BOOK AHEAD: Brat x Marzapane
On Wednesday 16th February, Rome’s Marzapane restaurant is taking over Brat’s kitchen in Shoreditch for a one-day collaboration. The set menu (£80) includes antipasti dishes and freshly grilled shellfish, as well as traditional Roman dishes like parmigiana risotto with smoked kidney fat, grilled sweetbreads, and chicken offal pasta. Diners can also choose from clementine crème brûlée and a ‘Tourteau Fromager du Vendée’ (a take on Brat’s Basque burnt cheesecake with a French twist) for dessert.
4 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JL
GO TO THE CINEMA: Marry Me
New J Lo rom-com Marry Me hits the big screen on Friday. Singer Kat Valdez (Lopez) is half of the world’s sexiest celebrity power couple with musician Bastian. As Kat and Bastian’s inescapable hit single ‘Marry Me’ climbs the charts, they decide to get married in a ceremony that will be streamed across multiple platforms. However, just before they say ‘I do’, Kat finds out Bastian has cheated on her with her assistant. In a moment of inspired insanity, she locks eyes with a stranger in the crowd (Owen Wilson), who proposes to her. What begins as an impulsive reaction evolves into an unexpected romance…
BRING YOUR BESTIE: The London Edition X Her Hustle: Live Letters
The London Edition hotel has partnered with media platform Her Hustle for an event on female friendship. On Valentine’s night from 6pm to 8pm, Her Hustle founder Emma-Louise Boynton will be hosting ‘Live Letters’ in the hotel’s Punch Room. Hear from journalist Mother Pukka, aka Anna Whitehouse, founder of Sonder Kate Hamilton, and Feed Me Female founders Chloe O’Connell and Hope Flynn, all of who will be reading extracts from letters written to their friends, and reciting letters exchanged between historical female figures. Tickets cost £12, which includes a drink on arrival.
10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NP
WATCH A CLASSIC: True Romance At Nine Lives
Bermondsey cocktail bar Nine Lives is screening Tarantino’s True Romance on Valentine’s Day at 7pm. Guests can arrive at the tropical-inspired venue from 5pm to enjoy spicy margaritas, picantes or blood orange negronis, a selection of ceviche dishes, ice cream and a bucket of popcorn to enjoy with the film – all for just £22pp. On the night, there’ll be table service so you can order more food and drinks.
8 Holyrood Street, London Bridge, SE1 2EL
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: Out And About! At Barbican Centre
To mark LGBTQ+ History Month, drop by this new exhibition at Barbican Centre. Curated by Bishopsgate Institute, 'Out and About!' is an archive installation of objects and media highlighting 40 moments and stories in London’s LGBTQ+ history. From badges and pins to photographs and illustrations, the items document pride, protest, performance and art, from the gay rights movement to the everyday celebrations and struggles of LGBTQ+ Londoners. Don’t miss the photographs which depict the HIV/Aids crisis during the late 80s.
Silk Street, Barbican, EC2Y 8DS
TREAT YOUR PARTNER: The Ivy Chelsea Garden
The Ivy Chelsea Garden has created a special drinks menu for Valentine’s weekend. From Friday 11th to Monday 14th February, diners can choose from cocktails inspired by history’s most romantic love letters. The ‘Napoleon to Joséphine’ is made with Altos Tequila Blanco, passionfruit, prosecco and sparkling water; ‘Oscar Wilde's Secret Affair’ features Beefeater gin, lemon juice and agave syrup; and the Beethoven-inspired ‘His Immortal Beloved’ is coffee liqueur, double cream and amaretto. Diners will also receive an exclusive book created by The Ivy and Letters of Note. Don’t forget to ask for the special dessert – peach and raspberry parfait with white chocolate mousse.
195-197 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EQ
TREAT YOURSELF: Duck & Dry Pop-Up At Four Seasons Hotel London
Duck & Dry is launching a pop-up at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane on Valentine’s Day. Make a beeline for the hotel’s rooftop spa for a 90-minute ‘Ultimate Glow & Go Experience’ (£195), which includes a 30-minute Four Seasons 24ct Glow Facial, a 30-minute manicure with varnish and shaping, a 30-minute Duck & Dry blow-dry, and a special cocktail at Amaranto Bar. You can choose from three of its signature hairstyles, as well as a special ‘Four Seasons look’ – think the brand’s signature bouncy curls or soft, loose waves. If you don’t have time for the full experience, stop by for a blow-dry and fresh pressed juice for £50 instead.
Until Monday 28 February; Hamilton Place, Park Lane, W1J 7DR
CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY: Seabird
From Saturday 12th to Monday 14th February, Seabird at The Hoxton Southwark is serving up a special three-course sharing menu for Valentine’s Day. The meal starts with the chef’s selection of oysters, followed by spider crab salad with frisée lettuce and fennel, red mullet with ajoblanco, prawn croquettas with pancetta, and herring caviar. For mains, there’s monkfish, beef blade or roasted aubergine, while desserts include Spanish toast with butterscotch ice-cream, orange chocolate and olive oil cake, or Seabird’s signature manchego cheesecake, which is pink for Valentine’s Day. From £75pp.
14th Floor, 40 Blackfriars Road, South Bank, SE1 8NY
GET BOXING: BXR X Locals Games
BXR in Marylebone – the boxing gym headed up by Anthony Joshua – is teaming up with social app Locals.org for an exclusive group training session on Sunday 13th February. The app, which helps people meet likeminded users offline, is offering 30 people the chance to take part in an all-day fitness challenge. The session starts with a warm-up at 2pm, when you’ll be divided into teams, before bootcamp-style training with boxing and cardio intervals kicks off at 3pm. Afterwards, you can relax in the sauna and stream room, order a Joe & The Juice smoothie, then get changed for a special dinner with cocktails and get to know your teammates. Simply download the Locals.org app, request to join the experience, and donate to suicide prevention charity Beder.
24 Paddington Street, Marylebone, W1U 5QY
WATCH AN OPERA: La Bohème At London Coliseum
English National Opera’s new production of La Bohème at the London Coliseum has opened. When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill. Puccini’s opera of passion, friendship and heartbreak is one of the most loved operas in the world, and the impressive set promises to instantly transport audiences back to 1930s Paris. Tickets start from £10 (with reduced prices for under 35s).
Until Sunday 27 February; St Martin's Lane, Strand, WC2N 4ES
BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS: ‘Weekends Are For Bak-Lovers’ At Jikoni
On Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th February, chef Ravinder Bhogal is hosting a special three-course brunch at her restaurant Jikoni. The menu includes a mezze-style feast of torshi (zingy Egyptian pickled vegetables) with saffron sheermal – a sweet, buttery, Armenian bread served with home-made hummus topped with fiery Yemeni zhoug. Diners can also choose from beetroot kibbeh with tahini sauce, spiced honey-glazed carrots with whipped feta and pistachio dukkah, and a luxurious cauliflower macaroni cheese with a herb crust. For dessert, there’s a traditional baklava with burnt honey ice-cream. Tickets cost £60pp.
19-21 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 3DH