Valentine’s Day 2022: From jazzy evenings to intimate meals for two - five romantic events in London

From jazzy evenings to intimate meals for two, here are five romantic activities to enjoy in the capital on Valentine’s Day.

Whether you celebrate the patron saint of love or not, London is certainly an ideal spot to be on February 14.

If you’re loved up or single and ready to mingle, there are plenty of fun events to enjoy in the city.

From jazzy evenings to intimate meals for two, here are five romantic activities to enjoy in the capital on Valentine’s Day.

The Gherkin are celebrating Valentine’s weekend with a special menu and afternoon tea. Credit: Supplied

Valentine’s Weekend at the Gherkin

30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8BF February 11 to 14 Dinner £149 per person, Afternoon tea £199 for two guests

If you’re looking to push the boat out, what more romantic way is there to celebrate February 14 than treating your loved one to a meal at the top of the Gherkin.

Enjoy specially-designed Valentine’s menus in the Helix restaurant or Iris bar, while taking in breathtaking 360 degree views of the city.

For those looking for a daytime tipple you can also enjoy a special champagne Valentine’s afternoon tea, cheers to that!

Daisy George and Ife Ogunjobi perform at the Hidden Jazz Club. Credit: Facebook

Hidden Jazz Club

Waterloo Vaults, Leake St, SE1 7NN February 12 Tickets £20

They say that jazz is the music of love so what better way to celebrate Valentine’s weekend than an evening at the Hidden Jazz Club.

Whilst the club remains a platform for incredible local talent, the venue has also been visited by Grammy Award winners and internationally acclaimed jazz musicians.

Regular contributors include MOBO award-winning saxophonist Binker Golding, BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020 Deschanel Gordon and award-winning trumpeter James Copus.

So if you enjoy singing and dancing along to a bit of romantic jazz then head down to Waterloo.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the first ever president of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. Picture: Faye Thomas

Her Hustle: An Ode to Female Friendships

Berners Street hotel, W1T 3NP February 14 Tickets £12 to £14

According to ‘Fleabag’ creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, female friendships are the greatest romances of our lives.

But at this time of year, it’s all too clear how much society prioritises romantic relationships, which is why female-first production company Her Hustle is throwing a Valentine’s Day party in celebration of female friendship.

Come enjoy some cocktails , a live letter reading and an agony aunt session with the ultimate, duo Feed Me Female.

To conclude the event, attendees will be invited to put pen to paper in ode to their greatest female-friend.

116 Pall Mall is pulling out all the stops with an exclusive dinner and Valentine’s afternoon tea. Credit: Supplied

Valentine’s Weekend at 116 Pall Mall

116 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5ED February 11 to 14 Dinner £75 per person Afternoon tea £49 with glass of champagne

116 Pall Mall is pulling out all the stops this year with an exclusive dinner and Valentine’s afternoon tea.

With a sweeping staircase and glittering 15ft chandelier, start your evening with a glass of Rosé and oysters on arrival, followed by dinner for two featuring the likes of seared scallop with lobster, followed by rack of salt lamb to share and a chocolate pavlova – all for £75 per person – taking place in the stunning ground floor suite of rooms.

For an afternoon date, there will also be a Valentine’s Afternoon tea served across the weekend.

Galentine’s LGBTQ+ Pub Quiz

Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY February 12 Tickets £15

Grab your best platonic pals and head to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern for its fourth annual Galentine’s Pub Quiz, a celebration of friendship, pop culture and London’s best queer spaces.

This years’ event aims to be bigger and better than ever before, with an aim to raise £2,500 for the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre.