Many thanks to Annalise, from TasterLab, who has written an excellent guest blog for London-Unattached with some great alternative ideas for Valentine’s Day! Now, while you might not want to learn tango or have a romantic meal for two if you don’t have a partner right now, quite a lot of the TasterLab experiences are a great way to get out and meet new people! If you are by yourself on Valentine’s week, why not try the photo walking tour…or cocktail mixing! Who knows, you might even find yourself a new date!
Over to Annalise
Whether you’re prepared for it or not, very soon you will be bombarded with all things pink, red, chocolatey, flowery, shiny and there will possibly be a chubby, armed, naked child involved in your exposure to this holiday. Valentine’s Day is in less than a week, and if you don’t already have a spectacular celebration planned out for your significant other, you’re probably looking upon this approaching date with disdain and possibly – panic.
However, it’s not too late to plan out a lovely experience for you and your date this year – something a bit different and unexpected that will be more memorable than a fancy meal in a long line of meals you’ve probably already shared. Over at TasterLab, we believe that we should always be seeking to enrich our lives and improve ourselves through open-mindedly searching for new, exciting experiences.
With that considered, we took it upon ourselves to put together a few out of the ordinary Valentine’s Day taster experiences – stuff in which not only will you take away the memory of doing something different with your partner, but you’ll also get to learn something new in the process – anything from a sensual, Argentine export – the tango – to a more creative/technology based skill like digital photography.
We’ll start with the traditionalist. If you’re dead set on a food-oriented date – we understand. We love to eat too. However, take that romantic dinner experience to the next level by having two trained Italian chefs (Marzia and Gianluca – nice folks) come to your home to prepare an amazing meal in the comfort of your own kitchen. Not only will you be able to enjoy this lovely dinner, but they’ll teach you all the skills that go with it so you can recreate your special Valentine’s night all year long. Find out more about TasterLab’s Romantic Dinner Experience in your own home
For lovers of London who might be looking to experience the city’s loveliest parts in a different way – we have a three-hour photography walking tour of Central London. It starts at the Eros Statue and you and a professional photographer, Paul Hames, will work your way through the city until you reach St Paul’s Cathedral. This date leaves you with actual physical memories – the lovely photos Paul will help you create of your time together in the heart of London.
For those looking to infuse a little passion in their Valentine’s date, tango is absolutely the most sensual yet exciting of all the dance styles. While it might sound a little intimidating – a group beginner’s tango class means you won’t be the only couple stumbling around. And even if you discover that you aren’t the next world champion ballroom dance couple, it is really nice to have a laugh together, right? Plus, the classes take place in two excellent venues – one of which, the Union Tavern, doubles as a gastropub stocked with more than 80 wines. So if it takes three to tango (you, your partner and a glass of wine), the option definitely exists.
For the cocktail enthusiasts – why go out and spend a bunch of money on drinks when you can spend just a little and learn how to turn your own home into a lovely drink destination? Celebrate Valentine’s a day early (classes are on Mondays) with a cocktail making class with your significant other. One of London’s leading mixologists, Dan Thomson, will lead you and the rest of the group in learning everything you need to know to create everything from the classics to a delicious original creation of your own.