Valentines day used to involve a last minute scramble to call every restaurant within a 25 mile radius on 13th February to see if anyone in London had a table for two left. But this year you don’t have to explain your way out of why you’ve taken the love of your life to Pizza Express (again), because you can order Valentines in to your home. It literally couldn’t be simpler.
All you have to do is choose which restaurant you want to recreate in the likely less salubrious setting of your front room. Lights down low and it could be Coya Mayfair, bring in some vegetation and maybe Amazonico, you could even bring in some heavily plastic surgeoned over-fifties and pretend you’re in the rarefied surroundings of Annabel’s. The choice is yours…
Game Bird at The Stafford
Do you fancy a Game Bird this Valentine’s? Not as rude as it sounds, The Game Bird is the brilliant restaurant at The Stafford Hotel and the game and meat specialist is promising eat your-heart-out feast (not literally, this time) comprised of three courses.
Start with a smoked salmon crumble choux bun, followed by a treacle cured fillet Rossini with truffle pomme purée and finished off with a milk chocolate and passion fruit tart.
Along with petit fours and a bottle of rosé Champagne, the delivery box will make you almost feel you’re back at The Stafford.
Judging by how hard the kitchens at Park Chinois are working right now you wouldn’t realise there’s a lockdown on. Not only is it Chinese New Year, a huge event for any Chinese restaurant, but Valentine’s hovers Cupid-like in the air firing his order laden arrows at the sous chefs.
Love Chinois At Home is an adaptation of the restaurant’s Park Chinois At Home service that brings the very best of this Mayfair mainstay to your kitchen table.
The special Valentine’s menu includes pre-bottled cocktails, a pair of the restaurant’s iconic chopstick holders and a rose-inspired Valentine’s dessert, all concocted by Executive Chef Lee Che Liang.
Order through the Park Chinois website, and if you get your order in before by Wednesday 10th February then you can additionally order a bouquet of FLOWERBX roses.
Jean-Georges at The Connaught
Legendary chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten used lockdown to pivot from his usual Michelin menu to pizza deliveries. Not only was the unlikely move a success, the pizzas are widely regarded as some of the best in London.
And for Valentine’s Jean-Georges is transforming his best selling pizza (spinach and herb, tomato and mozzarella topped with truffle) into a Valentine’s heart shape.
Along with the popular Jean Jullien cartooned boxes, if you’re looking for a relaxed Valentine’s option that’s still got a sprinkling of Michelin dust then Jean-Georges is the way forward.
Sail up the river of love this Valentine’s in the graceful vessel that is Thames-side hotel Sea Containers. Not least because it contains, among other delights, one of our favourite bars, Lyaness. In ‘normal times’ you can’t keep us away from the reinvented world’s best bar from Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA Mr Lyan). But in these strange times we can still get our fix thanks to their hamper deliveries.
Mr Lyan’s team have created two Valentine’s hampers, the smaller ‘secret admirer’ hamper and one larger ‘let’s stay (in) together’ hamper, both packed with everything you need to enjoy the bar’s brilliant cocktails.
The last day for orders to arrive in time for V-Day is Monday 8th February
A three course meal for two and a bottle of bubbly for a hundred pounds? Don’t mind if we do. Especially when it’s from verifiable experts in love – Italians!
Roman restaurant Bocconcino have put together a Valentine’s special that includes Baked calamari, linguine with Scottish langoustine and red prawns and a pudding of a heart shaped cake glazed with dark chocolate.
With some help from Bocconcino you’re only a ‘ciao’ and a Vespa away from certain love.
A slice of Homeslice at home, sounds like a home run.
The readymade pizzas from this Seven Dials pizzeria can be ordered nationwide then cooked in your own oven and finished with garnish.
Valentine’s will see co-founder Mark Wogan delivering a masterclass in home pizza making plus walking guests through a Turkish Delight cocktail, with all ingredients included for just £45.
For the most Ormer-zing (doesn’t quite work, sorry) seafood feast this Valentine’s then you couldn’t choose better than Ormer Mayfair.
The restaurant at Flemings Mayfair is renowned for its aquatic menu and their Valentine’s meal box for two couldn’t sound more delicious, with scallops, beef and homemade chocolate truffles you can upgrade your meal to include Champagne too.
Shangri-La London The Shard
The Shangri-La boasts one of the world’s best bathtub experiences. Lying neck deep with a glass of Champagne in hand while you gaze across the capital is a once-in-a-lifetime event, but while you can’t do it in real life, you can recreate elements at home thanks to Valentine’s at Home by Shangri-La.
