‘Roses are red, violets are blue, The Handbook did a quick search of our inbox, to find these places for you’, we get sent all the best ideas for Valentine’s Day so if you’re a last minute planner (you’ve got exactly a week) then get on it and get it on at one of the excellent choices below…
Hammer & Tongs
If food is the way to your heart, then Hammer & Tongs are going to have a lot of people falling in love with them. Their Lovers Surf and Turf menu includes beer bread, biltong, chili tiger prawns, skin-on dry roast chips and dry aged Dedham Vale Rib-eye steak. Finish with a dark chocolate tart made with pecans and dates and served with rum ice cream and an Appleton Treacle cocktail. The perfect end to any night…food never lets us down.
London Shell Co
Can’t get to or can’t afford Venice? No problem, you don’t need the Venetian canals when you have Regents Canal and London Shell Co right here. From Valentine’s Day until Sunday 18th they’ll be hosting Valentine cruises with a five- course seafood menu and at the weekend, live jazz.
The Library & Gillray’s Valentine’s offering, is a four course menu that includes: the likes of smoked Gressingham duck with a citrus and pomegranate salad; pernod and tarragon poached salmon fillet with saffron mussels, fennel, samphire and for pudding rose scented lemon meringue pie. They’re also serving a Valentine’s afternoon tea – after all, they way to the heart is through food.
What better way to say you love someone than with cake? Exactly cake = love. Dominique Ansel Bakery London will be showing the love by using pink guava, fresh berries, pink Champagne, hibiscus and pink Himalayan sea salt to turn their pastry pink. They’ve also created special Valentine gifts, including the fudge, chocolate, BAE Brownie. It’s perfect, whether your bae likes brownies, or your bae is the brownie.
Richard Corrigan’s going into V-Day overdrive, with his restaurant, Corrigan’s Mayfair, and his bar, Dickie’s Mayfair, teaming up to provide an extravaganza of cockails and sublime dinner.
A fiery relationship is one thing, but an evening of smoke, fire and food is another. Barbecoa St Paul’s Cathedral and Barbecoa Piccadilly are both serving special menus that include Hereford porterhouse beef, barecued lamb ribs and pavlova to share.
St Martin’s Lane, speakeasy bar, Blind Spot will be serving a Laurent-Perrier Speakeasy tea and two Valentine’s cocktails – the Queen of Hearts and the King of Spades. Now you just need to find your Queen or King to take with you…
As if the endless views weren’t enough, Aqua Shard have joined forces with luxury leather shop Aspinal of London for a dinner where guests recieve a personalised credit card case.
Champagne cocktails, Truffle foie gras, lobster torteloni, beef fillet Rossini and chocolate Eton mess these are a few of our favourite things… oh and our SO obviously. Head to Villandry St James and Great Portland Street for a feast of your favourite things.
On arriving at Kaspar’s, or for drinks at the American Bar or Beaufort Bar, guests will have their phones removed so that Valentines can be entirely phone free. Worried about selfies? No fear, there’ll be a a photographer on-hand creating professional portraits.
Ready to ask the big question? Want to do it in the most spectacular way? Then you need the ultimate proposal at Sky Garden. Start with a helicopter of tour of London, jump in a limo to Sky Garden, head to the private Vinoly Room, which will be decorated just as you want it. Then sit down to a seven-course meal served by your butler which will include beef tartare with black truffle dressing, roast Orkney scallops and plenty of Champagne. It does start at £10,000 so you better hope they’ll say yes.
This Valentine’s sip a ‘The Look of Love’, the cocktail dedicated to Harry and Meghan, or how about celebrating the royal nuptials with a The Royal Treasure or Love Struck? Or just enjoy some excellent food and celebrate your own looks of love.
MeatUP in Wandsworth will be de-stressing (not distressing) guests with bottles of Prosecco and a meal for £50. Standby for some ‘social grilling’ with juicy steaks and sizzling barbecue meats to get you in the mood.
