If you’re looking for a romantic Valentine’s Day experience, London and its surrounding cities have plenty of options. From cozy pubs to elegant restaurants, the city has something for everyone. If you’re not sure where to start, keep reading for our suggestions on the best places to go this Valentine’s Day!
1. The Alice | Oxford
The Alice, an all-day dining restaurant and bar providing traditional British meals as interpreted by Chris Emer, former Executive Sous at Pollen Street Social, has devised a special Valentine’s menu that will be available from the 11th to the 14th of February.
Seasonally driven and mostly supported by local farmers and suppliers from Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, and Gloucestershire, The Alice is located within the Graduate Hotels® The Randolph Hotel and is the ideal venue for city dwellers looking for a great meal.
Dishes on Valentine’s Day will include:
- Hot & cold Porthilly oyster, mignonette dressing, herb emulsion, lime (half-dozen) £16
- Côte de Boeuf, oxtail mac & cheese, chili tenderstem broccoli, triple cooked chips £75
- Chocolate & pistachio, white chocolate aero, cocoa nib, creme fraiche £10
- Rhubarb & cardamom custard £9
On the 14th, all diners will enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne as well as a unique Chef’s creation that will be presented to the table as a surprise for loved ones. For guests wishing to extend their evening at the newly remodeled hotel, in-room goodies and packages will be available.
The Snug and The Morse Bar, the restaurant’s sister bars, will be available for comfortable pre-dinner cocktails and after-dinner beverages. On Sunday, February 13th, the restaurant will stay open late, taking reservations until 9 p.m.
The Alice at The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels® will be serving Valentine’s menus from 11-14th February. Reservations on the 14th will receive complimentary fizz and chef’s special to the table. Reservations are now open via www.thealiceoxford.com
2. Valentine’s Day Art Afternoon Tea At Mirror Room | Rosewood London
This February, Mirror Room, the contemporary all-day dining room within Rosewood London’s premium hotel, will serve a special Valentine’s Day menu. For those wishing to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a loved one, Mirror Room’s current Yayoi Kusama-inspired Art Afternoon Tea will be given a romantic Valentine’s Day twist this year.
Guests can expect a variety of Japanese sandwiches, ranging from Chicken teriyaki and spring onion to Crispy rice cracker, yuzu avocado, and keta caviar, as well as classic pastries and show-stopping cakes inspired by Kusama’s works, all reimagined in a red and pink color palette to mark the occasion. Guests may salute the special day with a glass of fizz or 0% alcohol sparkling wine that comes with the menu.
The Valentine’s Day menu is available from 12:00 – 17:45 on the 12th, 13th & 14th February. To book visit rosewood hotels.com.
3. Valentine’s Day At Il Borro Tuscan Bistro | London
On Valentine’s Day, Il Borro Tuscan Bistro London will serve a special menu developed by chef Andrea Campani to commemorate the amorous occasion. Oysters, Sears Hand-dived scallops with foie gras, and balm truffle will be among the genuine Italian delicacies available to guests.
There will also be two delicious pasta dishes on the menu, including Beetroot cappellacci packed with lobster and fresh burrata and Gnocchi al ragù, in true Italian fashion. A Raspberry and white chocolate millefeuille will be available for those with a sweet taste to finish off their perfect Valentine’s evening.
Il Borro’s professional bar crew has also designed two special cocktails for Valentine’s weekend, including the Inamorati, which means loves, and the Musa drink.
There will be two menu options, the first of which will cost £125 per person and feature an aperitivo, antipasto, one pasta, a main meal, and a dessert. A bottle of Perrier Jouet Champagne will be included in the second meal, which will cost £143 per person.
For more information and to book, please visit the website here.
4. Pergola On The Wharf, Valentine’s By Candlelight
Pergola On The Wharf will host a wonderful Valentine’s Day celebration, with candles and a string quartet performing classic love songs. On the most romantic day of the year, treat the significant person in your life to a delectable three-course Valentine’s Day special set dinner and relax in the magnificent surroundings.
Pergola on the Wharf, Crossrail Pl, London E14 5AR, @pergolalondon.
5. Indulge In Elegant Truffle Dishes At Bar des Pres
Bar des Pres, Mayfair’s intimate Franco/East Asian restaurant, has introduced a variety of new exquisite Perigord truffle dishes to the menu, ideal for a special occasion like Valentine’s Day. At the counter, you may be right in the middle of the activity, or reserve one of the cozy booth tables.
Artichoke salad with yuzu truffle vinaigrette, rocket, and pine nuts, and roasted hand-dived scallops and Jerusalem artichokes over a bed of velvety velouté, beautifully finished with wafer-thin slices of black Perigord truffle, can be your order of choice.
Black truffle is abundantly blended into the characteristic mash potato and then generously shaved on top of the sides as well. Finish the evening with a traditional chocolate souffle or a delightfully crisp Vanilla Mille-Feuille.
6. The Prince, Famous First Words, Valentine’s Day Special
Famous First Words is returning by popular demand at London’s favorite party bar, The Prince, after a total sell-out Christmas edition. Famous First Words, the boisterous live singing game show presented by legendary performers Tim & Gendle and including all of the finest love and breakup songs, is back for a special Valentine’s edition.
