This Valentine’s Day treat your date to an escape from the ordinary. No roses and champagne here (well, you could buy those too I suppose), these dates are guaranteed to be a night to remember. From Victorian boats to video games and zombies… East London is the place to be for an out-of-the-ordinary Valentine’s Day…

Drink beer and eat jerky at Stepney City Farm

Head over to Stepney City Farm for a boozy barbecue feast. Tickets include tasty meaty treats (vegan options also available) and 4 free tasters from the absolutely massive beer menu (additional tasters only £1 each) from the beer archives of Boozers Beer. Expect an array of very unusual and rare craft brews and lots (seriously) of them.

As if that wasn’t good enough, all proceeds will go to Stepney City Farm and Help Refugees.

Tickets £25 available HERE

Dive into a giant ball pool

Only East London would have a giant ball pool for adults. In case you were wondering, yes, it is also a bar. For Valentine’s day they’re getting all pink and pretty, with special themed ball pits and a Valentine’s buy one get one free cocktail running all night. So grab your date (or some mates) and have fun! Choose from general admission or VIP tickets which include table service.

Tickets £7.50 – £35 available HERE

Drink cocktails and compete at shuffleboard

I know what you’re thinking: what’s shuffleboard when it’s at home? Shuffleboard hearkens back to a glam era of cruise ships and cocktail dresses. Think classy crazy golf, or bowling without the sweaty shoes. Intrigued? Head over to London Shuffle Club in Stratford and give it a whirl. They have six outdoor lanes and two indoor lanes so you can shuffle whatever the weather. They also serve up tasty cocktails from their retro Airstream bar and you can munch yummy pizza too!

Tickets £20 – £40 available HERE

Enjoy dinner on a (very) old barge

Barge East is a 114 year old Dutch barge moored in the Hackney Cut. Their mission is to be Hackney Wick’s best outdoor eatery. Specialising in local beers and food sourced from local suppliers, you’ll be spoiled for choice with meaty, veggie, and vegan options, small and large meals, as well as Sunday lunch and bottomless brunch. On Valentine’s Day they’re offering a four course feast with a welcome glass of Prosecco and live music, all for only £35 per person.

Valentine’s Day Feast £35/pp book HERE

Escape a zombie

Everyone thinks they have a plan for the zombie apocalypse, right? Well at Trapped in a Room with a Zombie in Stratford you can put your zombie escape skills to the test. The premise is simple: solve clues within an hour to escape a room, or get eaten by a zombie (not actually, obviously). Just like a real zombie disaster you’ll have to work with strangers, so get ready to make some friends (or enemies depending on how your escape goes). If Valentine’s Day cliches aren’t your thing, this might be the answer.

Tickets £30 available HERE

Defeat your date at PacMan

Relive the 80s with retro arcade games and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle themed pizzas at Four Quarters in Stratford. Located canal side at Here East you can shoot alien spaceships and chase little pac-man ghosts before chilling out with a beer and watching the world go by. The bar has all the best beers you’d expect from East London, along with wines and spirits. They get pretty busy, but do accept bookings via their Facebook page.

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