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26 January 2016 | Things To Do | By: Partner

12 Non-Clichéd Things To Do On Valentine’s Day

12 Non-Clichéd Things To Do On Valentine’s Day

Produced in partnership with Funzing.

Why not try a Valentine's themed archery event?

It's never too early to start planning for Valentine's Day. And if you're struggling to come up with a way to woo your loved one on the cheesiest day of the year, we have some suggestions for you.

Forget about bunches of red roses and romantic restaurants — take them to one of these unusual events hosted by local Londoners on Funzing. Single? No need to miss out, plenty of these events welcome those who aren't in a couple and just want to tag along with a friend.

1. Hit the target at a single archery class

Make like Cupid at this Valentine's themed archery event with Heidi. You'll learn the basics of making an arrow fly straight to the target from professional instructors while you mingle with other aspiring archers.
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2. Make an irresistible scent for your Valentine

Create a signature scent for someone special at Naz's perfume-making class. Spend the day with your loved one learning about notes and tones, materials and blending, and come away with fragrant presents for one another.
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3. Fall in love with food

If your one true love is food glorious food, look no further than Nomad Chef's secret seven-course tasting menu. This is one for singles, couples, groups — anyone with a love of good food.
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All you knit is love...

4. Show some love for others

Join Shahnaz at a massive knit-in for refugees, because really, all you knit is love. This is a great opportunity to improve your knitting while helping those in need keep warm this winter.
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5. Sew that sexy underwear

The two things that make a great present: personal and useful. Tick both boxes at Craig's boxer short sewing session — in just two hours you'll have a money-can't-buy gift.
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6. Try a Nordic singles supper club

Swap Ben & Jerrys for Nordic nibbles, Swedish savouries and Scandinavian sweets at Martina's supper club. This is an evening of sharing food, sharing stories and hopefully sharing numbers.
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7. Photograph romantic London spots

From the panoramic view on Waterloo Bridge to the enchanting square at Somerset House, London is full of romantic spots. Join professional photographer Becky for a four and a half hour walk where she'll teach you how to use your smartphone camera to take charming pictures — and you'll discover great off-beaten perspectives too.
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Try delicious Italian food at Giuseppe's vegetarian supper club

8. Get seduced by Italian food

Mama's Boy Giuseppe opens his house for an informal evening dedicated to delicious Italian vegetarian food. Mingle with others while you taste sour cream and salmon penne, veggie burgers, home-made truffles and more... That's amore!
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9. Spend the evening with Venus

Join Gareth and the goddess of love at this pop-up painting session of Botticelli's Birth of Venus. Prosecco and paint — what's not to like?
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10. Do a proper blind date

Banish disappointing dates for some quality time with Carine's cooking — blindfolded. This six-course supper club promises an explosion of taste — you won't know what you're eating but it's sure to be good.
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11. Home brew gold goodness for your special one

Learn the perfect chemistry behind home brewing and surprise your loved one with some hand-made gold goodness. Beer lover Malcolm will teach you how to make your own craft beer step by step and you will taste some of his own creations.
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12. Join a Stupid Cupid pub crawl in Shoreditch

Singles and couples are welcome to this special edition pub crawl around the coolest part of East London. Jordan and his crew will take you from bar to bar for an evening of fun and socialising: you will try a Florida themed bar, a circus hub and even a club with a swimming pool! Your ticket includes free entry to five top bars plus up to five free shots and special discounts on drinks.
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Find more London experiences with Funzing through their website, Twitter and Facebook page.

Feeling inspired to share your hobby, professional skill or talent? You can become a host and promote your own event on Funzing — find out more on their website.

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Wow that's a great selection. If you have itchy feet and long for travel we are offering a cheapskates trip to India on Feb13th. It's actually in East London but it might still impress your loved one. Or not. Details are here https://www.facebook.com/event...