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Top five romantic things to do in London

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Top five romantic things to do in London

London is full of romantic experiences that puts the capital on the top of the list for all love birds. If you're planning a romantic trip to London for Valentine's Day, we've come up with the top five most romantic things to do in London so you can enjoy your mini-break to the capital that little bit more!

Romantic stroll across Tower Bridge

Enjoy one of London’s most historic and iconic landmarks and immerse yourself in the romantic setting with one of the world's most stunning backdrops. Situated just a stone throws away from the Apex City of London Hotel, Tower Bridge is the perfect backdrop for all love birds.

Website: towerbridge.org.uk

Love is in the air

The London Eye is taking love to new heights this Valentine's and is must see for all romantics. Create special memories and experience a 'Cupid Capsule' which offers couples an exclusive private window to the capital, giving you and your date a touch of luxury that really is one of a kind.

Website: londoneye.com

Get up close and personal at St Pauls

Located close to both the Apex Temple Court Hotel and Apex London Wall, St Paul's Cathedral is the ideal venue for a date with a difference. Gaze into each other eye's under the striking dome and take in the wonderful monochromatic mural. Head up to the Whispering Gallery and whisper sweet nothings to each other which can be heard on the opposite side of the mezzanine level.

Website: stpauls.co.uk

Catch a show

Dazzle your date with the glitz and glamour of London's West End and enjoy an all-signing, all-dancing extravagant show. Make a night of it and catch a pre-theatre meal and drink in one of the many bars close to the theatre. Apex Hotels now offer guests exclusive discounts to the hottest events, shows and musicals around, making your Valentine's Day that extra bit special.

Website: Theatre Offers

The view from The Shard

The Shard has become one of London’s most iconic landmarks and what better way to share a romantic kiss than overlooking the city. Almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in the city, The Shard will provide views of the city and beyond, revealing the past, present and future of London.

Website: theviewfromtheshard.com

London February 2014

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What’s On in London in February 2014?

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 Valentine's Day London

Valentine's Day (14 February 2014)

What better place to celebrate Valentine's Day than London - the real city for love! With so much going on in the city, it really is the perfect place for all love birds. Sweep your loved one off their feet and enjoy spectacular views of the city with a Valentine's Cupid's Capsule on the London Eye. if you're looking for a meal with a difference then check out the Medieval Banquet - just a stone throw from Apex City of London Hotel, and experience the Valentine's Day Cinderella Ball which includes a four-course meal, unlimited ale, wine and a disco.

Take a romantic stroll this Valentine's weekend and take pleasure in the outdoor spaces London has to offer. Hyde Park is the ultimate spot to rendezvous with the park's 4,000 trees, a meadow, a lake, rose gardens, it's easy to forget you are in central London.

Make Valentine's Day unforgettable with our fantastic Valentine's Day hotel package. This offer includes a romantic Valentine's Day dinner with a complimentary glass of Champagne. You'll also find roses and chocolates waiting for you in your room on arrival.

Location: Various locations around London.

Chinese New Year (31 January - 2 February 2014)

London's Chinese New Year in is one of the largest celebrations outside of Asia with over 300,000 people taking part where Dragon dancing, music and performances will take centre stage. The Chinese New Year (Year of the Horse) falls on the 31 January with the main festivities taking place on Sunday 2nd in central London, Chinatown, Trafalgar Square and Shaftesbury Avenue.

Location: Various locations around London.

London Fashion Weekend (20 - 23 February 2014)

Calling all savvy, glamour loving, fashionistas! The world of fashion will invade the cite again, and luckily for our Apex guests London Fashion Week is hosted on the doorstep of the Apex Temple Court Hotel. This February, Somerset House will host the ultimate fashion and designer experience, bursting with pop-up shops, catwalk shows and much more - keep your eye out for all those celeb spots too.

Location: Somerset House, London, WC2R 1LA.

Website: londonfashionweekend.co.uk

A Midsummer Night's Dream (6-15 February 2014)

The world renowned Handspring Puppet Company from Cape Town and Bristol Old Vic's Artistic Director Tom Morris, unite once more, brining Shakespeare's magical 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to the Barbican Centre. The Financial Times describes this unique performance of actors and puppets as, "funny, filthy and consistently watchable". Located within a 5 minute walk of Apex London Wall this show is a must see.

Location: Location: Barbican Centre, London, EC2Y 8DS.

