Valentine’s Day in London is no longer about naff cards and wilting roses but the chance to celebrate love in all its forms. From pairing menus to special offers for friends’ celebrations, it’s about bringing food, drinks and joy to February (whether you’re loved up or just really glad to have some excellent mates).
We’ve rounded up some of the best bars and restaurants near Liverpool Street Station to discover in London to make Valentine’s a date to remember…
1. The immersive Valentine’s experience, Mrs Fogg’s Dockside Drinkery & Distillery, Broadgate Circle
Step off the real world and into the Mrs Fogg’s experience of a musical cocktail bar and elegant steamship. Famous for the incredible gins, cocktails menu and sharing plates, they’ll be hosting special Valentine’s meals with pairings and an aphrodisiac Steamer menu. Watch this space for more details.
2. Celebrate your mates at Grind Liverpool Street, Broadgate Circle
Reminding the world that love doesn’t just mean romance, Grind will be embracing Palentines in 2020. From sharing cocktails to social competitions with shout outs to your best friends, Grind want hear about your best friends (see more @grind). Plus, they’ll be hosting a Valentine’s night party on Friday 14 February.
3. See brilliant Valentine’s-inspired shows at the Theatre Deli, 2 Finsbury Avenue
The Theatre Deli is one of London’s most loved gems and in the run-up to Valentine’s Day they’ve got a whole host of shows dedicated to love. On Wednesday 12th February, I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight…? Is a semi-improvised, interactive show that lets the audience interact with serial monogamist, Holly, in her search for the perfect one while the Deli Bar will be playing host to singer Stephanie Jane Oliver.
The following night, don’t miss First Flirts – a relationship adventure through the twists and turns of a blanket-fort maze inspired by an obsession with romantic comedies and the greatest rock ballads. For a date night or to meet a mate, this is set to be utterly brilliant.
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4. Curl up with a good film at the Everyman Broadgate, Finsbury Avenue Square
Is there anything better than the movies on a Friday night/date night/out with mates? With an extensive cocktail menu and seriously good Spielburgers, Everyman Broadgate is the perfect spot to escape into the silver screen. With a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma due out on 14 February written by Booker winner Eleanor Catton and starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn and Bill Nighy, sign up to their newsletter to keep an eye on what’s on.
5. Eat some really good food, Broadgate
From dining out for tasting menus (Yauatcha City), enjoying a big table of sharing plates (Jose Pizarro, Comptoir Libanais), relaxed and delicious street food (Franco Manca, Tank & Paddle and The Botanist) to delicious cakes in an art installation (Butterscotch at Atoll), there is a whole host of ground-breaking and beloved food spots across Broadgate next to Liverpool Street Station. Whatever you’re planning for Friday 14th, click here to discover and book some of the best eating spots in London.
6. Give someone a really lovely gift, Broadgate
Whether you want to spoil a foodie (head to the newly opened Charbonnel et Walker for decadent chocolates or Yauatcha Patisserie for beautiful boxes of macarons and petit gateaux); want to give someone the ultimate workout (1Rebel classes are so good to let off steam and feel amazing) or share some cultural cachet (tickets to the Theatre Deli or Everyman Memberships), then Broadgate has some inspired ideas. You’re welcome.
7. Join 1Rebel’s exclusive F*** Valentine’s Ride classes
Breaking out against the expected – 1Rebel’s Ride classes will be embracing big beat drops, heavy baselines and sweet melodic vocals as they remix the most loved pop and modern classics to keep you pumped. Book into classes this Friday here.
Want to embrace your own wellbeing in 2020? Then meet The Sessions at The Space | 3FA – a vibrant and exciting calendar of workshops and classes designed for those who work in Broadgate’s neighbourhood to learn new skills and boost their self-care. Click here for the full calendar and to book your spot.
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