Valentine's Day is the one time of year to go out of your way to show your other half how much you care. While cards, flowers and chocolates have become customary gifts to mark the occasion, there are also a number of romantic things to do with your loved one to make the day a memorable one. Whether you're a cheesy romantic looking for the perfect evening meal or want something sweet to impress a first date, London has everything there is to offer this Valentine's Day.
Champagne dinner at Harrods
A romantic dinner date is a classic way to celebrate the holiday, and Harrods is offering a luxurious version that will leave you feeling loved. Head to the Perrier-Jouët Champagne Terrace at Harrods for a glass of Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé and sharing platters created by executive head chef Andy Cook. Feast on a board of Charcuterie, smoked salmon and fine cheese before indulging on a duo of desserts, all while soaking up rooftop views of London.
WHEN: Until 15 February
WHERE: Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
For more information visit harrods.com
Sip on Sex and The City themed cocktails at The Ivy
Grab your gal pals and celebrate female friendship over a limited-edition ‘Sex and The City’ inspired cocktail. Are you a Carrie, a Charlotte, a Samantha or a Miranda? With a menu featuring cocktails reminiscent of the characters personalities, the Ivy’s mixologists have ensured there’s a cocktail for everyone this February.
WHEN: Thursday 13 February 2020
WHERE: 26-28 Broadwick Street, W1F 8JB
For more information visit theivysohobrasserie.com
Candlelit meal overlooking London
Candles, champagne and dazzling views all make for an atmospheric and memorable evening with your loved one. Be welcomed at The Curtain’s LIDO with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rose followed by a candlelit three-course dinner. If the roasted scallops with pumpkin and caviar sauce or T-Bone steak with potato dauphinoise aren't enough to entice you, then the beautiful views over East London will. Plus, the milk chocolate and hazelnut tart with cocoa nibs, praline and roasted white chocolate sounds divine.
WHEN: 14 - 15 February 2020
WHERE: 45 Curtain Rd, Hackney, London EC2A 3PT
For more information visit thecurtain.com
Get dressed up and go to a ball
Put on your dancing shoes and head to The Royal Lancaster Hotel for a Valentine’s Day charity ball hosted by Make A Wish® UK. Set to be a fantastic evening complete with silent and main auctions, a live performance from Nadine Coyle and a three-course dinner paired with fine wines - what better way to celebrate the national day of love than by giving back at this star-studded event? Tickets are priced at £300 per person.
WHEN: Saturday 15 February 2020
WHERE: The Royal Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, Bayswater, W2 2TY
For more information visit make-a-wish.org.uk
Head on a roadtrip
Escaping the city and whisking your partner off on a mini-break doesn't have to cost a fortune. DriiveMe is a £1 one-way car rental company that allows you to hire a car or van for 24 hours and head to certain cities across the UK, so you can bag a bargain on transport. After all, a huge chunk of the cost of a holiday is the train or plane ticket! Perhaps the Lake District, which is a hugely popular destination to propose, will be the top of the list for some?
WHEN: Any time
WHERE: Your choice!
For more information visit driiveme.co.uk
Play crazy golf at Birdies
Not into flowers, chocolates and an overpriced meal? If you’re looking for something less traditional to do this Valentine’s Day, check out Birdies in Battersea - London’s newest cocktail bar and crazy golf experience. Offering a Valentine’s Day package which includes a cocktail to share, a food platter from their on site restaurant - Taco-Yaki, and a round of golf for 2 - all for just £50 - this deal is perfect for pairs looking for a different kind of date night.
WHEN: 12 - 14 February 2020
WHERE: 6 Arches Lane, Battersea, SW11 8AB
For more information visit https://www.playbirdies.com/
Afternoon Tea at London Hilton
Who said your Valentine's Day date had to be dinner? Show someone how special they are with an afternoon tea at Podium, the restaurant at London Hilton on Park Lane. Be spoilt for choice with a selection of marinated prawns, chocolate chip scones with salted caramel spread, as well as strawberry and passion fruit pastry domes topped with a chocolate heart. Plus, you can even upgrade to Champagne if you fancy an indulgent afternoon - our mouth is watering just thinking about it!
