Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you’re probably starting to feel the heat a little. As always The Handbook is here to save the day (and help you win some extra boyf/girlfriend points) with 54 different restaurants all offering the perfect combination for one extra date night. Even if you don’t fancy celebrating, it’s a great excuse for a little indulgence with a romantic twist. Here’s where to head:
Pretty in pink…
If anyone was going to pull off a Valentine’s Day menu, it was going to be Ella Canta. Nuzzled inside the InterContinental London Park Lane, Ella Canta has brought the fiery spark of Mexico’s cuisine to the forefront of London’s restaurant scene. Running from the 10th to the 22nd of February, feast your eyes on Ella Canta’s Mexican Seduction offering. A little hint: expect a whole lotta pink.
One restaurant we can always count on is Mercante. Tucked inside the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, you’ll find Mercante serving up irresistible Italian food and hospitality. We’re itching to get our hands on their Valentine’s menu including delights like their double-baked cauliflower soufflé with pickled balsamic; cinnamon spiced duck breast leg croquette with preserved clementine; and seriously tempting strawberry cheesecake, bubblegum meringue, hibiscus and blueberry sorbet.
Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
Enjoy an extra luxury Valentine’s experience courtesy of 24 Mayfair. Head on upstairs and delight in contemporary Japanese cuisine including black cod and crab dumplings, spiced ponzu, sashimi peppers and Champagne Chilean bass, yuzu disco sauce, nishiki rice and pomelo and wasabi salad. You lucky ladies will even receive an ultra-romantic rose too.
Jazz hands at the ready! Venture over to Mayfair’s hottest rainforest resto, Amazonico and enjoy an evening of wining, dining and dancing to the live jazz band. Those looking for a more intimate occasion, dine counter side at their sushi counter and devour bundles of sharing plates. Their latest arrival to their cocktail menu, Rumble in the Jungle, concocted of Pisco, passion fruit, Cocchi Americano vermouth, lemon and Champagne, will your order of the night.
Have you ever seen a dessert so beautiful? We certainly don’t think so. Head Chef of Ormer Mayfair, Kerth Gumbs has worked his magic once again to bring Londoners an unforgettable Valentine’s menu, and if the chocolate rose is anything to go by, you’ll want to nab a table pronto.
Where: Flemings Mayfair Hotel, Half Moon Street, London, W1J 7BH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
It doesn’t get more romantic than Searcys at The Gherkin. This Valentine’s Day enjoy your dining experience sky-high and delight in the Helix restaurant’s five-course menu bursting with live entertainment and unmissable views before heading into the Iris bar for a nightcap.
Where: 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), Saint Mary Axe, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Fenchurch Street (0.2 miles)
Looking for somewhere to spark a little romance? Well, Circus literally has fire eaters so if that doesn’t work, we don’t know what quite will… This Valentine’s Day venture out of your comfort zone as you delight in mesmerising circus acts, delightful sharing-style Pan-Asian cuisine and cocktails aplenty.
Where: 27-29 Endell Street, Westminster, London, WC2H 9BA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)
Dress to impress this Valentine’s Day and surprise your partner with an evening of Michelin-starred magic. Nestled in the beating heart of Mayfair, The Greenhouse comes in strong with their carefully curated menu of delights. Indulge in foie gras, Yorkshire rhubarb and timut pepper; œuf noir, black truffle, pain at lait and Périgord jus; and Scottish blue lobster with sauce matelote and vanilla.
Where: 27a Hay’s Mews, Mayfair, London, W1J 5NY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.5 miles)
There’s something rather magical about Sky Garden. Maybe it’s their sweeping views over London’s untouchable skyline, its spellbinding rooftop yoga classes, or because it’s home to London’s largest living wall. But, this Valentine’s Day, embrace the magic and take a seat at one of Sky Garden’s tempting restaurants. You seriously won’t regret it.
