Ditch all thoughts of a bouquet of roses from the petrol station or that dusty box of Milk Tray from the top shelf of your local shop. We’ve rounded up some Valentine’s Day picks guaranteed to set the scene for cliché-free romance
Try a Valentine’s Supper at Tate St Ives
Nothing spells romance like going for a slap up meal. But add one hell of a view and a pre-dinner art fix to the to the mix, and you’ve got a date night to remember. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the newest member of the Tate’s ever-expanding art family is Cornwall’s Tate St Ives, and in honour of St Valentine they’re putting on a special supper of confit duck, blue cheese croquettes, and chocolate cremeux with pistachio and olive oil cake. Also on the menu is the gallery’s newly opened show Virginia Woolf: An exhibition inspired by her writings which sees contemporary explorations of landscape through a feminist lens by over 80 artists.
Watch Bout de Souffle at the Broadway
A stunning example of French new wave cinema, Jean-Luc Godard’s cinematic debut oozes sensuality, class and style. The sultry masterpiece follows a young hoodlum, Michel, on the run after stealing a car in Marseille and shooting a policeman. Soon after he meets up with aspiring journo Patricia who helps him slip under the radar…before she betrays his trust. Be sure to catch this special screening at Nottingham’s gorgeous independent cinema.
Listen to Baron Valentine Readings at The London EDITION
On Valentine’s eve, erotic paperback Baron Magazine will welcome “pleasure seekers who enjoy life in the fast lane” into the Punch Room of smart hotel The London EDITION for an evening of tantalising erotic readings. Expect sultry words from Gina Birch of The Raincoats, performance artist Oriana Fox and multimedia artist Jennifer Binnie. There’ll also be a pop-up sex shop – with exclusive Baron and Baroness merch available to buy – so you can pick up your Valentine’s gift while you’re there.
Watch La Prisonniere at the Barbican
A stylish meditation on desire, sensuality and kink, the Barbican’s screening of La Prisonniere is a darkly erotic antidote to cheesy rom-coms. Set in Paris during the Swinging Sixties, the film tracks Josée, a liberated film editor who sets upon a twisting journey into S&M, perversity and voyeurism. Film critic Virginie Selavy will be on hand afterwards to dissect the film’s tangled love triangle.