Ah, Valentine’s Day. Whilst we all have a love/hate relationship with it, we do admit you have to embrace the occasion, be it with flowers, a meal out or love potion-inspired cocktails. Below we have the ultimate guide to Valentine’s Day in the city; from sharing menus to phone-free restaurants. Here are 32 ways to celebrate…
It may be February but that doesn’t have to stop you spending a night under the stars. The Hari is giving couples the chance to do just that with a Valentine’s set up on their heated Garden Terrace. A 4-course menu kicks off with oysters and Champagne, followed by veal belly confit, truffle risotto and a heart-shaped chocolate mousse and raspberry cake, just begging to be shared.
Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill at The Savoy
Phones down! Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill at The Savoy are taking things back to the old school way of dining (aka no social media) by asking guests to drop their phones off in an embroidered pouch at reception on arrival. A set menu will feature grilled fish and meat, cheese, dessert and paired wines and Champagnes. If you just can’t bear the thought of not documenting your meal, a photographer will be wandering round to capture your romantic evening.
Restaurant Ours have created a 4-course Valentine’s menu, to be served on the evening on February 14th. Dishes include chicken foie gras terrine, langoustine tortilla with shellfish foam and a rack of lamb with aubergine and black olives. A choice of rose parfait with raspberries and milk ice cream or chocolate fondant with ginger and pecan nuts and petit fours round the evening off.
Percy & Founders
Head to Fitzrovia this February 14th and enjoy Percy and Founders’ specially created Valentine’s Day 4-course set menu, with a glass of Prosecco on arrival. Executive Chef Diego Cardoso has created a menu fit for two to share, think pearl barley and mushroom croquettes, grilled rib eye steak with dauphinoise and blackberry and lime pavlova with vanilla cream.
Jumeirah Carlton Tower
Tea and scones are one of our great loves so indulge in chocolate hearts, rose water fondant fancies and passion fruit and white chocolate ‘eclairons’ at Jumeirah Carlton Tower. The Valentine’s Day afternoon tea also includes lobster brioche buns, goats cheese on lemon scented bread and rare roast rib of Scottish beef on wholemeal. Upgrade to the Champagne option to make it even more memorable.
Tuesday 14th won’t be your average Tuesday if you spend it at five-star boutique hotel The Stafford for Champagne, smoked haddock, 16oz chateaubriand and pistachio soufflé with white chocolate ice cream. Book a hotel room as well and make a night of it.
Break the mould this Valentine’s Day and skip the generic dinner out. Mondrian London are welcoming couples to get arty and create their own piece of abstract art in the privacy of their suite – yes, that means body paint. Couples are encouraged to “get creative” and get to take their original piece of art home with them. A bottle of Perrier-Jouët in your room, sharing menu in Sea Containers restaurant and Full English breakfast makes it even more special. Good job there’s room service to clean up afterwards.
Royal Garden Hotel
No Valentine’s dinner would be complete without starting the evening with a love potion. The mixologists at Kensington’s Royal Garden Hotel have created a fruity but zesty ‘Aphrodite’s Kiss’ which is followed by a 4-course dinner (not a set menu – hallelujah!) of dishes like pan-seared diver scallops, West Country sirloin steak and a hot chocolate mousse with Bailey’s ice cream. Save yourself the journey home and book into the King or Garden room for truffles, Champagne and a full English.
Casanova apparently ate 50 oysters a day…for breakfast. Not something we can all stomach. So, we have a much better idea. Head to Le Gothique for their Valentine’s Champagne & Aphrodisiacs menu which includes ingredients which have been thought to be aphrodisiacs over the years. Start with a Champagne cocktail before eating the likes of foie gras de la Maison, confit of duck, steak with Bearnaise sauce and nougat glace with raspberry coulis. If it works, great, if not you’ve still eaten very well so that counts for something…
London Hilton on Park Lane
London Hilton on Park Lane have put a romantic twist on their afternoon tea which is served in the hotel’s Podium Restaurant and Bar. Expect raspberry macaroons, dark chocolate panna cotta as well as classic scones, jam and Rodda’s Cornish clotted cream. A glass of Pommery Champagne can be ordered, as well as a range of Twinings’ teas – the hotel is a member of The Tea Guild, recognised for serving tea to a high standard.
Bluebird are serving up a special 3-course dinner for Valentine’s Day lovebirds with dishes like homemade mafaldini pasta with black truffle; roasted fillet of Basque beef with braised cheek, roost and watercress puree and dark chocolate tart with peanut butter ice cream. Got plans on the 14th? Visit on Thursday 9th for a pink Champagne tasting with rosés from Veuve Cliquot, Moët & Chandon and Ruinart.
