Stuck for ideas for Valentines day? Check out our top ten local dates!

Stuck for ideas for Valentines Day on Sunday? Fear not, we’ve come up with 10 great local date ideas. Not only will you be able to walk there, but you’ll be supporting local businesses too! Read on for the perfect sustainable(ish) Valentines Day…


1. Valentines Games Night

Make your way down to Shoreditch Town Hall and choose from over 200 games including Scalextric, Chinese chequers, Deal or No Deal, crazy golf and Mousetrap. Whatever your date is in to you’ll be sure to find a game that suits.

games shoreditch

2. Heather Phillipson at the Whitechapel Gallery

Looking for a more sophisticated date? Head over to the Whitechapel Gallery. ‘Heather Phillipson’s work refuses to be quiet; it is a guttural and joyous shout that ricochets through the world we live in. Bouncing off the fragmented planes of cities, spaces, bodies, products and emotions, her voice creates a chaotic yet vibrant echo of puns and sly self-reflexive interrogations’.

3. The Board Games Café

Another one for you game lovers out there. Take the opportunity to head down to London’s first ever board game cafe and also check out their high quality food and drink whilst you’re there!


4. Broadway Market

In the heart of Hackney you can find Broadway Market and provides an array of independent shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and stalls offering fresh produce, authentic street food, clothing, arts and crafts.

broadway market

5. Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Electric Cinema in Shoreditch

Enjoy a romantic evening for two at the Electric Cinema in Shoreditch and watch the all-time romantic classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s.


6. The Shard and vintage afternoon tea

This one is quite self-explanatory but a good option if you’re looking for something a bit fancy and are willing to splash some cash.


7. Singles and romantic evening at the drunken monkey

If you’re single you can also get involved with The Drunken Monkey’s Valentines night. It’s being described as ‘an ancient Chinese love den, paved with rose petals and scented with ylang ylang’…what more could you want?


8. Columbia Road Market

The perfect place to buy your valentine some flowers. Why not follow the market with lunch at Laxeiro for some tasty Spanish grub or a pint at a nearby pub, The Birdcage.

columbia road flower


9. The Gallery Cafe at St Margaret’s House

The Gallery Cafe offers a delicious selection of vegetarian and vegan food, have a look at the menu online and head down there on Valentines day to show your date how delicious vegan food can be!

10. The Jamaica Straight at the George Tavern

For a pre-Valentines night out why not check out the George Tavern and the Jamaica Straights. Free entry and open ’til 3am!


What have you got planned for this Valentines? Let us know in the comments below.




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