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Alternative Valentine's Day ideas

Valentine’s Day – you’re damned if you’re single, and you’re fleeced if you’re not. If only there was some way to avoid the whole thing? Luckily for you, we’ve scoured the UK to find the best alternative Valentine’s Day ideas for singles, friends, and ‘it’s complicated’ couples.

A party for all the single ladies

Comic Luisa Omielan brings her five-star show ‘Am I Right Ladies?’ to London for a night of uplifting comedy followed by a proper party. Luisa’s previous sell-out show ‘What Would Beyoncé Do?’ earned her the title ‘the comedian young British women have been waiting for’. Do your squad a favour and book tickets – stat.

When: Saturday 11 February

Where: O2 Forum, Kentish Town

Play ping-pong with pals

Valentine’s Day can put a huge amount of pressure on your plans, whether you’re single or coupled up. Refuse to get sucked in and enjoy pool, ping-pong and some fabulous pizzas instead. Proud East is holding an anti-Valentine’s party that promises not to mention your relationship status.

When: Tuesday 14 February

Where: Proud East, Haggerston

Why not go Speed Hating?!

In a fitting two-fingered salute to Valentine’s Day, Down with Dating is back. You’re given a fake name, then take part in events like Speed Hating; you list all things you hate rather than enjoy, Blind Hate; a mean but hilarious version of the TV show, and discover your romantic future thanks to a Misfortune Teller.

When: Tuesday 14 February

Where: The Albany, Fitzrovia

Explore Edinburgh’s sinful side

Edinburgh is one of the most romantic cities in the UK, but there’s a seedy side to some of its famous locations. Take a guided history walk to learn about brothels, topless royalty, and the role oysters played in illicit drinking dens, then finish off with wine or whisky over more tales of romantic misdeeds.

When: Saturday 11 February

Where: Edinburgh Old Town

Laugh at your love life

Whether your love life is hilarious (to your friends) or you don’t fancy spending a small fortune in a ‘romantic’ restaurant, a night spent laughing at others is the perfect prescription. The Stand  is running an anti-Valentine’s comedy show, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

When: Tuesday 14 February

Where: Edinburgh New Town

Be bold with burlesque

Glasgow’s famous burlesque night, Club Noir, is back with an erotic event for those who don’t really ‘do’ Valentine’s. Be seduced by three burlesque shows, interact with other acts and throw yourself into the after-party. It’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on…

When: Saturday 11 February     

Where: SWG3 Warehouse, West End

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