10 last-minute Valentine’s Day date ideas in London

Uh oh, lovebirds! Valentine’s Day has snuck up and now you’re approaching the big day with zero plans. But fear not!

London is bursting with last-minute magic, from cosy art gallery strolls to cheeky cocktail-making classes. So, ditch the stress, grab your special someone and prepare for an unforgettable London city break adventure. 💕

Discover the best last-minute Valentine’s Day date ideas in London below and let’s make this V-Day one for the books (or at least your cute Instagram story!).

1. Cocktail-making class at TT Liquor

TT Liquor cocktail bar in LondonShake things up this V-day with mixology magic at TT Liquor in London’s Shoreditch. This quirky Valentine’s Day date idea is the perfect blend of romance, activity, and deliciousness, all rolled into one unforgettable evening. Impress your date as you craft exceptional cocktail and mocktail creations together with help from TT Liquor’s bar team.

What’s more, once you’ve finished making your marvellous mixology creations, enjoy delicious cocktails, wines and bubbles on TT Liquor’s secluded rooftop terrace or the hidden cellar bar. Perhaps even grab a ticket to TT Liquor’s very own vintage cinema!

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2. Watch the sunset on an IFS Cloud Cable Car

IFS Cloud Cable Cars at sunsetEscape the busy streets of the capital and head sky-high with a romantic date your beloved won’t forget! Take a trip on the IFS Cloud Cable Car and soar over the Thames as the sun dips below the city’s horizon.

With gorgeous views of the sun-kissed Greenwich Peninsula, discover unparalleled sights of the city, including the Royal Docks, The O2 and Canary Wharf. Watch as London comes alive with light as the night sky creeps in with this effortlessly romantic date idea. Remember! Sunset in London on V-day is 5:13pm so plan your arrival ahead to catch the orange hues at the right time.

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3. Stroll around London’s exquisite art galleries

National Gallery LondonSkip the V-Day chaos and embark on a romantic Valentine’s Day date that sparks conversation and ignites your creative spirit. By visiting one of London’s spectacular art galleries you’ll immerse yourself in the world of art, exploring diverse exhibitions and discovering incredible paintings, prints, sculptures and installations together.

Best of all, most London galleries are free entry and even offer evening opening hours for late-night trips, making this a perfect option for a last-minute Valentine’s Day date night.

4. Unwind with a couples spa day at AIRE Ancient Baths London

Dive into pure relaxation with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. A couples spa day at the enchanting AIRE Ancient Baths London, featuring thermal baths, soothing massages, and a restful atmosphere, is sure to set the stage for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience.

With candlelit spaces, soothing music, and aromatic scents, a spa trip is the perfect escape for a spontaneous Valentine’s Day treat.

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5. Get competitive with a round of mini golf at Puttshack

Puttshack mini golfAhhh mini golf! Truly one of the best first-date ideas out there. Thankfully, London is home to plenty of unique mini golf bars, making it a popular choice for a Valentine’s Day outing. However, our top pick for the best mini golf in London has to be Puttshack in White City.

Described as ‘mini golf like you’ve never seen before’, drop into Puttshack for a crazy golf experience that will test your precision and have you hungry to win a selection of unique prizes. With giant beer pong and Tetris-inspired holes as well as an enormous menu of exotic cocktails and tasty sharing plates, Puttshack is a mini golf bar experience you’ll both adore.

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6. Flex your dance moves at the Natural History Museum’s Valentine’s Silent Disco

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Silent Disco at the Natural History MuseumGet ready to boogie with your bae this V-Day! London’s Natural History Museum is back with a Valentine’s silent disco experience that will have you two-stepping the night away.

This unique date idea is the perfect alternative for any disco (or history!) enthusiasts. Dance alongside towering dinosaur skeletons, glowing exhibits, and fellow lovebirds like there’s no tomorrow. This unforgettable experience is guaranteed to spark laughter, connection, and memories. Tickets are going fast so make sure to book your last-minute spot today!

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7. Get creative with a jewellery-making workshop

14th February 2024

Couple at jewellery-making classForget the wilting roses and predictable box of chocolates. This year, ignite the romantic spark with a unique and heartfelt gift. With a jewellery-making workshop at Thames-side Studio Educational Space, you’ll design a lovingly crafted piece of jewellery – the perfect personal gift to each other.

Led by Stööki jewellery technologist Nadia Abbas, choose from sterling silver, gold-plated brass and solid gold finishes for your Valentine’s Day creations. Spend quality time together in this cosy, inspired setting as you design a cherished reminder of your love!

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8. Devour your way through Mercato Metropolitano

Mercato Metropolitano food market in Elephant and Castle, LondonDitch the traditional dinner date and take a trip to the funkiest food market in London. Proudly opening as London’s First Sustainable Community Market in 2016, Mercato Metropolitano has become one of the capital’s biggest undercover outdoor food markets.

With 40-plus independent trading partners serving a vibrant collection of sustainably sourced food and drink, this London food market is an idyllic, romantic date spot for foodies to enjoy authentic cuisines and make lovely memories. With a hidden music theatre and an exciting line-up of DJs, this Elephant and Castle food market is sure to make a big impression this Valentine’s Day.

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9. Enjoy a romantic bike ride through Hyde Park

Hyde ParkAre you a keen pair of cyclists? This Valentine’s Day, whisk your special someone away on a romantic bike adventure through the heart of Hyde Park. Picture you and your beloved pedalling side-by-side, effortlessly gliding past lush greenery, sparkling fountains, and iconic landmarks including the Serpentine Gallery.

No need to worry about breaking a sweat – the gentle London e-bike assist lets you focus on the conversation, scenery, and each other’s company. As the perfect blend of active fun, exploration, and quality time together, a bike ride through Hyde Park makes for a truly peaceful Valentine’s Day date. With various e-bike stations nearby, including Santander, Forest and Lime, your cycling adventure is just a moment away.

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10. Explore hidden food gems on a Gourmaze Tasty Treasure Hunt

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Are you a fan of puzzling mazes, city exploration and tasty discoveries? Well, this quirky London food tour could be the perfect V-Day activity for you and your special someone. Gourmaze is an immersive treasure-hunt-style experience, featuring intriguing challenges and riddles. Attempt to follow the clues across the capital and you’ll uncover some delightful, hidden London eateries.

Guided by the Gourmaze WhatsApp, choose from Shoreditch, Soho, Mayfair and Chinatown as the setting for your food tour. With each London area featuring different foodie spots, you’ll both love exploring the city, solving stimulating puzzles and uncovering unique food spots along the way.