Love nests and venues perfect for romantic dates in London this Valentine’s Day
Words Helen Brown
The 14th of February is certainly a date of contention; there are those who delight in the decadence of red roses, giant teddies and more chocolate than is appropriate at Christmas time; or there are those that strongly conform to the anti-Valentine’s brigade. The latter should look away now. London has a wealth of restaurants and bars that are perfect for an evening of romance to remember; here a roundup of the crème de la crème.
Private Dining Experience at The Kensington Portico
For anyone looking to seriously impress, The Kensington are offering an exclusive package for one just one luck couple this Valentine’s Day. Guests will check into the luxurious Knightsbridge Suite which will be adorned with 50 red roses, before snuggling up under cashmere blankets to indulge in a private dining experience on the heated outdoor terrace of the new Portico restaurant. A romantic three-course sharing menu has been designed especially for the evening and will be served, along with a bottle of Krug Champagne, by the couple’s very own private butler for the evening, on hand to cater to your every whim.
This special Valentine’s Day package is subject to availability at time of booking and available for one couple on 14th February.
For booking enquiries please contact: Tel: +44 20 7589 6300/ doylecollection.com/kensington
Hot Juice Pop-Up at The Hoxton
No longer confined to Christmas time, a hot-toddy is just thing to warm up with this Valentine’s Day. Hot Juice are popping up at The Hoxton, Shoreditch this February where they’ll be taking over the heated indoor garden to serve up some their bespoke warming concoctions. There’s an indulgent Chartreuse and Mast Brothers hot chocolate on the menu, as well as a spicy Mulled Hobo East Coast Cyder with Merlet cherry brandy.
14-16 February, 3-9pm; hoxtown.com
Slackers Lounge: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Specially for Valentine’s, The Hoxton are showing a cosy screening of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. In this surreal but romantic film Joel (Jim Carrey), depressed and heart-broken meets Clementine (Kate Winslet) in a seaside cafe and has a serious case of déja vu. But have they actually been here before? The Hoxton will provide the deck chairs and popcorn if you bring the romance.
14 February, 6pm; hoxtown.com
100 Wardour Street
Soho’s exciting dining, dancing and all round destination serves up its best ‘Love in Soho’ cocktail and an accompanying three course menu for a night of romance to remember. Available are a range of dishes including cured fillet of beef, followed by roasted monkfish tail, and, saving the best for last; a dessert of passionfruit, mango and praline Vacherin. Live music will provide a soundtrack to your evening and includes a performance by Refael Miria Duo followed by the amazing Jeremy Quartet who will performing a selection of jazz, blues and soul hits.
£75 per person; wardourst.com
At rooftop hideaway, Madison, the three course Valentine’s menu is perfect for loved-up couples looking for an evening of romance and gastronomic delight. The menu features enticing selection including sautéed scallops with bacon, seared venison loin with black fig and a sharing plate of Lobster-Briand. Valentine’s Day cocktail options include the ‘Valentine’s Sunrise’ and a sharing cocktail the ‘Love Potion,’ for those looking for their Lady and Tramp moment.
£80 per person; madisonlondon.net