11 Ways to Date Like a Designer

We have a Valentine's gift for you…The perfect guide to show yourself some love! We have put together a series of dates for London-based designers that are guaranteed to fill you with an abundance of inspiration.

A date with ART 🎨

If you have not yet indulged in a trip to Southbank Centre, this is your sign to remedy that. Hayward Gallery just opened When Forms Come Alive, a new exhibition filled with undulating, cascading and promiscuously proliferating sculptures from 21 international artists. Experience the way these sculptures were inspired by movements like the flow of a dancer’s gesture or the breaking of a wave.

A date with NATURE 🌱

Why just buy a bouquet when you can surround yourself with over 6,000 flowers? 

Enter Colombia’s colourful and entrancing landscape at Kew Orchid Festival. The experience is an immersive journey featuring, alongside its flora, original murals and sculptures by Colombian Artists Vanessa Moncayo Gonález and Omar Castañeda.

A date with CARBS 🍝

Learn to make traditional ravioli from scratch, come up with a unique design and reward yourself by devouring your delicious creation with Eataly. Choose from their various workshops, including a special Valentine’s edition, to make your tastebuds happy.

A date with CHOCOLATE 🍫

Nothing screams Valentine’s Day more than chocolate, and nothing expresses lov moree than something handmade. So get melting, tasting and decorating your own chocolate bars with Melt Chocolate in one of, if not the, most romantic London boroughs, Notting Hill.

A date with THEATRE 🎭

If you’re unfamiliar with ‘An Enemy of the People’, perhaps we can convince you to make your way to the theatre simply by mentioning that The Crown actor Matt Smith will be starring in Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama at The Duke of York’s Theatre. At the end of the show, the audience is invited to have an open debate with Matt Smith as Dr Stockmann.

A date with FILM 🎥

Discover emerging filmmakers during the four-day Future Film Festival. You will meet industry experts and have the chance to try out masterclasses, workshops, screenings and networking opportunities, with events programmed across three strands: Storytelling, Business of Film and Career Ladder.

A date with WAX 🎂

We usually put candles on cake, but what about a cake-shaped candle? That’s right, candles can take any shape and form at Potato Art Studio. Macaroon? Done. Flower? That, too. Bring along your fellow creatives for this 2.5-hour workshop to create the most unique candles.

A date with MUD 🍶

With Colombia Road Clay you can try your hand at Pottery Throwing and design your own clay creation from start to finish. Recreate the iconic scene from Ghost during the 2 hours workshop, while learning the basics of throwing on the wheel, including wedging, centring and pulling up the walls to make basic forms, cylinders, bowls, cups or planters.

A date with LIGHTS ✨

What about a sparkling spectacle at Europe’s largest brick building? Battersea Power Station is hosting seven shining light installations designed by international artists for its annual Light Festival, which you can experience for free. It has appeared in Hollywood classics from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life to The Dark Knight and was featured on the cover of Pink Floyd's 'Animals'.


Cosy, fluffy, warm and handmade, head over to Tufting London and put your crafting and design skills to the test by creating your own rug. Mini, standard or large, the world is your oyster!

A date with YOUR TEAM 🎈

Inflatable art and fun that will nourish your inner child…the perfect way to relax and connect with your team. If you have been looking for a unique social outing, the Balloon Museum is for you!


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