WHEN: Until 16 February
WHERE: 22 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1BE
For more information visit hilton.com
Sip on cocktails in Covent Garden
London is a romantic city, so why not head to the centre for your loved-up evening? Covent Garden’s Maison Bab is offering some delicious cocktails to celebrate the occasion, including the Grey Goose Frosted Heart. Served on a bed of raspberries, it is a vodka-based slushy infused with notes of rose and lemon and it comes in a Valentine's-themed pink hue. We'll raise a glass to that!
WHERE: Maison Bab, 4 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9FA
WHEN: Maison Bab Monday – Sunday
For more information visit maisonbab.com
Enjoy a very pink afternoon tea
Everyone's favourite patisserie Maître Choux is going big this Valentine's Day, and there are two events you'll want to look out for – a very millennial pink, Instagrammable afternoon tea, and a more interactive éclair decorating workshop. The Valentine's Sweet Pink Afternoon Tea, which runs until Sunday in the store's Soho and Chelsea branches, will offer couples a sweet spread of specialty Valentine's Day éclairs, choux buns, and rose flavoured chocolate chouquettes, all alongside a drink of their choice. The workshop, meanwhile, takes place at Maître Choux King's Road where you and your special someone can decorate your very own edible éclair towers, while enjoying a glass of champagne or a non-alcoholic hot beverage.
WHEN: Until Sunday 16 February
WHERE: Maître Choux Soho at 60 Dean Street, W1D 6AW, London or Maître Choux Chelsea at 59 King's Road, SW3 4ND, London
To book into events, visit maitrechoux.com
Banquet at Bentley's
Valentine's Day is a fish-lovers dream, with oysters widely considered to be one most romantic dishes. Head to Bentley’s for a three-course feast, featuring dishes such as scallop ceviche with blood orange and mint, and freshly-shucked oysters. Those with a sweet-tooth won't be disappointed either, with warm chocolate fondant with citrus sorbet the perfect way to finish off your meal. If you don't fancy a full meal, you can also pop in for a cocktail or gift a seafood cookery class to your date for later in the month.
WHEN: 14 February 2020
WHERE: 11-15 Swallow St, Mayfair, London W1B 4DG
For more information visit bentleys.org
Celebrate with something really sweet
Creams has launched a delicious new menu for Valentine's - and we approve! Sweet-toothed lovers can choose from three decadent desserts created by top pastry chef Chris Bernard. You can look forward to Holey Crepe!, an exquisite hand-draw lace crepe, filled with scoops of creamy pina colada, mint chocolate chip, rose and raspberry gelato, which is made in Creams's London Gelato factory, or Waffle Cookie Dough n'Luv, a sensational white chocolate cookie dough centred waffle, topped with fruity pomegranate gelato, a choice of vanilla soft serve or whipped cream, fresh strawberries and drizzled with white chocolate sauce and marshmallows. Yum!
WHEN: Now until 16 February
WHERE: Creams nationwide
For more information, click here creamscafe
Get V-day ready with a new blow-dry
Celebrating the day with your loved one can be a stressful affair, so why not head to Blush & Blow for the ultimate treat and pampering experience. Spoil yourself with a fancy blow-dry to get you ready for your date. A cut and blow-dry will only set you back £75 - and it will be worth it!
WHEN: Open now
WHERE: 197 New Kings Rd, London, SW6 4SR
Book an appointment here blushandblowlondon.com
Take a romantic trip to Paris without leaving London
Find the style, amour and romance of Paris without having to cross the Channel at luxury tea emporium and salon de thé, Mariage Frères in Covent Garden. With suitably romantic menus and an array of tea-inspired gifts, Mariage Frères has you covered this Valentine’s Day.
