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Valentine’s Day 2020: The best events and Galentine's parties for singletons in London

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 14/02/2020 Harry Fletcher

Singles events on Valentine’s Day don’t always have to be about speed dating and matchmaking parties.

There are plenty of places in London putting on fun events, ‘Galentine’s Day’ dates for friends and foodie experiences for those either looking to meet someone new or celebrate being single.

From special menus at some of the city's most glamorous restaurants to nights in some of London quirkiest bars and clubs, there’s a whole lot to discover this February 14.

These are the best singles parties to enjoy in London this Valentine’s Day.​

Try a self-love Valentine's day feast for charity

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, what's the quirkiest Valentine’s Day event of them all? This new pop-up from Tastecard is all about self-reflection, with mirrors placed on tables allowing diners to spend some valuable time with themselves on the big day. American-inspired restaurant Absurd Bird will serve three courses for £20, including the likes of buffalo wings, crispy fried chicken and peanut butter cheesecake. It's a PR stunt, but all money raised will be go to the charity Mary’s Meals.

February 13-14, 46 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3EP, eventbrite.co.uk

Meet fellow foodies at Frog by Adam Handling

One of the capital’s brightest culinary talents, Adam Handling, is putting on a special anti-Valentine’s menu at Frog, welcoming diners to bond over five courses at his flagship Covent Garden restaurant. Guests will be invited to enjoy the dishes in the restaurant's private dining room – and there’ll be sharing bottles of tequila on the tables too.

Various dates, 34-35 Southampton St, WC2E 7HG, adamhandling.co.uk

Spend ‘Palentine’s’ at All Star Lanes

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Get your bowling shoes on this year with All Star Lanes, which is running special events themed around classic TV show Friends, for Be My Palentine. For £35, guests can enjoy a game, two courses and a Le Citron Fizz cocktail each. It's enough to bowl anyone over.

February 7-16, Holborn, Brick Lane and White City, allstarlanes.co.uk

Find the keys to your heart at the Piano Works

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Piano Works in Farringdon and the West End are always spot on places to spend time with pals in London, and they’re doing things a little differently this Valentine’s. Guests attending the What’s Your Number? nights on the big day can request the live band perform a song for anyone who catches their eye on the dancefloor, before singing along to party anthems throughout the night.

February 14, Farringdon, West End, pianoworks.bar

Feast with friends at Gridiron

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Meat lovers have reason to celebrate at Gridiron, with the Mayfair hotspot putting on a special nose-to-tail menu to mark the occasion. It’s gathering friends together for a banquet-style feast, including fresh oysters, pigs head black pudding and rhubarb and stem ginger crumble. The menu is available at £55 per person, with optional bottomless bubbles or wine for an additional £40. ​

February 14, 19 Old Park Ln, W1K 1LB​, gridironlondon.com

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