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Valentine's Day in London - Strictly for Lovers
You may be a gangster of love like Steve Miller, believe that your loved one is wonderful tonight (Eric Clapton),
or is your first, last and everything (Barry White).
You may think your love to be simply the best (Tina Turner), feel that your love is endless (Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross) or love your significant other just the way you are (Billy Joel). Perhaps you just want to call to say I love you (Stevie Wonder) or implore your other half to love me tender (Elvis) or even just hope to love the one you're with (Stephen Stills). There must be hundreds of love songs and ways of expressing your feelings, but there is one day of the year when lovers the world over go gooey eyed and when those not in a relationship wish they had somebody special.
Restaurants the world over cash in on Valentine's Day every year, but there are other ways of expressing your feelings, not that I intend to suggest anything that wouldn't pass the WeekendNotes censors.
Is your head in the clouds? How about reserving a Valentine's Cupid Capsule on the London Eye? The thirty minute rides take place throughout the day, and include champagne and chocolates as well as entrance to the London Eye 4D Experience. Prices are in excess of £300 per capsule, depending on your champagne preference. If your pocket won't stretch that far, there are other options that include just one glass of bubbly and canapés to soak it up for about £20.
If you really have stars in your eyes, why not look at them from the Royal Observatory at Greenwich? You will get an opportunity to view the Moon through the 18 tonne Victorian telescope, learn about the more romantic aspects of astronomy and sip the obligatory glass of champagne.
Royal Observatory - The Eagle Nebula (Image Courtesy of www.rmg.co.uk)
If you fancy a romantic Thames cruise, there are various packages to be had starting from the EDF London Eye. A Valentine's Champagne Dinner Cruise, complete with wine, roses, and music provided by the Wayward Sisters, is available for £170 per head. If you aren't in love to quite this extent, you could settle for a forty minute Thames cruise and a glass of champagne for about £20 each. Bateaux London also has a choice of river cruises including champagne, wine, four-course meals, roses and live entertainment. Prices vary depending on your choice of boat and seating.
Bateaux Symphony (Image Courtesy of bateauxlondon.com)
Should your feet still be firmly on the ground, you could take in a Valentine's concert with love poems at St Martin's in the Fields. Romance will certainly be in the air with the London Musical Arts Orchestra's renditions of Elgar's Salut d'Amour and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings.
On a grander scale at the Royal Festival Hall, the Philharmonia Orchestra's Valentine's Day Gala Concert will include Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet overture and Bruch's moving Violin Concerto No 1.
If you would prefer jazz to classical music, the Royal Albert Hall is offering Late Night Jazz. Nicola Emmanuelle will sing to you in the Elgar Room while you share a plate of food, sip champagne, and spoil yourself with chocolate truffles.
Nicola Emmanuelle (Image Courtesy of royalalberthall.com)
Or you could just have a quiet night in and see what happens…