5 for Friday: Best Experiences for Valentine's Day - Riley Studio

5 for Friday: Best Experiences for Valentine's Day

by Riley Studio |

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we wanted to help you out with some sustainable ideas. We also wanted to remind you that, despite the pressure from all the marketing that is around - you really don’t need to buy your loved one a gift. Instead we’ve come up with some experiences you can share, allowing you both time to switch off and enjoy each other's company. 


1. Enjoy a Home Cooked Meal 

Get creative and try something new. We love recipes from Rachel Ama, Max La Manna, Deliciously Ella and Melissa Hemsley.


2. Escape to the Country for a Digital Detox

Book a weekend away and turn your phones off for a well needed digital detox. We love the look of Treetops Treehouse in Devon, Swallowtail Hill Farm or for a dose of luxury head to Daylesford in the cotswolds.

3. Try a Sustainable Restaurant

There are lots of restaurants who have sustainability at the core of their ethos. Why not try somewhere new, having peace at mind that the produce was mindfully sourced and cooked. Our fellow Sustainable Lifestyle Awards winners Pensons, focus on seasonal organic food, grown in their estate. Recently awarded a Michelin Star, it certainly won’t disappoint. We wrote a round-up of the best sustainable restaurants in London here.

4. A Night at the Movies 

Head down to support your local cinema and enjoy a movie together. Did you know that 1917 is the first large scale UK film to gain albert certification, which means that they controlled and measured their environmental impact throughout the whole of the production, making sure everything was done as sustainably as possible.

5. Gift an Experience

Try a couples facial by the award-winning By Sarah London. A firm favourite for the Riley Studio team, they are on a mission to pioneer greater transparency and sustainability in skincare, clearly stating a full list of ingredients on the front label. 

Looking for a more cultural experience? A visit to Eco-Visionaries, a multi-media exhibition confronting our climate emergency, at the Royal Academy will not disappoint. Through film, installation, architectural models and photography, the works in this exhibition interrogate how architecture, art and design are reacting to a rapidly changing world, beyond mainstream notions of sustainability.