It’s always time for romance and now is a great time to rev it up a little. Here’s some ideas to whet your love appetite:
Most romantic view over London – The View from The Shard
As one of the most romantic venues in London, The View from The Shard is the perfect place to treat a loved one this Valentine’s day. On Friday, February 14, the venue is hosting Valentine’s Experience evening which includes a glass of Moët &Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne to sip while taking in the breath-taking views of London. A harpist will add to the romance by playing throughout the evening while couples relax and enjoy the 360° view of London at night. At the end of the experience, couples will be presented with a single red rose and a souvenir photograph to remember their evening.
The Valentine’s Experience – Takes place from 18:00 on Friday, February 14 and tickets
are £99 for two people and includes a glass of Moet and Chandon champagne each, a single red rose and a souvenir photograph.
The flow of true love on a Bateaux London river cruise
Bateaux London invites you to star in a RomCom-worthy evening where the course of true love could run very smoothly. Adorned with floral installations, a floating kissing deck and a five-course dinner inclusive of wine to dig into, treat your partner to the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience. Priced at £149 per person, the 2 hour and 45-minute romantic voyage starts with a crisp glass of Rosé Champagne on arrival, accompanied by live music and glittering views of the city.
More info: Bateaux London
Zip World Velocity for two in Bangor, Wales
Channel your inner daredevil and glide 500ft through the Snowdonia mountains on the longest and fastest zip line in Europe. Soar to a speed of over 100mph and pass by breath-taking scenery on the Big Zipper.
If you are a little hesitant, you can practice on the smaller but still thrilling Little Zipper reaching speeds of up to 40mph. Next up it’s the Big Zipper! Feel invincible as it glides through the air for one unforgettable mile, passing over the lake 500 feet below. An exhilarating experience that will never be forgotten, it is the ultimate gift for adrenaline junkies and daredevils alike! Price: £178 per couple. Allow up to three hours for this experience.
More info: Red Letter Days
Name a star after your sweetheart at South Downs sky!
Naming a star after your sweetheart is a beautiful notion that has become a Valentine’s favourite. Luckily, in the South Downs National Park, there are plenty of stars to see in all their glory. An International Dark Sky Reserve since 2016 and one of only 16 in the world, the area offers majestic views of the constellations.
There are 10 Dark Sky Discovery Sites to choose from in the National Park, all offering free parking and open access to a great evening of stargazing.
Valentine’s Day also falls in the middle of the National Park’s Dark Skies Festival, with a range of stargazing events for people of all ages.
Be Swayed by Langley Castle’s Valentine’s Proposal
Break for the English-Scottish border this Valentine’s Day and stay at the impossibly romantic Langley Castle Hotel in Langley-on-Tyne, Northumberland.
This old, English castle hotel, located just 34 miles from Carlisle and 29 miles from Newcastle, close to the historic town of Hexham, has everything the loved-up could desire. A roaring log fire warms the chandelier-filled drawing-room, romantic window seats set into the thick medieval walls dating from 1350, and there are four-poster beds for those wanting the real fairy-tale experience in a Castle room. You can stroll around 10-acre grounds, and a romance-fuelled candlelit dinner can be enjoyed in the 2AA Rosette restaurant, Josephine’.
The Valentine Package costs £130pp and £180pp, including one overnight stay for two sharing a double room on February 14, dinner, red rose, Prosecco and chocolates and Northumbrian breakfast the following morning.
More info: Langley Castle
Cupid’s Couples Day at Ragdale Hall, Leicestershire
Sweep your loved one off their feet and choose Ragdale Hall’s Cupid’s Couples Day for nine hours of chilled-out relaxation. Reconnect in the dazzling Rooftop Infinity Pool – heated to a blissful 35 degrees and offering stunning views out over the rolling Leicestershire countryside; unwind in the Thermal Spa’s series of heat and water experiences including the outdoor Waterfall Pool and the magical underground Candle Pool, and indulge in a sumptuously healthy three-course buffet lunch.
You’ll also be pampered with a Classic Manicure (for her) and a Soothe’ n’ Splash facial (for him), before rounding off your day with a glass of pink bubbly each and a plate of tapas – made for sharing, of course.
More info: Ragdale Cupid’s Couples Day