Where: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 8AF, UK
Nearest station: Monument (0.2 miles)
Forget unaffordable set menus this Valentine’s Day and indulge in real, hearty food courtesy of Percy & Founders. Graze on homemade vegetable crisps while you decide what way to go for starters and mains. Be sure to save room to share their chocolate pecan brownie with maple and banana ice cream though. After all, what’s Valentine’s without a little chocolate?
In an ideal world, you’d have booked a romantic getaway for you and your loved one, but you’ve left it too late and now it’s crunch time. Step one foot through Zuaya’s doors however and you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to Latin America with all of its quirks and rainforest-inspired interiors. Step up your dinner a notch with Zuaya’s signature cocktails London to Lima and let the good times roll…
The talented cupids at the TÏNG Restaurant in Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London have been busy concocting an extra special five-course tasting menu, especially for London lovers. Pair it with gorgeous views of London’s skyline and you’ve got a match made in heaven.
Where: 31 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9QU United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
Nothing says Valentine’s Day more than a heart shaped steak…
Brave the brisk February weather and delight in a candlelit dinner courtesy of Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar. This Valentine’s will see you indulging in a 600g heart-shaped sirloin and oysters with your loved one. Pretty special if you ask us.
Where: Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.3 miles)
You might think mini golf is so last decade but Puttshack are here to revitalise your thoughts. These guys have brought in genius technology to help catch those pesky cheaters so you’ll know exactly how many times your date has *actually* hit the ball, and if you’re the real winner or not…
This Valentine’s Day put your date to the test and enjoy a round of putting at Puttshack. Make a night of it and dine while you’re at it too!
Love really is in the air when you dine in the beating heart of Borough Market at Roast. This Valentine’s Day indulge in a sublime three course menu and enjoy a bespoke Valentine’s cocktail too. Seriously, who doesn’t love a sharing beef wellington?
Available Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th February
Enjoy your Valentine’s Day Michelin-style with a little help from UMU. London’s finest Kyoto-inspired resto will be serving up a delectable Valentine’s set menu. Expect to be munching your way through Tsukuri, a line caught Cornish white fish ‘Ike-Jime’ usuzukuri; Dombes duck smoked a la minutes; and finish the evening with ‘Kinton’ pistachio and shiroan white beans with sansho sorbet and orange.
Where: 14-16 Bruton Place, London, W1J 6LX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.5 miles)
When a hotel has vending machines floating around that allow you to buy an emergency engagement ring, you know we’re going to write home about it. Bankside Hotel is high on the mark for being our favourite art filled hotel in the city, and the Art Yard Bar & Kitchen falls alongside. This Valentine’s Day enjoy a glorious meal before browsing the tiled mural of illustrations by Laura Carlin.
And, if conversation runs a little dry, the mahoosive collection of artwork adorning the walls will no doubt help spark up the convo.
Where: Bankside Hotel, Autograph Collection, Blackfriars Road, Upper Ground, London, UK
Nearest station: London Blackfriars (0.3 miles)
One restaurant that’s paving its way to the top is ROBATA. The restaurant specialises in traditional Japanese robata cooking, with the menu created especially for sharing. Make a night of it and munch your way through on crispy duck salads, spicy tuna rolls and wood flamed iberico port pluma.
If you’re looking to try somewhere new this Valentine’s Day, look no further than the all-new nhow London hotel. Nuzzled inside find the Bell and Whistle serving up modern British cuisine that’ll satisfy any comfort food cravings you might have on the day. On this special day, they’ll be offering a four course tasting menu with a bottle of Champers for just £55 per person. Not bad at all.
For a truly British affair, enjoy an evening of indulgence at South Place Chop House thanks to their three course menu offering. We’re itching to get our hands on their hearty caramelised potato dumplings with cep mushroom, grilled calçot onion, celeriac and cavolo Nero.
Or, go all out this Valentine’s with a Michelin starred experience like no other at Angler’s tasting menu. Including Dorset crab with Hass avocado, wasabi and pomelo; Cornish turbot with Scottish langoustine, parsley root and chanterelles; and chocolate orange with blood orange, milk chocolate and smoked salt.
