Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Love Is in the Air; in February: Enjoy a Romantic Dinner in a Manor House, or Listen to Love Poetry. by Barbara Chandler

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Love Is in the Air; in February: Enjoy a Romantic Dinner in a Manor House, or Listen to Love Poetry. by Barbara Chandler

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Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER

In a swirl: Buoyant ([pounds sterling]200), hand-blown glass by Bruce Marks (020 7403 2800), is part of the Tangents exhibition at the London Glassblowing Workshop

ROMANCE is in London's air, with Valentine's Day two weeks away. Plan now for romance - options range from a posh dinner at Waddesdon Manor to a torch-lit ghost tour of Ham House where you will hear historical tales of the lovelorn.

February is also time for half-term and there are ample extracurricular activities, including lots going on at your local museums and galleries.

London Glassblowing Workshop and Glass Art Gallery 7 The Leathermarket, Weston Street, SE1; 020 7403 2800; www.londonglassblowing.co.uk Tangents is an exhibition of international modern glass art opening on Monday until 24 February, with a one-day symposium on 11 February. Artist featured are from all over the UK and America, Portugal, Hong Kong, Denmark and South Africa.

British Library 96 Euston Road, NW1; 020 7412 7332; www.bl.uk How do I love thee?, the title and opening words of perhaps the most famous love poem in the English language, is the name of an exhibition starting on Valentine's Day to celebrate the bicentenary of the death of its author, Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861).

See manuscripts, photographs and memorabilia, as the show traces her life from childhood in Herefordshire to her London years, her love affair with Robert Browning, their secret marriage and their literary, social and family life in Pisa, Florence and Paris.

Ham House Ham Street, Richmond, Surrey; 020 8940 1950; www.nationaltrust.org.uk Workers at Ham House believe it is haunted. Be brave and see what you think on Ghost Tours every Monday and Tuesday, from next week until 14 March.

* A special tour on 14 February will be torch-lit and include "stories of love and loss through the centuries".

Art On Paper, Royal College of Art Kensington Gore, SW7; 020 8742 1611; www.artonpaper.co.uk Tomorrow at noon the author AN Wilson will open the Art On Paper Fair at the Royal College of Art (until Sunday). You can buy original paintings, watercolours, prints, and more, at prices from about [pounds sterling]50.

RIBA 66 Portland Place, W1; 020 7580 5533; www.architecture.com Peer into an urban future and see what may be in store for London in an exhibition called Visualisations of the 21st Century City, which opens on Monday, until 25 February.

Natural History Museum Cromwell Road, SW7; 020 7942 5000; www.nhm.ac.uk * Enjoy a self-guided multimedia Terracotta Tour in one of London's best-loved buildings (which was opened in 1881) using a handheld computer, from now until April ([pounds sterling]3.50).

* Go "wild" on Friday nights. Visit the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition until 9pm (admission [pounds sterling]6), where there will be live music, plus champagne and cocktails in the stunning central hall.

* Storytelling for half-term is from 13 to 17 February, with Chinese "performance workshops" on 11 and 25 February, and 25 March.

Divertimenti Cookery School 34 Marylebone High Street, W1 and 227 Brompton Road, SW3; 020 7486 8020; www. …

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