How to Have the Most Romantic Valentine’s Day at Home
Fact: staying in is just as romantic as going out, if not more so. This is great news for Valentine’s Day 2021 as, like it or not, we’ll all have to stay close to home. And who wants to go out for V-Day anyway? Packed restaurants, fixed menus (at elevated prices), cheesy decorations… there are so many better ways to do it, none of which involve leaving the comfort of your house. So dress up, put on a romantic playlist and pop the champagne: love is in the air and this Valentine’s Day at home is set to be the best yet.
Romance-Filled Ideas for Valentine’s Day at Home
Claridge’s afternoon tea – at home
There’s nothing more indulgent than a really well-considered, flawlessly executed afternoon tea, and Claridge’s is up there with the best of them. For Valentine’s Day 2021, the hotel is offering to deliver its tempting Valentine’s afternoon tea straight to your door. As well as the usual finger sandwiches and scones with Cornish clotted cream and Marco Polo gelée, the Valentine’s Day afternoon tea menu features showstopping cakes: a rhubarb and vanilla religieuse, quince and apple streusel tart, passion fruit cheesecake and a Valrhona dark chocolate brownie are all on the menu. Plus, as a special gift, delivery comes with a tin of Claridge’s blend tea and clotted cream fudge.
From £50 pp. claridges-stvalentinesday.slerp.com
Let the restaurant come to you
At this point, we’re all heartily bored by our own cooking skills (or lack thereof). But don’t settle for your standard local pizza takeout on Valentine’s Day. There are now countless restaurants offering their culinary creations to takeaway, so you can experience first-class cooking at home. Clever app Supper London has the cream of London restaurants on its books, including Zuma, Nobu, 45 Jermyn Street and Hide, plus many more. And no dodgy delivery drivers, spilt soup or cold pasta – it sends its precious packages out on high-tech Japanese scooters, equipped to keep food at its optimum temperature.
Just add flowers
This Valentine’s Day, Mayfair restaurant Park Chinois is offering a special Love Chinois at Home menu for two, available on Supper, Slerp and Deliveroo. The line-up includes dim sum, Cantonese roast duck with champagne and orange sauce, Scottish 35-day aged rib-eye with black pepper, and Madagascan organic prawn with young coconut, okra and tamarind. And, even better, if you order in advance by 10 February, you’ll receive a bouquet of 15 Balthazar roses for £80 more.
Available 13-14 February, £195. parkchinois.com
Treat your Valentine to a hamper of treats
Popular neighbourhood bakery Gail’s is offering up a selection of hampers and bakes to mark Valentine’s Day this year. The Chocolate Breakfast in Bed Hamper is filled with freshly baked chocolate sourdough, organic orange marmalade, whey butter, two pain au chocolat, freshly squeezed OJ and Gail’s house-blend coffee. There’s definitely no need to get out of bed, then.
Available from 28 January. gailsbread.co.uk
Put the kids to work on breakfast
Alternatively, you can get the kids to bring you breakfast in bed, thanks to Cook School’s clever boxes of fresh ingredients put together with children in mind. Each box contains all the ingredients you need to create a delicious meal for four people, and a simple, step-by-step recipe card for children to follow with their parents. These easy-to-follow instructions are written by award-winning children’s cookbook author and co-founder of Cook School, Amanda Grant, and have been thoroughly tested by children. For breakfast in bed, its delicious Valentine’s Day Granola will be just the ticket.
£20 for a box, cookschool.shop
Mix up a Pornstar Martini with this masterclass
Brush up on your cocktail-making skills this Valentine’s Day with a virtual masterclass with master mixologist and barman Douglas Ankrah, creator of the world-famous Pornstar Martini. In the masterclass you’ll be given an insight into the story behind this cocktail, and walked through a step-by-step guide on how to make it for yourself at home. There’s only 100 places available, so book yours quick to avoid disappointment.
£60. 6pm, Sunday 14 February, originalpornstarmartini.com
Recreate London’s most luxurious bath experience
In times of stress, there’s nothing better than sinking back into a fantastic bath. This Valentine’s Day, the Shangri-La Hotel, in the Shard, is upping the ante with a DIY hamper to recreate the hotel’s luxurious bath experience at home. The hamper comprises a a Shangri-La signature scented candle, two plush Shangri-La bathrobes, Neal’s Yard Beauty Sleep Foaming Bath, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne and a Valentine’s Day card. Of course, whether you decide to share it is up to you.
Enjoy breakfast in bed, courtesy of The Berkeley
Valentine’s Day in lockdown calls for an indulgent breakfast in bed – better yet, a bundle of delicious treats delivered direct to your door. Illustrious Knightsbridge hotel The Berkeley is doing just that; spreading the love with an array of romance-themed breakfast delights, including heart-shaped French toast, raspberry croissants, fruit, granola and freshly squeezed orange juice. Opt for a bottle of Laurent Perrier champagne to add glamour to the occasion, plus a bouquet of McQueens flowers to really put a smile on that special someone’s face. From £15. Available 13 and 14 February. Call The Berkeley on +44(0)20 7201 1653 for delivery across SW1X or for collection from the hotel, every day from 8am-11am. the-berkeley.co.uk
Step out to see Connaught Village’s Valentine’s installation
Try a new route for one of your daily walks this Valentine’s weekend, and stop by Connaught Village in London to see its new neon light installation. The Tree of Love, Joy and Hope can be found at the junction of Connaught Street and Kendal Street, a popular walking route for those heading towards Hyde Park. While you’re checking it out, you can also stock up on goodies for a Valentine’s meal from the village’s wine merchant, Connaught Cellars, or cheesemongers, Buchanans. connaught-village.co.uk
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