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Come the 14th of February, we’ll likely all be scrabbling together last minute delivery box meals, makeshift candles in bottles (if you’re organised), or else throwing the towel in completely and succumbing to Netflix for Valentines Day: lockdown edition (if you’re not). Even so, one can still dream of clinking glasses with friends or significant others in magnificent locations. From opulent restaurants and hotel bars to resplendent stately homes and secret London theatres, indulge your inner Casanova with this edit of the most romantic rooms the UK has to offer…

The Most Romantic Rooms in the UK

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Clos Maggiore restaurant

Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden

There’s a reason Clos Maggiore is frequently classed among the most romantic restaurants in London. Don’t be fooled by its unassuming front in Covent Garden – as you descend down, the restaurant calls to mind the ruined gardens of an Italianate villa with guests dining at candlelit tables beneath a snowy canopy of foliage. closmaggiore.com

The London Edition Lobby Bar

The London Edition Lobby Bar, Fitzrovia

Oozing grandeur and Imperial decadence at every turn; if you’re planning a high-octane date, the Lobby Bar at London’s famously decadent Edition hotel is the place to do it. Exquisite cornicing, alabaster ceiling mouldings, velvet draperies and ceiling-high windows are made to be enjoyed with a glass of champagne in hand. editionhotels.com

Yester House drawing room, murals, luxurious

Yester House, East Lothian

Part of the renovation of 18th century Yester House in East Lothian – this magnificent drawing room was recently restored to palatial glory by Jeffreys Interiors. With Venetian wall murals and glittering chandeliers, it wouldn’t look amiss in a Late Romantic masterpiece. jeffreys-interiors.co.uk

Sketch pink gallery restaurant

Sketch, Mayfair

Love it or hate it, it’s impossible to talk about Valentine’s Day-worthy rooms without a mention for Sketch. Embodying the over-the-top maximalist spirit of the day, the surreal, millennial, Pepto Bismal-pink Gallery restaurant is enough to make even the boldest and most lurid of cards or decorations look tame by comparison. sketch.london

Henrietta Hotel pink bathroom

Henrietta Hotel, Covent Garden

This powder pink bathroom wouldn’t go amiss in a Wes Anderson film – but in fact it resides much closer to home at the Henrietta Hotel, Covent Garden. Echoing designer Dorothée Meilichzon’s other projects, the bedrooms and Mezzanine bar are similarly infused with groovy 70s curves, bubblegum tones and Parisian playfulness. henriettahotel.com

Wiltons theatre in Shadwell

Wilton’s Music Hall, Whitechapel

Wilton’s Music Hall in Whitechapel is a stage made for love scenes. Built in 1859, this little-known gem is buried in the streets of Shadwell, one of the few remaining unblemished examples of a giant pub hall. Although it was restored in 2015, you can still marvel (after lockdown) at the proscenium arch and charred rafters – where a sun burner chandelier with 27,000 crystals once hung. wiltons.org.uk

The Booking Office bar in St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

The Booking Office, St Pancras Renaissance

There’s a reason that (in normal times) amorous Londoners flock to The Booking Office bar of St Pancras Renaissance on a Saturday night. If you’re keen to impress a love interest, the gleaming mahogany surfaces, low-slung velvet seating and a bar that could have been conceived by Baz Luhrmann are sure to do the trick. marriott.co.uk

The chapel at Compton Verney

Compton Verney Chapel, Warwickshire

One for recipients of Valentine’s Day proposals’ black books – Compton Verney in rural Warwickshire’s historic parklands and manor is an enchanting wedding location for many reasons, but its gem is this serene, resplendently-illuminated chapel, sequestered within the Capability Brown grounds. comptonverney.org.uk

Annabel’s Flower Room, Mayfair

Anyone who has set foot through Annabel’s celebrity-studded entrance will be familiar with its dazzling other-worldly rooms, designed by Martin Brudnizki, each one more awe-inspiring than the next. Its concession to romance is the flower room, which gives the impression of stepping into a fairytale arboretum – overflowing with hundreds of roses, spilling from every surface. annabels.co.uk

Goodnestone park pink bedroom

Goodnestone Park, Kent

Reportedly an inspiration for Pride and Prejudice, Goodnestone Park in Kent is the family seat of Julian, 22nd Lord FitzWalter. Even better (for delayed 2021 plans) the whole property is available to rent for private parties of up to 24 guests – including this rosy, cosy nook of a bedroom. goodnestone.com

The Coral Room red and gold bar

The Coral Room, Soho

When lockdown lifts, one of the first places we’ll be paying a visit is the brilliantly bold Coral Room on Great Russell street. Until then, gift your Valentine (or best friend) something to look forward to, with a gift voucher for a post-lockdown evening sipping Bloomsbury Blushes. thecoralroom.co.uk

Juliette Byrne pink and cream modern bedroom in Hyde Park

Juliette Byrne, Hyde Park

Raspberry pink velvets, blush satins, sumptuous champagne linens and, of course – an enormous bed – make this Juliette Byrne-designed rose tinted boudoir in Hyde Park the dream spot for a film marathon. juliettebyrne.com

Blyth Collinson pink and green room in Chelsea project

Blyth Collinson, Chelsea

Birds of paradise flutter up walls, roses crawl along borders and a gelato silks and velvets cover every surface in this Blyth-Collinson designed sitting room in Chelsea. A Garden of Eden in miniature, it wouldn’t look out of place in a Bridgerton scene. blythcollinson.co.uk

Henry's Town House Eliza bedroom with four poster bed

Henry’s Townhouse, Marylebone

New to Upper Berkeley Street, Marylebone is the recently restored former residence of Jane Austen’s favourite brother, Henry’s Townhouse. Brought to the growing sector of fully hireable luxurious private residences by husband and wife team, Jane and Steven Collins, the exquisitely individual rooms – like the splendid, silk-tented ‘Eliza’ – are something straight from the pages of an Austen novel (and designed with input from Russell Sage Studio). henrystownhouse.co.uk

Louie Covent Garden restaurant bar

Louie, Covent Garden

Bringing together the energy of New Orleans, the polish of Paris and the pace of New York tied together with London sensibility – Louie in Covent Garden may have not quite made it on to your radar yet, owing to the timing of its opening during the pandemic. Interiors by Dion & Arles are another matter though, the dynamic, eclectic collision of colours, materials and vibrant textures and influences leaves as much to salivate over as the menu. When it reopens after lockdown, this is one of the first places you should add to your list  for an evening out. louie-london.com

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