The sky high hotel have launched a special DIY hamper and stuffed it with everything a couple would need for a luxurious bath.
For £245 you receive Shangri-La bath robes and scented candle, Neal’s Yard bubble bath, Valentine’s card and a bottle of Veuve Cliquot.
It’s just a shame that you’ll be looking into next door’s kitchen rather than across the City! You’ll just have to recreate it for real once lockdown lifts!
Love is in the air this Valentine’s, or maybe it’s just the array of natural aphrodisiacs coming out of Sumosan Twiga. Their one-off special Aphrodisiac Menu showcases some of the best Japanese cooking in the capital.
Taking noted aphrodisiacs from a selection of different cultures across the world, Sumosan Twiga are serving Stracciatella burrata heart, California roll, with king crab and avocado, Paccheri with lobster and white and dark chocolate fondant with red cherry sauce and chili.
Say konichiwa to love…
Order here for delivery between Friday 12th and Sunday 14th February…
Hotel Café Royal
A romantic stroll through Piccadilly Circus feels like a lifetime away, but while we wait let Hotel Café Royal bring a slice of this Regent Street hotel to you.
Michelin starred chef Albert Adrià’s Cake & Bubbles are offering a contemporary twist on the afternoon tea (dubbed the ‘Afternoon In’ experience).
Or for a more substantial meal the ‘Dine at Home’ menu includes the perfect tasting menu for two, all ready for you to finish at home and including menu cards and all the instruction you could need. It even comes along with a complimentary bottle of Champagne!
Order before the end of Thursday 11th February for delivery on Saturday 13th February
In normal times Nobu is one of our top go-tos for a romantic date night. Overlooking Hyde Park, the iconic venue is understated and yet sufficiently wow-worthy to impress.
This Valentine’s bring all that brilliance home, with some of Nobu’s most iconic dishes to be collected or delivered.
Enjoy Nobu’s delicious tacos (I back went just before lockdown 2.0. and can confirm they’re great), black cod miso and Japanese Wagyu dumplings as well as homemade chocolate truffles and a cocktail for two. You even get a branded reusable shopping bag into the bargain!
Lyaness may create the best cocktails, but it’s still down to you to provide the setting. And Sea Containers is here to save the day again, this time with another hamper courtesy of agua London, the hotel’s spa.
The hamper contains shower and bath oil, body oil and a candle from Lola’s Apothecary’s ‘Delicate Romance’ line. Lie back in your roll top and sip a Lyanness cocktail while a varied bouquet of rose, sweet orange, lemon, geranium, vanilla, patchouli and sandalwood leave the room smelling incredible.
Until your partner cracks open the Lynx Africa, at least.
The last day for orders to arrive in time for V-Day is Tuesday 9th February
Cubitt House (The Grazing Goat)
Give the gift of the pub this Valentine’s. And not any pub, gastropub The Grazing Goat. Normally bustling downstairs and brilliant up, The Grazing Goat are here to make sure we can re-live the unique experience of their restaurant this 14th February.
Cubitt House, owner of your favourite pub, The Grazing Goat have pre-prepared the perfect steak, accompanied with a guide to cooking from their Head of Food (veggies, fear not there’s plant-based options too).
Pre-order 48 hours in advance with delivery and collection available from Friday 12th February until Sunday 14th February.
Leave your ‘get some Valentine’s meat’ jokes in the gutter and order from modern Argentine grill ZOILO creates a menu that changes monthly, but as a special nod to Valentine’s Day Chef Patron Piego Jacquet has put together a special box for lovers to make at home.
Inside each Zoilo Valentine’s box is everything you’ll need to easily prepare a three course Argentine special, including a 300g rib eye and a 250g beef fillet to be served with chips and a freshly made Chimichurri sauce.
Kona at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate
Alice may have taken Lewis Carroll’s heart, but Kona have decided to celebrate with their Alice in Wonderland themed Afternoon Tea.
The restaurant at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences includes pastries and savoury treats inspired by the Queen from the classic novel.
Items include Off With Their Heads, the Queen of Hearts portrayed through the medium of banana moelleux, including a raspberry crémeux dress. Or Checkmate, a redcurrant and chocolate Battenburg that resembles a chessboard.
Clean up this Valentine’s thanks to Peruvian restaurant Coya Mayfair’s colab with luxury lifestyle hand soap maker Bryedo.
The Valantine’s Day menu includes a specially mixed cocktail, corn tostada, a fishy dishy involving seabass, octopus, prawns, mussels, aji rocoto and avocado, Chilean wagyu rib-eye, lobster carapulcra and a helping of Rosa del Amor, a rose-shaped lychee mousse dessert.
