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10 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Everyone deserves a great V Day, whether you're in a relationship or not we've got you covered with our 2016 guide to a great Valentine's Day.

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Valentine’s Day is probably the most controversial holiday of the year. It's somehow managed to divide the entire world into two (maybe even three) different groups (that we've all been members of at some point) that practically go to war with each other on a day that's supposed to be a celebration of love. Not the clingy, be-my-valentine-forever-and-ever-or-I'll-die kind of love, the everyday kind that you feel for the people closest to you. Whether you're in a relationship, married, divorced, or single and ready to mingle (or maybe not quite yet) everyone deserves a great V Day. So, without further ado ladies and gentlemen, I give you the 2016 guide to a great Valentine's Day, peace and love.

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    Stargaze at the Royal Observatory.

    The planets have aligned for all the star-crossed lovers out there. Once again, the Royal Observatory will be hosting an evening of Valentine-themed events, including a planetarium show of the romantic sights the night sky has to offer; stargazing through the 18-tonne Victorian telescope; and a glass of bubbly standing on the Prime Meridian of the world.

    Stargaze at the Royal Observatory. : Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJ, UK
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    Valentine's Late at Kew Gardens.

    Take your special someone to the perfect winter escape in Kew’s Princess of Wales Conservatory for a one off after dark Valentine’s Late. Set among thousands of tropical flowers, the steamy glasshouse will transform for one night only into a seductive medley of cocktails, music and romance.

    Valentine's Late at Kew Gardens.: Kew Gardens London
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    Share a bottle of wine by candlelight at the cave-like Gordon's Wine Bar.

    Gordon’s Wine Bar is probably the oldest wine bar in London. The 19th-century candlelit, vaulted cellars with original Dickens-style decor is the perfect spot for a romantic tête-à-tête, or a fun Valentines night out with your group of friends.

    Share a bottle of wine by candlelight at the cave-like Gordon's Wine Bar.: 47 Villiers St, London WC2N 6NE
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    Spend a night at the luxurious May Fair Hotel.

    The May Fair opened its doors in 1927 and offers over 400 luxury hotel bedrooms, including 12 of the capital’s most memorable hotel suites, a blissful spa, a gourmet restaurant and the quintessential London Casino.

    Spend a night at the luxurious May Fair Hotel. : Stratton St, London W1J 8LT
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    Enjoy a Valentines lunch with live Jazz at Ronnie Scott's.

    Since the early days of Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie and  Miles Davis, the club has continued to present the biggest names in jazz. This Valentine’s Day, the jazz club is hosting a special show that will set most hearts fluttering. Whether you’re in or out of love, Ronnie Scott’s will never fail to deliver the best jazz in town.

    Enjoy a Valentines lunch with live Jazz at Ronnie Scott's. : 47 Frith St, London W1D 4HT
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    Watch Dirty Dancing at the Charlotte Hotel cinema.

    Even today this baby refuses to be put in the corner. Watch Baby and Johnny fall in love to the rhythm of that amazing soundtrack at the Charlotte Street Hotel’s cinema room. Tickets are £65 per person with three-course Valentine’s Menu.

    Watch Dirty Dancing at the Charlotte Hotel cinema. : 15-17 Charlotte St, London W1T 1RJ
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    Love is in the air.

    Have a drink or two while enjoying the breath-taking views of London’s skyline at one of the capital’s quirkiest rooftop bars. Whizz up to the 12th floor of the Mondrian London and have a specialty cocktail in their 20’s-themed Rumpus Room, the hotel’s rooftop lounge and terrace inspired by one of the most extraordinary cults of youth and frivolity in history, the ‘Bright Young Things’. 

    Rumpus Room brings back an era when a party was more than a party. It’s dramatic views of London and the voracious gag of bohemian party-givers and blue-blooded socialites it pays homage to with its opulent décor, bring back that part-animal lifestyle that comes alive as the sun goes down.

     

    Love is in the air. : 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD
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    Enjoy a fun night out at the Bootleg Club's Masked Ball.

    The Bootleg Club hosts London’s most glamorous events, inviting guests to party as if it’s 1922. On the 13th Feb the award-winning Stationers Hall will open its flamboyant ballroom for guests to indulge in the lavish lifestyle of a bygone era where spirits are high and the drinks never run dry. Guests must wear eye-masks and conceal their identities until midnight.

    Enjoy a fun night out at the Bootleg Club's Masked Ball.: Ave Maria Ln, London, EC4M 7DD
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    Candlelit dinner at London's most romantic restaurant, Clos Maggiore.

    Clos Maggiore is hands down the most romantic restaurant in the capital. Its warm and intimate interior is inspired by the stylish décor of Provence and Tuscany. Guests can choose to dine in either the wood-panelled restaurant or the splendidly romantic conservatory, bedecked in a forest of white blossoms, fairy lights, candles and a fireplace.

    Candlelit dinner at London's most romantic restaurant, Clos Maggiore. : 33 King St, London WC2E 8JD
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    Cupid's Capsule at the Coca-Cola London Eye.

    Show your significant other the stunning views of the London skyline in your private capsule, complete with a bottle of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne and a box of Charbonnel et Walker luxury pink champagne truffles, both served by your own personal host.

    Cupid's Capsule at the Coca-Cola London Eye.: 30 The Queen's Walk, London SE1, UK

You either love it or you hate it, but either way it's a great excuse to do something fun and thoughtful for that special person, be it your significant other, your best friend or your sibling. It's much more than the highly commercialised circus we see on every 14th of February, it's a celebration of friendship, complicity, admiration, and all the moments you've shared with that special someone.

From dinner at London's most romantic restaurant of all times, stargazing, or enjoying a boozy night surrounded by tropical flora in Kew Gardens, to specialty cocktails in the Mondrian's 20's-themed sky lounge, a  masquerade ball or a whirl around the London Eye in your own private capsule (comes with bubbly), we've got you covered for this year's lovey-dovey holiday.

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