Tom’s Kitchen are letting you steal from your partner’s plate without them complaining with their Valentine’s Day sharing menu. Choose from chateaubriand steak with triple-cooked chips and truffle or whole roasted brill with chive and lobster butter sauce and shaved fennel salad. A Maltesers ice cream sundae and sharing dessert board will have you fighting over the last mouthful.
May Fair Bar
Romance is for life, not just for one day in February… At May Fair Bar it is lasting for a week (10th-18th February) with a specially created duo of cocktails titled Romeo & Juliet perfect for sharing. The Romeo contains Mozart Black Chocolate liqueur with a kick of spiced honey syrup and a dash of Jerry Thomas and orange bitters whilst the more floral Juliet sees Grey Goose Vodka mixed with strawberry purée and topped with Moët & Chandon.
Paternoster Chop House
Whether Valentine’s Day will see you on a first date or whether you’re well beyond that, we can all remember those first few drinks together. Spend the night at Paternoster Chop House, aka the restaurant from Channel 4’s First Dates, and enjoy a 3-course dinner of dishes like scallops, wood pigeon, Chateaubriand to share and a dark chocolate fondant with almond ice cream. A glass of Chapel Down rosé tops it off.
Strand Palace Hotel
Can’t choose between sweet and savoury? Strand Palace Hotel have put an Indian twist on their traditional afternoon tea for lovers of spice, served in Daawat Indian Restaurant. The Indian Love Bites menu is launching on Valentine’s Day alongside the Valentine’s afternoon tea which includes paneer pakora on potato-stuffed flatbread, red velvet cake and chocolate praline lollies, teas and a strawberry bellini.
Despite what people may say, flowers really do take a lot of beating. London florist Rebel Rebel have created a special bouquet for the occasion, packed full of scented Prince Jardiner roses, jasmine, mimosa, waxflower, majolika roses, ‘Crazy Eye’ roses, scabiosa, phlox, clematis and Cloni Ranunculus. Don’t even consider a last minute trip to the supermarket!
Five years ago a couple asked for a private table on the Balcon’s Champagne balcony and now it’s an annual offering. So far it has had a 100% success rate when it comes to proposals… Maybe it’s the romantic setting above the restaurant reached by two spiral staircases, maybe it’s the four-course menu which includes poached oysters, spinach and thermidor foam and chocolate and hazelnut feuilletine with lime curd. Or maybe it’s because you’re with your S.O. (hopefully) and would say yes anyway…
We’re going to be honest, we don’t really share food and if we do, we’re very particular about who with, but Daphne’s Valentine’s Day offering might just have us dividing our plate in two. Start with spaghetti to share, Lady and The Tramp style, and follow up with heart-shaped Amedei chocolate and Morello cherry mousse – they say food is the way to the heart after all.
Head to London’s latest rooftop bar Aviary, for their Valentine’s cocktail, Kiss Chase…remember that game? Teaming up with Chase Distillery the cocktail is made from Chase Pink Grapefruit Gin, Belsazar Rose Vermouth, lemon juice, vanilla and grenadine syrup. We would say take in the views of London, but you should be looking just at your S.O. They’ll also be serving up a Valentine’s menu too.
With its baby pink chairs, Bronte always has a touch of romance about it and for Valentine’s Day they are taking it up a notch with their Valentine’s menu dishes. Think pulled burrata with sweet potato croquettes and truffle honey, pan roasted scallops with celeriac and turmeric puree, cauliflower tempura, bacon and crispy shallots and to finish pudding to share: salted caramel fondant, yuzu and Champagne macarons and baked jasmine and cherry cheesecake.
Circus are breaking the rules for Valentine’s Day by inviting couples to sit at the stage table, rather than only letting large parties book it. Which means as you drink your Perrier-Jouët cocktail and tuck into sweet miso black cod and blow torched surf and turf maki you can watch the circus acts perform inches from you. There’ll be seducers, and muscles everywhere. Well if you need any inspiration for later…
1 Lombard Street
1 Lombard Street’s Valentine’s Day menu begins with oysters in Champagne vinegar, before serving up a foie gras terrine, grilled wagyu sirloin steak with truffle mash and porcini peppercorn sauce and a blood orange chocolate cake. Fine dining for your finest.
Mews of Mayfair
Whilst Netflix and UberEats is acceptable most days of the year, on Valentine’s Day it’s not. Instead you’ll want to take them to Mews of Mayfair. Starters include slow-cooked corn fed chicken terrine with woodland mushroom consommé and black truffle shavings. Follow it up with Black Aberdeen Angus Chateaubriand to share, with a rich lobster mash and finish with the likes of cocoa barry dark chocolate mousse with a passion fruit gel and mango sorbet. Much better than ordering in.
