Yes it’s Valentine’s Day, but it’s also Thursday. As always in London there’s loads going on. Don’t judge a night by its ‘Valentine’ prefix – you don’t have to take a date to these things. Go with anyone, everyone or on your own and show London some love instead.
South East London Folklore Society
SELFS is holding a talk by Catharine Arnold the author of Bedlam about the subject of her new book ‘City of Sin: London and Its Vices. Come and listen to how filthy and perverted this city has been over the centuries.
Upstairs at The Old Kings Head, Borough. Feb 14, 8pm, £2.50/£1.50 concs
Dr Johnson’s Valentine’s Ramble
Accompany costumed actors, musicians and your guide, Dr Matthew Green through eighteenth Century London to experience how things were for the dictionary writer and unlikely Casanova Dr Johnson.
17 Gough Square, EC4 3DE. Feb 14
Midnight Apothecary Love Train
Toot toot! All aboard the love train. The Brunel Museum will have the Thames Tunnel floodlit into a romantic setting. It used to be a place where lovers would meet, and Brunel even romanced a famous actress here. You can listen to accounts from her diary and travel by train through the tunnel. Your ticket price also includes a Valentine cocktail in the engine room and a chilli chocolate brownie.
The Brunel Museum. Feb 14, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm
I Love Lists
Foyles are hosting an I Love Lists Valentine’s special focusing on listing what you love and what loathe. This eye-opening evening will end with an awards ceremony for your listing skills.
The café at Foyles,WC2H 0EB. Feb 14, 7pm. £5 in advance, £7 on the door
Valentine’s Day has given party people an excuse to extend the weekend and start on Thursday. Again. Be one of the cool kids at work making multiple hungover journeys to the water cooler on Friday by hitting one of these parties.
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