“What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?” is a question that can strike fear into the heart of single people everywhere (unless you’re too cool for the whole V Day thing – respect). For anyone who is worried about spending the day minus a bae, we’ve got you covered with our pick of things to do with your mates or on your tod. Get stuck in below.
What: This Valentine’s, Bao Soho is celebrating the singular with a special set menu for one. Dishes from the menu will include garlic lobster bao roll and twice-fried chicken kiev. Perhaps taking the theme a little too far, the night will be soundtracked by a collection of heartbreak ballads.
Where: 53 Lexington Street, W1F 9AS
How much: £24
What: If you’re not looking to stay single for long, head to Butchies where you and your wingman/woman can enjoy a sharing menu of aphrodisiacal dishes, before heading off into the night to find a partner. The menu includes this sandwich of two fried chicken fillets coated in chilli and cacao in a heart-shaped bun, served with sharing-sized halloumi fries.
Where: 22 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DY
How much: £15
Drake & Morgan venues, London
What: Alternatively, if you’re single and not ready to mingle, head to any Drake & Morgan venue with your pals, where it’s all about ‘fries before guys’. Anyone buying a bottle of Prosecco will get a free trio of fries: the Cowboy (topped with honey, chilli and garlic), Louisiana (with Cajun spice) and Roman (topped with parmesan, truffle and rosemary).
Where: Various London locations
How much: Bottle of Prosecco, £28.95
Granary Square Brasserie, King’s Cross
What: Granary Square Brasserie has teamed up with Veuve Clicquot and friendship app Bumble BFF to launch its Soul Mates dinners. Anyone reserving a table for three or more from 6pm will receive a complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot rosé. Adding to the fun, there will also be a photo booth, a booming playlist and a Veuve Clicquot piñata.
Where: Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, N1C 4AB
How much: Mains from £13
What: Just because romance isn’t on the cards this 14 February, it doesn’t mean you should board up the windows and hide under a duvet. Instead, make your way to crazy-golf joint Swingers, where guests can take advantage of its anti-Valentine’s offer ‘No dates, just mates’, which includes crazy golf for four people and two cocktails per person.
Where: 8 Brown’s Buildings, EC3A 8AL
How much: £105
What: Bao’s stablemate is also championing single Londoners this Valentine’s Day with its Table for One offering. Handily, Xu features banquettes for one and on the night, they will be adorned with a rose, and guests will enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival, before tucking into the menu of fantastic Taiwanese small plates.
Where: 30 Rupert Street, W1D 6DL
How much: Dishes from £5
The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell
What: Grab a few of your mates and head to the Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell for an anti-Valentine’s cocktail sipping session. It’s offering one complimentary cocktail from its ‘Three is the Magic Number’ menu for parties of three. Choose from the Jasmine Gimlet, Fig Leaf Collins or the Vieux Kir.
Where: 49-50 St John's Square, EC1V 4JJ
How much: £11 each
Worried that every restaurant will be booked out in advance by loved-up couples? Take your mates to our pick of London’s best no-bookings restaurants (and this lot take down your number, so you don’t have to wait in the cold – result.)