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From cocktail making to spa bliss, here’s how to keep the spark lit while stuck indoors on Sunday 14 February
Remember back when ‘date night’ was a term to help differentiate a regular weeknight from a romantic one? Well, thanks to COVID-19, the days are blending into one another now more than ever. If you’re coupled up and lucky enough to be living together this Valentine’s Day, but are in need of inventive date night ideas, there are tonnes of suitable indoor activities and plenty of food and booze options just waiting to be delivered. We’ve also compiled a lockdown gift buying guide to help with Valentine’s gift gifting and a guide to what to eat, drink or cook this Valentine’s Day. Here are some ideas for the best lockdown date night you’ll ever have.
Fix up, look sharp!
For those looking for a successful working from home routine, it’s advised that you get up promptly, dress well and get online in time to ensure a healthy working environment. Apply this mentality to your lockdown date night! Put on an outfit that makes you feel good. You might have slacked on the hair washing lately, but it’s time to put the effort in.
What can I get you to drink?
Remember bars? Well forget about them, this is lockdown! It’s time to bring the bar to you. If you fancy a scaled-down bar experience, why not try a MicroBarBox. Subscribe to receive regular boxes of craft spirits and fancy mixers, or choose a one-off box of cocktails, gin, vodka, rum, prosecco or spirits. Or if it’s pulled pints you’re missing, then how about a case of craft beers from Flavourly. Snap up 20 craft beers and perks for £29.95 or check out other beer, wine and spirit discounts to inspire your date night tipple.
Laithwaite’s at-home wine tasting concept brings an in-depth education into wine origins and tasting notes to you at home with 20% off a case of six wines (choose red, white or mixed) and comes complete with tasting glasses, a corkscrew, scorecards, an online wine-tasting tutorial video and downloadable tasting notes – all packed into a gift box.
Wine Events Scotland offer a series of virtual tastings, complete with wine, and with tickets available from £48. Or why not try The Wine List tasting subscription service and enjoy 30% off your first delivery with code THELIST.
If Valentine’s Day warrants something fancier than a pint, then making cocktails or mocktails can be a rewarding process with a tasty finish. Not on the High Street features numerous easy-to-follow, and not to mention delicious-looking cocktail kits, and The Whisky Exchange provide a great hub for cocktail recipes, featuring some of the best loved gins, vodkas, tequilas and more.
Virtual drink tasting sessions
Combine the joy of mixing drinks together with a guided tasting session, as wine, gin and cocktail tasting sessions remain readily available online throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. How do they work you ask? Typically you’ll be sent a tasting pack to your home address with the alcohol in question and a number of resources ahead of time. You’ll then join a live online tasting session where you’ll meet and learn about your tipple from the experts.
Eden Mill hosts regular virtual gin tastings priced at £50, with cocktail masterclasses also available. Friday Night Gin Club are taking it one step further and inviting you to join them for a live gin and beer party on Friday 12 February. The FNGC party will take you and your partner through a fun tasting experience featuring four craft gins or beers. The event will be led by a panel of gin and beer experts and features a quiz with prizes up for grabs. The event runs from 7-8.30pm on both YouTube and Facebook. Tickets are priced at £14.99 and include four craft gins or beers.
Table for two, please
What’s better than a meal out for two? Well, perhaps eating something new that has been lovingly cooked by or with your date. Escape the routine of cooking the same old thing and push the boat out for date night. You can support local businesses in your area by ordering a takeaway, or order in a recipe box and cook something adventurous yet easy.
For a variety of dishes, try a delivery from Gousto, who are offering 30% off your first month of deliveries (that’s multiple dinner dates!) and as our review states, their ‘seamless service has changed our eating habits and cooking routine for the better’ (read the full review). Alternatively delve into one of the best recipe box subscription services to try during lockdown.
Japan Centre can inspire and help you create a Japanese feast this Valentine’s Day. For a foolproof, delicious dinner try a DIY shoryu ramen kit, featuring everything you need to make ramen at home. They also stock pourable Japanese cocktails like cedroni, yuzu jasmine tea, dirty lychee and more. Pair this with a lockdown date night Japanese tableware set from Mij you’re all set for an authentic experience at home.
