Roses are red and violets are blue, and if you happen to be in London this Valentine’s weekend, boy do you we have some fantastic Valentine’s offers for you. Although London may not be the city of love, it will sure feel that way once you’re devouring delicious Valentine’s Day dishes, savouring special cocktails created for the occasion, and taking in the charming sights and sounds of this bustling city all lit up at night.
Browse through our picks on where to dine in London this Valentine’s Day, and for a more comprehensive guide to eating and drinking in the city, be sure to pick up your FREE copy of our London Food & Drink Guide 2019 here or read a digital version here.
30-31 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 0DU
If you’re tired of looking at your boyfriend’s face but still want an incredible dining experience this Valentine’s Day, Dans le Noir? is the restaurant for you. Offering delicious food and drink, excellent service, and an experience unlike any other, this iconic Farringdon landmark should be on every couple’s bucket list. Inviting diners to eat and drink in pitch darkness, Dans le Noir? goes above and beyond normal dining. Helping to facilitate this unique sensory experience is the intriguing menu which provides only basic information about the food, with three colour-coded options to choose from: green (vegetarian), red (meat), and blue (fish). Part of the fun of this place is not knowing what to expect.
Love is blind this Valentine’s Day with their five-course menu. For £99pp, enjoy an amuse-bouche, starter, special granita, main, and dessert to share, along with 1 scented aphrodisiac cocktail, 2 glasses of wine, and 1 perfumed glass of Prosecco. If you’re flying solo this Valentine’s, why not take blind dating to the extreme at Dans le Noir?? Starting from February 1st, all their restaurants will have a dedicated table reserved for singles willing to meet new people in an unexpected environment. For more on this unique approach to dating, contact the restaurant now.
11 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, London, SW3 2RJ
Forget Paris, London will feel like the true City of Love this Valentine’s Day when you surprise your loved one with 11 Cadogan Gardens’ Romance Package which includes a stay at the hotel, à la carte breakfast in Hans’ Bar & Grill (or in your room), a house bottle of Champagne, and a bouquet of flowers.
Set in the heart of the prestigious borough of Chelsea, 11 Cadogan Gardens is a luxury five-star hotel in a truly unbeatable location. Just a short stroll from Sloane Square and a stone’s throw from the lavish department stores of Knightsbridge, 11 Cadogen Gardens dates back to the 19th century and was originally four separate Victoria townhouses. In more recent years, 11 Cadogan Gardens has housed a private members’ club and, today, it retains the same air of exclusivity that makes every visitor feel like someone special.
87 Maple Road, Surbiton, KT6 4AW
A welcoming and homely pub set a few minutes’ drive from Kingston upon Thames and famous for its fantastic atmosphere and sumptuous home-cooked food, The Antelope is home of the Brewhouse, and this year you won’t want to miss out on their fantastic three-course Valentine’s Day menu. For just £35pp with a free glass of fizz on arrival, start with the likes of half a dozen Pacific oysters with shallots, garlic and chill dressing, and crushed ice and lemon, deep-roasted vine tomato soup with parmesan croutons and herb oil, or fillet of beef Carpaccio with shaved Parmesan, rocket, extra virgin olive oil and lemon dressing. Delicious mains follow like 8oz fillet of beef with dauphinoise potatoes, roasted vine tomatoes, Portobello mushroom, and green peppercorn sauce, chargrilled pork valentine with creamed potatoes, purple sprouting broccoli, red wine and onion jus, or the vegan cauliflower and chickpea curry with jasmine rice and roti. To finish, enjoy dreamy desserts like passion fruit bavarois, chocolate fondant with vanilla pod ice-cream, or cheese and crackers with onion jam, celery and grapes.
25 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QA
A restaurant built out of love – the owner of this beloved independent Italian eatery loved sailing on the Amerigo Vespucci ship so much he named his restaurant after it – dine on the docks in Canary Wharf this Valentine’s Day and dive straight into delicious dishes like lobster Monte Carlo, seared scallops served with mint purée topped with bacon and parsnip crisps, creamy saffron risotto served with Parmesan and poached pear, and linguine served with a selection of seafood merit sampling. Traditional Italian desserts like the indulgent tiramisu and chocolate brownie topped with toasted almonds and drizzled with hazelnut liqueur round off a truly unforgettable romantic feast.
