Love Valentine's Day but rocking it as a singleton this year? No problem: here's everything you need to make it the best one yet...
We know that being single on Valentine’s Day isn’t always a lot of fun – we’ve all been there at one stage or another – but if you class yourself a hopeless romantic then at least you can still revel in the schmaltziness of it all. And luckily, there’s plenty you can do to honour the day, set yourself up for your next big romance, or just enjoy the day by yourself, and there’s no shortage of 4G Entertainment to help you do it*.
Feeling hopeful about your next big fling? Here’s how to do Valentine’s Day justice flying solo…
1. What to stream:
Romantic endeavours on the small screen
Master of None (Netflix)
Aziz Ansari’s thoughtful, sensitive comedy drama series Master of None will hook any hopeless romantic out there. While the first few episodes deal with issues of race, friendship and the world writ large, the very modern romantic subplot that enters the fray will tug at the heartstrings and leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy.
Girls (NOW TV)
For a slightly more downbeat, but still endearing, story of the search for love and happiness in the 21st century, why not give Lena Dunham’s multi-award winning drama Girls a whirl. It centres on the lives of four young women living in New York, and it’s co-produced by Judd Apatow, lending the whole series a movie-like level of quality.
Are You The One? (NOW TV)
Do you believe in ‘the one’? MTV clearly does, as its reality TV show aims to find the perfect soulmates for 10 women from 10 scientifically matched men. But, as always, there’s a twist… You can catch it on NOW TV Entertainment now.
2. What to listen to:
Music to find your perfect match to…
Spotify Love Notes
Want to send that special someone a playlist and a love letter at the same time? Spotify’s Valentine’s Day Love Notes feature will let you do just that by sending them a set of steamy tunes, the first letters of which spell out your message. Here’s ours.
Falling in Love (Spotify)
Who knows when you’ll next meet someone? It could be today! Think of this as the soundtrack to your next big fling – the songs you’ll think of when you think of him or her. That is, if your tastes are pop-centric. If not, see below:
An Indie Love Affair (Spotify)
Looking for a more offbeat soundtrack to your upcoming entanglement? Look no further than Spotify’s own Indie Love Affair playlist. Simply stick it on, throw on your headphones and walk around town imagining you’re the star of the next big indie rom-com.
What Happens When You Try To Date Offline
Singles looking to mingle will no doubt have dabbled in online dating, but with dating apps becoming such a big part of the puzzle, is it even possible to meet people in the real world anymore? In this short, one-off podcast Lisa Bonos tried doing just that… So you don’t have to.
3. What to download:
Apps to spice up your day
Why not spend V-Day learning a brand new skill? Cooking Basics for iOS is much more than just a recipe app; it uses videos interactive lessons to drill down into each dish’s core, in order to teach you the real fundamentals of cooking, while you cook.
Blinq | Android, iOS
Ready to meet someone new? Blinq’s a dating app that does all the usual matchmaking you’d expect, but with one additional USP. Using a special algorithm, it’ll pour over your selfies and rank them for attractiveness. That may sound harsh, but the idea is to help you choose your best pics, therefore upping your chances.
Amazon Prime Now | Android, iOS
Scored a date? Things going well? If you have an Amazon Prime account and you live in London, Birmingham, Manchester or Newcastle, you can prove just how much of an old-fashioned guy or gal you are by ordering flowers, chocs or even champagne to be delivered to you within an hour via the Amazon Prime Now app. And they say chivalry is dead!
*Entertainment: Available on 12- and 24-month Red Value Bundles (excludes Red Value 2GB Bundle). Compatible device required. Sky Sports 1&2 only and Sky Sports News HQ only. Content may vary. NOW TV Entertainment Pass: available for Red Value Bundle customers. Access to the NOW TV Entertainment service will automatically renew at £6.99 per month after the initial 6/12/24 months unless cancelled. Retail price paid includes the cost of the Red Value Bundle and the NOW TV Entertainment Pass. Offer not available in conjunction with other NOW TV Entertainment Pass offers. NOW TV Account set up with debit/credit card required. 18+. UK only. Content streamed via BB/4G. Full terms at vodafone.co.uk/entertainment-packs.
4G: Limited coverage, see www.vodafone.co.uk/coverage
By Adam Bunker