Art & Culture — 02 February 2012
The Natural History Museum offers a safe haven for Valentine’s cynics

Valentine’s Day has a tendency to polarise opinion, with the vast majority of businesses in the capital looking to embrace the romantics among us.

A few avoid the intense competition for customers and instead target the singles and cynics market. But nobody, as far as we know, tries to target both – apart from the Natural History Museum that is.

This year on 14 February the museum is holding a Valentine’s Night Safari with a difference, or to be more accurate, two of them – one for each camp. Interestingly, ticket sales would appear to show that we Londoners are a romantic bunch.

The sold out Turn Me On tour will show starry-eyed visitors some of the incredible acts of ‘romance’ and chivalry to be found in nature, and demonstrating the lengths some animals are prepared to go to in order to win their mate (a comparison that could make one or two look bad).

Meanwhile, tickets are still available for the Turn Me Off tour, where singles and the more sceptical will get a fascinating look at some of nature’s more cold blooded, chilling and just plain awful aspects.

At the end of the evening both safaris will come together to take advantage of a bar in the museum’s spectacular Central Hall, where they’ll be able (if they’re so inclined) to practice a few of the techniques they’ve picked up along the way.

Places on the Turn Me Off tour are extremely limited and are selling fast so we recommend booking as early as possible.

Tickets cost £28 (£25 for members) and should be booked online. Doors open at 18.30 ready for a 19.00 start.

Valentine’s Night Safari
14 February

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road

Underground: South Kensington
Cost: £28 (£25 members)

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