Valentine’s Day is a holiday we all love to hate and for the single people out there, this day is usually the dreaded D-day.
For all the singles out there, Westminster world has you covered this weekend. There are a plethora of events going on in London that you can partake in without feeling smothered by couples in love everywhere on this day
Nowadays, though, Valentine’s Day is a chance for the singles to relish in being happily alone. Known as the Singles Awareness Day, people everywhere can find ways to celebrate this holiday by engaging in ‘non-valentine’ related plans and hanging out with fellow single friends.
1. Alternative V-day
This is an event exclusively for the women out there looking to feel empowered in their single livelihood. Hosted at the Moth Club in Hackney, this event is bound to bring out your inner feminist and engage in girl power sessions throughout the evening with games, a movie screening of ‘Heathers’ and a powerful installation exhibit by the writer, Rosy Cherrington.
Entry is free but donations are most welcome as proceeds will be going to the Girls Against charity. Gather your best single girlfriends and make your Valentine’s Day one to remember. Doors open at 5 p.m, Sunday, Feb 14.
2. Bacanal Anti-valentines brunch
Bacanal entertainment are the brains behind some of London’s most exclusive parties and they are not only hosting an anti-valentines day brunch, but they are also celebrating their fifth anniversary. Single and looking to meet some fun-loving Londoners? This could be just the thing for you.
Tickets are on sale now here and the extravagant daytime affair takes place at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in Bloomsbury Square, Saturday, Feb 13 from 2 p.m.
3. For the love of trees
Nature lovers will be pleased to hear that Valentine’s Day does not exclude them in any way. Skip the craziness of this cliche holiday and put on your overalls instead to make the world a greener, happier place. The charity, Trees for Cities has organized a mass tree planting day to get people involved in making their communities within the city a greener place. The area, in particular, this year is Ealing and the planting takes place in King George’s field, Yeading.
Gather a couple of friends for an eventful Saturday out, getting your hands dirty doing good. Training and equipment will be available and refreshments as well. This event is free of charge, and any donations are welcome. The digging commences on Saturday, Feb 13, at 11 a.m.
4. The Friendzone
As the title suggests, the Friendzone is a space for people to come and meet others, make new friends, meet up with some long time friends and just socialize and have fun. No love nuances involved. Organised by Magnum Opus Events, the Friendzone encourages talking to strangers by having an array of social interaction games and mingling sessions.
Looking for a friend, or two? New to London or looking to hang with different people? The Friendzone will make sure you feel welcomed and part of a big family of friends. The mingling starts at 7 p.m and takes place this Friday, Feb 12 at BOXPARK Shoreditch. Tickets can be purchased here.
5. Looking for love – screening and talk
Being single isn’t for everyone and for those looking for love or looking to talk about the ups and downs of love, this event is especially for you. Award winning filmmaker, Menelik Shabazz will be doing a free screening of his documentary ‘Looking for Love’ which combines music and intimate interviews exploring love and relationships within the Black British community.
An array of psychologists, comedians and other individual groups tackle the topic of love on the film and try to define black love in the 21st century. There will be a small talk after the screening to involve the general public’s voice on the same matter. Music and refreshments will be available after as well. For those looking for a simple yet intriguing night out, head on over to the Passing Clouds in Hackney on Sunday, Feb 14.
The screening starts at 6 p.m and entry is free for all.
All events curated from Time Out London and Eventbrite.
Words: Diana Odero
Sub-edited by: Jay Belmar