Looking for somewhere special to eat on St Valentine's Day in London? Whether you’re old flames, or still in those first heady days of a new relationship, impress your special someone with one of these romantic Valentine's Day ideas. And to woo a real foodie - we've also got some edible gift suggestions.
Soho - 100 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 0TN
If you're after a romantic soundtrack to your Valentine's Day dinner, then Soho spot 100 Wardour St hopes it's got the tone right. Upstairs in the bar and lounge the Otty trio will be performing a gentle soundtrack to your Valentine’s Evening, with 3 courses for £45. Downstairs they'll be working through the World’s Greatest Love Songs with Jermain Jackman and Chris Royal singing everything from My Girl to Signed, Sealed, Delivered to accompany the 3 course menu at £75 per person.
Victoria - 39 Buckingham Palace Rd, Westminster, London SW1W 0PS
One day isn't enough when it comes to the festival of love, so Victoria hotel The Rubens is putting on all manner of romantic offers from 11-17 February. If it's dinner you're after, head for The English Grill where their three course dinner includes a gift (and you can bookend it with champagne cocktails in the Leopard Bar and a nightcap in the New York bar. £80.00 per person (£120.00 with wine flight). Alternatively, book their Valentine's Afternoon Tea for £45 which includes a complimentary shot of Aphrodisiac Cocktail.
151-157 City Rd, Hoxton, London EC1V 1JH
Chef Patron Arnaud Steven has come up with a seven course menu for Valentine's Day where courses are interspersed with special sharing dishes, so you start with the sourdough bread “tear and share” with caramelised onion butter, there's a main of slow cooked rack of Berkshire pork with “pomme forestiere” and truffle jus and for dessert there's a chocolate caramel fondant for two with salted almond praline and Madagascan vanilla ice cream. It costs £85 but they're doing a special deal for Hot Dinners readers of £65. The menu is available on Thursday 14 February and Saturday 16 February. Please follow the below link to book the exclusive Hot Dinners Valentine’s Day offer or quote Hot Dinners when booking over the phone on 020 3837 3102.
36 – 40 Rupert Street, London, London W1D 6DW
If you're after something a little different for Valentine's Day, then it's fair to say that Aegean-inspired Soho restaurant Hovarda has just the thing. Their Valentine's tasting menu is packed full of inventive takes on traditionally romantic fare. So to start a native oyster comes (along with its aphrodisiac qualities) with a tarator sauce made with tahini and yoghurt, shortrib of beef is served with aubergine beğendi and even a pre-dessert of Vanilla Ice Cream comes drizzled with extra virgin Cretan olive oil and sea salt. Six courses cost £55 and you can bookend the meal with champagne to start or an espresso martini to finish. The menu is on for a week from 9-17 February to spread the love.
Covent Garden - Floral Court, London WC2E 8JD
In Covent Garden, Floral Court is being transformed into a lovers' garden with displays of hellebores and flowering quince. Either side of the central courtyard, both La Goccia and The Petersham restaurants are putting on special Valentine's menus from 14-16 February.
At La Goccia there'll be a rose petal bellini on arrival, followed by antipasti and three courses for £45. Highlights include Rive Fal native oyster with pickled alexanders and risotto with drab crab, saffron and garden herbs.
The Petersham has a three-course dinner for £75 per person (£155 with wine pairings) - with dishes like spiced Haye Farm duck with Marsala, star anise, baked celeriac and grumolo rosa and a date and chai steamed pudding with Vin Santo custard.
Kensington - 1 Kensington Ct, London W8 5DL
Looking for a super romantic spot for dinner? Well, The Oratory at The Milestone is actually housed in the 19th-century chapel (Nancy Mitford's grandfather used to own the house) and you can book it out for just two from £655.00 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, try the sensual six-course Valentine's menu with a welcome glass of Lanson Pere Fils champagne in the hotel's Cheneston's restaurant from 14-16 February.
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