Category Archives: Things to do Valentines Day in London

An Alternative Valentine’s Day Pop Up – Miss Cakeheads Think Ink Florist

_MG_7672This Valentine’s Day London creative Miss Cakehead teams up with Kraken Black Spiced Rum to open ‘Think Ink’, the first ever florist offering only black roses.

This ‘alternative Valentine’s’ florist will have macabre bouquets arranged in grave vases, with a bottle of Kraken Black Spiced Rum given in place of the traditional champagne option. The bouquets, made up of Turkish Halfeti roses, Calendula Lily Eclips and Queen of the Night Tulips, will be placed in vases full of Kraken rum, rather than water, turning them black.

Pick up a range of black floral bouquets and a 5cl bottle of Kraken Black Spiced Rum, for a voluntary donation to the Project Redsand charity.
Open from 8am on 14 February, for one day only.


Award-winning interactive Valentine’s Day theatre – Emma

Check out this immersive theatre event this Valentine’s Day!

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Award-winning interactive theatre company ONEOHONE is reviving its dating event – a modernised interactive version of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’.  Suitable for couples and singles, this event will be hosted by Emma herself, who will lead audience members through games, riddles, and even a ceilidh in an attempt to ensure them their perfect match.  However, other characters from the novel have turned up to play, and for Emma, the path to true love never did run smooth.

The show will perform at Drink, Shop & Do on 12th February at 7.15pm, followed by the Leicester Square Theatre at 9pm on 13th February.

It will be a light-hearted alternative to Valentine’s Day’s traditional chocolates and hearts – or for anyone, single or in a relationship looking for some lighthearted fun.

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Date For Diary: IdeasTap Takeover: Love A Five-Day Multidisciplinary Arts Festival -12 – 16 February 2014


It’s February, yay! We all know that the first couple of weeks in February is about the build up to Valentines Day – Bleurgh! And it can all get a bit tacky… But this event is different! Arts charity IdeasTap presents IdeasTap Takeover: Love, a multidisciplinary arts festival at East London’s Rich Mix from 12 – 16 February 2014. Coinciding with Valentine’s Day week, IdeasTap Takeover: Love offers an alternative to the usual mush with a line-up of original theatre, screening of short films, live performance, scratch events and creative workshops from an impressive selection of new and established artists including Scottee, RashDash and Sabrina Mahfouz. The festival will be opened on 12 February by Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England.

All artists taking part are IdeasTap members and many have won IdeasTap awards.  A full schedule of events is available here:  Attend an event, or stay for the whole evening; all events are free. Tickets are being released today via the IdeasTap website (3 February 2014) and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Highlights are:

OLD FOOLS by Tristan Bernays – Theatre

Old Fools is about Tom and Viv and the love and life they’ve shared, from first spark to dying light – but not necessarily in that order. A surprising exploration of a couple and their experience with Alzheimer’s, which hops from memory to memory. Thursday 13 February – 7pm

MISCELLANY: A speed date with love in all its guises – Theatre Premiere

In a series of one-on-one encounters, audience members will meet a host of characters from different centuries, continents, and cultures as they share stories and reveal their thoughts on love. Fusing poetry, songs, and letters, this intimate theatrical experience takes you on a whistle-stop tour through love. A unique offering from hotly-tipped emerging theatre company Invertigo. Friday 14 February  – 7pm

I HEART POETRY curated by Sabrina Mahfouz, featuring Inua Ellams
Round off your Valentine’s Day with a heart-warming, heart-breaking selection of poetry, films and performance inspired by the ‘L’ word, featuring Sabrina Mahfouz and Inua Ellams.
Friday 14 February, 9.30pm

IdeasTap Takeover: Love

Rich Mix, 35-37 Bethnal Green Road, LondonE1 6LA

(Closest station: Shoreditch High Street)

12 – 16 February 2014

Free Tickets Released Online on 3rd February

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