The event is free to enter, enjoyable to play, and entertaining to watch, and you might win it all in front of a loud crowd at The Prince if you have a decent memory for lyric remembering. Remember, this isn’t karaoke, and you don’t need Tom Jones’ voice to participate; all you need is lyric knowledge and some Dutch bravery! Couples, individuals, and huge groups will enjoy this event.
Reservations here: https://www.theprincelondon.com/bookings/ @theprincelondon.
7. Intimate Latin American Jazz Night At Amazonico | London
The Palm Swing Jazz Club will perform at Latin American restaurant Amazonico on Monday, February 14th, where customers may enjoy the sensuous sounds of Samba and smokey jazz throughout dinner. Amazonico’s Latin American-inspired cuisine will tantalize your taste buds with enhanced street food classics, traditional platters, and a range of shared meals suitable for this romantic occasion.
Navajas: Marinated Razor Clams, Corn Gazpacho, and Vegetable Escabeche; Causa de Vieiras: Hand dive scallops and purple potatoes with an acevichado caviar sauce; Lubina al Mojo: Pan-fried wild-caught sea bass, cassava, and white tucupi Bocado de la Selva, a coconut steam cake with chile-infused mango and kaffir lime ganache, will be served as a sweet finish to the dinner.
Guests are invited to end their evening in the Lounge, where they may listen to the band perform while sipping on one of the bar’s unique drinks.
8. Garden House At Graduate Cambridge
This year, Garden House, the new restaurant at the Graduate Hotel in Cambridge, will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a delightful array of sharing specials. Guests will be able to order from the a la carte menu as well as try the new Valentine’s Day dishes, which include oysters with rhubarb mignonette, Sirloin with truffled bordelaise sauce, and a delectable Chocolate and olive oil delice with buckwheat ice cream.
As a special gift for this day, all guests dining at Garden House will enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz. These deals will be available from February 11th to February 14th, giving you lots of opportunities to try these new delicacies.
For more information and to book please visit the website here.
9. AL MARE
Executive Chef Marco Calenzo has created a magnificent seven-course seafood tasting menu for Valentine’s Day supper at Al Mare, which takes you on a journey across the Italian Riviera to honor love.
Oysters, fresh lobster, and a slew of other delights await you along the road. Al Mare will give a real gourmet experience, combining excellent flavor and rich ingredients, as well as a live jazz band to entice the ears as well as the tastes.
St Valentine’s Menu at Al Mare is £125 per person.
10. Celebrate Valentine’s Day At Le Comptoir Robuchon
The Mayfair restaurant Le Comptoir Robuchon is commemorating Valentine’s Day with a unique six-course tasting menu honoring chef Joël Robuchon’s legacy with new, inventive, and seasonal cuisine. Guests can anticipate a variety of decadent meals crafted by the restaurant’s Head Chef Dario Avenca in the ideal atmosphere to commemorate the event.
To begin, visitors will be greeted with a glass of rosé Champagne or their choice of drink, which will include two unique Valentine’s Day cocktails on the day. Sip on the Valentina, a mix of Chase grapefruit gin, Italicus, Sassy cider, rose petal syrup, and cranberry, or the Valentino, a mix of Tapatio tequila, lime cordial, and grapefruit bitter, expertly prepared by Le Comptoir’s bar crew. The six-course meal will include items like:
- Le Crabe – crab, sea urchin, finger lime and caviar
- La Truffe – slow cooked egg, black truffle, parmesan rice cake
- L’Agneau – cannon of lamb, potato pissaladière, olive jus, ginger bouillon
Le Comptoir Robuchon’s Head Sommelier Charlotte Page has also created a wine pairing, each glass carefully sourced and handpicked to compliment each dish.
Le Comptoir Robuchon’s Valentine’s Day menu is available on 14th February from 12 pm-2:30 pm and from 5:30 pm – 11 pm. The menu is priced at £160pp and £270pp with wine pairings. A vegetarian menu is also available. Bookings must be made in advance. To book, please visit the link here.
11. Celebrate Valentine’s Day With TOKii’s Japanese-Inspired Afternoon Tea
TOKii, a Japanese fusion restaurant in Marylebone’s 5-star hotel The Prince Akatoki London, will host a stunning afternoon tea to commemorate Valentine’s Day. Guests may anticipate a one-of-a-kind menu with Japanese influences.
Smoked salmon blinis with yuzu créme fraiche and dill, chicken teriyaki bunm tuna nigiri, and other savory items will be available. TOKii’s afternoon tea will not disappoint anyone with a sweet craving. Yuzu and passionfruit macaron, Buttermilk panna cotta with elderflower jam, strawberries, sesame tuile, and many more sweet delicacies will be available.
In classic afternoon tea fashion, scones with jam and clotted cream will be available on the menu.
With tranquillity at the forefront, The Prince Akatoki London and TOKii offer a one-of-a-kind urban sanctuary for guests to relax, eat, drink and unwind with loved ones for Valentine’s.
TOKii’s Valentine’s Day afternoon tea is priced at £32pp, or £46pp with a glass of Thiénot Champagne, or the menu that will be £32 which will not include a glass of fizz. For more information and to book, please visit the website here.