Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s, Palentine’s or Galentine’s this February, Leicester’s independents have everything you need to share the love. Whether you’re looking for a romantic date night, or you want to say it with a gift we have a whole host of shops and date night ideas so you can show how much you care.
Lanes Fine Jewellery
Give the classic romantic gift of jewellery this Valentine’s Day from Lanes Fine Jewellery. Whether it be a necklace, earrings, a bracelet or a ring (engagement or not), the family-owned store specializes in bespoke diamond jewellery. The shop offers a consultation, where with their exceptional customer service, the workers will help you pick out or create a truly unique piece of jewellery.
What says ‘I love you’ better than a bouquet of beautifully arranged flowers? Founded in 2003, Flowerworks offers a wide selection of plants and flowers to help you choose the ideal gift this Valentines. Take a wander down to the store on Loseby Lane and admire the seasonal outdoor flower display, which is Instagram-famous in the city, showcasing the craftsmanship and effort that goes into creating these stunning arrangements.
If you’re sticking with the traditional Valentine’s gifts this year, you simply can’t go wrong with chocolate. Rated number 1 on Tripadvisor as the city’s best shopping experience, Cocoa Amore offers indulgent, handcrafted chocolates using only the finest ingredients from a single origin harvest. They also offer vegan & vegetarian options in eco-friendly packaging, meaning you can enjoy their products guilt free (as we all know chocolate calories don’t count).
A gift shop like no other, Set is guaranteed to help you find a one-of-a-kind gift that your partner will treasure forever. Set’s range of products is remarkable. There are party supplies and joke gifts, as well as real quality gifts from big name brands including DKNY and Diesel. They also offer a full range of greeting cards, meaning you’ll be spoilt for choice no matter your budget.
Located in the The Lanes, Niche is one of Leicester’s hidden gems that sells lovely items that can’t be found anywhere else on the highstreet! From cards to prints, jewellery and home accessories, Niche has a shop filled with one-of-a-kind gifts that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.
PILOT Leicester has been on the cutting edge of fashion since 1984, and with a whole host of high end of brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy and so many more you’re guaranteed to find the perfect gift for your partner.
Date Night Ideas:
East Street Lanes
Looking for a fun, unconventional date to get you moving (and maybe bring out your competitive side)? East Street Lanes is doing a Valentine’s Day package that’s perfect for couples! Enjoy one game of bowling, a glass of prosecco AND food all for £40, so you can bowl your partner over this February.
Manhattan34 are doing Valentine’s day with a twist, instead of a three-course meal you can enjoy a 3 course drink date! Each table of two will receive two cocktails and a boozy knickerbocker glory finish. It’s the perfect date idea for a romantic evening, or if you’re celebrating Galentine’s, it’s the perfect date night destination for you and your friends.
If it is cocktails you’re after, The Gadabout is the place you want to be. The bar offers a unique menu of expertly crafted cocktails made from quality ingredients, proved by them winning best cocktail in 2019. Tucked away in a 400-year-old building, this is the perfect venue to relax, sit back and enjoy each other’s company (and cocktails) this Valentine’s Day.
The Bottle Garden
Another great spot to grab a drink to wind down your date is The Bottle Garden. Tucked away in St Martins Square, this bar is perfect for lovers of good drinks, good décor and a good time. The best way to describe the atmosphere they try to create is the feeling of relaxing in your garden with a great drink, coupled with twinkling fairy lights and flickering candles- how romantic! They offer a varied cocktail menu, which follows the botanical theme, and a small but carefully selected food menu, full of sharing platters, antipasti and light bites.
Black Iron Social
Treat your loved one to a 5 course meal at Black Iron Social on Market Street this Valentine’s Day. With a stylish but relaxed interior, Black Iron is the perfect date night destination for a romantic yet chilled evening with your partner.
1573 Bar & Grill
Enjoy an indulgent 3 course meal at 1573 Bar & Grill for £39.95 per person this Valentine’s, available on 12th, 13th and 14th February it’s the perfect location to enjoy a night of delicious food with your gal pals or partner.
Wygston’s House have an exclusive Valentine’s day menu available on 14th February that is the perfect treat for you and your partner. With a glass of Prosecco on arrival, and an array of mouth-watering food to choose from, Wygston’s House have everything you’ll need for a romantic evening!