WHERE: 38 King St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8JS
Experience Valentine’s day in the sky
London Skybar is offering a “Valentine’s in The Sky” dining experience for two nights only, hosting unique and unforgettable dining and Champagne packages – set against the iconic backdrop of London’s skyline. For those not wanting to dine, “Champagne in the Sky” bookers will gain access to the exclusive London viewing spot and receive a glass of champagne on arrival - the dream!
WHEN: 14th and 15th February
WHERE: Millbank Tower, 21 – 24 Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RS
To book visit: https://atmospherevenues.com/%20valentines-in-the-sky%20/
Have a prosecco-filled afternoon tea by Harrods
Located just a hop, skip and a jump away from Harrods, The Capital hotel is offering a very refined afternoon tea this Valentine's Day. The Knightsbridge venue has just launched its brand new free-flowing Pink Prosecco Afternoon Tea where guests can savour delicate finger sandwiches, pretty pastries and homemade scones, served with Cornish clotted cream and cherry and pepper jam. Those visiting on Valentine's weekend will even be treated to a limited-edition box of Pierre Marcolini chocolate truffles to take home. The tea costs £78 for two, but add another £10 for the free-flowing prosecco option, or add a glass of champagne each for £98.
WHEN: From 14 February
WHERE: 22-24 Basil Street, London, SW3 1AT
To book visit warwickhotels.com/the-capital
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Brasserie of Light
If you can convince your loved one to treat you to a gift from Selfridges (handbag, anyone?!), then why not treat them to the prettiest dessert at Brasserie of Light? Found in the department store itself, they’ve created a delicious dessert ‘For my sweet’ that incorporates strawberry ice cream white chocolate mousse, rose water foam, crispy chocolate pearls and raspberry sauce to top it off. Two spoons, please!
WHEN: Available 13th to 16th February
WHERE: Brasserie of Light, 400 Oxford Street W1A 1AB
Serenade your partner (yes, really!)
Ok, don’t worry if you don’t have the voice of Lewis Capaldi, because Fortnum and Mason will take care of it for you - their hampers are a perfect gift for anyone, but they’ve taken it up a notch for Valentine’s Day. The well-stocked iconic wicker basket contains a range of Fortnum’s biscuits, chocolates and savoury delights plus a bottle of Blanc de Blancs Champagne, complete with a personalised label bearing a message of your choice, but most importantly, the hamper comes hand-delivered by Fortnum & Mason’s iconic Red Coats accompanied by a slick Barbershop-style performance of your chosen song from chosen song from Alex Le Roux's leading music management company ALR Music. So what song will *you* request?
WHEN: Valentine's Weekend
To book, contact the Fortnum's City Concierge team. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 973 5602.
Treat your loved one to the most heavenly bouquet
The Dorchester is one of the most beautiful hotels in London, and they’ve now created THE most beautiful ‘Dorchester Rose’, which is available to buy. Seven years in the making, the rose is blousy in composition and has a pale blush colouring, with the pink tones developing as the rose opens. It’s seriously romantic and we can’t think of anything prettier to buy for your Valentine.
WHEN: Shop open now
WHERE: The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1QA
Costs £65 and available at the Florist at The Dorchester or on dorchestercollection.com
Whisk your Valentine to Greece… kind of
Well, at least enjoy some Greek flavours! Nestled in the heart of Bermondsey, celebrate the most romantic day of the year sipping on a delicious Metaxa Mediterranean Highball cocktail, whilst tucking into a five course menu created by Oliveology chef and anthropologist Lida Pappamatthiaki. Focusing on traditional Greek flavours and the five senses, and inspired by Lida's home of Crete and Metaxa's unique tastes of Samos Muscat wines, aged wine distillates and Mediterranean botanicals - this is guaranteed to bring the perfect touch of sweet and spice to your Valentine's Day. Plus, the foods chosen are considered aphrodisiacs...
WHEN: 14th February
WHERE: Railway Arch at Spa Terminus
£50pp, book here: oliveology.co.uk/