over some boy or girl? However many Tom, Dick and Harry’s come and go it’s your gal pals who will always be there, that’s true love.  The Book Club are celebrating friendship with their very own Palentine’s Day, complete with a friendship bracelet craft session, screening of 90s film Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, cocktails and slumber party vibes. Popcorn and sweets are included, just bring your BFFs for a chilled Sunday night.

Sun, 14th Feb 4:30 -10pm, £6.50 + booking fee, The Book Club, Shoreditch
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8. Valentine’s at the Grant

Valentine's At The Grant
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Did you know that Amazonian river dolphins give water weed bouquets to their females? Or that land snails stab each other with love darts before they mate? Ah, the art of animal seduction. The Grant are offering the public a special after dark experience, with the chance to explore this fascinating world of creature flirtation, discovering all kinds of specimens with Valentine’s themed labels. The ticket price also includes a free glass of wine, what’s not to love?

Fri, 12th Feb, drop in between 6.30-9pm, £6 on the door, Grant Museum of Zoology, WC1E

9.  All You Knit Is Love

Photo: knitaid.org
Photo: knitaid.org

If you know your way around a pair of knitting needles or would like to learn, then ease your way into the Valentine’s celebrations by hitting up The Book Club for a lunchtime knit sesh. They are looking for knitters to help knit as many squares as possible to make blankets for refugee families in Europe who are in desperate need during these freezing months. There will be a giant knitting demonstration, Valentine’s cards and other crafting treasures on sale too. Spread, or knit, the love this Valentine’s.

Sun 14th Feb, 11am-2.30pm, £10, The Book Club, Shoreditch
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10.  Feline Lonely

Feline Lonely
Photo: Facebook/Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

If you can’t rely on human companionship, then you can always rely on dog love, and sometimes cat love. When they feel like it. Head down to the Cattery at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, where you might meet the moggy of your dreams.  Forget about Tinder for the evening and open your heart to some cat matchmaking, while sipping on a glass of prosecco.  Make a kitty’s day by purchasing a love token so it can get the treat or toy it deserves this Valentine’s, and maybe, just maybe, take a furry friend home with you…

Fri 12th Feb, 5.30pm, £5, Battersea
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Mila is a dedicated explorer, human rights and animal activist but in her quieter moments you can find her foraging for wild garlic in the woods or updating her blog.

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