Wave hello to Nobu London on Old Park Lane this Valentine’s Day and delight in a traditional Japanese feast of dreams. The restaurant has become renowned for inviting London’s lovebird through its doors since 1997, and this year there’s an extra special nine-course omakase tasting menu on offer. If you’re looking to go all out, opt for the bespoke wine pairing too.
Where: Nobu London, Old Park Lane, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)
Set along the iconic Park Lane, you’ll find Podium Restaurant and Bar embodying all things quintessentially British in their vibrant afternoon tea offering. This February, enjoy your tea with a splash of pink in their Valentines Day special tea. Expect a whole lotta scone action.
Running Monday 3rd – Sunday 16th February
Pulling out all of the stops this Valentine’s Day is Corrigan’s Mayfair with their exceptional six course tasting menu (or a reduced a la carte menu). Indulge in everything from Orkney scallops with black truffle to Fillet of Irish beef en croute. And, if you pre-order, Corrigan’s Mayfair will also be offering bouquets from Your London Florist – perfect!
Where: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7EH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
Whether you’re looking for a restaurant for Valentine’s or Galentine’s, Mac & Wild’s feasting menu is a pure delight for sore eyes. Start your night chomping through Loch Creran oysters with rhubarb vinegar, horseradish cream and crispy tattie bits, before heading onto the Highland fine cheese fondue. But make sure you leave room for the beef chateaubriand, and the deep fried Mars bar sundae. A real Scottish delight.
Treat your loved one to the afternoon tea of dreams at Meridian Lounge at the InterContinental London – The O2 and enjoy a romantic spin on all of your favourite classics. And, why stop there when you’re staying at the hotel? Indulge in a truly luxury dining experience for two courtesy of Head Chef, Aurelie Simon, at the Peninsula Restaurant. Find yourself indulging in Scottish scallop carpaccio with mango vinaigrette and tonka bean; torched halibut with Jerusalem artichoke texture and saffron sauce; and Anjou pigeon, cured fois gras and blueberries.
Where: InterContinental London - The O2, One Waterview Drive, London, SE10 0TW, UK
Nearest station: North Greenwich (0.4 miles)
There’s no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than bonding with your loved one over poached black pearl oysters and Champagne. Or, skip to desserts and opt to share their passion fruit mousse with raspberries and milk ice cream.
Add a little spark to your romance and embrace Valentine’s Day at its finest at The LaLiT London. Nuzzled inside Grade II-listed hotel’s Great Hall, you’ll find Baluchi serving up pan-Indian cuisine, inspired by the dishes found along the North-West Frontier. Indulge in fiery delights this Valentine’s Day.
Heart shaped pizzas? How adorable.
Dine Italian style this Valentine’s Day courtesy of Bocconcino Restaurant. Spend your night sipping on Bellini’s, munch through romantic heart shaped pizzas and indulge in an Italian sweet selection to finish.
Don’t tap it…
Whoever said Valentine’s was just for the romantics clearly hadn’t dined at Balthazar. This Valentine’s embark on an anti-Valentine’s revolution and dive into Balthazar’s chocolate hearts bursting with vanilla and white chocolate Vacherin. It’s just waiting to be smashed. They’re also celebrating the real deal too for you romantics.
Where: 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.2 miles)
Put your dance moves to the test as your party your Valentine’s night away at Jak’s Mayfair. Named Be Our Valentine, Jak’s will be offering a sensationally sweet cocktail, concocted of Havana rum, muddled raspberries, pineapple, pomegranate, lime juice and crème de framboise, live music and a DJ that’ll be pumping out the tunes into the night.
