The Most Romantic Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Whether you love being out or prefer a cosy night in, make your Valentine’s Day extra special with these super romantic date ideas…

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and whether it’s your first as a newly-engaged couple, your last before you get married or your first as newlyweds, it’s a great excuse to do something special.

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From recreating your first date or enjoying a cookery class, there are so many things to do on Valentine’s Day.

Choose one of these 23 Valentine’s Day ideas to mark the occasion and celebrate your relationship.

READ MORE: 25 Unique Date Ideas for Newlyweds

Day Out Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Luna Cinema at the Natural History Museum

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The team at Luna Cinema sure know how to create a cinema experience with a difference, and they’ve not let us down with their latest offering.

They’re taking over London’s most iconic museum, the Natural History Museum, so if you’re local to the city and wondering what to do on Valentine’s Day, a night at the museum could be just the ticket.

From tear-jerking rom-coms to anti-Valentine’s flicks, there’s a whole host of movies to choose from in the month of February. On the 14th, there are showings of Pretty Woman and The Notebook. 

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Go Out for an OTT Dinner

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If you can’t push the boat out on Valentine’s Day, then when can you?

One of our favourite Valentine’s Day date ideas is to head out to a restaurant you haven’t visited before, and instead of limiting yourself to the usual main and jug of tap water, go all out.

We’re talking three courses plus sides and all the drinks. You’ll enjoy every moment.  

How about three courses at Marco Pierre White’s London Steakhouse Co? Find this offer and a whole host of others on lastminute.com.

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Play a Game of Crazy Golf

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Couples who thrive off of healthy competition will love embarking on a game of Valentine’s Day crazy golf.

In London, Swingers are offering a Valentine’s Day deal which has got us totally sold. You’ll get a 9-hole game of golf, a bottle of Perrier Jouet Champagne and a heart-shaped pizza for just £86! What a bargain.

If you’re living outside of the capital, Junkyard Golf is another crazy golf favourite.

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Go to an Art Gallery

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There is something totally romantic about art galleries, so cultured couples will love to visit their favourite on Valentine’s Day.

Look out for new exhibitions which neither of you have explored before, like the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

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Go Wine Tasting

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Indulge on a tipple (or four) by treating your other half to a Valentine’s Day wine tasting experience.

Whether you know your Chardonnays from your Sauvignons or not, it is a guaranteed to be good fun.

The best part is there are plenty up and down the country to choose from! If you live in or around London, the Delicatessen by Petersham Nurseries is offering a wine tasting event with a difference (the difference being Italian canapés to complement the drinks – yum!).

Meanwhile, Virgin Experience Days offer plenty of wine tasting options right across the UK.

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Go to a Rooftop Bar

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Yep, we’re well aware it’s February, but bear with us on this one. There’s an array of heated (phew!) rooftop bars opening their doors for Valentine’s Day specials up and down the country.

We’re huge fans of London’s Pergola bars, and both their Paddington and Olympia locations are putting on special events for the day of love.

In Paddington, you can enjoy a masquerade event with oyster bar, food, DJs and exclusive dance entertainment for just £5 per head! What a treat.

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Go to a Live Concert

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Whether it’s a band you’ve always loved or a jazz group you’ve never heard of, enjoying live music is one of the most romantic things you can do as a couple.

Find out what’s on in your area by browsing Ticket Master, then book yourself in for a pre-gig dinner to make the evening extra special. 

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Go on a Spa Day

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Why not treat yourself to some much needed TLC and head out on a spa day? There are plenty of deals which will mean you get more for your money on Valentine’s Day.

We’re pretty tempted by the Malmaison Hotels pamper day, which includes three treatments each and a Prosecco lunch for two, at one of 4 locations around the country!

If a whole spa day might be a little too much, you could always book in a post-work couples massage close to where you live. It’ll be equally as relaxing and you’ll leave feeling on cloud nine.

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Get Your Tarot Read

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Okay, this one might be a little risky, but it’s something a bit different and you’re sure to learn so much about each other.

This Valentine’s Day, The Queen of Hoxton is opening its doors to a range of tarot card readers and fortune tellers who will uncover the truth about the future of your relationship.

They’re also offering cheese, wine, hot cocktails and an absinthe fountain (which you might need after all that!) Are you brave enough?

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Go on a Double Date

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Not one for all the soppy stuff? Dumb-down the hype around Valentine’s Day slightly by heading out with your BFF and their partner.

It’ll be a totally fun Valentine’s Day date idea without doing anything too sickening – go for dinner, drinks or a game of ten-pin bowling.

READ MORE: The Best Gifts to Buy Your Newly-Engaged BFF

Go Ice Skating

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They do it in all the rom-coms for a reason! Ice skating is a great way to have fun together.

Hold on to each other for support and to stay warm, then go for a delicious hot chocolate afterwards.

Go Cocktail and Chocolate Making

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Your two favourite things are cocktails and chocolate, right? How did we guess…

Combine the two in a fun cocktail and chocolate making class this Valentine’s Day. Learn from a professional bartender how to mix two delicious cocktails before making dark truffles with unique flavour combinations.

You’ll even be able to package and take your creations home with you – what a lovely end to the most romantic day of the year!

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Recreate Your First Date

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Hopeless romantics will love this idea – recapture the magic of when you first met by recreating your first date together.

