Sunday, May 19Royal Holloway's offical student publication, est. 1986

3 ways to spend Valentines day with your best friend.

Valentines day is a day when love replaces oxygen, lovers rejoice under the moonlight and all objects on the street take the form of a heart. In spite of that for some, this is a day that closely resembles the black plague. Instead of a romantic dinner with the love of your life you end up refuged in your best sweats under your month old duvè sheets watching a horror movie (where the male protagonist dies of course) and waiting impatiently the passing of those fatal 24 hours. Personally I’m always up for a cuddle with my dog with a bowl of chocolate ice cream watching romantic comedies (I do it more for the dog, he just loves them), however a notion that is commonly confused is what valentines day truly represents. Yes, valentines day is defined by the presence of love, however it doesn’t specify the receipeint of that love and who better to share that love than your best friend? Here are the top three things to do on valentines day with your partner in crime:

  1. On top of the list has to be (wait for it) watch ’50 shades of Grey’ or ‘Titanic’ obviously. Can it get any better than that? The choices are between watching porn (ahem I mean intellectually stimlating piece of literature turned into a moving picture) or a drama where the male portagonist dies haha (I’m sure I’m not the only one in the world who laughed during that scene… I mean they could have both fit on that raft lets be honest).
  2. Book a romantic escape somewhere exotic (no im not talking about Bristol or Kent) but somewhere like Rome or Paris and go hunting for the perfect rendez-vous with a sexy mediterranean stranger (no conversation comprehension is needed if you know what I mean..)
  3. A much more affordable option is to have an amazing sleepover which transports you emotionally to when you were 12. A few essentials: a bottle (or three) of wine, a few seventeen magazines, a phone (for phrank calls of course), nail varnish, face masks, and a blasting of The Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe’ in the background.


Valentines day doesn’t dictate who, or most importantly, the kind of relationship you share with that person. Hopefully this valentines day prince Harry is going to show up at my doorstep with roses and a tiffany ring, but in case that doesn’t happen, I have to admit an extremely close second to my prince charming is my best friend, because lets be honest, there is no greater love than the one you share with your best friend… or wine of course.