It isn’t a Friday night without a cocktail or two, and Valentine’s Day is an even bigger excuse to go all out. This Valentine’s Day, enjoy a three course Japanese menu at TOKii and spend your night enjoying one of their specially curated cocktails too. We love the Futari De Ikou, a blend of strawberry infused vodka, Lalique, yuzu juice and sparkling sake.
Where: The Prince Akatoki London, Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London, UK
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.3 miles)
Dine in style this Valentine’s Day with a dinner at Laurent at Cafe Royal. The talented team of chefs have created a set menu of dreams featuring delights such as lemon-butter poached native lobster salad; pan seared wild turbot with curly kale, sweet potato purée and citrus dressing; and grilled Aberdeen Angus fillet served with wild mushroom, caramelised shallot, potato fondant and black truffle jus. Delicious.
If you’re all about the glitz and the glam, The Franklin Bar at The Franklin Restaurant has your name on it. Designed by interior designer Anouska Hempel, expect to fall in love with mirrors walls, velvet seating and sensational romantic corners. As for food, you’ll be tucking into scoop carpaccio with cauliflower sauce and roasted broccoli; beef tenderloin with a trio of potatoes and ‘Barbera’ wine sauce; and mango parfait with passionfruit sauce and raspberries ice cream.
Where: The Franklin London - Starhotels Collezione, Egerton Gardens, London, UK
Nearest station: South Kensington (0.4 miles)
Is there anywhere more romantic in London than strolling along the Thames arm in arm with your partner? Here to secure you both romantic points and seriously delicious food is The Yacht London who you’ll find serving up an exceptional four course menu including a juicy beef wellington to share, all while you look out at London’s iconic river and skyline.
Where: The Yacht London, Temple Pier Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2PN, UK
Nearest station: Temple (0.1 miles)
Valentine’s Day and flowers go hand-in-hand which is why Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is embracing their inner romantic by partnering with floral event designer Amie Bone. Alongside the luxury flower pop-up shop, why not indulge in a delightful dinner for two in the restaurant. Expect a four course menu featuring dishes such as velouté DeBarry with caviar and turmeric oil.
Where: Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1J 7DR, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.2 miles)
Celebrate Valentine’s Day the right way with a tipple or two on top of the world. Okay, so maybe not the top of the world but Aqua Shard certainly is a close second. This Valentine’s Day, you’ll find yourself feasting on Dorset crab with bergamot, stracciatella cheese and roasted heritage tomato jelly; roast pigeon with Vadouvan spice, charred aubergine and foie gras; and finishing the night off with a delightful raspberry soufflé and a sweet pepper and basil sorbet. Perfect.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
Have yourself a merry little Valentine’s with a little help from The Montague on the Gardens’ delightful offerings. Marking the romantic occasion, finish the night with their ‘love potion’, a delicious Bailey’s hot choccie.
Shake your glitzy tassels Gatsby-style this Valentine’s Day over at The London Cabaret Club. Enjoy your Valentine’s dinner with a side of dancers, musicians, acrobats and magicians. Intrigued? Grab your tickets to the flamboyant affair here.
Where: The London Cabaret Club The Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square WC1B 4DA
Nearest station: Holborn (0.2 miles)
Romance is well and truly in the air over in the Cheneston’s restaurant at The Milestone Hotel and Residences thanks to a little help from Chef Dan’s dreamy five course menu. Begin your night with a little appetiser of Native oysters with green chilli, dill and sour cream, before sinking your teeth into tender fillet of veal wellington served alongside mashed potato, heritage carrots, wild mushrooms and truffle jus.
Our favourite little hideout in Mayfair is Moncks. Nuzzled on Dover Street, Moncks serves up serious romantic vibes with its adorable tables for two. Running from 12th-15th February, enjoy house favourites including the steak tartare, as well as dishes created for the romantic occasion. Their sharing dessert of choux pastry bursting with pistachio ganache, white chocolate cream and raspberries is to die for.
The Rubens at the Palace is littered with romance this February, but we’re especially excited about their Royal Afternoon Tea’s romantic spin. Enjoy tiers of pastry delights, scrumptious scones and Prosecco a’plenty. Every guest will receive a small box of choccies too, perfect.
