Five venues to satisfy every Valentine's Day cliché

We'll spare you the 'Top five most romantic venues' spiel - instead, check out these spaces inspired by the things we love to hate about Valentine's Day.

Searcys at One New Change can accommodate up to 120 guests
Searcys at One New Change can accommodate up to 120 guests

Champagne - Searcys Champagne Bars

Searcys’ Champagne Bars on Cheapside, Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City offer one of largest champagne cocktails lists in the capital. The first location can host up to 120, while the Westfield venues can accommodate 80, and all offer exclusive hire from Monday to Sunday.

Where: Various locations

Contact: 020 7871 1213 or

Chocolate - Cadbury World

Bournville’s most famous attraction can accommodate up to 120 people for a sit-down meal or buffet within its restaurant. A quick tour through Cadbury World is offered as part of the package and menus can be tailored to specific requirements.

Where: Cadbury World, Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham, B30 2LU

Contact: 0121 451 4376 or


Flowers - Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew

Kew Gardens in south west London has a multitude of event spaces to choose from, from the romantic Orangery to the quirky Royal Kitchens within Kew House. But for a truly floral experience, the Princess of Wales Conservatory is currently showcasing the vibrant orchids of Brazil, and can be illuminated after dark to create an extra special backdrop for events.

Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Surrey TW9 3AE

Contact: 020 8332 5641 or

Romantic prose - The Poetry Café

The Poetry Society’s literary haunt, The Poetry Café, can host up 44 guests - with its basement also available for commercial hire.The Soho venue is a popular one for press and publishers and offers discounted rates for members.

Where: Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX

Contact: 020 7420 9888 or

Cuddly toys - Hamleys

Yes, you really can hire out Hamleys for events! Kids birthday parties (including the Dream Sleepover package) are the most popular, however the retailer is open to hosting corporate events too.

Where: 188-196 Regent St, London W1B 5BT

Contact: 020 7479 7337 or 

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