Valentine’s is a matter of days away and if, like the majority of us, you’ve left your plans until last minute, fear not – that M&S meal deal is not your only option! Whether you’re all loved up, scorned, totally anti-Valentine’s, looking for love or even just looking for a freebie, here are seven of London’s loveliest Valentine’s pop-ups that still have places left! Get involved…
Love a good freebie? This weekend you can head over to Ruffians Barber Shop & Store on Maiden Lane and get yourself a complimentary Young Cuban cocktail. Barman and mixologist Ally Martin will be mixing and serving up free cocktails to customers, browsers and even passers by. So maybe factor in a nice little detour past the barbers on your way home.
Friday Feb 13 and Saturday Feb 14. Fri 4pm–9pm, Sat 2pm–7pm. Ruffians Barber Shop & Store, 27 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7JS.
On the lookout for that special someone but sick of people judging you on your looks? Dating app Loveflutter is teaming up with Oslo to bring you a paper bag Valentine’s party. Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is – you wear a paper bag over your head for the majority of the evening, so whether you’re flawless or flawed nobody can tell. Bags go on at 8pm and the chatting commences, so spend your time prepping your hilarious banter rather than styling your hair. After 10pm the bags are off and it’s time to boogie (and find out whether you’ve bagged a beauty or a beast).
Free entrance before 10pm, Saturday February 14, 8pm–3am, 1a Amhurst Road, E8 1LL.
Time for a good old evening of chocolate and candlelight. Christabel’s foodie pop-up overlooking Regents Canal offers a sensory experience and a chocolate-themed dinner flight. The menu includes rich unique flavour fusions and a few cheeky inventions.
£50, Saturday February 14, 7pm–10pm, Secret Location in N1, to be revealed three days before the event.
For one night only The Deck at the National Theatre is being transformed into a Valentine’s pop-up restaurant. As well as the view, the menu’s pretty sexy too, including smoked salmon with cucumber and fennel salad, a trio of beef with pommes fondant and a raspberry and dark chocolate dessert, plus a cheese board to finish off. Best wear some loose clothes.
Tickets are £75 per person and include a four-course dinner and a drink. Saturday February 14, 6pm–8pm.
There’s no excuse for food envy at this clever little pop-up, where diners are served identical, symmetrical plates of food. No, he doesn’t have more orange juice than you.
Saturday February 14 and Sunday February 15, various times, Mr. Buckley’s, 277 Hackney Rd, E2 8NA.
After your Valentine’s Day of smooching or celebrating with your mates, get yourself over to Boxpark for this vase design workshop. You’ll learn to create your own striking arrangement and the price includes a vase, flowers and all the materials you’ll need to create your own floral masterpiece. Spaces are limited so we suggest booking ASAP.
£45, Sunday February 15, 11am-12pm, 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E1 6GY.
Oh yay, it’s Valentine’s Day again – time to celebrate the violent death of St Valentine. Oh, you didn’t realise that’s why everyone’s celebrating? Yeah, evidently he was beaten with clubs and then beheaded, so to erm, ‘celebrate’ properly this pop-up gives us the chance to hex our horrible exes. If you’re feeling bitter and twisted about your past lover, it’s time to vent at this slightly creepy sounding voodoo workshop.
£20, Saturday February 14, 2pm–4pm, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6GY.