Our Top Picks for Valentine’s Day

Corinthia London

Corinthia London will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special afternoon tea served under the hotel’s 1001-piece Baccarat chandelier. The pastry team has created a menu of Valentines-inspired pâtisserie, including Red velvet cake; Rose, lychee and raspberry verrine; White chocolate and passion fruit choux; and Lemon-rose drizzle cake. The afternoon tea is £80pp including a glass of Laurent-Perrier rosé Champagne or £60pp on its own and will be available from 14-16 February (1pm-6pm)

Book now: 020 7321 3150 or restaurants.london@corinthia.com

 

Launceston Place

Tucked away in Kensington, Launceston Place will be offering a Valentine’s tasting menu in the intimate dining room. Head Chef Ben Murphy’s playful dishes include Egg and soldiers; Presa Iberica, carrot, timur and cracker; and Yuzu, apple, dill (pictured); with vegetarian and vegan menus also available. The special menu will be £100pp with two optional wine flights for £64 or £149pp. The restaurant has partnered with Roja Parfums to create bespoke his and hers cocktails to mark the occasion.

Book now: 020 7937 6912 or launcestonplace@danddlondon.com

 

Angler

Michelin starred Angler on the 7th floor of the City’s South Place Hotel is well known for its focus on quality fish and seafood. Head Chef Gary Foulkes has created a seven-course tasting menu for Valentine’s Day. Dishes include Dorset crab, avocado, wasabi and pomelo; Cornish turbot, Scottish langoustine, parsley root and chanterelles; and Yorkshire rhubarb, Iranian pistachio cream, sablé Breton and ginger beer. The menu costs £145pp with an optional wine flight for £80.

Book now: 020 3215 1260 or angler@southplacehotel.com  

 

Sam’s Riverside

Sam’s Riverside launched in November 2019 adjacent to the new Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. Guests can order from the riverside restaurant’s three-course Valentine’s menu which includes Carlingford oysters; Celeriac, chestnut, mushroom and truffle Wellington; and Kir-poached pear; then head to the newly-developed cinema next door for a screening of Emma, the film adaption of Jane Austen’s comedic novel (6pm or 8.45pm). The menu is £75pp and includes a Valentine’s cocktail and canapés (cinema tickets sold by Riverside Studios – £6.50pp)

Book now: 020 8237 1020 or leyla@samsriverside.co.uk

 

Swingers

From Fri 14 Feb-Sun 16 February, Swingers – the crazy golf club, invites lovers all over London and beyond to a Valentine’s Day with a difference.

For just £86 you and that special someone can break down those barriers with a fun round of crazy golf, a bottle of Perrier Jouet champagne… and feed your love with a gourmet heart-shaped pizza from Pizza Pilgrim or Made of Dough. It’s the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience in the heart of the city, bookable online-only. Guests can also sip on an exclusive Valentine’s cocktail, Put the Ketel On – a delicious blend of Ketel One vodka, Grand Marnier, raspberry puree, Apple juice, lemon and sugar.

Book now: 020 3846 3222 or on their website Swingers.club

 

Boulevard

The Boulevard Valentine’s Menu offers 2 courses for £29.50 (1 small plate and 1 large plate) or 3 courses for £37.50 (2 small plates and 1 large plate), both including a complimentary glass of Duval-Leroy Champagne on arrival.

As an extra to really get you in the mood for date night, order some rock oysters and Blanche Absinthe, starting from £3.50 each.

Dine out on small plates to start such as the delicious whisky cured mackerel served with celeriac and horseradish remoulade or try the roast pork belly served with cauliflower, apple, watercress and apple puree. Large dishes include roast pheasant, grilled sea bass or a baked squash. Since Valentine’s wouldn’t be the same without something sweer, indulge in a luscious chocolate olive oil cake served with whisky custard and vanilla cream or in a New York inspired baked cheesecake and cranbrry compote. An artisan cheeseboard is also available (extra £4).

Book now: https://boulevardtheatre.co.uk/ or https://boulevardtheatre.co.uk/your-visit/food-drink/

 

Clos Maggiore

Romantic settings don’t get more splendidly over-the-top than this. Take your pick from the wood-panelled restaurant or the atmospheric conservatory, bedecked in a forest of fake white blossoms that seem to extend into eternity as they bounce off the restaurant’s mirrors. Fairy lights, candles and a fireplace add to the soft focus vibe. On our early evening visit, tables were filled with mature couples and curious tourists. It’s a Provençal-inspired menu, and although à la carte choices are pegged at the sharp end, the pre-theatre menu offering is a bargain. A cavernous bowl of gazpacho topped with crunchy croûtons and diced cucumber blew our socks off (in a good way) with its unashamedly pungent garlicky kick. Satisfyingly filling, a trio of meaty bites – foie gras terrine, herby pork shoulder confit and a tasty kofta – made for a carnivore’s delight. Less memorable, chunky roasted pollock fillet was tender and juicy, but overshadowed by a rich moat of vermouth cream, buttery crushed potatoes and softened leeks (more butter) – not one for the faint-hearted. Service is polished, if a tad austere, and the wine selection seriously impressive.

Book now: www.closmaggiore.com/

Norma

Norma, a converted characterful townhouse in Fitzrovia, offers a sumptuous setting for an unforgettable Valentine’s night with loved ones. For a truly cosy experience, sit in the sought-after alcove to enjoy the affectionate Italian hospitality. Culinary Director Ben Tish has created a select few Valentine’s specials, including grilled scallops with pumpkin, nduja butter and 30-day aged T-bone steak with pepperonata, almond and rosemary aioli.

 

Book now: normalondon.com/