Ahhh February. The month of love. The time of year when you’re never more then three feet away from a crimson heart or a sickeningly sweet offer of Dinner for Two. Whether you’re totally anti-romance or eager to please the love of your life with a date night to remember, here’s our pick of the best Valentines Anti-Valentines spots in Midtown.
If you’re in the mood for love, Midtown’s restaurants and bars are the place for you. We’re lucky to have some of the best food and most decadent drinks in some of the city’s best cosy, romantic haunts right on our doorstep.
The Mirror Room at the Rosewood Hotel are the perfect settings for a romantic rendez-vous with your love. The floor to ceiling mirrors in the aptly named Mirror Lounge combines with lounge seating and low lighting to create a perfectly intimate setting, while their extensive menus and champagne cocktails will tantalise your tastebuds. Scarfes Bar is like a cosy library features a roaring fire, luxurious velvet armchairs and shelves filled with over 1,000 antique books hand-picked by a Portobello antiques dealer.
If you’re after an event rather than a sit down dinner, why not try your hand at Petanque? It’s a bit like bowls and is usually played in two teams of one, two or three people. Berani’s is home to the only indoor Petanque court in the UK. We recommend a cocktail or two to help get the game really going. Once you’re all Petanque’d out, get your chops around Berani’s delicious nibbles and signature cocktails.
It’d be pretty short-sighted of us not to mention The Bleeding Heart in our round-up of the best Valentines Anti-valentines spots in London, even though it’s ever so slightly beyond the Midtown border. This restaurant aptly named for the most romantic day of the year, but it’s also billed as the “most romantic restaurant in London” by The Times. Set menus start at £35
We know Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone. If you’re single or happily coupled up but just not that interested in a day that’s been created by greetings card companies, there are still a tonne of fun things to do in Midtown.
Take your anti-valentines date(s) to Dans Le Noir in Clerkenwell. There’ll be no gazing dreamily into each others eyes here, nor will you have to share your dinner with sickeningly loved up couples. At least, if you are sharing your dinner with them, you won’t be able to see how loved up they are because dinner is served in complete darkness. Dans Le Noir has gained notoriety as a sensory experience and you’ll be waited on by visually impaired staff for an evening which will really change your perspective.
If V-day is your idea of a nightmare, get your hands on tickets for Bumble’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at Bounce. Try your hand at smashing apart a heart-shaped piñata, enjoy some seriously strong cocktails and declare pepperoni pizza, ping pong and banging ballads to be your only true loves. Expect TLC on the sound system, UV face paint, group games and ping-pong tournaments. What’s not to love about being single at Bounce? Tickets are £5
“If you are looking for something different to do, Chastity is likely to tickle your tickly bits” or so say the organisers behind Lady Chastity’s Reserve, a immersive experience challenge based in secret rooms at The Hope pub in Farringdon. You and your comrades will have an hour to solve a set of clues and attempt to win Chastity’s fabled aphrodisiac wine.
Where will love take you?
So there you have our favourite Valentines Anti-Valentines things to do in Midtown. Where will you be going when cupid comes to town on 14th Feb? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’d love to hear your romantic (or anti-romantic!) top tips