If you’re single in London, February can be really, really rubbish. With hearts and flowers everywhere you look, hibernation may appear the easiest option. But put down the Ben & Jerry’s and step away from the sofa – Time Out’s new Head of Dating Charly Lester has created a calendar of dating events to get you out of your onesie and exploring the weird and wonderful world of single London.
Saturday Feb 7
Dating and relationship expert Susan Quillam explores the challenges of modern dating, and offers solutions to make the experience more positive and productive. Love doesn’t come cheap though! Marchmonth Street. 10am . £195
Tuesday Feb 10
Activity-based dating site Doing Something invites you to play crazy golf against London’s most swinging singles at the Shoreditch pop-up crazy-golf club. Swingers Golf, Shoreditch. 6.30pm. £11
Wednesday Feb 11
Feeling Gloomy, the world’s only club devoted to sad music, returns with a special Valentine’s version of its regular anti-dating night, which includes ‘Speed Hating’, ‘Blind Hate’, and (naturally) lots of drinking. The Phoenix, Cavendish Square. 7.30pm. £10
Thursday Feb 12
Feeling Gloomy is also running its first ever gay Down with Dating night. The Vauxhall Griffin. 7pm. £10
The non-verbal speed dating night celebrates Valentine’s early with silent flirting games, eye gazing, and some romance-themed surprises. Jam Tree, Clapham. 7pm. £25
Got single mates that you don’t fancy but know someone else would absolutely love? Take them along to the Queen of Hoxton, and auction them off for charity. Queen of Hoxton. 7pm. £16 for two
Seek out your own personal Romeo or Juliet at this masked ball. Dress code is black tie with a Venetian mask, and tickets include a glass of bubbly, wine throughout the evening, and your mask. The Gore Hotel. 7.30pm. Tickets from £65
Dating site My Single Friend teams up with Transport for London to offer singles a free hour-long moonlit cruise down the Thames, followed by speed dating with a twist, in the Emirates cable cars. Those with a fear of heights or water need not apply. London Eye Pier, 6.45pm. Free
Dating app Loveflutter continues its campaign against the Tinder generation, by rebranding February 14 as ‘Anti-Selfie Day’. Singles are encouraged to celebrate by wearing paper bags over their heads, and embracing personality-based attraction. Oslo, Hackney. 8pm.
Friday Feb 13
Celebrating both Valentine’s Day and the Friday 13 coincidence, Playdate offers a spooky-themed evening, complete with retro games, toys, sweets and goodie bags. Tabernacle, Notting Hill. 7pm. £25
Singles and romantics alike will fall for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home as the charity hosts its free Feline Lonely event, a cat-tivating evening of flirtation, frivolity and fun. All together now, ‘awwwwwww’. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. 5.30pm. £2 donation suggested
Saturday Feb 14
The Holborn-based ping-pong bar bans cringeworthy clichés for one night (if only it was more) and instead offers live entertainment with tournaments taking place throughout the night. Games will include ‘Swipe Right’ – a form of round the table Tinder madness, ‘Cupid’s Day Off’, and ‘UV ping pong’. Bounce, Holborn. 9pm. £5
Sunday Feb 15
Join Lovestruck members and their friends for an evening of fun, flirting and a healthy bit of competition at the private bowling alley in Holborn. The evening will include mixed tournaments and virtual bowling. All Star Lanes, Holborn. 6.30pm. £16
Creative Yoga and Date in a Dash offer this rather unique mix of yoga and drinking. The yoga class is specifically designed for singles and includes pairs postures, hand holding and eye-contact. It’s then followed up with a relaxed drink in a pub. You might need one after this. The Albany Club. 7pm. £15
Whether you’re coupled up or not, check out what’s going on in London on Valentine’s Day.