Alternative Valentine's Day Dates

by Richard Murphy February 04, 2015 2 min read

Wining and dining may be all fair and good, but Valentine's Day looses it's romance when you're squashed up with say, another 50 couples eating from a set special menu. Nothing saps the romance out of an evening quicker than feeling hustled about and while we love dining out (we really really do) when it comes to Valentine's Day we're in the mood for something a a bit more off the beaten path. 

Heart in a Jar

Does anything say romance more than pickling a pig heart in a jar? Perhaps, but we still think this one-day course from the Last Tuesday Society will be a great big middle finger to the usual schmaltzy valentine’s offerings. Plus you can keep your creation as a souvenir to remember forever your special (and slightly strange) day.

Feb 14th 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Islington Arts Factory, 2 Parkhurst Road, N70SF

£50 or £70 for a couple

Prohibition Cocktails

If you’re not into v-day embalming, then have no fear. Edinburgh’s Panda & Sons will still give your loved one something far more unique than Fifty Shades of Grey at the local multiplex. Situated on Queen Street is an unassuming old-style barber shop with a difference. It’s actually a prohibition cocktail bar, boasting award winning concoctions and a great atmosphere.

79 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4NF

Open til 1am


Ghost Hunting

Make the classic scary movie marathon a reality at Oak House in West Bromwich for a night-time ghost hunt. From 8pm until 2am you can get your blood flowing listening out for bumps in the night. We’re assured you’ll be provided with ghost hunting equipment, but what that entails you’ll have to go along to find out.

Oak Road, West Bromwich, B70 8HJ

8pm to 2am

£45 per person

Bedtime Stories

Put on your most acceptable (and non holey) pyjamas for Bedtimes Stories at 40 Winks in East London. Musicians, actors and cocktails combine to make this a whole lot more than an average night in. Stories verge on the sexy side to keep it valentine’s specific.

109 Mile End Road, Stepney Green

London E1 4UJ

Email for more information


Bedlam paintball have clearly grasped that love is one step away from hate with their Valentines packages. Shoot your lover with paint then kiss them better after. In venues across the UK.

We think few things say romance like pickling a heart with your loved one, but any of these (seriously, a ghost hunt or paintballing) would be the perfect to try something a bit different. Will you be trying any of these guys out?
Richard Murphy
Richard Murphy

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