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OTT Romantic Things to Do with Your Date this Valentine’s

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Wondering how to spoil your other half this Valentine’s Day? Look no further. From private chefs in penthouse suites to dining at the most romantic table in town, these suggestions are guaranteed to sweep your sweetheart off their feet. Here’s our pick of extravagant Valentine’s date ideas…

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Extravagant Valentine’s Date Ideas 2020

Book a seat at the most romantic table in town

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Dine inside The Dorchester’s shimmering masterpiece, Table Lumière, a magical space cocooned by a luminescent graduated oval curtain and surrounded by 4,500 shimmering optical fibres which drop dramatically from the ceiling. From here, enjoy a five-course menu which includes hand-dived scallops, confit duck foie gras and a sharing dessert, washed down with a bottle of Champagne Ruinart rosé. Packages available upon request.

Indulge in an OTT afternoon tea with Maître Choux

Maitre Choux

Pretty éclairs and delicious choux paired with glasses of Laurent-Perrier champagne; it doesn’t get much sweeter than that. Surprise your special someone with a Maître Choux Valentine‘s Sweet Pink Afternoon Tea complete with picture-perfect éclairs, rose flavoured chocolate chouquettes and Tahitian vanilla cream and raspberry purée-infused choux buns topped with delightful heart-shaped chocolates. £84 per couple. Until 16 February. Available from Maître Choux Soho, 60 Dean Street, W1D 6AW, London or Maître Choux Chelsea, 59 King’s Road, SW3 4ND, London.

Enjoy a private riverside dinner at Le Lodge d’Amour

Le Pont De la Tour

Dine in a riverside hut complete with your own private waiter at French-inspired restaurant Le Pont de la Tour. This February their popular riverside cheese room is being transformed into Le Lodge d’Amour, a cosy hut complete with a private waiter, blankets and Champagne. You’ll be served a lavish six-course dinner featuring dishes including foie gras with smoked duck breast and lobster tortellino. Le Lodge d’Amour available 5-13 February, six courses (with a bottle of Moët and Chandon) costs £200 for two people.

Get hitched at one of London’s most iconic stores

Fortnum & Mason Chapel of Love

Say ‘I do’ at Fortnum & Mason’s pop-up wedding installation, open at the Piccadilly store throughout February. Running across all three floors, the chapel will feature the iconic Fortnum’s clock, illuminated stained-glass windows, a chiming wedding bell and a neon pink ‘Chapel of Love’ sign. You’ll need a registrar and a marriage licence to officially tie the knot, but for those just looking for a taste of married life, a non-legal ceremony can be organised. Heads up: the space is pretty small, so chose your witnesses carefully. The chapel is open to all though, so if you’re in a new relationship you could still swing by the chapel to check it out – a good way to test the water, perhaps?

Say ‘I love you’ with dessert

Brasserie of Light

© Ben Carpenter

Marylebone’s Brasserie of Light are puling out all the stops this Valentine’s, offering diners an indulgent ‘For my sweet’ dessert comprised of strawberry ice cream, creamy white chocolate mousse and rose water foam, topped with crispy chocolate pearls and sumptuous raspberry sauce. Available until 16 February, 400 Oxford St, Duke St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB

Watch a romantic film at The Berkeley’s rooftop cinema

The Berkeley

For a truly magical starlit setting, visit the rooftop cinema at Mayfair hotel The Berkeley. This Valentine’s Day they’re inviting just four couples to watch rom-com classic When Harry Met Sally at their cosy retreat, complete with fluffy cushions, snug rugs, unlimited mulled wine and a bottle of bubbly. Valentine’s  package priced at £300 per couple.

Stay in a penthouse suite with a private chef


If you and your beau are after some privacy, book a stay at one of Cheval Collection’s spectacular London penthouse suites, where a private chef will be on hand to cook you an intimate dinner. Cheval Knightsbridge are offering a complimentary bottle of champagne and box of chocolates for all bookings between 12-17 February.

Have a six-course meal in the sky at Bōkan 37


Take your romance up a level by whizzing your Valentine up 37 floors to sky-high restaurant Bōkan 37 for an indulgent 6-course feast. Couples will be guaranteed a window table, ensuring spectacular panoramic views of London as they tuck into a glass of Taittinger and delightful cuisine from chef Aurélie Altemaire, one of Joel Robuchon’s protégées. £115pp.

Enjoy the ultimate romantic weekend at Sofitel London St James

Sofitel St James

Impress your other half with Sofitel London St James’ romantic Valentine’s date experience. Kick the celebrations off with a visit to the hotel’s luxurious spa, where you’ll be treated to a one-hour bespoke couples’ treatment followed by afternoon tea. Save some space for dinner though, which will be served at the hotel’s restaurant Wild Honey St James – dishes include hand dived scallops, grilled Scottish beef and a hot chocolate fondant. Afterwards, return to your room where a Hermes bubble bath will be waiting, before diving into your gigantic bed. Top it all off with breakfast in bed the next morning. Valentine’s Day Romance Offer is priced at £130pp (for a spa treatment and afternoon tea), dinner costs £120pp including Champagne.

Tuck into an aphrodisiac menu at Blakes Hotel

Blakes Restaurant

Often described as London’s sexiest hotel, Blakes Hotel in Kensington has put together an aphrodisiac menu designed to get pulses racing. Dishes include tempura oyster with caviar and Jerusalem artichoke with truffle mayo, followed by a triple chocolate mousse dessert with raspberries. Want to make a night of it? Book a stay in one of the hotel’s luxury rooms, where you can opt for their special Behind Closed Doors experience, complete with champagne, chocolates, silk pyjamas and unlimited room service. The Aphrodisiac Menu is available 14 and 15 February for £65pp.

Dine in an igloo at Aviary


Dine under the stars in one of Aviary’s intimate igloos, perched on a rooftop which overlooks the London skyline. With twinkling lights, faux fur blankets, hot water bottles and snug rugs, it’s the perfect place to snuggle up with your sweetheart. Feast on crispy truffled polenta and seafood platters piled high with oysters, lobster and crab, washed down with a bottle of champagne – the perfect Valentine’s date. Igloos available to book from £300.

Have dinner on a boat at London Shell Co.

London Shell Co.

Meander through London’s canals at one of the city’s most romantic restaurants, London Shell Co., found on board The Prince Regent. Tuck into a six-course seafood menu featuring a traditional aphrodisiac of oysters alongside dishes like Cornish shellfish chowder, cod with colcannon and sprout tops, and a mint, rhubarb and blood orange salad with sorbet. £75pp.

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