Valentine’s Day is a period filled with romance, wooing and love hearts pretty much everywhere we look… if you’re in a relationship this is likely to marry well with your blissful preparations, however for singles the endless stream of fuzziness might leave a little to be desired.

Luckily, it seems that Valentine’s Day could actually be rather convenient for singles… This holiday inspires a wave of exciting events across the city, all designed with singles in mind. We don’t need to sit inside with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s in hand, singing along to the iconic performances of Bridget Jones (slippers and diary in tow) … instead, we should forget the stereotype that surrounds singles on Valentine’s Day and make the most of what this day offers – exciting dates!

Dating expert Charlie Spokes, the founder of unique dating website ‘My Friend Charlie’, appreciates the beauty in Valentine’s Day for all singletons. Charlie organises exciting blind group dates for singles throughout the year, and February 14th certainly doesn’t go amiss! In essence, you sign up for an event as opposed to the person/people you’ll be meeting, meaning that you can enjoy Valentine’s Day without the typical dating woes (we’ve all experienced disappointing texts and the shallow swiping that accompanies new-age apps!).

To help you navigate Valentine’s Day as a hopeful single, Charlie has outlined 5 of her upcoming events. As you discover unmissable dating opportunities, you’ll realise that Valentine’s Day holds endless opportunities for all – love could be just around the corner!

1. Valentines Try Tag rugby tournament.

On February 16th Charlie will be hosting a Valentine’s Try Tag rugby tournament. Whilst you might not immediately consider a relationship between this love-filled holiday and fitness, Charlie’s event is a fantastic way of meeting sporty, like-minded singles while enjoying a fun day of Tag Rugby, not to mention a lively after party!

2. Fine wine business networking event.

On Valentine’s Day, it’s important to remember the fundamental message of love; from partners to family, friends and those we’re yet to meet. No matter your relationship, this day reminds us that socialising and taking the time to get to know other people is always an enriching experience. To offer a mingling opportunity like no other, Charlie has organised a fine wine business networking event on the 7th February with Frederique Pierre-Pierre, a former investment banker who now, under the nom de plume of Freddie P. Peters, writes financial and espionage thrillers. Here, attendees will be able to explore their business and personal interests, discussing intriguing topics whilst enjoying sensational house wines from ‘Seven Springs Vineyard’ and delicious cheeses from ‘Cows and Co’.

An unconventional Valentine’s possibility that’ll ensure you don’t feel lonely when the 14th rolls around, this will refocus your inner tigress just in time! It’s never the wrong time to focus on your own success, for loving yourself should always come first – Valentine’s Day included!

3. An adventure holiday in Ethiopia

It might not be taking place on Valentine’s day itself, but ‘My Friend Charlie’s’ upcoming adventure holiday for singles in Ethiopia is certainly something you could start planning, reigniting your excitement for finding romance! Explore 13th century rock-hewn churches, walk through villages and meet local people as you mingle with like-minded travellers looking for love. If there’s ever a time of year to organise an inspiring journey to new corners of the world, it’s now!

4. Dangerous date night: axe throwing!

To meet ‘the one’, you might just have to step out of your comfort zone… after all, if Valentine’s Day teaches us anything, it’s that we shouldn’t settle for a romance that doesn’t get our adrenaline pumping.

‘My Friend Charlie’ regularly organises dangerous date nights in the form of axe throwing, bringing something alternative to the London dating scene. You can be sure you’ll meet someone equally spontaneous here!

5. The ‘My Friend Charlie’ boot camp.

If you’ve had enough of the inevitable Valentine’s Day soppiness, it might be time to release some energy at an active fitness session (bonus? You could meet an equally fitness-minded partner!). ‘My Friend Charlie’ hosts weekly boot camps in Hyde Park with a dating-twist, to kick your Valentine’s Day off to a great start.

For more information about ‘My Friend Charlie’s’ events, visit www.myfriendcharlie.co.uk

James Preece
Dating Coach and Dating Expert at The Dating Guru
James Preece is the Dating Guru.

He is the UK's leading Dating Coach and Relationship Expert, helping 1000s find love each year.