With Valentine’s Day falling on a Friday in 2020, there’s even more reason to celebrate with someone special. Here are the most romantic Valentine’s Day menus from London’s best restaurants
By Natasha Patel
This intimate and romantic restaurant is offering a special tasting menu for the 14th, featuring a six-course feast with wine pairings. Dishes include head chef Ben Murphy’s take on egg and soldiers and stone bass with Jerusalem artichoke, plus a cocktail menu inspired by Roja Parfums’ new cologne to take your supper to new sensuous heights.
1a Launceston Place, W8 5RL; launcestonplace-restaurant.co.uk
London Shell Co.
As far as romantic Valentine’s Day menus go, it doesn’t get much better than floating along picturesque Regents Canal whilst enjoying top-quality seafood. Take your date aboard London Shell Co’s floating restaurant for a six-course menu featuring scallop and mackerel tartare, angel hair fries and for something sweet, mint, rhubarb and blood orange salad with sorbet.
Sheldon Square, Paddington Central, W2 6PY; londonshellco.com
Ella Canta are hosting a night of Mexican Seduction, drawing inspiration from El Dia del Amor y la Amistad when Mexican towns are painted red throughout the month of February and the streets are scattered with hearts and roses. On the menu are the likes of aphrodisiac oysters, tender beef fillet and sweet chocolate tamales.
One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, W1J 7QY; ellacanta.com
100 Wardour St
100 Wardour St have created a Valentine’s Day celebration like no other. Treat your loved one to live music from roaming band Barberpop whilst dining on a specially selected Valentine’s Day menu costing from £60 per person.
100 Wardour St, W1F 0TN; 100wardourst.com
For an evening of delicious food, champagne and entertainment, look no further than seafood specialists Quaglino’s. For the 14th, there’s live music from Chic singer Kimberly Davis and a menu including black truffle risotto, highland venison ballotine and plenty of romantic desserts.
16 Bury Street, St. James’s, SW1Y 6AJ; quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk
Bocca Di Lupo
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Italian eatery Bocca Di Lupo has created an ‘Anti-Valentine’s Day’ menu. Celebrating ‘It’s what’s on the inside that counts’ the Soho-based restaurant has conjured up an unconventional yet delicious menu of authentic dishes originating from various Italian cities. These include ‘Trippa alla romana’, a typical Roman dish comprised of ox tripe cooked in tomato sauce and Sicily’s ‘Pane ca meusa’, a Lombard cuisine of cross-cut veal shanks braised with vegetables, white wine and broth.
12 Archer Street, Soho, W1D 7BB; boccadilupo.com
This plush, pink restaurant has long been famed for its Insta-worthy interiors, and for those who are fans of snapping away, their romantic Valentine’s Day menu won’t disappoint. Couples can enjoy an afternoon tea with pistachio macarons, coffee éclairs and juicy strawberry and almond tarts all set in the elegance of a timeless teahouse framed with art by David Shrigley. Available from 13-16 February, the Valentine’s Day afternoon tea includes a glass of champagne and starts at £85 per person.
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2XG; sketch.london
Duck and Waffle
Take your love to new heights with a specially curated Valentine’s menu at Duck and Waffle. The dining experience, set in Heron Tower, is known for its spectacular views across London – coupled with their romantic menu, it’s a unique way to celebrate love. Executive chef Elliott Grover has created a menu made up of lobster crisp, angus beef tartare, crispy duck leg confit and a grapefruit and white chocolate mousse for £90 per person.
110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY; duckandwaffle.com
St Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar by Searcys
Set on the upper floor on one of London’s busiest train stations, St Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar by Searcys is the perfect blend of old meets new. The relaxed yet elegant decor is made up of old station clocks, private booths and bold lighting to accompany the varied menu on offer. One of London’s most famous historical buildings makes for the perfect romantic setting, and there’s a special Valentine’s Day two-course menu for £39 per person.
Grand Terrace, St Pancras International Station, N1C 4QL; stpancrasbysearcys.co.uk
This year, Aqua shard has prepared a delicious selection of specifically curated dishes to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Primely located on the 31st floor of The Shard, couples can admire London’s stunning skyline while enjoying a luxurious six-course menu. The evening consists of a feast of dorset crab, black winter truffle risotto and native lobster. To finish there’s a sumptuous cheeseboard and raspberry soufflé. Your loved one can also be treated to a box of Aqua Shard’s Valentine’s chocolate box and roses.
Galvin La Chapelle
Experience the opulence of French cuisine with a Valentine’s Day menu to remember at the French Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle. With a glass of Galvin Grande Réserve Brut Champagne in hand, guests will start with a terrine of foie gras served with truffle and sweetbreads, before tucking into a main of poached Cornish halibut, fresh linguine, shellfish and basil emulsion. The meal is finished with a Crimson Yorkshire rhubarb cheesecake, champagne poached rhubarb/
35 Spital Square, Spitalfields, E1 6DY; galvinrestaurants.com
Boasting the capital’s longest oyster list and impressive views across the Thames, Seabird Restaurant in Southwark is the place to go if you want to show off to your loved one. The Portuguese and Spanish menu infuses plenty of fresh seafood including Devonshire crab, octopus roll and Atlantic prawns, all set on the rooftop of one of London’s most desirable locations. The interiors feature Mediterranean-style decor including palm trees, wicker chairs and for year-round dining there’s plenty of outdoor heating.
14th Floor, 40 Blackfriars Rd, South Bank, SE1 8PB; seabirdlondon.com
Inspired by the bygone eras of the ’50s and ’60s, Harry’s Bar is like stepping back in time. The sleek eatery comes complete with an impressive marble bar, wood panelled walls and a seasonally changing menu inspired by the cuisines of Italy. To celebrate the day of love, you can dine upon a specially selected menu including a twist on Harry’s famous toadstool dessert in a soft pink shade surrounded by strawberries and plenty of Insta-worthy decorations.
30-34 James Street, W1U 1ER; harrys-bar.co.uk
London Sky Bar
The most romantic location goes to London Sky Bar, whose Valentine’s In The Sky event is sure to set hearts racing. Set on the 29th floor of Millbank Tower, London Sky Bar are offering a luxurious three course meal created by head chef Barry Noonan, featuring beetroot and gin cured salmon, ravioli hearts and a ‘dessert d’amour’ to finish.
Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, SW1P 4RS; atmospherevenues.com
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day to a unique three Michelin-starred experience at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. Executive Chef Jean-Philippe Blondet has created an enchanting five-course menu available exclusively for the 14th. Along with a glass of rosé champagne, the menu, priced at £235 per person, features dishes such as hand-dived sea scallop, heritage beetroot and caviar, confit duck foie gras, fermented salsify, hazelnut and black truffle and A Heart For Two dessert to finish. To make the evening even more special, guests can book the Table Lumière, a graduated curtain of fibre optic lights, hung creatively from the 4-meter high ceiling to create striking, shimmering structural masterpiece in homage to the world leading fashion houses of Mayfair. Once inside, guests are drawn into a magical and otherworldly room within a room.
53 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1QA; alainducasse-dorchester.com
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