Website: barbican.org.uk

Richard Deacon Multimedia Show (5th February - 17th April 2014)

Located within a five minute walk from Apex Temple Court, this Tate Britain exhibition explores the works from Welsh artist Richard Deacon. The self proclaimed 'fabricator' uses all manner of materials to construct the stunning and dynamic shapes. Steel, wood, rubber, leather, chrome and foam are often twisted and bended into open structures that will leave you astonished with the volumes created.

Location: Tate Britain, London SW1P 4RG.

Website: tate.org.uk

The Telegraph Outdoor Show (13-16 February 2014)

Do you love the outdoors and are looking for new challenges? The Telegraph Outdoor Show held at the ExCel features lots of interactive workshops and stalls dedicated to outdoor hobbies including climbing, walking, biking, adventure travel, eco travel and much more. The show covers everything you need for the outdoors so whether you're looking for outdoor gear, or want to meet famous explorers the Telegraph Outdoor Show is for you.

Location: ExCel, London, E16 1XL.

Website: telegraphoutdoorsshow.co.uk

The Brit Awards (19 February 2014)

The biggest UK music event is back and will be presented by James Corden for the final time. The Brit Awards 2014 will acknowledge the year's most successful artists and luckily for our guests is hosted at the O2, which is within easy reach from both Apex City of London and Apex London Wall Hotel. With live performances from the Arctic Monkeys and Katy Perry already confirmed, this is one awards ceremony we all want to go to.

Location: The O2 Arena, London SE10 0BB.

Website: theo2.co.uk

Blaze (18 February - 8th March 2014)

Blaze is a stunning production where the world's best dancers astound audience members with a performance that is full of high impact, complex skills and raw energy. The expanded cast of 16 members will pop, lock and break dance to a range of music included hits from Lady Gaga, Snopp Dogg and Michael Jackson. This is the perfect show for the whole family to enjoy and dance along with.

Location: Peacock Theatre, London, WC2A 2HT.

Website: london-theatreland.co.uk

Bailey's Stardust (6 February - 1 June 2014)

Opening early February, the National Portrait Gallery hosts a key exhibition of images that are handpicked by the iconic British photographer Davis Bailey. The Bailey's Stardust exhibition will reveal unseen images which include a recent portrait of Kate Moss. The exhibition will display the legend's work with segmented rooms devoted to travel, pop iconography, celebrity and much more.

Location: National Portrait Gallery, London, WC2H 0HE.

Website: npg.org.uk

Dundee February 2014

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What’s On in Dundee in February 2014?

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 Fawlty Towers The Dinner Show

Fawlty Towers – The Dinner Show (26-28 February)

Many people would dread the thought of a dining experience where everything that could go wrong, does go wrong, but not for those who are fans of the beloved British sitcom, Fawlty Towers. Become part of the show as you dine in Bonar Hall and experience first-hand the Fawlty’s infamous hospitality and comical mishaps. Be prepared for a night of manic mayhem and an unforgettable performance...just don’t mention the war!

Location: Bonar Hall, Dundee, DD1 3HN.

Website: laughlines.net

Andy Torbet: Operation Iceberg (4 February)

Delve into the depths of the frozen Arctic’s glaciers, sub-zero temperatures and hear about the fascinating lifecycle of a multimillion ton iceberg, all from the comfort of Tower Building in Dundee, as Andy Tarbet relives his Arctic adventures.

Location: Tower Building, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HN.

Website: list.co.uk

An Evening of Dirty Dancing (6-8 February)

Have the time of your life with ‘An Evening of Dirty Dancing’ at Dundee Rep Theatre. Enjoy timeless classics from one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time combined with striking choreography. This theatrical treat is truly a spectacular tribute!

Location: Location: The Dundee Rep, Dundee, DD1 1PB.

Website: dundeerep.co.uk

Jongleurs Comedy Club on The Road (14 February)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a difference with an evening of comedy at Jongleurs Comedy Club at Bonar Hall, Dundee. For one night only a trio of the best of British stand-ups will tickle your funny bone as they take to the stage for an evening of comedy.

Location: Bonar Hall, Dundee, DD1 3HN.

Website: dundeerep.co.uk

Anton Du Beke & Raymond Gubbay Big Band (14 February)

If an evening of dazzling outfits, outstanding dancing and timeless music sounds like your perfect Valentine’s Day, then we have the perfect evening for you & you don’t need to bring your dancing shoes. Performing in Dundee for one night only, Anton Du Beke and special guests will perform an evening full of sensational choreography.

Location: The Caird Hall, Dundee, DD1 3BB.

