Valentine's Day: A Female Insight
Valentine's Day is a time to commemorate romance, love and friendship. We speak to a few female patrons and friends of The Rake about what the occasion personally means to them, and how they like to celebrate.
Daisy Knatchbull, founder, The Deck LondonWhat the occasion means to you? I often try to snub Valentine’s Day as a well-constructed marketing piece, but I am a hopeless romantic sometimes. A bunch of flowers never goes wrong! I think it’s about celebrating your love for someone (romantic or friendship) and also yourself. Outline your preferred ways of celebrating it? I usually try and make time to have a one-on-one dinner with my boyfriend. We try and find somewhere different and fun – an establishment that we wouldn’t usually visit. This year we have actually been treated to a London staycation by Page8 Hotel which I’m looking forward to and is definitely different to my usual Valentine’s! Reference to memorable days of the past? Life gets crazily busy at the best of times and I certainly know I can often forget to spend proper quality time with the people I love, so it’s a good way to remind myself of that.
Eléonor Picciotto, Mrs RakeWhat the occasion means to you? An absurd excuse to get a woman flowers and a box of chocolates to supposedly express your love, driven by heavily imported American marketing. What if she doesn’t love you back, hates chocolate because it gives her pimples and travels too much to keep flowers fresh and hydrated? Then everything is ruined before it even started! Outline your preferred ways of celebrating it? A big dinner at home with friends, with a majority of them single, and a few couples to balance it out. “The Valentine’s date night topic” will always be raised and the debate can be very interesting; it can even lead up to couple creation towards the end. Who knows? Reference to memorable days of the past? A few years back, a bouquet of 23 red roses that were one meter tall arrived to my office with a written card that said: “There isn't anything more beautiful than a rose besides the face of the one who receives it.” It took me 24 hours to figure out who sent it. Post the delivery he said: “You always claimed that Valentine’s was commercial, expected, and lacking of surprise, well - gotcha’ on that one!” We started dating a few weeks later and stayed together for 6 years. Are there any particular ways you’d like to celebrate in the future? I would love a genuine surprise to be an experience. Not necessarily love related even though it somehow will be because he will think about what I would enjoy not what a girl should enjoy. That could be spending a day, an evening, a night in an unusual way… like sleep on top of the mountain or get my weight in raspberries. Just sayin’.