No better half? No need! If you aren’t coupled up for Valentine’s Day 2013, head to one of the following clubs to celebrate courtly love’s patron saint. The Old Vic Tunnels in Leake Street is holding an avian-themed shindig named the Love Nest Valentine’s Ball. From 14-16 February the venue will be transformed into the “Old Vic Tunnels of Love”, complete with DJs, live bands, interactive theatre and fancy dress. It will take the pain out of courtship with a “Kingfisher Kissogram” and if you have a penchant for shaking a tail-feather, try your luck at the “Peacock Mating Dance”.
If you prefer your revelries in the open air, The Roof Gardens is throwing one of its trademark parties in South Kensington, one hundred feet above the street in their Spanish Gardens. The Roof Gardens will be serving bespoke Valentine’s themed cocktails while it lights up the skyline with its multi-coloured laser system and brilliant fireworks display.
Just down the road, Raffles will be paying homage to EL James’ seminal work with its 50 Shades of Raffles Party. The evening will be hosted by the novel’s eponymous bad boy, Christian Grey, with erotic feats of ballet performed throughout the night and beverages served by blindfolded waiting staff.
If you prefer to spend your evenings in private members’ clubs, Morton’s on Berkeley Square will be hosting lauded singer Mica Paris to serenade its dining room and showcase new songs from her forthcoming album. Portman Square’s Home House will lavish guests in its renowned style with Cupid’s Cabaret, featuring three courses of delicious cuisine, wine and some spectacular performances thrown in for good measure.
Notting Hill’s Supperclub will dish up a dinner of various aphrodisiacs paired with love potions – all served in bed. It has also put into play a Twitter-driven matchmaker, allowing you to send messages to your love interest across the room – if they respond, you can move things into Supperclub’s kissing booth.
Tim Badham is the founder of Innerplace, London’s personal concierge service. www.innerplace.co.uk