Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be all pink hearts and boxes of sickly sweet chocolate, here’s a list of some V-Day alternatives….
1) See The Ultimate May To December Anti-Rom Com
Unlikely as it sounds, Hal Ashby’s 1971’s film Harold And Maude is the ultimate romantic film. The plot - a love affair between a teenage depressive his septuagenarian mate Maude - is not something you'd see Kate Hudson and her ilk indulging in but the film in a tender and beautiful musing on mortality, life and love. The Cat Stevens soundtrack is brilliant too. It’s on at the Rio Cinema on V day.
2) Pine For Your Romeo (Or Juliet)
What’s most emo-romantic than peaking up at the night sky, in Shakespearean longing for your long-lost love? Well at the Royal Observatory you can peek through at really heavy (18-tonne), antique (it’s Victorian) telescope and look up at the constellations. We could make a bit of a joke about ‘star crossed lovers’ here (but we won’t)
3) Go ‘Speed Hating’
Trust good old Feeling Gloomy to do an anti-Valentine’s dating event. Called ‘Down With Dating’, the event sounds perfect for misanthropes and V-day haters alike. There’s even an event called ‘Blind Hate’. Amazing.
4) Release Your Inner Cat Person
Who needs a date when you’ve got a, um, cat ? If you're a fan of felines be sure to head down to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and visit their cattery and get a load of non-verbal love from a load of purring partners. And yes, the event is called ‘Feline Lonely’.
5) Be Down For Whatever
The acclaimed Slagbox is ‘the single night for people who don’t like single’s nights’, so what better place to release your inner singleton than at their Valentine's Day Night? Find your numbered suitor on the dancefloor and watch the sparks (maybe) fly. OR just dance your socks off to DJ’s like thecockandbullkid and Tahita from New Young Pony Club.