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Valentine’s Day: we’ll resort to the ancient, wise Marmite saying ‘You either love it or you hate it’. You could say it all boils down to one question: are you single or spoken for?
Luckily, we have Valentine’s Day ideas for everyone this February 14th in London, Paris, Milan and Rome…
Wrap up and tally ho along to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew for a bracing morning stroll. On a cloudy winter’s day, the tropical flower extravaganza will add a touch of the exotic… and you can always warm up in the steamy Palm House! For something indoors and intimate, The Electric in Notting Hill offers one of the most luxurious cinema experiences around. Snuggle up on a sofa and watch the Valentine’s Day screening while you indulge in a brownie and sip your champagne.
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With its Victorian elegance and designer chic, the Grade II listed Palmers Lodge is an impressive place to spend a romantic few nights. Rooms start from €14pppn.
Home to a lengthy list of flagship stores, you can spend an afternoon gallivanting around the boutiques in Milan’s Quadrilatero d’Oro. Here, you will find everything from art shops, to a New York Nobu sushi bar, home furnishings and some incredibly firm-standing bouncers outside the massive Armani Megastore. For a tour of the city and a spot of fine dining all rolled into one (hold on round the bends!) hop on to the Atmosfera, a vintage tram that takes in all the main attractions.
Surrounded by Liberty style architecture in the historical centre of Milan, The Hotel Eurohotel is perfect for a weekend getaway with your loved one. Private rooms from €35pppn come complete with ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, minibar and flat screen LCD
Paris is a city that does romance effortlessly! Nothing says ‘Je t’aime, oh je t’aime’ like a saucy peep inside the lingerie boudoir of Sabbia Rosa on the Rue des Saints Pères. A saunter up to Monmartre’s Wall of Love will express in over 300 languages what you keep blubbering. If all else fails, head to the Place de la Madeleine and resort to chocolates – delectable Fauchon chocolates to be precise.
A three-star hotel near the Montmartre district, Hotel De Rocroy is perfect for a romantic Valentine’s getaway. Private rooms from €34.50 per night come complete with ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, WiFi, hairdryer and buffet breakfast served in an elegant vaulted cellar.
Rome is an ideal city to get lost in. Don’t worry if you forget the guide book; just throw directions to the wind and you’ll stumble upon all range of piazzas, fountains and intriguing passages. At the same time, make sure you take in all the main sights – the crumbling ruins of the eternal city never fails to impress. Get your energy up with a meal at the small and unassuming Dino’s Express in via Tacito. Here, you’ll find mother and sister stewing over a daily menu in the kitchen, while Dino stands at the bar serving wine direct from his uncle’s vineyard. After gelati, coffee, pizza and pasta (cue Lady & the Tramp spaghetti-style smooching), walk it off around Villa Borghese – a route that was favoured by Romanic poet Keats.
Located in the elegant residential area of San Giovanni, the splendid 18th century Villa that is Hostel Lodi offers the ultimate home away from home. Perfect for those who want to escape the city chaos and spend some quality time together. Rooms start from €15pppn.