The ever-rolling river Thames is endlessly romantic, many a proposal has been popped along its banks, brides have crossed it on the way to church, couples have broken up in its presence and spurned lovers have jumped off its bridges. Where better to celebrate the most romantic day of the year than Skylon, with its views of the glorious Thames? The gorgeous restaurant with its’ soaring ceilings and 1950s styling has produced a range of red velvet heart shaped pancakes specially.
Get out of London and head to Stoke Park the setting of Bridget Jones and Daniel Cleaver’s first mini break for luxury Valentine’s escape. The package includes an overnight stay, breakfast, Champagne, a Valentine’s themed cake in your room, four-course Valetine’s dinner, complimentary use of the health facilities and best of all…late check out.
Nothing says Valentine’s like a sharing plate of dill and vodka cured sea trout. Or how about sharing a Beef Wellington? The Doyle Collection’s Town House will be serving up a magical evening of both.
Rebel Rebel couldn’t choose which one they like best, so they have two Valentine’s day bouquets. So, if you’re not sure whether you like your Tinder date or your Bumble date more then you now have a bouquet for each (or you could do the right thing and just choose one date). The Ice Ice Baby bouquet is filled with ethereal Early Grey roses, palest pink Secret Garden roses, creamy primrose Cloni ranunculus, Vanilla anemones, palest pink waxflower, Lumina anthurium and the bluest white asparagus fern. The Crazy in Love bouquet is just as cool but with a deep generous heart of black Nerolii ranunculus and mulberry anemones.
Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square
Not only is Michelin starred restaurant La Dame de Pic celebrating with an exclusive six-course menu which includes the likes of Fine de Claire oyster with beetroot, black cardamom and lovage ice cream, but they are also giving each table a beautiful Le Croc’Coeur ® Cherie charm from Parisian brand Bettina à Paris.
The Piano Works
Play it again Sam! Actually don’t, it’ll be someone else’s song next, and come to think of it, there are two Sams, because The Piano Works are running a meal accompanied by not one but two piano vocalists taking requests the entire evening.
Get your senses out at The Arch London for their sensory experience with a gastronomic experience paired with a ‘love potion cocktail’.
Secretive, sublime, seductive, Circus isn’t giving away much about their Valentine’s Day event; we do know though that it will include aphrodisiac’s, Champagne cocktails and an evening of entertainment.
The Rubens At The Palace
Colchester Oysters, the age-old aphrodisiac (the oyster bit, not Colchester), will be front stage at The Rubens At The Palace, followed by a further five courses at The English Grill.
The Montague on the Gardens
Candlelit dinner is the epitome of Valentine’s romance, and The Montague on the Gardens will be ramping up the experience with candles, champagne and Baileys hot chocolate.
Grab your date and head to the Long Bar at Sanderson to celebrate Valentine’s Day – they’ll be a Love affair cocktail for Dutch courage and music for dancing. Or if you’d rather sit and talk then at The Restaurant they’ll be serving a four-course dinner with Valentine’s cocktail and surprise gift to takeaway.
Intercontinental London Park Lane
A celebratory glass of Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé? Don’t mind if we do! Use it to swill down the strawberries and cream and assorted afternoon tea accoutrements at the Intercontinental this Valentines.
Stevie Parle and his team at Craft London are going to be indulging customers with a special menu of their seasonal and foraged classics. From roast quail to gingerbread icecream let craft spoil you rotten as you gaze at the panoramic views of Canary Wharf.
For all those that have a sweet tooth for pudding and not just their lovers. Park Chinois the iconic entertainment restaurant has created a pudding to warm all your hearts; La Vie en Rose is a delicious combination of chocolate, passion fruit and rose ganache, finished off with luxurious gold leaf.
Overlooking the Portman Square Gardens, The Montagu is offering the perfect dining experience for two. You will be welcomed with a glass of champagne, live music and a specially designed 3 course set menu. You will also in with the chance to win an overnight stay at the Hyatt Regency London.