From pretty cocktails to sharing menus and delicate patisserie, here are the most romantic restaurants in London.
Where better to spend the evening than at one of London’s most beautiful dining rooms? We hear the macaroni and cheese is to die for. 10 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NP.
Celebrate the evening with an escape to the Alps. The Soho restaurant Bocca di Lupo will introduce a series of regional takeovers this month and February is the ski season month. The chef, Jacob Kenedy and his team is launching a Valtellina ski menu including bresola valtellinese with caprino to start, followed by a cosy pizzoccheri noodle dish with cheese, sage and potato, followed by a dwarf deer stew and a blueberry and ricotta layer cake. That’ll beat a tacky chocolate fondant any day… £35 for 4 courses, 12 Archer Street, London, W1D 7BB.
This Valentine’s Day, Sarah Barber, the Executive Pastry Chef of The Café at Hotel Café Royal has created a selection of six beautifully crafted desserts to celebrate the evening. Standouts include wild strawberry & Champagne doughnut & salted caramel tart with chocolate brownie. Stop by after dinner, for a sweet treat you won’t be disappointed. Available from the 13-19 February in The Café, 68 Regent St, Soho, London W1B 4DY.
This Marylebone restaurant is perfect for a sophisticated dinner without any gimmicks this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy an Italian tipple in the cosy downstairs bar, The Dog House, before dining on antipasti and bowls of delicious pasta upstairs in the elegantly finished restaurant. The truffle fettuccine is the perfect indulgent meal. 62 Seymour Street, London W1H 5BN.
5. Sexy Fish
If you wish to spend the evening in ‘superfluous reverie,’ look no further. Sexy Fish is hosting a Valentine’s Day takeover, with a pink and red makeover, DJs and a special tasting menu. If you opt for the tasting menu, there’s a Coco de Mer goody bag for you to take home too. The menu includes oysters with myoga & shiso, beef tartare with ume & truffle and a special Valentine’s Day pudding. The menu is available for lunch and dinner from Saturday 11 – Tuesday 14 Feb, for £110, Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR.
For something a little different this Valentine’s Day, head to the “Salon des Artistes” which is making a welcome return to Piccadilly Circus, at Brasserie Zédel. On the 14 Feb, there will be a Valentine’s special, where guests can enjoy an intimate evening of variety from London’s cabaret trailblazers. In the Parisian art deco styled setting of the Crazy Coqs room, Live at Zédel will be filled with comic song, live music, superior displays of showmanship and elegant burlesque – all bound together with razor-sharp wit by The Black Cat’s ‘compère beyond compare’, Dusty Limits. Packages available include pre and post show dinner options in the brasserie, 20 Sherwood St, Soho, London W1F 7ED.
7. Grain Store
Grain Store has created a Valentine’s Day menu ideal for sharing with your loved one. Dishes include whole seabass stuffed with lobster mousse, lobster hollandaise and caesar salad as well as a special roman rose spritz made with prosecco, rose petal, honey cordial and verjus. Sharing menu £80 for two, Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4AB.
8. Blakes Hotel
Pop by the Blakes Hotel for a romantic cocktail. The Rose Valentini cocktail is a blend of rose liqueur and Amelia Rope pale rose edition chocolate. The Anoushka Hempel designed restaurant is a wonderful place to retreat too after enjoying a drink or two at the newly opened Blakes Below bar, 33 Roland Gardens, London, SW7 3PF.
Treat your Valentine to a night on the town. The latest opening from the Caprice holdings is The Ivy Soho brasserie, a Parisian style brasserie with contemporary British dining, cocktails and brunch. Bonus points for getting in there early too. The Ivy Soho Brasserie, 26-28 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 8JB.
10. The Wolseley
You can’t beat a classic. Dine on oysters, caviar and patisserie for a romantic evening in the city centre. 160 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9EB.
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like flagging down the starters trolley for your date as it’s wheeled around the restaurant, laden with rotating dishes like mackerel crudo and mustardy steak tartare. If you loved their pint-sized Michelin-starred Pidgin in Hackney, you’ll love James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy’s new Heddon Street hotspot. magpie-london.com
Below the daytime Bun House café on Greek Street you’ll find some of the most inventive cocktails in Soho, like sour plum shaken with haw liquor and chrysanthemum wine. The food is top-notch too, served in a Hong Kong-style speakeasy where you can put on your own tunes at the vinyl turntables. Only go if the date is going well – it’s open till 3am. bun.house
Sarah Barber’s rainbow-coloured croissants are not to be missed but for those that don’t have a sweet tooth first thing, there’s Ibérico ham Benedict or London cured salmon. This flower-filled Parisian café can’t fail to leave you with butterflies in your stomach. papillonlondon.com