Five romantic things to do for Valentine’s Day

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Run out of inspiration? Fear not, we’ve got plenty of ideas to help inject a little love into the most amorous day of the year.

Forget the cuddly toys, heart-shaped balloons and over-priced, mediocre meal plans.  This year it’s time to step your Valentine’s Day game up a gear with original, non-cheesy gifts and date ideas to make your S.O. go weak at the knees… without rolling their eyes.

1. EAT UP

Wherever you are in the UK, Harvey Nichols have something lip-smacking to get you in the mood to pucker up. Everything from champagne brunches or three/four course feasts are on offer. Think champagne, chateaubriand and rum baba. From £30.

2. CHILL OUT

Forget grand gestures. Sometimes all you want is a bit of quality time to relax with your beau. Book an at-home couples massage to unwind together after a long day. The best part? Book via the Urban Massage app or website and you can get a therapist to wherever you are in as little as 60 minutes. Talk about instant gratification. From £130 for 60 minutes.

3. GET ON THE WAGON

Going out for drinks doesn’t have to mean a sore head the following day (and who said going dry had to be limited to January?). Sober nights out are the on-trend way to party so give mocktails a chance with these new sober drinking holes: The Dry Umbrella, Manchester and Redemption Bar in London.

4. CHOC-FUL OF LOVE

What’s better than giving chocolates? Giving raw, organic, vegan chocolate with no added sugar, dairy or soy (trust us). The one thing they do leave in? That dreamy chocolate taste you crave. Try Panachocolate.com I Love You box (£13.90) – flavours include coconut and goji berry, mint, rose and sour cherry and vanilla. That’s what we call sweet.

5. GET AN EYE FULL

As if taking your beau to see a romantic film screening weren’t enough, take them to see Brief Encounter at Cadogan Hall, arguably the most romantic film of all time, preceded by a performance from the Amadeus Orchestra of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto which features throughout the film. There won’t be a dry eye, or a heart unfilled in the house. From £15.

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