Like a contagious disease, Valentine’s Day gets increasingly widespread and aggressive every year. Luckily, lots of nice people are putting events on this week and in the forthcoming ones to help you swiftly lift your anti Valentine’s  Day blues. If you’re single, a hater, or both; this is an essential preview of what you can do in London on Thursday 14th February, with a few more alternative events towards the end of the month. Just in case you want to drag the whole ordeal out any longer.

DOWN WITH DATING

14th February, The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square W1G0PP

£4.50 adv ( + booking fee)

Welcome in Valentine’s Day by sticking your finger up at it in the company of like minded people at this unique anti-dating event. Down With Dating was founded by the guys behind Feeling Gloomy, who put on nights devoted entirely to sad, gloomy music. On this particular occasion you speed hate, rather than speed date, to find out how compatible you are with the people you meet. Why bother with pleasantries when you can skip straight to the fun part?

SLAGBOX VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL

14th February, Shacklewell Arms, Shacklewell Arms E8 2EB

If you’re after a quick fix and the chance to forget your single status, you could do worse than head to Slagbox at the Shacklewell Arms. All you have to do is go with a friend of the opposite sex and you get given a number; you then write down the numbers of people you think are fit. If they match up, you’re onto a winner. And who said romance is dead?

SCIENCE MUSEUM LATES: MEND A BROKEN HEART

27th February, Exhibition Road,  SW7 2DD

Free

The science museum gets spiced up with a post-Valentine’s Day late night makeover. The latest instalment of Science Museum Lates is an action packed evening with a pub quiz, speed dating and a silent disco. Intelligent, sophisticated and probably a lot of fun.

LONDON EYE: THE WHEEL OF DATE 

28th February, The London Eye, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB

£49 (includes three months subscriptoin to DoingSometing + after party)

For one night only the London Eye will hook up with www.doingsomething.co.uk for a range of entertainment, spectacular views and the chance to find out if love really is in the air. Guests will be split into each of the Eye’s 32 pods with a different event going on in all of them (put on by Future Cinema, The Book Club and Musical Bingo amongst others). Then its on to the After party at The Old Vic Tunnels.

Words : Tabi Jackson Gee