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In Love With Lust

This year, leave romance at the door

Written by . Published on February 8th 2012.


In Love With Lust

LOVE may be a wonderful thing, but where has the excitement gone? This Valentine's Day let’s forget romance and explore the thrills of lust and magnetism to get those heart-fluttering kicks. 

As more and more parties are picking up on the appeal of fun and flirting on Valentine's Day as apposed to a cosy night in, the trend to go wild has definitely caught on for V Day 2012. This weekend, a host of twisted and debauched events are being held to draw the inner desires out of even the most timid. So let loose and allow for a little sin.

 

Torture Garden Valentines Love Boat & After Party
HMS President, Victoria Embankment, near Blackfriars Bridge
 EC4Y OHJ (10pm – 4am), £30

The massive fetish event returns for Valentine's weekend with another gargantuan gropetastic affair. It'll be hugely popular with show-offs, goths, industrial punks, burlesque beauties and circus freaks as usual, especially as they go for three areas of titillating fun including dancefloors, aerial performances, cabaret, erotic installations, pole dancing, body art, medical equipment and, of course, their infamous couples' playrooms. Dress in your latex, fantasy, drag, burlesque, medical, uniform…finest and prepare to explore. But the party doesn't end there...

Torture GardenTorture Garden 

Flying Dutchman, 156 Wells Way, SE5 7SY (4am – 12pm), £15

The event moves on to this new kinky venue in Camberwell. Expect a pared-down version of the usual TG antics with a dancefloor, cocktail bar, 'Cupid's Dungeon', Valentine's couples room, wet room, medical room and changing rooms and, as always, an enforced fetish dresscode.


Mass Pleasures
A secret London location (10pm – 3am), £120

This secret mansion party can be hit or miss, but it's still one of the only sordid soirées around. Think Eyes Wide Shut with free drinks, a 'sexy' crowd and house music on the decks. Tonight is a 'Black Tie Valentine's Lock & Key To Passion' special, including a lock and key mixer game, 'hot' couples and singles and plenty of naughtiness.


Belle Epoque BallBelle Epoque Ball

Belle Epoque Ball for Lovers and Haters
Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane
, EC2A 3PQ. (8pm-2am), £20

Dance with the green fairy at this popular absinthe-doused soirée as these Shoreditch arches are once more transformed into a Montmartre music hall for a devilish masked ball filled with Baudelaire-and-Wilde-inspired antics. Expect cabaret, circus and burlesque acts and DJs, who make like a debauched, nineteenth century Parisian salon. Dress code: Devilishly dashing or femme fatale – think twirling moustaches, showgirls and crisp coat tails.


Grind a Go Go Valentine's Special
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 42 – 46 Pollard Row
, E2 6NB (9pm –2am), £9

Rewind to the 1960s, baby, at this Valentine's-themed burlesque dance party. There are go-go dancers, podiums to pony on, live music and burlesque treats from good girls gone bad (tonight: Trixie Malicious and Fancy Chance), who will be winding and grinding all night on the mirrored revolving stage. Dress code: Authentic '60s (think buxotics, bouffants, suits and boots).


Drop in and flirt Valentine's Soiree
Bar Kick, 127 Shoreditch High St
, E1 6JE (7pm – 10pm), Free

A mini and freebie version of popular dating night here, A Game of 2 Halves, which marries Edwardian entertainment, silly conversation topics, table football and speed dating. You can literally drop in here tonight, though, and pick up another half on the cheap.


Die Freche Muse Valentine’s Special
George Tavern, 373 Commercial Rd, E1 0LA (9pm – 3am), £15

Promising decadent cabaret and burlesque performers as well as jazz and swing DJs and singers. Your host, the Baron Von Sanderson, invites you to this chic soirée located at a fifteenth century tavern in east London to celebrate the most love-filled of all days. He asks that you observe a strict '20s-'40s dresscode (no jeans/trainers), but otherwise you're free to jump, jive 'n' wail to your heart's content.


The Tassel ClubThe Tassel Club

The Tassel Club Valentine's Burlesque Caberet
Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6SH, £30

Built in 1863, the georgous venue is the perfect place for a old fashioned Victorian Themed Knees Up. Set in the days when this kind of naughtiness was forbidden. They will have lots of talented performers including host Miss Laurie Hagen, Berlesque from Peggy de Lune, Sophia St Villier, some brand new performances from Ruby Deshibles and more. There will also be cocktails and champagne available.


 

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