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Thursday 9 February 2012

P.S I Love You London...

I think we're all aware that Valentine’s day is fast approaching – we've posted quirky card ideas, a gift we'd love to be opening next Tuesday and some suggestions of what to do on the day in Hong Kong. But, the BIG question is...what has London got to offer us for the ‘special’ night itself?!?

As you can maybe tell I am not too enthralled about the make me cringe, chocolates make me fat and over the top affection makes me feel a bit sick (the other 2 bad mice will agree I am an unusual girl in this way). Having said all that, my feelings have slightly changed since researching Valentine's options for 3BM and I'm now thinking it could actually be lots of fun.... Whether you're single and planning a night out with the girls or in a couple and lining up a night with your hot boy, here’s my low down on the 4 best ways to spend Valentine's 2012 in London....

Get Tipsy in a Teepee
For a laid back affair head to the Queen of Hoxton and to the pop up WigWagBam bar for a few drinks. The rooftop has been transformed into a candlelit Wig Wam with an open fire heating up the chilly winter temperatures and a huge grill serving up Bratwurst. You can cosy up with your valentine over a mulled cider or hot rum with apple juice - perfect! However if you're single and want to meet some fellow singletons, then head downstairs to the special Valentine's speed dating night. You never know, you might end up sharing a hot toddy with a hot new stranger...

1-5 Curtain Road
0207 422 0958

Get a Room
If you're after the full works, why not try the Soho Sleepover package at Dean Street Townhouse? As part of the Soho House group, it is guaranteed to impress....amazing food, even better cocktails and Egyptian cotton sheets to end the night! The deal is that if you're dining in the restaurant after 11pm you can bag a room in the hotel for just £50 (the hotel's 'Tiny rooms' normally start at £260 a night). You'll even get a 'Morning After' kit thrown in with a razor for the men and Cowshed goodies for the girls. Unfortunately you can't book this one and the offer's subject to availability - perhaps one for the more laid back couple who don't mind working their way through the cocktail list and playing the end of the night by ear...!

69 - 71 Dean Street
0207 434 1775

(Try Not to) Get Lost
If a secret bar is right up your street, then give The Bar With No Name a try...if you can find it!! (Head to Islington and you'll see a dark wooden door at number 69 Colebrooke Row). The interior takes you back to the 1920s with lots of dark wood, big black and white floor tiles and a piano, all very cosily lit. Perfect to impress your girlfriend, not only with your inside knowledge of London but also with some of the BEST cocktails she has ever tasted! Top of my to try list is the Peach and Fig Leaf Bellini - Peach puree with a hint of fig leaf topped up with Prosecco - YUM! The Bar With No Name has a special Valentine's Day deal on next Tuesday, for £60 per couple you get three cocktails each and tasty Paul.A.Young chocolates. Make sure you call ahead and book a table - it gets super busy as it's relatively new and everyone's raving about it!!

69 Colebrooke Row
N1 8AA

Get Some Posh Totty
Have you been watching Made In Chelsea? Do you secretly want to join Spencer and Caggie's gang? Well dust off your tweed, dig out your pinky ring and head down to Bluebird on Kings Road for an evening of speed dating...toff style! Pay £25 each and you'll get a glass of champagne (a necessity to get the one-liners flowing and hair flicking perfected), an hour of speed dating with Chelsea's finest followed by a tasty buffet to line your stomach for the Jaeger Bombs ahead! If all else fails I'm sure you'll find some equally posh singletons close by in Public or Embargo's!

350 King's Road
0207 559 1000
So now all that remains is working out which of the four I'm going to opt for, although I'm pretty sure I won't even make it to work what with my door being blocked by the piles of cards and gifts I will no doubt receive!

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