Are you one of those people who likes to live life on the edge? Forever leaving plans until the last minute? Firm believer in taking every day as it comes? Well this read may just be perfect for you.
With Valentine’s Day just THREE sleeps away, I am hoping the majority of you have something planned for the special lady/man in your life.
But if, unfortunately, that isn’t the case, then not to worry, after extensive research (via Twitter, Facebook and BBM – come on now!) I have come up with a shortlist of ideas which may tickle you and your partner’s fancy this Valentine’s Day.
Visited any of these places before? Leave us a comment, and tell us what you thought. Got alternative ideas, share them so others can get hooked up too.
However, if you’re one of those who’s always got some lame excuses about why Valentine’s Day isn’t valid, read this whole article and especially the last paragraph, then decide.
5. A stroll on the London Southbank
Fancy a romantic stroll by the riverside? Live in or around London? Then the Southbank could be just the spot for you. One of the great things about the Southbank is that there is so much to do and see as you walk along the river.
Remember, walking along the Southbank is free and at night it’s breathtaking. There is so much to look at including the London Eye, Parliament etc and if you decide to jump on the London Eye you may still be able to get one of their Champagne Flights (although it’s better to book in advance).
Or pay £5 per ticket and you can watch a matinee performance inside the Globe theatre. You can push the boat out a bit more and pay just under £20 per ticket to catch a glimpse of the capital’s finest man made view from the London Eye.
Or for those of you who want to be a bit different, you could pay a visit to the Southbank Centre where they’re holding an event called Love Letters Straight From Your Heart (sounds cute, right?). The event consists of champagne, comedy, music and dancing.
However, what makes it a bit different is the format. Before the show, you are asked to send in a dedication letter, written about your loved one and throughout the night, the messages are read out by the DJ. Can you think of anything sweeter?
4. Head to the Mailbox – Birmingham
Now, the Mailbox is Birmingham’s premiere shopping, lifestyle and restaurant location, and it seems that over this Valentine’s period they have a lot going on. One of our favourites is the Malentine’s Day event, which will be taking place at the Malmaison Hotel.
There are many different Valentine’s packages available, where you can choose from a simple Valentine’s dinner, a four-course meal starting at £49 p/p or you can upgrade and ask for a pampering session in their spa and/or salon.
Additionally you could inject even more passion into a stay at the Malmaison by adding a bottle of Champagne, cocktails, chocolate dipped strawberries and a much needed full English breakfast for the morning after.
If the above doesn’t really sound like your kind of thing, the Mailbox also has a range of other restaurant to visit, from the unimaginative Nando’s to Zizzis. What will make this dinner date even more special though, is the beautiful surroundings, as the Mailbox is based along Birmingham’s beautiful canal.
3. Virgin Segway Rally Racing – different nationwide locations
If you’re a girl, wanting to surprise your guy, or if you’re a guy who has a girlfriend who is quite open minded and outdoorsy (or if you’re a guy who wants to pretend that this is a gift to his girl, but it is really a gift to yourself..) then this may just be the one for you.
Now sit back, close your eyes and imagine a feeling similar to hovering above the ground. Sounds good right? Well Virgin Experience Days are offering Segway racing for two for only £74. These two-wheeled personal transporters look like they have just come back from the future.
In fact, I’m sure we are going to be seeing even more of them in the years to come. Book now, and then when they become a big hit in 2020 you can tell everyone ‘OMG, that is so 2013′. This activity is currently available in nine different locations up and down the country, including London, Hertfordshire, Cheshire and Norfolk.
4. Luxurious and unusual cinema date – different locations
Now we all know about cinema dates as classic date nights, but it’s 2013 guys, there are so many different cinemas to choose from, with completely different atmospheres.
For example we have The Scoop in London Bridge, where you can enjoy free films, as well as music and theatre just outside City Hall. Bring a blanket and some munchies and you have yourself a romantic budget night out.
You also have Notting Hill Electric Cinema where they show modern films with a twist. The layout consists of sixty-five leather armchairs with footstools and side tables offering unparalleled comfort, three 2-seater sofas at the rear of the theatre and six double beds in the front row providing a unique cinema experience.
They also serve you wine which you keep in the wine holders next to your seats (instead of Fanta and Coke).
Not to worry, there are these type of cinemas up and down the country, some even offering a proper meal and cocktails whilst the film is showing. It just takes a bit of research.
5. A romantic candlelit dinner, at home
A lot of people get caught up in the Valentine’s Day hype, and sometimes think their partner is expecting more than what they actually are.
Funnily enough, the majority of people seem to agree, the most important thing about Valentine’s Day is spending time with your loved one. So whip out a good cookbook, and rustle up your boo’s favourite meal, or perhaps experiment a little bit and try to whip up something you’ve never cooked before.
If all else fails, Marks and Spencers is offering a Dine In For Two special gourmet menu for only £20, which consists of a starter, main, side dish, dessert, bottle of wine and a box of chocolates.
So there’s some ideas which won’t break the bank.Valentine’s Day is a day about celebrating your loved one and dedicating time to them.
No excuses, just show some love
Please please please stop with that whole “it’s commercial” or “it’s stupid, I show love all round the year – why am I gonna buy overpriced flowers and go to expensive restaurants on this one day?” because I never saw you saying that on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
I don’t hear you saying that on birthday’s. This is one day in the year to acknowledge your relationship. Yes, do it all year round, just like you love your mum all year round. But on Valentine’s day, take a minute out, like a moment of silence from it all, and just say, ‘hey boo, happy Valentine’s.’
Oh, and you can thank me later.