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Here’s some Valentine’s Day date inspiration

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and in today’s post we’re coming to the rescue of anyone who hasn’t yet figured out how to impress their loved one this year. If a restaurant meal is just a little too predictable for you, here are some alternative date ideas within easy reach of Oxford.


The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Perfect for a cultured afternoon date, the Ashmolean Museum has countless treasures for you and your loved one to peruse. From an ancient Egyptian mummy to priceless European art, there’s enough in the Ashmolean to keep you occupied all day – and it’s free. Follow a gentle stroll around the museum with a romantic afternoon tea or cocktails at the Ashmolean Dining Room on the top floor, where you can look down at the museum or out across the rooftops of Oxford.


A day in the Cotswolds

Oxford is lucky enough to be right on the doorstep of the Cotswolds, famed for its picturesque villages and rolling hills. For a romantic Valentine’s Day, you can’t do much better than a leisurely road trip taking in some of its finest sights. Pack a picnic and head to Broadway to admire the views from the Tower or wander up and down its postcard-worthy High Street. You could pick out your dream cottage and cosy up at the village pub in Snowshill, or head to Bourton-on-the-Water, the perfect place for a romantic afternoon tea in one of its delightful tearooms. If you visit the village of Bibury – declared by William Morris to be the most beautiful in England – be sure to stop by picture-perfect Arlington Row, its world-famous street of pretty old cottages.


Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

If you’d rather enjoy the charm of the Cotswolds a little closer to home, Woodstock is the place to go. The village itself has lots of lovely pubs and a superb deli, but the star attraction is neighbouring Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Stroll around this imposing mansion hand in hand, and if the weather cooperates, get some fresh February air with a walk in the Capability Brown-designed landscaped grounds. If you’re feeling confident in your navigation abilities, it even has one of the world’s longest mazes.


Gin tasting in London

If you’re in need of a little Dutch courage this Valentine’s Day, how about a sophisticated alcohol-themed date? Mr Fogg’s Tavern is a quirky Covent Garden joint themed around – you guessed it – Phileas Fogg and his round-the-world adventures. Upstairs you’ll find the biggest collection of gin in London, and it’s waiting for you and your beloved to discover on an exciting ‘Gin Safari’ during which you’ll try six sumptuous gins and two gin and tonics. It’s close to lots of famous London theatres, so you could see a show afterwards.


Wherever you end up taking your beloved this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to make your date feel extra special by booking a chauffeur to get you there and take you safely home in style. You won’t have to worry about drinking too many gins or cocktails, and our immaculate luxury cars will give your day a decadent finishing touch.