Valentine’s day and Saint Valentine has been associated with romantic love since the time of Chaucer in the middle ages when 14th February was a feast day. The first Valentine’s Day was in the year 496 and it continues to be popular today as a celebration of love all over the world. Traditionally flowers and chocolates, how about doing something a little bit different this year?
We’ve had a look at the best events in London this year and here are some unusual but romantic ways you can spend with your loved one. Of course, the best way to travel on a special occasion is in a comfortable and luxurious Kingsbridge Chauffeur vehicle. Who wants to get the tube dressed in a Tux?!
1. The Murdér Express – a murder mystery with a difference
Visit Pedley Street Station and take a seat on a retro steam train, you’ll be transported back to the early 20th century for an immersive experience. An adventurous widow, a music hall star, and an antiques dealer are on their way to the French town of ‘Murdér’ – but they could be in real danger. While onboard you will enjoy a 4-course meal from MasterChef 2016 winner Jane Devonshire.
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2. Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra – dance to the gipsy swing band
This Valentine’s day, enjoy music from a time when artists played their instruments, before computers. The lineup and orchestrations are inspired by the hot swinging music that emerged from both sides of the Atlantic in the 1920s 1930s and 1940s. The performance is expected to be suave, sophisticated and entertaining. Usually selling out upstairs at Ronnie Scotts they have decided to perform at the Paris Grill, a newly refurbished chic Parisian restaurant with a Belle-époque feel and a great atmosphere.
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3. Floating World – experience hedonistic Japanese culture.
Discover a strange, sensual alternative floating world. On arrival, you will be dressed in a traditional kimono. Then given an Umeshu cocktail and snacks before enjoying a 3 course dinner with Matcha tea. The evening is set in a teahouse in the red light district of an ancient town. Japanese sophisticates enjoyed many forms of extravagant entertainment and indulged in erotic pursuits in Edo period Japan.
Tickets available here
4. Rivoli Pop-up Cinema – film classics in a classic venue.
The Rivoli Ballroom is one of the last remaining intact 1950’s style ballroom left in London. The interior and exterior fittings have remained the same, creating an authentic vintage look. Over Valentine’s Day, the pop-up cinema will be showing Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet, Pretty Woman and Ghost, all set in this iconic London gem The Rivoli Ballroom. There will be two bars serving British ale, ciders, draft beer, wines, as well as serving Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Ice cream, and not to forget Cocktails!
5. Little Nans – celebrate all that is nostalgic homely & kitsch.
If you would like to get spoilt rotten this Valentine’s day then pay a visit to Little Nans. It’s a retro living room parody in a railway arch at Deptford Market Yard. Here you will find Leopard print, China, and Pat Butcher references aplenty. Celebrate love with special boozy brunches and sophisticated afternoon teas on the weekends either side of Valentine’s Day. You can message them with your loved one’s name and Little Nan will gift them with something special.
Where ever you plan to spend your Valentine’s Day or whatever you plan to do, do it in style. Of course, don’t forget to tell your loved one how you feel. Having a big night out? Do it in style and luxury and book a chauffeur driven Kingsbridge car.