Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly, so time to find the perfect place to take your special someone. Here are a few ideas for queer-friendly places around London to take the person you’re crushing on. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your bae!Less
Tate Modern is a great place for the artsy couple. The gallery located in London’s South Bank has a variety of free art exhibitions to explore, with new exhibitions coming in regularly. Be sure to get timed tickets to enjoy a day experiencing all of the different artwork and taking some very cool pictures. There are a lot of interesting exhibits, including the popular Kusama in America.
Serving up NYC-themed food, this restaurant and bar has a few different locations - but we recommend the location that's in the middle of Soho, the hub of all things queer. Dirty Bones aims to "create an atmosphere of good vibes...and a seriously good soundtrack that people want to listen to while they eat, drink and play." Sounds like a great way to build up some romantic tension this Valentine's!
Check out The Thames Pulse - a unique light installation - during a dreamy walk down the River Thames this Valentine's. The art piece serves as more than being pretty to look at - it also raises awareness about the condition of the water of the Thames. The piece displays one of three patterns depending on the water’s quality. For Earth-loving couples, this is a great way to stay tapped into the water’s health while going on a beautiful nighttime river walk.
For a family (and dog!) friendly date spot, visit The Queen Adelaide. People from various walks of life love the great food and friendly atmosphere at this restaurant. There are bowls of water and treats for dogs available so you can come with the whole crew. They have a huge menu with many favorites including steak, soup, and burgers. You can chill and eat inside the restaurant or relax at the beer garden that even has heaters for a cold day.
Dalston Superstore is a queer club, cabaret spot, cafe, gallery, and community space. This is a place for London’s queer community since 2009. The colorful atmosphere serves great music and vibes. It also serves as a drag performance space where many big names have put on a show here. No club is complete without great food and Essential Vegan is responsible for the menu here. They support various LGBTQ+ charities including Positive East, Outside Project, and Albert Kennedy Trust.
Leroy boasts a Michelin star with its focus on simplicity, flavor, and an amazing list of wines - chosen to pair just right with its menu. Short and sweet, the menu still packs a considerable punch and should pave the way for a cozy, romantic outing. This can serve as a stop before switching gears and heading out for the night at Dalston Superstore nearby.
Home to over 100 local, independent businesses, there's never enough time to explore everything that Peckham Levels has to offer. Located in a former car park, exploring this marketplace of creativity makes for an eclectic Valentine's Day date. And for those of you celebrating your friends, Peckham Levels is hosting a Pal-entine event this year, making for a great option for platonic love this VDay.
An option for the food-nerds - everything at The Picklery has been through some form of brining or pickling process. Urban farming is the core of the ethos here, so take your date into what the future could look like. Even the wine is natural and bio-dynamic. The menu changes weekly but always remains simple and seasonal. It's a cozy spot, but worth the exploration.