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Alternative Valentines Day
Image Credit: Inappropriate Valentines cards at Drink Shop & Do

Alternative Valentines Day

10 February 2018 Kate Plummer

Valentine’s Day seems to be a bit like marmite. You either seem to love the heart adorned gifts, treats and extravagant displays of affection, or you put it all down to a card-company made holiday used to make us part with our cash so that we’re not in the bad books with our sweetheart should we not offer up the pink and red glittery goods.

It’s also traditionally been a day about celebrating romantic love, rather than all the other wonderful kinds of love between friends, family…pizza. So this year we’ve tried to find a balance. From showing all the ovaries before brovaries feels for your favourite girl gang, celebrating the bohemian ideals of freedom, beauty, truth and love, exploring a love for life and death, pretending to throw axes at exes or shimmying in some newly-made nipple tassels, we’re celebrating some alternative ways to embrace the day of love.
 
 
BFI Galentine’s Day Special


Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, imbd, 1997

If your idea of the best Valentine’s Day is celebrating the love between you and your girl gang then the BFI is the place to be. Throughout February and March the BFI are running their Girlfriends Season, showcasing films with the brilliance and complexity of female friendship at their core. Their Galentine’s Day Special screening of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion comes complete with its own Prom Party so is ideal for a mate date with your best ladies. Just don’t claim you invented Post-Its.
 
Galentine’s Day Special: Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is at BFI Southbank on 13 February.
 

 
Sing-A-Long-A Moulin Rouge


Moulin Rouge!, imbd, 2001
 
If you’re looking for a little touch of glamour and revolution with your best bohemian buds, then one of our favourite cinemas in the capital, The Prince Charles Cinema, has you covered. Known for their love of bringing people together with some audience participation, this February 14th is no exception thanks to a sing-a-long-a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s musical spectacular, Moulin Rouge. Embrace the ideals of freedom, beauty, truth and love whilst belting out the Tango de Roxanne with Christian, Satine and co.
 
Sing-A-Long-A Moulin Rouge is at The Prince Charles Cinema on 14 February.
 

 
 
Nature Morte Late at Guildhall Art Gallery


Nature Morte at the Guildhall Art Gallery
 
For anyone more interested in hearts and flowers in terms of nature, life and death, rather than cutesy cut-outs and overpriced roses, then Nature Morte Late at the Guildhall Art Gallery is the perfect antidote to the Valentines hype. Nature Morte celebrates the beauty of life and death and how it connects us all, and on this one special night they’re offering curator-led tours of the exhibition as well as an array of life and death related activities, not to mention DJs and cocktails. From learning ethical taxidermy, to still life ‘death drawing’ including bones and fruits, taking tea with Oscar Wilde and preserving beauty after death with flower pressing workshops, indulge the darker side of love and beauty this Valentine’s Day.
 
Nature Morte Late is at the Guildhall Art Gallery on 16 February.
 

 
Axe Throwing at Whistle Punks


Axe Throwing at Whistle Punks
 
OK, so you may think that throwing axes like you’re a character from Game of Thrones facing a horde of the undead (also known as Tinder dating) doesn’t scream Valentines Day, but hear us out. Whether you’re secretly picturing someone you’d definitely not wish a Happy Valentine’s Day to as the target, or you fancy something a bit more adventurous than the usual hearts and flowers V-day date night, there’s something undeniably satisfying and ridiculously fun about hurling axes in the safety of London’s best urban axe whisperers, Whistle Punks.
 
Whistle Punks is in Vauxhall, London.
 

 
 
Get Crafty at Drink, Shop & Do


Naughty Nipple Tassel Making at Drink, Shop & Do
 
If one of the true loves in your life is getting a little creative and crafty then one of our favourite London gems, Drink, Shop & Do are spreading the love with a host of Valentine’s Day themed events. If the usual mushy cards on offer make you cringe then their Inappropriate Valentines Card Making night is just the ticket. For anyone thinking love is a little scary you can make your own Love Bug Papier Mache monstrosity to protect you from all the ghosters and weirdos. Or if you feel like treating your naughty side and/or some other lucky person in the process, then pop along for some Naughty Nipple Tassel Making. With an emphasis on the usual DSD magic blend of silliness with a delicious drink in hand, there’s something for everyone. 
 
Drink, Shop & Do is running Valentine’s themed events from 12 February.
 

 
 
 
 

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