Avenue’s XOXO menu stars as it means to go on, with a Fiery Passion cocktail! Next up you’ll have BBQ pulled pork croquettes, crab hush puppies and truffle melts. Starters include tuna tartar, main courses include seabass with spiced fregola and nut butter sauce and for pudding molten chocolate cake and salted caramel ice cream. They say all you need is love but sometimes you need really good food too.
Launceston Place’s Valentine’s menu might look quite sparse but don’t be fooled, it’s still going to be seven courses of decadence. With minimalistic descriptions you can feast on pork: belly, apple, crackling and lobster: yuzu, fennel, coriander. Finish with strawberry, herbs, vanilla and meringue and petit fours.
The Arch London
You don’t have to leave London for a Valentine’s mini break, instead save on the travel and spend on the hotel. Arch London’s Valentine’s package will see you staying in a luxury suite with a bottle of Tattinger Reserve Brut Champagne. At supper there’ll be more Champagne and a single long stemmed rose and then the next morning breakfast in bed and a late check out. It’s also running from the 10th – 19th but why not go all out and book the time off work so you can really feel like you’re getting away.
South Place Hotel
King sized bed, Michelin-star dining, complimentary films, homemade chocolates, Champagne, an ultra-sensuous Koibito ‘love kit’ and an in-house ‘romance guru’ to create bespoke experiences – South Place has everything you need for your ideal Valentine’s evening. Switch off your phones and forget about everything going on outside.
Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill
The Montagu are looking to Winston Churchill and Clementine’s romance for their Valentine’s Dinner. Reminiscent of a candlelit evening at Chartwell, the menu will include Maldon oysters, Champagne mussels, Chateaubriand and chocolate praline fondue. There’ll be fresh roses for the ladies, special prizes and Polaroids so you can remember the evening – you’d hope you wouldn’t forget anyway, otherwise you need to choose someone more memorable… Afterwards head to The Churchill Bar where they have created two cocktails – Lady Clementine’s Crystallized Rose Cocktail and Sir Winston’s Martini – both of which arrive in a bird cage adorned with flowers.
Dirty Martini are celebrating Valentine’s Day with a Sultry Kiss and anyone can get one – they aren’t fussy about who gets their loving. Also, because it isn’t actually a kiss but a cocktail made from gin, Aperol, hibiscus, and coconut with a touch of lime. On Saturday 11th Happy Hour will be running until 8pm, and the cocktail will be just £7 all night and available until the 14th.
The Bulgari Hotel
The Bulgari Hotel are introducing an exclusive couples’ holistic rejuvenation treatment so that you can and your SO can reconnect and you can have a proper massage rather than trying to get each other to give you one. Taking place in the private Onyx Suite the treatment will begin with a full body scrub followed by a tension-releasing facial and personalised marma point full body massage – you’ll also be able to use the oversized hydro massage tub!
Executive Chef Russell Ford has created a Valentine’s Day menu at 108 Brasserie which includes the likes of braised fillet of turbot with Scottish langoustines, diver scallops and leeks; lobster risotto served with crispy claw and sea vegetables and puddings such as dark chocolate and passion fruit baked Alaska.
Valentine’s Day at Town House starts with a Rose Petal cocktail and tempura oysters before dishes which include slow cooked neck of Cornish lamb with artichokes and wood roasted peperonata. Puddings include caramelised banana served with honeycomb and rum and raisin ice cream or a dark chocolate delice served with raspberry sorbet and basil macaroons.
The Orange, The Alfred Tennyson, The Grazing Goat and The Thomas Cubitt will be serving up Sipsmith cocktails such as Cubitt’s Love Nest and The English Rose. There’ll also be a special pudding made for two, a Valentine’s heart ice cream sandwich with brownie and pink parfait inside. Almost better if you don’t have anyone to share it with…
There’s no sincerer love, than the love of good food; so, this Valentine’s treat your special someone to the elegant flavours of Tuttons’ Valentine’s menu. Dishes include the Norfolk duck egg with white crab, chargrilled asparagus and truffle mayo, followed by a 28 day aged rib eye of beef. Or perhaps enjoy the sophisticated flavours of the stilton, broccoli, leeks and spinach puff pastry in a cream sauce with a golden raisin and pine nut relish. Finish with the ultimate guilty pleasure; a dark chocolate croquembouche sharing dessert with sweet spun sugar.
Rum & Sugar
Want to spice up Valentine’s Day this year? Then head to Rum & Sugar at West India Quay. The mouth-watering Caribbean-inspired sharing menu, featuring jerk chicken, beef brisket and coconut curried vegetables, is sure to get the romance sizzling. And, there’s also room for a little sweetness with a complimentary Valentine cocktail on arrival and dark chocolate pots for dessert.
Piano Works will be celebrating with non-stop live musicians playing all your requests, whether that’s Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E, Queen B’s Single Ladies or Kelis’ Caught Out There. Dedicate a song to your SO, your ex or just your friends. It’s your call.
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