Five unique Valentine's Day ideas that will really knock her socks off (and that you will actually enjoy)…

Old Stocks Inn

1. The Getaway

Old Stocks Inn

Honey-coloured cottages, rolling hills and chocolate-box pubs: there are few places in the UK as romantic as the Cotswolds. Nestled in the pretty market square of Stow-on-the-Wold, you will find this recently refurbished 17th century inn with 16 luxuriously modern bedrooms, a top-class restaurant, sleek bar and cosy coffee shop. All the traditional features have been lovingly-restored ‒ beams, stone walls and hickedly-pickedly room dimensions ‒ but with all the contemporary, Scandi-inspired décor you could dream of.
The Restaurant

2. The Restaurant

Petersham Nurseries

Sometimes you just can't beat a candle-lit dinner, but that doesn't mean you can't be original. Cue Petersham Nurseries' intimate Supper Club nights, where for a few evenings each year its glasshouse restaurant glows with candles and lights. The bespoke menu, created by Head Chef Damian Clisby (formerly of Hix and Cotswold House), is whipped up using the garden's famous produce and each meal is artistically plated before arriving on your antique table-for-two. Good books at the ready...
The Gig

3. The Gig


Looking for some good, clean, cliché-free fun this year? Good news: the British synthpop duo (Manchester's answer to The Pet Shop Boys) are in town and just in time to serenade you and that someone special with their bittersweet music. Surely the coolest way to celebrate Valentine's, the electric live set ‒ held in the O2 Brixton Academy ‒ will feature tracks from their eagerly-awaited third album, 'Surrender'. If music be the food of love, play on gents...
Lake Windermere Cruise

4. The Activity

Lake Windermere Cruise

If you feel like pushing the boat out (sorry, we couldn't resist) this Valentine's Day then a cruise on Lake Windermere ought to do it. The views from the banks are beautiful, but it's only on the lake that you can really enjoy the lush fells and snow-covered Langdale pikes in all their glory. There are also some fantastic walks, pubs and villages on its outskirts, which are well worth a visit. Go as part of a group or go it alone (for your very own James Bond moment), you decide.
The Pop Up

5. The Pop-Up

Swan on a Hot Gin Roof

What better way to her heart than with a hot G&T overlooking the London skyline? This winter, Ham Yard hotel has teamed up with award-winning distillery Sipsmith to serve warming gin cocktails on its rooftop terrace. The sipping menu ‒ inspired by the capital's drinking past ‒ includes The Smoking Bishop (a favourite of Charles Dickens) and a gingerbread-infused cocktail first served at London's Frost Fair in 1814. The best part? Tickets only cost £14 and include a complimentary drink on arrival.

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