Delight in an evening of Champagne and indulgent dishes courtesy of Eight Member’s Club. If you’re lucky enough to have a membership, or have a partner who does, their Valentine’s Day menu is sure worth the visit alone. Expect pan fried scallops with parsnip puree, colfiorito lentils and chilli jam; Orkney beef fillet, braised short rib, truffle potato puree, French beans and bordelaise; and raspberry and dark chocolate tartlet topped with pistachio frangipane. There’s even a special menu for you veggie folk too.
Home to sweeping views of Canary Wharf and London’s iconic Thames, DoubleTree by Hilton Docklands offers the ideal spot for a little romantic getaway (or, staycation for you Londoners). And, why venture further than you have to for dinner when you can indulge in a special Valentine’s Day dinner. Expect confed chicken and parma ham roulade with forage mushrooms, winter spices and brioche; roast fillet of beef with red wine onions, parsnip puree and bordelaise sauce; and finish your evening with a delightful white chocolate pyramid topped with chocolate shavings and caramel sauce.
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Docklands Riverside, 265A Rotherhithe St, Rotherhithe, London SE16 5HW, UK
Nearest station: Limehouse (0.6 miles)
For a night bursting with surprises, Le Méridien Piccadilly is the perfect spot. Step on inside a spectacular Victorian glasshouse, overlooking London’s wow-worthy West End. The Terrace on Piccadilly will be serving up sensational dishes, plus a complimentary glass of Champagne each too. Enjoy everything from baked camembert to beef carpaccio, fresh halibut to wild mushroom risotto.
It’s raining love at Mews of Mayfair thanks to their special Valentine’s menu. Begin the night with a glass of Champers before tucking into an impeccable three course menu of dreams.
Sharing is caring, and who better to share with than your one true love on Valentine’s Day. Boyds Grill and Wine Bar has one sharing set menu you need to get your hands on. Think sharing boards stacked with artisanal cheese and cured meat, Surf and Turf toppled with grilled king prawn skewers and a chocolate fondant pot for two.
For an experience a little more secluded, opt for The Leaf and Cane and their Latin American dining extravaganza nuzzled inside one of their heated cellars. Equipped with a live Bossa Nova band, you’ll be dining into the night in style.
Nuzzled inside the walls of Crowne Plaza London – The City Hotel, you’ll find the award-winning Chinese Cricket Club serving up a sensational Valentine’s Day five-course sharing menu. Dive into a selection of prawn, scallop, chicken, squid and duck dim sum, chengdu chicken, wok fried asparagus and cashew nuts, and special fried rice.
Where: Chinese Cricket Club Restaurant, New Bridge Street, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Blackfriars (0.1 miles)
Nothing says romance than a picture perfect meal inside the AW Restaurant at The Westbury Mayfair. The talented chef’s have been busy working their magic and have created one very special five-course tasting menu. Think king crab, lamb rack and Valrhona chocolate mousse tartlet.
If the only way to their hearts is food then Galvin at The Athenaeum will have you head over heels. Feast on creamy burrata with truffle shavings, melt-in-the-mouth Chateaubriand and decadent chocolate spheres for the perfect Valentine’s Day feast.
Where: 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.4 miles)
Cosy up at Patri Hammersmith and have a glass (or two) of prosecco with your significant other before indulging on a romantic feast. Go Lady & The Tramp style (minus the messy spaghetti) with a romantic sharing dinner featuring the Chef’s Special Thali and the popular Raj Kachori. Away for Valentines? Not to worry, Patri’s Valentines offer lasts from the 11th of Feb – 16th.
Mercante is serving up plates of love with their exclusive 4-course Valentine’s meal. Seasonal delights such as crab salad, cheese soufflé, Champagne risotto and duck breast alongside hand-picked wine pairings will tantalise your tastebuds.
Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)