For some of us, we might only just be recovering financially from Christmas, now Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Although many people choose not to celebrate, seeing it as a made-up money-making holiday, many couples and friends like to get in the spirit and make a night of it. So how much will you be forking out for a date this year? Well, that depends entirely on whereabouts in the country you live. Armathwaite Hall have taken a look at the average costs in UK cities to see who will be splurging the most. By pricing up a three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant, two pints of beer, two cinema tickets and a 5km taxi, we can make a rough estimate of what you’d spend on a Valentine’s Day date in each city.

London

Meal for two: £55

Two pints: £10

Two cinema tickets: £24

5km taxi ride: £37

Total cost of date: £126

Obviously, in the capital, you’ll expect to spend a little more on food and drink. The good thing about London is that you can make up the cost with a range of free activities instead of the cinema if you want. There are plenty of parks and museums to keep you entertained that you don’t have to pay a penny for – making up for your expensive meal and drinks!

Birmingham

Meal for two: £48

Two pints: £7.90

Two cinema tickets: £17

5km taxi ride: £10.35

Total cost of date: £83.25

33% cheaper than London

As the UK’s second-biggest city, Birmingham is probably cheaper than you’d think for a meal, the cinema and drinks. However, I’m sure you’d manage to rack up a good tab if you finish the night at some of the fancy cocktail bars you can find on Bennetts Hill.

Bristol

Meal for two: £45

Two pints: £8.50

Two cinema tickets: £19

5km taxi ride: £9.75

Total cost of date: £82.25

34% cheaper than London

Bristol is a moderately priced night out, but if you want to go for any more drinks, you’ll soon find your night adding up. Why not start the night with a romantic walk around the city looking for the famous Banksy original graffiti which peppers the city? It’s a great way to spend an evening and it’s totally free.

Liverpool

Meal for two: £45

Two pints: £6.20

Two cinema tickets: £19.76

5km taxi ride: £10.10

Total cost of date: £81.06

35% cheaper than London

For a major city, Liverpool has relatively cheap food and drink prices. You can find loads of great drinks deals around the student bars and there’s always promoters offering free or discounted entry to the clubs on Concert Square if you want to continue the night into the early morning!

Nottingham

Meal for two: £40

Two pints: £7

Two cinema tickets: £20

5km taxi ride: £12.30

Total cost of date: £79.30

37% cheaper than London

As Nottingham is an even cheaper night out, you could spare the cash to splurge a little more. Why not see what’s on at the Theatre Royal or spend the rest of your night at the exclusive NG1 club?

Sheffield

Meal for two: £40

Two pints: £6

Two cinema tickets: £18

5km taxi ride: £9.50

Total cost of date: £73.50

41% cheaper than London

Predictably, the further north we go, the cheaper the costs get. As a city with a lot of breweries, it’s easy to find a cheap pint here and not just the usual stuff – sample many real ales and unique craft beers without breaking the bank.

Newcastle

Meal for two: £40

Two pints: £7

Two cinema tickets: £16

5km taxi ride: £12

Total cost of date: £75

40% cheaper than London

Newcastle’s infamously cheap drinks make this date night a reasonable one. Finish the night in a romantic (and cheap) way with a stroll down the Quayside, taking in the views of the famous seven bridges.

Carlisle

Meal for two: £40

Two pints: £6.50

Two cinema tickets: £16

5km taxi ride: £7.90

Total cost of date: £70.40

44% cheaper than London

Our cheapest destination costs nearly half of a date in London – all of this for only £70! If you want to splurge a little more, extend your date into the beautiful natural surroundings of Carlisle with an overnight stay at a luxury Lake District hotel.

Of course, there may be extras you want to add onto your night that will cost a little more. A dozen red roses are traditional for Valentine’s Day and bought from popular florist Interflora, they’ll set you back another £52. Chocolates are another romantic classic, so pick up Cadbury’s Milk Tray from Tesco for £6. Finally, as Valentine’s Day is the most popular day of the year to propose, you might also be adding an engagement ring to your shopping list – an item which, on average, costs £1,483. Whether you spend £1 to £1000, have a safe and happy Valentine’s Day!

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