Thursday, 19 January 2012

How To Win A Valentine’s Escape To The Heart of London

By Kenny Duggal

For some, Valentine's Day is that special day to celebrate with your other half, show them how much they mean to you, how you care, and make a big statement about your love for one another. For me, it's something to fear and it's only rivalled by my intense arachnophobia. At least spiders are small and easy to squash; Valentine's Day hangs around throughout the whole of January, pressuring to find the perfect gift, and create the most magical of moments for the other half.

As my friends whisk their partners off on lavish holidays or shower them with expensive jewellery, I’ve find myself sweating off several pounds a day trying to come up with some amazing and original idea that won't break the bank and impress her enough to keep my relationship status on Facebook intact.

But I'm not the most organised guy in the world, so I often end up with nothing at the last minute before I cut up empty Frosties boxes into hearts, colour them in with felt tip pens and put my own quick spin on the whole "Roses Are Red" rhyme written with Tip-Ex (I was a really big fan of Art Attack when I was younger).

Finding a Valentine's Day gift that impresses more than taking a quick shopping trip to Clinton Cards can be difficult, but Fluid London has gone to the trouble to make this Valentine's Day a big win for you, your loved one AND your wallet with possibly our most romantic competition prize to date.

We've teamed up with the fine folk over at and one of the latest restaurant-bars to win our hearts, Powder Keg Diplomacy to create the best possible Valentine's Day experience for you and your loved one. And best of all, you can save all those cereal boxes for makeshift cards for your other half's birthday. We're really beating that recession now, people.

If Lady Luck is on your side, you'll win a two-night stay, complete with full English breakfasts, on a date of your choosing at the luxury B&B The Staunton Hotel in Bloomsbury, a beautiful Grade II Georgian Town House boasting seventeen marble finished en suite guest rooms. The best bit? The Staunton is right in the heart of London's West End, so you're only a few minutes from Oxford Street, Soho Square, Covent Garden and Theatreland, so there's plenty of exploration and getting intimate with some of the bars and restaurants you've been reading about on Fluid London.

And to make things extra special, we'll be sending you on your way to be pampered at Powder Keg Diplomacy, the new restaurant and bar from the same team who brought you The Blind Tiger, Lost Society, and Citizen Smith, which, needless to say, have impressed us a fair bit before!

Your first stop at Powder Keg Diplomacy, will be The Rifle Club Bar influenced by the Victorian imagination, innovation and era where you'll enjoy sipping on some tasty cocktails. Make sure to ask for the Baron whilst you're at the bar and he'll lead you through the Observatory Dining Room and pass you along to the Lady A. There, you'll be spoilt and get to wine and dine your special friend with a bottle from the Colonial Wine list and feast on three courses from menu inspired by centuries of great British recipes with seasonal ingredients sourced solely from the land and sea of the UK.

How To Enter This Valentine’s Competition All you need to do is visit our Facebook page and follow the simple instructions.

If you're holding back from entering because you're single and haven't found that special someone to take along on this great London getaway, don't let that hold you back; enter anyway and if you win I'm free whenever you need me; I enjoy long walks in the park, I’m extremely low maintenance, and my favourite colour is orange.

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