Tiffany Coyne

Things to do in London on Valentine's Day

   Want to spend the day with a special someone, but not quite sure how to spend it? These amazing ideas and events might just solve that problem for you.

  • Enjoy a romantic evening at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, this Valentine’s Day. Not only are you and your sweetheart able to stargaze through an 18-tonne Victorian telescope, there is also a planetarium show about the romantic sights of the sky and a glass of champagne waiting for you both on the Prime Meridian of the world in Greenwich Park (if standing on both sides of the world at the same time isn’t a memorable date, I don’t know what is.) And at only £28 per person, it won’t empty out your pockets for the rest of the year.
  • For something that’s a little more casual but no less fun, a booking at the Planet Hollywood diner could be a great way to spend the night. Not only do they have a special Valentine’s Day offer (only £29.95 for a three-course meal,) the star-formed restaurant also boasts a location right in the heart of Central London, close to many of the city’s landmarks.

  • Not so romantic, or want to do something that’s a little bit different? Try attending the King Charles Cinema in Leicester Place on February 14th. A showing of My Bloody Valentine will cost you £7.50 and your screams.
  • And even if you’re single, there’s no need to despair! Zebrano Soho (in, well, Soho,) is hosting a Single Sinners Night for all those anti-Valentines out there. Free from any romantic obligation or awkward speed dating, they simply offer great drinks and a chance to dance your most sinful dance moves. 

   You’re welcome.

New Year's Resolutions and Why I Think they don't Work

   This year, I’m not going to call my decisions for change ‘New Year’s Resolutions.’ This title has only ever put pressure on me in the past, and this time I’d actually like to follow through on stopping the nail-biting and finally getting that flat tummy for summer.

   Some may feel that the beginning of a brand new year is a chance for change. And while the promise and hope of the old behind us can be a great motivation, you have to wonder: are your resolutions really that important if you have to wait for the 1st of January to come around before acting upon them? Why couldn’t you have started a few days ago, in that weird, timeless period between Christmas day and New Year’s Eve? Why now?
   I understand that people will probably think that my determination to change my old habits stems from New Year’s Resolutions, I do. However, there are legitimate reasons for my waiting, for not starting before 2014 rolled around. First and foremost, money. Actually, that might be the only reason. The biggest change I want to make is that of my diet and fitness regime, which unfortunately requires silly amounts of the dosh to be spent on trainers and sport bras and such. (Okay, so maybe the nail-biting is just because of the New Year. Whatever.)
   I suppose what I’m trying to say is that I don’t want to just change because of some tradition. I want an actual reason for bettering myself, because I believe that’s the only way I’m going to succeed. I can’t speak for everyone, but I know that this much is true for myself.

   Would it be ironic if I wished you all a Happy New Year…?