THREE ALTERNATIVE HOTEL VALENTINES TO TURN UP THE HEAT THIS V-DAY
We’ve written previously about how most hotel Valentine’s Day packages are more fizzle than fireworks – swan-shaped towels and bottle of prosecco, anyone? – so it’s heart-warming to see that come 2017, there are a few creative Cupids who understand that just as one person’s sweetheart is another’s #swipeleft, there’s more than one way to celebrate your love/lust/complicated, unlabelled, modern relationship. And counter to form, it’s the Brits who are breaking with their reputation for restraint with several V-Day options that position London as the coolest place to heat things up next week.
THE ONE WHO LOOKS GREAT ON INSTAGRAM
Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green
Hip cinephiles looking for a perfectly art-directed evening should don their best colour-coordinated outfits and head to Unlisted Collection’s Town Hall Hotel for A Night At The Grand, an ode to Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel. The building, previously a (no prizes for guessing) town hall has the perfect Anderson-ian vibe, with guests being treated to a cocktail in the lobby before progressing to The Grand Hall for a three-course dinner by chef Luke Robinson. Each couple will receive a personalised menu and a chocolate bar with a truly sexy design created in tandem with cool chocolatiers MAST. Post-dining, a screening of the film will take place in the Council Chamber, complete with unlimited popcorn. We anticipate lots of graphic designers will be in attendance.
THE ONE WHO UNLEASHES YOUR CREATIVE SIDE
Mondrian at Sea Containers, Southbank
Artistic types looking to reinvent the meaning of the ‘act of creation’ should book into Mondrian for the opportunity to add to their art collection with an abstract piece that’ll be reeeeally difficult to explain to curious onlookers…in collaboration with Love and Paint, founded by NYC artist Alexander Esguerra, those checking into one of their Southbank suites will be provided with a blank canvas, three tubs of body paint and a bottle of champagne to unlock their creative impulses. As Mondrian say, “the rest is up to you” – just maybe leave the overalls at home.
THE ONE YOU’D NEVER INTRODUCE TO YOUR PARENTS
The London EDITION, Soho
Anyone rolling their eyes at the above as a little too tame might be able to take their pleasure at The London EDITION’s Soho-inspired Valentine’s partnership with Baron & Baroness Magazines for an erotic double-ender. On 13 Feb, award-winning bar The Punch Room will be laying on the Love Punch for The Valentine Erotic Readings, during which sex activist Reba Maybury will read from her debut novel Dining with Humpty Dumpty; artist Sarah Baker will perform extracts from her debut novel Angel; writer and artist Molly Parkin will indulge with her story Los Vegas Lay; Anastasios Logothetis will perform Striptease; and Bad Bad Tati will read extracts from Bad Bad Tati is Naughty. On 14 Feb, downstairs club BASEMENT will transform into The Paradiso Cinema for an evening of erotic short films curated by the Editor-in-Chief of Dazed & Confused Magazine. Both nights will be accompanied by a pop-up sex shop stocking Baron & Baroness merchandise, for last minute gifts that whip lame garage flowers into shape.