Valentine’s Day Hacks:
Six Tasteful Ways to Impress
Relish in the Valentine’s Day spirit of romantic gestures and explore our charming gift ideas unique to the market.
1. Takeout Fine Dining with Supper London
This might be our best-kept secret for Valentine’s Day – ideal for those time-poor at the office with a desire to excite in the evening. What separates Supper from other food delivery services is that they only work with top restaurants, they use specially designed bikes that ensure your food stays beautifully presented en route and arrives at the right temperature. Contemporary dining from our emerging chefs at the market Kitchens can now be enjoyed with some Netflix and chill. Choose from our diverse range of cuisines including Dumpling Shack, Happy Endings, Sood Family, Yi Fang, Flank, Jiaba, Thousand Knives and Babelle as a companion to a Valentine’s evening at home.
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2. Keep It Classic with Flowers and Desert
Stylish East End florists Rebel Rebel and desert experts Happy Endings have combined market produce for a delightful (and foolproof) Valentine’s combination. Purchase a bunch of Rebel Rebel posies alongside a dessert for two or box of truffles from Happy Endings at prices starting from £25. This exquisite offering is available from either stall from Tuesday 13th February. If you’d rather be exclusive with blooms, Rebel Rebel have designed some playfully titled bunches ‘Ice Ice Baby’ filled with dreamy pastel hues and ‘Crazy In Love’ that combines cool colours with striking deep tones – or simply head to their stall to choose your own stems, all are available for nationwide delivery.
3. Date night at Taberna do Mercado
A contemporary take on Portuguese comfort food from chef Nuno Mendes – this renowned independent restaurant is a discerning choice for date night. The relaxed atmosphere and exceptionally nourishing food avoids cringe-worthy cliches for Valentine’s Day making it an understated yet sleek evening location. Just remember to book ahead, it’s a sought-after spot amongst those in-the-know. Scroll their Instagram feed for a delightful taster to get you in the mood.
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4. Let the Music do the Talking
A personally selected vintage record makes a charming and individual gift. Old Spitalfields Market houses specialist vinyl traders, making it an ideal place to sift through crafted collections of second hand records to set the tone and mood you desire. The Thursday Antiques Market has inspiring record stalls and accompanying vintage turntables. If you are prepared to dig deep for the rare and collectable, our dedicated vinyl market takes place on the first and third Friday of every month.
5. Sweet Scents
We have selected three covetable scents from our market shops: firstly from British perfumer Jo Malone who have an exclusive Valentine’s scent ‘Truly Madly Deeply’. It’s infused with red rose in a dressing table-worthy bottle, they are also hosting an in-store event where you can book in for a glass of something sparkling, indulgent treats and a massage over the weekend of 10th and 11th of February. If you’d rather adorn a bedroom, then independent boutique The Mercantile London is the place to go for luxury candles from hip Swedish brand L:A Bruket – organic ingredients sourced from the Scandinavian coastline are sure to impress. Finally, perfume icons Chanel have a delectable range for both men and women, from Platinum Egoiste for men and Gabrielle Chanel for women – you really can’t go wrong.
6. Unique Market Dining with Tom Brown x Flank
Dodge the Valentine’s crowds and opt to surprise the evening after with our one-off dining experience at Old Spitalfields Market on Friday 15th February. Chef Tom Brown is teaming up with nose-to-tail chef Tom Griffith of Flank serving up a four course menu over a two-hour sitting. Expect high quality no-nonsense cooking from London’s young cooking talents, served at the Kitchen tables inside Old Spitalfields Market.
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