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Head to the Chinese New Year festivities in central London on 14 February Getty

Want to avoid overpriced restaurants packed out with loved-up couples this Valentine's Day? We have selected the best alternative events going on around the UK this Sunday (14 February) – from vibrant Chinese New Year celebrations in central London to escape rooms in Manchester.

Chinese New Year, London

It's all kicking off in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and the West End for Chinese New Year on 14 February. Prepare yourself for grand parades, dance performances, firecrackers, acrobats and pyrotechnics for a dazzling display.

The Botanist, Leeds

Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse for daytime drinking, and there is no better place than The Botanist for extravagant afternoon cocktails. The restaurant will likely be busy, but get there early enough (within reason) and you can find yourself a space at the bar for the day.

Breakout, Manchester

Channel the Crystal Maze this Valentine's – after all, nothing says romance like trying to escape from a room. The original Breakout was so popular that three more rooms opened on High Street at the end of 2015. You can also book at Escape Room.

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Tune in to the England vs Italy Six Nations clash on Valentine's Day Getty

Valentine's Day Ball, Birmingham

The O2 Academy is hosting a drum and bass night on Saturday (13 February) which lasts until 5am on Valentine's Day. DJ sets from various acclaimed artists, including the full Shadow Demon Collection, and not a red rose in sight. You can buy tickets here.

Six Nations

If you're staying at home on Sunday, tune in to the England vs Italy Six Nations clash. Kick-off is at 2pm. Alternatively, Sky has a V-Day triple-header in the Premier League, including City vs Spurs.

The Stand, Glasgow and Edinburgh

Both Stand venues are hosting great comedy shows on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February as the perfect Valentine's distraction. Click here to book tickets. The Glasgow branch, which is hosting a specifically anti-Valentine's night, invites you to "come laugh in a dark basement" instead.

Anti-Valentine's Chocolate Dinner, Newcastle

Blackfriars Restaurant and Banquet Hall is hosting its very first anti-Valentine's Day dinner on Saturday (13 February) for individuals, groups of friends and couples wanting to dodge the usual candlelit dinner-for-two experience. Communal tables, four chocolate-themed courses and fizz can be booked online for £49 a head.