Website: cairdhall.co.uk

Edinburgh February 2014

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What’s On in Edinburgh in February 2014?

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Bruce Munro Field of Light | Photograph: Cheeckwood Field of Light (US) 2013 by Mark Pickthall

Bruce Munro: Field of Light (3 Feb - 26 April 2014)

For those staying at our Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, don’t miss the opportunity to witness the unique light installation piece, Field of Light, by Bruce Munro. Located a short walk from our Waterloo Place property, St Andrew’s Square will be lit up by this enchanting art installation every night until the 26 April.

Location: St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.

Website: brucemunro.co.uk

Observers’ Walks (until 29 April)

If you want to get out and explore Edinburgh, take advantage of this innovative and interactive audio guide created by The Collective Gallery. Simply head over to the website, download the audio guide and explore the monuments of Calton Hill. You’ll be led on an exciting and absorbing audio adventure and gain new insight to Edinburgh’s past.

Location: Calton Hill, Edinburgh.

Website: collectivegallery.net

Bolshoi Ballet Live: Lost Illusions (2 February)

Experience the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet - from the comfort of the cosy Cameo Cinema in Edinburgh - as they continue their series of live performances beamed across the world. Lost Illusions is a ballet based on Honoré de Balzac's novel and offers a story punctuated with passion, ambition and disappointment.

Location: Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh, EH3 9LZ.

Website: picturehouses.co.uk

Noël Coward’s Private Lives (14 February – 8 March 2014)

Nestled in Edinburgh’s cultural quarter and a short walk from our Apex International Hotel and Apex City Hotel, The Royal Lyceum Theatre provides Edinburgh with top-quality drama productions. Discover their exciting new production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives in their fascinating, chocolate box auditorium. A perfect treat for Valentine’s Day!

Location: Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX.

Website: lyceum.org.uk

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (25 February – 15 March 2014)

Combine your love of music and theatre by getting along to the King’s Theatre to see this amazing musical about one of Rock and Roll’s original innovators. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story tells the story of a rock music pioneer and features some of the greatest songs ever written.

Location: Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT.

Website: lyceum.org.uk

Top five romantic things to do in Edinburgh

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The top five romantic things to do in Edinburgh

If you’re planning a romantic trip to Edinburgh for Valentine’s Day, we’ve come up with a top five count-down of the most romantic things to in Edinburgh. At Apex Hotels we like to help, and we hope this guide will inspire and inform your romantic Valentine’s break to Scotland’s breathtaking capital city. Carry on reading for ideas of romantic things to do during your mini-break to Edinburgh.

A romantic walk in the Botanic Gardens

Why not whisk your Valentine off for a romantic walk around the beautiful surroundings of Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic gardens. This stunning public space includes a wide variety of beautiful plants, tree and herbs that span over 70 acres of impressive parkland. You and your loved one can discover the impressive greenhouses; feed the extremely friendly - and very cute - squirrels that inhabit the park, or simply find a quiet spot in the gardens and take in the picturesque surroundings.

A romantic picnic at Arthur's Seat

For the more adventurous Valentine’s visitors to Edinburgh, make your way over to Holyrood Park and explore the dramatic and rocky landscape around Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat. The imposing and iconic Arthur’s seat may look like a challenging walk from the bottom, but a well constructed – and well used path - will make your walk to the top a breeze. Why not make your trip to the top extra special and pack a special Valentine’s Day picnic at the summit – if it’s not too windy!

A romantic stargazing evening

What could be more romantic than gazing at the night sky with your loved one? Take a visit to the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh to enjoy one of the special Winter Astronomy Evenings. You and your loved one will get the chance to view the constellations from a new perspective with the observatory’s powerful telescopes. These events are popular and booking is essential.

Website: roe.ac.uk

A romantic evening view of the Forth Bridges

Located a short distance from Edinburgh City Centre, the picturesque village of South Queensferry will afford you impressive views of the Forth Road and Rail bridges. These iconic landmarks are the perfect talking point and offer a breathtaking backdrop to enjoy a romantic evening in one of the village’s bars and restaurants.

Enjoy a quiet evening together

If you and your Valentine want to find a quiet place to hide away and enjoy a romantic drink together, you’ll be spoiled for choice as Edinburgh has a range of fantastic bars and restaurants to choose from. Real ale drinkers are well served in the capital city with many cosy establishments to choose from such as Cloisters or the Blue Blazer, which are a short walk from our Apex City and International Hotels. If high-class and cocktails are more your thing then get down to George Street where numerous establishments exist to ensure the most romantic of evenings.