What’s On – Valentine’s Day Edition

Here at Spindle, we welcome people from all walks of life. That’s why this Valentine’s Day, we’re not getting bogged down in ultra-commercial lovey-dovey nonsense, and have decided instead to show you how you can enjoy Valentine’s Day whether you’re single, attached or in a bisexual polyamorous marriage with a donkey.

Pre-Valentine’s, Spindle fave hangout The Russet is putting on a blindfold dinner on Thursday 13th for anyone single, ready to mingle and willing to take a chance on finding some sweet romance – in the dark. You’ll fill out a questionnaire in advance and be matched with seven delightful partners over the duration of seven delightful courses. Speed dating has never been so fun – or so mysterious.

The Camden Head hosts a great night called The Comedy Back Rub: Valentine’s day Massacre on Thursday 13th for the price of £1! For just one shiny pound you can either celebrate your single status (that’s what you should do, celebrate because you are FREE) or if you insist you can distract your thoughts from your solitary existence with some great comedy. Acts include: Daniel Simonsen (Edinburgh Festival Award Winner, Star of Vic n’ Bob’s House of Fools) Aisling Bea (Edinburgh Festival Award Nominee) Miss London (Star of ITV’s Scrambled,) Lou Sanders (As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News) and all hosted by MC Sarah Campbell described by the Britsh Comedy Guide as “One of the stand-out stand-ups of the future”

If you’re lucky enough to find the love of your life the day before Valentine’s, then come on down once again on Friday 14th to The Russet, where they’re offering a three course meal for just £25 per head – and with offerings such as sea bass, goose breast and plenty of veggie delights, why not head with your mew-found significant other or just a single friend?

If you want to shake your shiz on the dancefloor, start by getting yourself down to The Wenlock Arms in Shoreditch for a pint of real ale and cider, with their 10 cask, keg and 6 real ciders on offer. Then, you can head to the Shacklewell Arms in Dalston for their Bad To The Bone rocking Valentine’s party. Sweet Emotion DJs play loved-up power ballads and doomed-romance anthems all night long. Love don’t come for free – but entry does that night, so get down early before the joint fills up.

If you think that hitting a club in order to pull is a tad beneath you, then firstly, you’re wrong – but secondly, an alternative way of finding a date on Valentine’s Day is waiting for you in the form of Down With Dating – London’s legendary Speed Hating event. Taking place at The Phoenix, Cavendish Square, tickets are a tenner so come down and hate on a variety of different people in a matter of hours. Who knows, you may be matched with someone equally as loathsome as yourself!

Heading to the cinema is a great idea, whether you want some romantic time in the dark (though if you think you’ll be able to get all amorous during 12 Years A Slave you’ve got another thing coming) or if you want to hide out from the world. Check out August: Osage County to see Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts act their socks off in this dark family melodrama, while fans of folk music and the Coen brothers will love the soulful Inside Llewyn Davis. Fun and thrills from Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and co. await you in American Hustle, David O Russell’s ’70s con-thriller, while if you’re looking for a real romance killer, Matthew McConaughey’s soon-to-be Oscar winning performance as an Aids patient in Dallas Buyers Club is a must-see.

And if you’re seriously looking for love this Valentine’s we have some advice from Spindle pal Dom & Ink:

“If you’re going out for Valentine’s, get dressed up. You don’t need to go full on tux and top hat, just y’know, something to make you feel damn good. Meet some mates and go for some drinks in a good bar. Not a club where you end up dancing to hard house on a pole at 3am. Just a decent bar with good people and think of your body language. If you look like you’re open to conversation then people will approach you. Open body language, eye contact and a killer outfit. Single who?!”

We also spoke to Dom about his relationship journal Map My Heart – a fun little exercise book you can write in and doodle over whether you’re heartbroken or not, and which you can WIN simply by giving us a little Retweet!

Words: Thomas Dearnley-Davison

Additional reporting: Irune Rue Chamberlain