Fun Things to Do On Valentine’s Day in East London


Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches, and if you’re looking to celebrate the occasion with someone special, then Shoreditch is the perfect place to do it.

You’ll find plenty of loved up festivities to enjoy, with something to suit every style and taste. Choose from cosy, intimate events where you can snuggle up with a classic movie, indulge in an elegant dinner out, or try something fun and quirky if you’d prefer a more novel way of marking the occasion.

With some fabulous Montcalm Old Street Hotel packages to choose from, book yourself and your special someone a stylish stay in the city, and prepare for some fantastic romance. To get you inspired, here are just a few of the things you can try out in Shoreditch this Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy some stylish cocktails

With some of Shoreditch’s best bars just a short distance away from the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, the best way to start your Valentine’s night is by checking out some of the delicious cocktails on offer. You’ll find everything from the surreal and strange, to old school classics, and everything in between, in this creative and constantly evolving part of London.

For a night imbued with old school glamour and luxury, head to Nightjar, a sophisticated and popular spot within Shoreditch, that treats its customers to some fantastic live music performances while they enjoy a drink, as well as a tempting menu of delicious drinks and food. On Valentine’s Day this year, they’ll be featuring something extra-special, with a live performance from the New Orleans jazz band, the Cosimo Matassa Project, as well as special offers on drinks. Reservations are essential if you plan to make it, so book ahead.

For something a little more unusual, try Callooh Callay, the renowned Shoreditch bar themed around the childhood classic novel, Alice in Wonderland. The bar regularly features a variety of innovative cocktails that take their cue from the strange and surreal world of the book, and the bizarre and delightful décor around the bar makes for a perfectly memorable night out.

Head to the rooftop

There’s nothing like enjoying a stunning view over the city, and when it comes to fantastic rooftop experiences in Shoreditch, the iconic Queen of Hoxton is the place to head to. Guests staying in the Montcalm Old Street Hotel will find it conveniently close, and there is plenty to enjoy throughout Valentine’s weekend, as well as throughout the rest of the month.

For the weekend’s Valentine’s festivities in February, the Queen of Hoxton has plenty of its customary fun on offer, with a romantic twist. On February 13, you can start to warm up your serenading skills with some hip hop karaoke, with a special Valentine’s event, featuring plenty of the most loved up hip hop and R n B songs to choose from. And on the day after Valentine’s, they’ll be hosting a strange and wonderful “Twisted Valentine” event, combining Romeo and Juliet with a surreal Alice in Wonderland theme.

With plenty of great tunes provided by their resident DJs, as well as fantastic views from the rooftop, this is a great way of celebrating Valentine’s, without the typical saccharine mushiness.

Have a sophisticated dinner

For those who want to keep it classic, an elegant dinner in a beautiful space might be the perfect way to woo someone on Valentine’s Day. Start with a stay in some stylish luxury rooms in Shoreditch, before heading on to some of the most charming restaurants in the neighbourhood. For something with the ideal blend of contemporary panache and timeless glamour, the Jones Family Project ticks all of the right boxes. And as an award-winning steakhouse, you can be confident that you’ll enjoy a truly sumptuous dinner.

If you’re treating someone who really loves fine cuisine, then head to one of Shoreditch’s Michelin-starred restaurants, The Clove Club. Located by the Shoreditch Town Hall, this striking place serves up exceptional food, with innovative and fresh flavours, as well as impeccable presentation. This is always in high demand, especially around Valentine’s Day, so if you’re planning to head here, make sure you make a reservation ahead of your visit.

Try something different

If you’re in the mood to try something a little different from the usual antics on Valentine’s Day, then you’ll find plenty to spark your curiosity close to the Montcalm Hotel. Revisit your childhood nostalgia with a fun twist, by diving into a grown up ball pit at Ballie Ballerson.

The unique ball pit cocktail bar combines the best of all worlds, with colourful, neon lit ball pits for you to play and laugh in, great games to bring a smile to your face, and plenty of delicious cocktails to enjoy in between sessions. For Valentine’s Day, they’ll be bringing a special touch of romance to the evening, with themed cocktails, great music and a themed ball pit.

Of course, Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be for the paired up. If you’re free and single, then the weekend has plenty to enjoy, whether you’re heading out with friends or even flying solo. If you’re hoping to find the perfect date for the night, check out The Book Club’s speed dating event, where you’ll get to meet some great people, make new friends, and possibly even stumble into your soulmate.

However, if all the talk of romance has your turning up your nose, or you just fancy a refreshing break from all the roses and hearts around you, you might want to head to their Ugly Broken Hearts quiz night on 13 February. A pub quiz unlike any other, this is a perfect night to enjoy with a team of friends, as some internationally celebrated drag artists lead you through a night of wild and extravagant games and pop quizzes, with plenty of fun prizes and laughter to enjoy through the night, as well as some excellent tunes to get you dancing.