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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.
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.
3. Fall in love with food
4. Show some love for others
5. Sew that sexy underwear
6. Try a Nordic singles supper club
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.