Whether it was drinks in a lovely bar, a delicious meal or a woodland walk, we guarantee your partner will love it!

Take a Cookery Class

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Learning a new skill together is a great way to bond – and you’ll reap the benefits of a cookery class for a long time to come!

We love the Jamie Oliver cookery classes, because there is So. Much. Choice. Seriously, you can learn everything from how to make perfect pasta to how to create a North Indian Thali. Our mouths are watering already.

If a cookery class doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, why not try a pottery or art class and make each other something special to keep?

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READ MORE: The Best Foodie Wedding Venues

Go On a Mini-Break

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If you’ve been looking for a reason to go away for a couple of days, then you’re in luck! Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to do just that.

Whether you want to head away to a cottage in the countryside or jet off for two nights in a romantic European city, this Valentine’s Day date idea is perfect for anyone pushing the boat out.

We’d be opting for Paris – easily accessible on the Eurostar and the epitome of romance! Stay at Hôtel Des Grands Boulevards, where city centre rooms decorated in a classic Parisian style start at just £169 per night.

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Climb the O2 with Champagne for Two

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Take a walk on the wild side and climb to the top of one of London’s most iconic music venues.

With the help of a Climb Guide, you’ll be fully briefed before donning a climbing suit, suit and safety harness.

After your 365 metre climb, you can enjoy a delicious glass of champagne whilst taking in panoramic views of London – no less than 52 metres up! How cool does that sound?!

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At Home Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Make Breakfast in Bed

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You can’t really go wrong with breakfast in bed, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to make it extra special.

Pancakes are a firm favourite here at Hitched HQ – why not go all out and make them heart shaped? Paired with a cup of tea, your other half will be thanking you all year round.

READ MORE: How to Host a Bride-to-Be Breakfast

Have a Sickeningly Cute Movie Night

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Make a den, stick on the fairy lights, buy some popcorn and watch your favourite films… come on, we know you want to.

We love this idea, since it costs next to nothing and will be a lovely way to celebrate, especially if you’ve recently moved into your first home!  

Have a Board Game Marathon

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Are you a competitive pair? If so, gather together all of your favourite board games (Scrabble, Monopoly and everything in between) and let the marathon commence!

Make it even more competitive by keeping score, and deciding on a forfeit for the overall loser… like making them cook you dinner the following evening!

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Host a Couples Quiz Night

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Keeping in with the competitive theme, why not spend the evening quizzing together?

You can enjoy everything from word puzzles to general knowledge quizzes; you could even play the Hitched Mr & Mrs quiz to see how well you know eachother!

If you enjoy being around friends, make it a social event and invite other couples too!

READ MORE: 33 Ways to Entertain Your Wedding Guests

Make a Bucket List

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While you’re relaxing at home, you and your partner can make yourself a bucket list of all the cool things you want to achieve by next Valentine’s Day.

Whether it’s places you want to visit together or career goals you want to achieve yourself, helping each other come up with some things to do will be such a nice way to spend your evening.

You can also continue the theme each year by crossing off the things you managed to complete and adding new and exciting ideas to the list!

Order a Takeaway Feast

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What a better way to celebrate the most romantic day of the year than with your favourite takeaway meal?

From burgers and fries to Thai or pizza, there’s so much to choose from. Opt for something you don’t usually order, and pair it with any one of the above.

Cook a Fancy Dinner Together

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If heading out to a (undoubtedly) packed restaurant sounds like your idea of hell, create the menu of your dreams and cook it from the comfort of your own home!

Even going out to buy all the ingredients can be made into a fun and romantic outing, and food always tastes better when you’ve spent hours making it. 

How about you try one of Olive Magazine’s amazing Valentine’s Day recipes below?

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Valentine’s Day Recipes with Olive

Our friends at Olive Magazine have shared their favourite recipes for five crowd-pleasing dishes.

We can guarantee these tasty meals will keep you in your partner’s good books for a very long time!

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Sizzling Steak Fajitas

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Treat your other half to these low-calorie yet totally delicious sizzling steak fajitas.

This recipe takes just 30 minutes to whip up and makes for the perfect sharing dish. Pair with a variety of dips and some corn tortillas for the ultimate steak treat this Valentine’s Day.

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One Pot Roast Chicken with Garlic and Ginger Rice

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If you and your partner love experimenting with flavours, you’ll absolutely adore this one-pot koji roast chicken served with garlic and ginger rice.

This unique take on a roast dinner will have your taste buds going crazy for these gorgeous Japanese flavours.

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Paneer Curry

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This mutter paneer vegetarian curry is just to die for – the traditional north Indian dish can be ready in just 30 minutes and will have even the biggest of meat-lovers feeling totally satisfied and wanting more!

Serve with rice or naan (or both!) for a filling and tasty romantic meal.

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Salmon with Pesto Crust

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Have you ever seen salmon look so good!?

This succulent fish dish is served with a fresh pesto crust, is seriously low in calories and only takes 15 minutes to prepare. Your Valentine’s Day meal could not get much better.

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Chocolate and Hazelnut Profiteroles

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Now for the pudding, and what better dish to serve on the most romantic day of the year than these delicious chocolate brownies?

The dessert only takes 45 minutes to bake, and the end result is worth every second! You could even use some of Olive’s suggested variations and extra ingredients to make sure you impress you partner this V-Day!

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If you want even more date ideas, make sure you read our list of date ideas for newlyweds.