Looking for somewhere special to eat on St Valentine's Day in London? Whether you’re old flames, or still in those first heady days of a new relationship, impress your special someone with one of these romantic Valentine's Day foodie treats.
For Valentine's with a sweet tooth
Valentine’s bakes from the Butterscotch Bakery
Throughout all of February, Bea Vo’s West London bakery will be upping the ante with a whole range of treats for your sugar loving-sweetheart. Expect cupcakes, blondies, and brownies, some of which come with your choice of message, priced from £4.75 to £6.50
Where: Butterscotch Bakery, Westwards Lobby, White City Place, 195 Wood Lane, London W12 7FQ
More info: butterscotchbakery.co.uk
Romantic chocs from Paul A Young
Pink Champagne, chilli, nutmeg and edible diamonds ingredients the British chocolatier is employing for his new Valentine’s range, inspired by romantic people, places and things, throughout February.
Where: 143 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 8WA Tel: 020 7437 0011
More information: www.paulayoung.co.uk/
Floral-inspired eclairs from Maître Choux
What’s more romantic than creamy French pastries and flowers? When the pastries arrive encased in a box of seasonal flowers from a top Florist of course, with Maître Choux's Choux Box, £125.
Where: Maître Choux, 15 Harrington Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 3ES
More information: www.maitrechoux.com/
The learn something new Valentine’s
Oyster Shucking at Bobby Groves
If you’re an adventurous duo, book yourselves in for an evening of oyster shucking with oyster legend Bobby Groves for £30. You’ll learn all about the aphrodisiacal shellfish, and come the end, you’ll get to devour the fruits of your labour, alongside a few well deserved glasses of wine.
Where: Bobby’s East Anglian Oysters, Old Spitalfields Market, London.
More info: www.eastanglianoysters.com
Over at Bread Ahead they're holding Valentine’s courses at their bakery schools - couples can learn how to make the perfect pizza or gingerbread versions of their partner. Both courses are BYOB.
For sex-it-up Valentine's
Erotic readings and cocktail at London Edition
They say the brain is the largest sexual organ in the body, which is why those who fancy getting, ahem, a bit riled up should head down to the sumptuous The London EDITION. They'll be hosting sexy readings and screenings for £10, with readings and cocktails on the 13th, and films on the 14th.
More information: www.baronmagazine.com
Where: 10 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NP, UK
The money is not an issue Valentine's
The £300 tasting menu at Marcus
Prove that money is no object to your sweetheart with a £300, two Michelin-starred six course menu dripping with luxe ingredients served for one night only. Expect lobster, oysters, truffles, caviar, venison, the sommelier’s selection of matching wines and a homemade chocolates for you both to share at home.
Where: The Berkeley, Wilton Pl, Belgravia, London SW1X 7RL, UK
More information: www.marcuswareing.com
For the ‘Ultimate Valentine’s Dinner', Elystan Street is offering the private dining room for two people only, serving a bespoke menu devised between Phil and the two diners, as well as vintage champagnes, fantastic wines and beautiful flowers (£800 plus service)
The first Valentine's Day together date
Swingers golf package
Pizza? Tick. Crazy golf? Tick. Bottle of Champagne? Tick. If your relationship is just beginning to blossom, get stuck into a lighthearted date night combo (with a romantic, Perrier Jouet Champagne edge) with Pizza Pilgrims and London’s indoor crazy golf club Swingers for £70.
Where: 8 Brown’s Buildings, (Between St Mary Axe and Bury Street), London EC3A 8AL
More information: www.SwingersLDN.com
The millennial Valentine's
Pink hoppers at Hoppers London
What could be more millennial than the pink hoppers being served up at Hoppers London over Valentine's? Both restaurants will serve up a special Valentine’s day feast menu for £35 per person featuring dishes like Bonemarrow Varuval, Roti alongside these one-off pink hoppers.
Where: Hoppers St Christopher's Place and Hoppers Soho
More information: www.hopperslondon.com/
The food intolerant Valentine’s
Luxury gluten and dairy-free dining with Indigo at One Aldwych
Romance and restricted diets needn’t be mutually exclusive on Valentine’s Day with a special five course menu from Dominic Teague. £75 will get you a glass of Champagne on arrival and canapes, followed up with the likes of lobster, dry aged beef, raspberry parfait - and not a trace of dairy or gluten in sight.
Where: 1 Aldywch, London, WC2B 4BZ
More information: www.onealdwych.com/food-drink/indigo
The not-going-out Valentine's
The shellfish platter via Deliveroo
Fancy a shellfish supper with fizz without having to leave your home this Valentine's Day? Freixenet has teamed up with Islington eatery, Galley for a super-luxe ‘Sip and Shuck’ delivery service. Available from 4pm on the day through Deliveroo, you'll get a platter of ethically sourced seafood; from tiger prawns and mussels to a whole crab served in the shell and a selection of delicious oysters along with a bottle of Freixenet’s premium Cordon Rosado for £60
Angela Hartnett's Italian deli Pastificio have amped up their usual home dining option for the big day. Get fresh Italian bread, olives and Parma ham to start; a tray of freshly made pasta and a sauce, followed by a tiramisu and accompanied by a bottle of red or white wine. Available week of 12th February.
Also in North London French mustard folk La Maison Maille have teamed up with London master butchers Godfreys for an extravagant dine-in dinner for two. Get a T-Bone Florentine steak and a jar of Maille black truffle mustard for £79.98. Available on a first-come-first-served basis there are just 100 available. It is available in-store at Godfreys in Highbury Barn or online.
More Valentine's Day dining options:
Sharing is caring at Butchies where their belated Valentine's Day sharing menu on Friday 14 February is £15 each and includes a giant sandwich of two fried chicken fillets coated in chilli and cacao shake in a heart-shaped bun.
Taking your Valentine out to Greggs might be a make or break moment in any relationship, but this year they're transforming some of their shops with candelabras, fresh flowers, linen tablecloths and romantic music.
Get some alfresco action at Chiltern Firehouse where you can dine in their courtyard ordering the new seasonal Fruits de Mer platter at £110 for two. Feeling the chill? Try one of their four hot toddies too.
Sip on a complimentary rose petal infused Negroni Rosato at Bar Termini Centrale where Dandy's Dan Wilson is sereving up Cacio e Pepe and Sage & thyme roasted flanc with pickled black trumpets.
Vegetarians are well looked after at The Shed, Rabbit and Nutbourne restaurants where The Gladwins's Vegetarian Valentine's Day sharing menu includes Wiltshire Truffle Ravioli, Grey Chanterelles, Jerusalem Artichoke, Parsley Crumb, Reindeer Moss and Pine Oil.