Where to go in London for Valentines Day
Looking for things to do on Valentines Day? London is teeming with unique date ideas. Here is Culture Whisper's guide to what you should book, see and do.
If you're looking for shows with a whole lot of heart but none of the shmush, read on. Our experts have picked out the cream of the West End crop.
My Night With Reg, Apollo Theatre
Because not all love stories are boy meets girl: a poignant and uplifting portrayal of entangled gay love affairs and friendship
Memphis, Shaftesbury Theatre
An exuberant musical with heaps of heart and talent, Memphis explores the love of music and a romance forbidden by racial prejudices.
Shakespeare in Love, Noel Coward Theatre
Described by critics as ‘a love letter to theatre’ this vivid stage adaptation will warm even the coldest of hearts: trust us, it's good.
Romantic London dinner and an exhibition?
Man cannot live on art alone. Luckily, London's galleries do an excellent line in restaurants- and a pre-dinner exhibition dinner is date-friendlier than a pre-dinner movie.
Singer Sargent, National Portrait Gallery
His theatrical alluring portraits define an era of Transatlantic High Society: lose yourself in the world of Singer Sargent this Valentine's Day. Afterwards, feast on some British classics at the NPG Restaurant. The special valentines menu includes turbot poached in red wine, chargrilled veal cutlet and honeycomb profit.
Marlene Dumas, Tate Modern
Adventurous lovebirds can catch the daring Tate Dumas retrospective- open till 10pm on Saturday. Combine the exhibition with a gorgeous tasting menu at Tate Modern Restaurant. Foie gras, aged chateaubriand with parmesan and truffles, dark chocolate mousse with white chocolate crémeux: that ain't even the half of it. Still plenty of room left, so get booking.
Read our Culture Whisper Review: Marlene Dumas, Tate Modern here
Valentine's Day Concerts and Performances
We all know that music be the food of love. Luckily, there's plenty of it around this Valentine's Day- here's a selection of concerts, 14 February London 2015.
Mitsuko Uchida and Philharmonia Orchestra, cond. Esa-Pekka Salonen
City of lovers, city of light: this concert summons the magical spirit of Paris in the first half of the Twentieth Century. The much loved English-Japanese painst Uchida takes on Henri Dutilleux and Maurice Ravel, with the help of the Philharmonia on 12 Feb, for those who want to start the celebrations early.
ENO's La Traviata
It might not have the happiest of endings- but the revival of Konwitschny's electrifying Traviata is the best Valentine's day opera London has to offer.
Young and supremely talented, the industry has been fussing over Rae Morris for months and she's just finished touring with indie darlings Bombay Bicycle Club. Now it's time for everyone else to take notice. She blends a bit of pop with a bit of soul and the result is supremely catchy.
Atomos, Sadler's Wells
Wayne McGregor's Atomos is a jaw-dropping feat of athleticism and innovation. It wowed critics last time round and its return is hotly anticipated by the Sadler's scene.
Flamenco Festival, Sadler's Wells
Banish all thoughts of castanets, wailing and polka dot dresses. Watching good flamenco is an almost overwhelming experience. For those haven't had their fill primal passion, head to Sadler's from Feb 16 for a spot of Latin heat.