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The Best Things to Do This Valentine’s Day

4 February 2022
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Pergola on the Wharf, Crossrail Place
Pergola on the Wharf, Crossrail Place

Romantic love

  • Watch Valentine’s Classics at Everyman Cinema

There’s nothing quite like watching a good film with a loved one, especially when food and drink are brought direct to your seat at Everyman Cinema so you don’t need to lift a finger. Think indulging in delicious burgers, pizza and sundaes whilst you enjoy Valentine’s classics such as The Notebook all from the comfort of luxurious sofas and armchairs. The Notebook follows the story of Noah and Allie, a young couple desperately in love but lacking the approval of Allie’s wealthy parents. When Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems to mark the end of their love affair, but nothing can keep them apart. Enjoy the film with a complimentary glass of prosecco on arrival and a sweet treat, as well as a little surprise gift!

  • Enjoy a romantic candlelight meal

Treat that someone special to an elegant candlelit meal at Pergola On The Wharf, complete with a string quartet playing classic love songs. The special three course Valentines set menu features indulgent sharing boards, succulent steak, delicious vegan options and sultry desserts. It’s sure to be a magical affair.

  • Those Who Train Together Stay Together

It might not be at the top of everyone’s list to-do this Valentine’s Day, but why not start the day as you mean to go on by attending a class together – and it means that you can indulge in food and drink later guilt-free as you know that burnt calories are already in the bank.

Luxury health club Third Space has a jam-packed schedule of classes to choose from – whether you opt for Force, a barbell and dumbbell class ‘designed to fatigue’, the slower-paced Pulse – a ballet-Pilates fusion – or a swim in its 23-metre pool. Cardio lovers should head to The Red Room at Barry’s – said to burn up to 1,000 calories a class, it’s a fitness fanatic’s dream.

 

Electric Shuffle, Cabot Square
Electric Shuffle, Cabot Square

 

Deep Friendship

  • Game at Wanyoo

Want to get that competitive spirit going? Or just try something new? Or you might already be a professional gamer in the making. Founded in 1998, pay a visit to Wanyoo, which has grown to become the largest esports studio chain in Asia, and is quickly expanding its offering across the globe. There’s also a Duo Room where you can compete not only against each other, but also challenge some of the 10 million member-plus community across the world. And with food and drink to refuel, it’s hard to leave after just one game – perfect to let you level up together.

  • Play a Game of Shuffleboard

Remember the shuffleboard that you used to play at the arcade? Well Electric Shuffle has revamped it and brought it firmly into the 21st century. Featuring impressive technology that identifies the exact location of the pucks on the table, it automatically tallies scores and guides players through three unique games via an interactive screen. You can also discuss post-match analysis over delicious sharing pizzas, platters and cocktails.

  • Food for friends

Looking for the perfect spot to enjoy great food with even better friends? The newly opened Caravan Canary Wharf provides an ideal setting for all day dining where you can sit back with friends and feast on everything from breakfast pancake stacks to elegant fish dishes, freshly roasted craft coffee to creative cocktails.

For other fantastic venues, look no further than Hawksmoor Wood Wharf for a mouth-watering meat menu consisting of the best British produce, set in an eco-friendly floating pavilion with stunning views of the water and Canary Wharf; Ibérica for a Spanish feast; Plateau Restaurant Bar & Grill for wow-factor cityscape views; Six by Nico for a six course menu of otherworldly eats and frivolous flavours, inspired by our most-loved childhood tales such as a Paddington Bear course focused on marmalade and a Beauty and the Beast course inspired by roses; and ROKA and Sticks’n’Sushi for the best of Japanese cuisine.

And to really get the celebrations going, opt for funky cocktails at The Alchemist, No35 Mackenzie Walk or The Parlour, or enjoy a delicious dinner and refined drinks to live jazz performed by ‘The Spirit of Luther And The Love Gods Of Soul’: Fil Straughan And His Band at Boisdale of Canary Wharf.

  • Explore a neon exhibition

Extended until Tuesday 15 February, take a trip to the ‘Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk’ exhibition presented by Half a Roast Chicken and Creative Debuts. Eve De Haan, the London based artist behind Half a Roast Chicken, has transformed a slice of Canary Wharf into a place of pure, unadulterated happiness, with the space being bathed in neon light, pink hues and purple lavender. The title of the exhibition, Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk, is a reminder not to let things we cannot change get in the way of the happiness we all deserve. Through exploring the different sections of the exhibit, you will be immersed in the artist’s unexpected, but also familiar thoughts, and reminded of the power of positivity.

 

Ice Rink Canary Wharf, Canada Square Park
Ice Rink Canary Wharf, Canada Square Park

 

Family love

  • Family ice skating fun at Ice Rink Canary Wharf

Ice skating really is fun for all the family, so why not spend some quality time together as you skate beneath the iconic skyline in the heart of Canary Wharf. New for 2022, you can also add some magic with new light skates, featuring colourful LEDS attached to each skate. And with a roof covered with twinkling fairy lights, you can brighten up the ice rink whatever the weather. To mark the Valentine’s Day occasion, you can also skate along to all your favourite cheesy love songs and enjoy a free glass of fizz with your adult skate tickets after your skate. Don’t miss out, get your tickets now!

  • For the love of art

Explore London’s largest collection of outdoor public art, and this Valentine’s Day pay particular attention to the artworks that depict love. One of these is Jon Buck: Returning to Embrace, which appears to show a couple locked together, gazing into each other’s eyes, but on closer examination reveals a strange fusion of forms, their bodies so far intertwined as to have become a single organism.

Another, Gillie & Marc: Tandem Lovers showcases how two iconic characters, Rabbitwoman and Dogman who met while travelling, love exploring and cycling but decide to travel by bike so they can zip along while being environmentally conscious at the same time. The tandem bike is their favourite as they must work as one.

There’s also a  Children’s Art Trail featuring 12 pieces of art that provide big inspiration for young minds, plus a handy map to show their locations.

 

London Grace, Canada Place
London Grace, Canada Place

Self-love

  • Have a Treatment

For Valentine’s Day pampering, why not book yourself a massage at Third Space Spa, with 25, 50 and 80-minute treatment options available. Alternatively, head over to Canada Place for a manicure and a glass of fizz at London Grace. Lay back and relax with a HydraFacial from the best skin experts at Sk:n, or enjoy some cosmetic treatments from the multi-award-winning Thérapie Clinic. Not feeling your best? Rejuvenate by taking a trip to Get A Drip where you’ll be feeling better in no time after one of their multiple vitamin drips.

  • Refresh with a makeover

Give yourself a fresh look with a visit to Blink Brow Bar, where you can take advantage of brow shaping, tinting and laminating, eyelash curling and lifting, and threading, as well as a variety of other beauty treatments.

Locks needing a cut or colour, or simply a Valentine’s Day blow dry? Book an appointment at cutting-edge hair salon Jon Hala. Men need not feel left out either – with Adam Grooming Atelier offering a classic barber’s experience from its Cabot Place branch, you can look sharp this Valentine’s Day.

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