Take a virtual tour
Nobody is travelling anytime soon, but you can easily explore the treasures of the world and take virtual tours of museums and galleries like the Louvre in Paris or London’s Natural History Museum, or tour the ultimate romantic site, the Taj Mahal, with the help of Google.
Bake a sumptuous dessert for after dinner
Try your hand at baking together this Valentine’s Day with the help of a baking kit curated by Britain Loves Baking’s award-winning Michelin Star chef. They have a luxurious selection of baking kits available to help you make some magic together this February. Each limited edition box is packed with everything you need — from rich ingredients and easy to follow instructions — to make a delectable array of desserts. Choose from ruby chocolate and strawberry truffles with homemade hot chocolate (pictured below), Bailey’s red velvet chocolate iufudge, ruby, white and dark chocolate brownies, and many more with gluten-free and boozy options available.
Attend a virtual show
Virtual gigs are popping up left, right and centre. The chances of one of your favourite artists putting on a live show are fairly high right now. Keep up to date with virtual gigs on The List, GigsGuide and Ticketmaster’s streaming calendar.
Bring the theatre to you and watch the world’s most famous love story Romeo & Juliet this Valentine’s. A brand-new filmed theatre production of William Shakespeare’s famous play is available to stream from Sat 13 Feb and tickets are on sale now. Olivier Award-winning actors Sam Tutty, Emily Redpath and Derek Jacobi star in the streamable theatre production of the romantic tale ‘as you’ve never seen it before’.
If the star-crossed lovers aren’t your thing, check out a recorded show from another of the UK’s renowned theatre organisations like National Theatre at Home, the Barbican’s programming or The National Theatre of Scotland’s latest releases.
Marquee TV is also a fantastic platform showcasing dance, opera & theatre on demand (try 7-days free). There are many productions becoming available online, so keep and eye on the UK’s virtual event listings.
Take an online class
There’s plenty of time to try something new in lockdown land, so why not do it together this Valentine’s Day? There’s a wide variety of workshops and classes now available online. Together you can enjoy an online painting party, an online life drawing class hosted by All The Young Nudes, or take Delia’s free online cooking course. There are also plenty of online fitness courses and YouTube videos including yoga for couples and HIIT partner workouts, among others.
Play a board game perfect for two
Date night = game night. Sure you could play Scrabble, a strategy game or whatever else is lying around. You could also try a new and exciting game for two from Lovehoney’s collection of ‘sexy fun games‘ like the Screw U card game or Monogamy, which allows you to have ‘a hot affair… with your partner’ on Valentine’s.
Other top-rated games for couples include Fog of Love, which claims that ‘you’ll feel like you’re in a romantic comedy’, or Quick and Dirty which – you guessed it – is a fast-paced and hilariously rude game.
image: Fog of Love by Hush Hush Games ©
Spa night for two
Swap your favourite WFH comfies for Egyptian cotton dressing gowns, grab the cocktails you made earlier and get ready to have a spa break in your flat. Relaxing and refreshing your mind, body and soul together is an excellent way to stay sane during the lockdown and – for the most part – a simple night activity to partake in.
An organic spa kit is a pretty good start and contains all the essentials you’ll need. Or, if you’re looking to work your way from top to toe, why not start with a radiance enhancing facial peel, or learn to give each other facials through YouTube tutorials? Face masks are a rite of passage for any successful pampering night. There are plenty of hilarious character sheet masks for Star Wars and Disney fans, but for a more effective treatment, why not dive into the Korean beauty product trend, with masks like Seoulista’s Beauty Gold Glow Instant Facial or Blithe Blue Zone’s Marine Cucumber Intensive Mask. Care for each other’s cuticles with a beech wood nail brush, and finish it off with some deeply nourishing body butter.
If you’re shopping for health and beauty products, save 20% off your first Lookfantastic order with the discount code LFBEAUTY until 17 Jan.
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Let’s face it, your date is staying the night whether you like it or not, and by this point in the pandemic you’ve exhausted all the streaming services. Sure you could Netflix and chill… or, you could skip straight to the ‘chill’. Date night deserves something a little different and that’s where the UK’s most popular online adult store could help with that. Lovehoney has an extensive range of adult toys, lingerie and more waiting to be shipped discreetly to you. Enjoy 10% off your first order and finish your lockdown date on a high. Not sure where to begin? Browse over 264,000 reviews on the company’s products — customers are very vocal about what’s hot and what’s not.