Valentine's Day: the last-minute guide for lovers

Feb 13, 2013

Films, food, restaurant and gifts for your loved one this 14 February

WONDERING how to spend Valentine's Day tomorrow? From gifts, to restaurants, to art tours, to films, the papers are full of last-minute recommendations for lovebirds. Here's a selection:

What to watch. The Metro recommends new Zombie-love thriller Warm Bodies for a "date that pleases both parties". For those looking for a classic romantic film, the paper suggests "sure-fire Cupid's dart" Breakfast at Tiffany's, screening nationwide at Picture House cinemas (pictured above).

What to look at. If you've got time to take in an exhibition there are some romantic art walks and talks on offer, says Time Out. It recommends the National Gallery's Make Love, Not War: Boticelli's 'Venus and Mars' talk which features curator Caroline Campbell explaining the finer points of the 1483 masterpiece. If that's not enough visual stimulation you could go on a free Heartbreak in the Collection tour at the National Portrait Gallery. Historian Lucinda Hawksley will lead you on a traipse through the collection's "most heartbreaking works" to help you weep your way through Valentine's Day.

What to buy. If you can't stretch to a heart-shaped £98.95 Le Creuset casserole dish, as recommended by the Daily Telegraph, there are plenty of alternatives on offer. The paper also picks out 'you are my cup of tea' bags from The Teashed for £4, a £30 Valentine's Day Cake from London's Hummingbird Bakery and Fortnum & Mason's Emma Bridgewater Cup with Chocolates, for £40.

Where to go. For Londoners, the Times recommends Bermondsey Street tapas bar Jose as well as Lebanese restaurant chain Comptoir Libanais. Time Out, meanwhile, tips Chinese restaurant Princess Garden, on North Audley Street, for those who want to be "transported from Mayfair to Hong Kong".

What to do if you despise the whole thing. Feeling Gloomy are holding a Speed Hating night in London this evening, the Evening Standard notes. For £11 singles can also participate in the evening's Blind Hate – think a misanthropic Blind Date - round at The Phoenix, Cavendish Square, W1 from 7pm.

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