Written by Zoe Jowell
If you’re coupled up…
If you have the day off or you both work locally, then watch the sun set over the city from the Tulse Hill side of Brockwell Park. It’s our favourite view in Brixton. Then go grab a cocktail at the cosy Sean’s Bar (14e Market Row – pictured above), where a sexy soundtrack, low lighting and some of the best drinks in Brixton are guaranteed.
For something a bit special – and for the organised among you – make sure to book in at The Lido Café (Dulwich Rd) or Salon Brixton (18 Market Row). They will both be doing special Valentine’s Day menus – you can bet on foods like oysters and rhubarb appearing at some point.
If your wallet doesn’t allow you to be quite so generous, then head to some of our cheaper Brixton food faves such as Fish, Wings n Tings(Granville Arcade); Asmara (Coldharbour Lane) or Boqueria (Acre Lane).
For those who can’t bear the thought of sharing the night with lots of other couples in a restaurant or doing anything overly romantic, then see below for options that can be enjoyed by everyone…
If you’re single…
Stay at home. That’s not entirely a joke… One of our top tips for a singles Valentine’s Day in Brixton is to get a bunch of mates together, order in a curry from Khan’s (Brixton Water Lane) or a load of jerk chicken from Negril (Brixton Hill) and have a great time away from all those simpering couples and flowers.
But it is a Friday night, so you could also pop out to the Prince of Wales to party with roots reggae king David Rodigan at the Rootikal night, from 9pm-4am. Tickets are £8-10 if you get them in advance. At Kaff Bar (Atlantic Rd) they’ll be serving cocktails and a range of pints for £3 all night, as they do every Friday.
And on Sunday 16, the guys at Salon Brixton have told us they will be doing an ‘anti-Valentine’s’ lunch – “bring your lover, your best mate, your Nan, your neighbour”, they say. Lovely.