This Valentine’s Day, whether you’re visiting for lunch or for dinner, choose from the tempting à la carte or daily specials and enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival and red Rosé for the ladies. Characterised by its delicious Italian cuisine, classic list of cocktails, and jovial service, Amerigo Vespucci is a wonderful restaurant that leaves a lasting impression. Since opening over 24 years ago, it has had many facelifts to keep things fresh and offer loyal followers something new; today you’ll find soft lighting and neat black tables and grey chairs, lending a tranquil atmosphere. The cooking is suffused with passion, with a menu that hops around the regions of Italy and showcases the diversity of Italian cuisine.
74 Duke Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 6JZ
At Spaghetti House this Valentine’s Day, enjoy a lovely 3-course menu with a complimentary Aperol Spritz or Negroni on arrival. Nestled just off Tottenham Court Road in the famous and historical Fitzrovia area, the charming Spaghetti House of Goodge Street is a culinary oasis, delighting busy workers, relaxed tourists and sated shoppers weekly with a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. When we visited the restaurant, we started our meal by sharing a generously heaped plate of delicate, crispy zucchini fritte before moving onto avocado bruschetta, beautifully presented courgette spaghetti with shrimp, juicy cherry tomatoes and king prawns dressed in spicy tomato broth. To finish, we fell head over heels for the homemade crème caramel dessert.
49-51 Lisson Grove, Marylebone, London, NW1 6UH
The seafood restaurant of choice for Londoners, professionals, tourists, and even the occasional A-list celebrity such as Liza Minnelli, Denzel Washington, and Lady Gaga, ensure you’re not caught in a bad romance this Valentine’s Day by spoiling your partner to the tempting three-course set menu at The Seashell of Lisson Grove.
On the big night itself, for just £40 per person, enjoy complimentary oysters from Richard Hayward and a glass of Prosecco before indulging in the starter of pan-seared scallops partnered with minted pea cream and puff pastry croutons followed by an enticing sharing plate featuring half a grilled lobster, green-lipped muscles and pan-fried baby octopus, served with hand-cut chips and seasonal vegetables. No Valentine’s Day would be complete without chocolate, and what better way to finish this intimate feast than with a dessert that promises to heat things up; swoon over the dark chocolate mousse with berry gel and chilli chocolate and get completely swept off your feet. Vegetarians also need not miss out on all the love this Valentine’s Day as vegetarian alternatives for all these dishes are available on request.
33 Cornhill, City, London, EC3V 3ND
Situated in the beating heart of this bustling city, Silk & Grain is an independently run steak restaurant famous for its top-quality 35-day-aged steak in a variety of cuts ranging from Tomahawk and Porterhouse, to Chateaubriand and many more, sourced from accredited farms by master butcher John Gilmour – an independent family-run butcher’s based in the Scottish Borders specialising in the supply of the top one percent of Scottish beef.
Running throughout February, to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Silk & Grain are offering guests a special cocktail, the ‘Ruby Fizz’, made with a delicious mix of Haymans Sloe Gin, Edinburgh Raspberry Gin, pomegranate, citrus and sugar, guaranteed to freshen things up on these cold, winter evenings. Also, if you book a table with the restaurant this Valentine’s Day, you’ll receive a free Valentine’s Day cocktail with your meal.
18-20 Mackenzie Walk, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4PH
Don’t fumble and book Humble Grape this Valentine’s Day, an independent London wine merchant, wine bar and restaurant with five sites across the London area. With special dishes, offers, and a one-day-only Valentine’s Day inspired wine flight, it’s no wonder that most tables for February 14th are already reserved, but don’t worry – if you’re unable to reserve a table on the big day, this rustic, warm, and endlessly welcoming venue offers a romantic and intimate dining experience no matter when you visit.
With more than 400 delicious wines to choose from, wine is imported directly from independent and sustainable producers, all of whom are very friendly with the Humble Grape team and provide training to the staff directly. Each site’s food offering differs to reflect the head chefs’ individual flair, yet all are united by the theme of social eating. You’ll find a tempting mix of small plates and sharing platters, which pair perfectly with the wine list. Some dishes change weekly, yet the firm favourites remain to be enjoyed time and time again – such as the baked Camembert, which you can choose to garnish with honey and hazelnut, garlic and rosemary, or cranberry, Port and thyme. All are equally delectable and served with homemade bread.