Brigadiers (AKA Ambassador General Store)
Handbook favourite Brigadiers, along with sister restaurants Gymkhana and Trishna, have teamed up to create lockdown shop Ambassador General Store, and will be shipping out a perfect Indian dinner for two to be delivered on February 14th.
Starting with gol guppas, duck egg burji with lobster and beetroot tikki pao, the mains consist of lamb biryani with pomegranate raita, a mixed seafood korma and dal camparan along with a couple of lacha paratha. A spiced chocolate pot for dessert and you’ll be finish completely satisfied, and maybe a little tipsy thanks to the bottle of Sophie Baron Champagne.
The reality of the current situation is that couples may well be forced to spend Valentine’s Day apart. And if this is you, then Brown’s have the answer.
The hotel’s ‘Only a Place Setting Apart’ Valentine’s afternoon tea delivery is delivered to two separate households, but allows them to share the same treats together virtually.
Including Brown’s award-winning delicacies with romantic add-ons that include chocolate-dipped strawberries and a red velvet and chocolate mousse cake with a raspberry glazed heart) the tea comes with half a bottle of Ruinart Rosé Champagne each.
What a brilliant idea?
Burger & Lobster
With the tagline ‘Put a (lobster) ring on it’, the brilliant Burger & Lobster are giving you the perfect way to impress your partner this V-Day, by cooking an Atlantic lobster covered in lashings of Burger & Lobster’s signature Lemon & Garlic Butter Sauce.
The lobster platter in a box comes with a detailed recipe card, lots and lots of luxurious lobster meat (six whole lobster tails), fresh lemon, lemon mayonnaise and lashings upon lashings of of Burger & Lobster’s Lemon & Garlic Butter.
Also, lobster’s an aphrodisiac, so, y’know…
Aqua At Home
Bringing together Aqua Kyoto, Aqua Nueva and Aqua Shard into one place, you can order at-home boxes to make Valentine’s special despite lockdown.
Aqua Kyoto’s Japanese veggie and non-veggie boxes have been specially curated for the day of love, or sample the famous croquetas and other Spanish tapas courtesy of Aqua Nueva, or pretend you’re scaling the heights of Aqua Shard for a classic beef Wellington followed by chocolate and raspberry fondant with candied rose petal.
Throw in a bottle of Veuve Cliquot for £28 and you’re made. The ribbon-tied boxes are ready to be heated up and enjoyed.
As if Valentine’s wasn’t romantic enough, why not bring along two blokes called Stuart and Ian? Not sold?
Stuart is the editor of “Finest Wines of Champagne”, an expert who will talk you and your love interest through the world of Champagne.
If that’s not enough to get you bubbling then a gemmology lecture from a Sotheby’s diamond expert could only be topped off by Ian the magician. A magic circle member, Ian Sav is Beyond Curated’s Head of Magic.
But where the magic really happens is the Ruhlmann Suite at the Milestone Hotel, and Head Bartender Angelo Le Greco will be leading online guests through a mixology masterclass live from suite.
Corinthia London’s Executive Chef André Garrett has put together a romantic Valentine’s menu for two and it sounds utterly delicious.
Including caviar and blinis followed by salmon en croûte and ending on baked cheesecake with rhubarb the meal also comes with a selection of Champagnes and wine available from The Northall’s list.
Valentine’s Day, a celebration of being perfectly paired. And how better to demonstrate that you’re the Chablis to your partner’s oysters or the steak to their Shiraz, than with a Valentine’s pairing from Vinoteca.
Their Portman Marylebone wine shop is offering a Valentine’s meal box along with impeccably matched wine pairings for each dish, delivered to your doorstep.
Available in London and surrounding areas within the M25
Jikoni fuses the tastes of South Asia and the Far East with the flavours of Britain and East Africa, and now they’re going to be doing it in your kitchen. As it were.
Their globally inspired Comfort and Joy Valentines Day meal boxes are sure to arouse appetites with their South Indian inspired vegan and vegetarian feast this Valentine’s Day.
Available Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th February, order here…
The Chesterfield Mayfair
Because not everyone’s a spend thrift millennial enjoying lockdown learning to be a yoga instructor or become fluent in four languages…
If lockdown at home looks like a bomb exploded in a Little Tyke factory then perhaps this rather charming Valentine’s tea from The Chesterfield Mayfair would be a good way to tick off another day in Purgatory. At least this time there’ll be sweets.
Inspired by the Original Hardy’s Sweetshop, the experience celebrates the joy of discovering old favourites and beloved childhood memories. Ideal for children and adults alike.