Looking for a romantic Valentine’s weekend escape to London? Residents and visitors alike will love an overnight stay in one of London’s top hotels, complete with champagne, fine dining, rose petals and more…
Lead image: The May Fair Hotel
1 Conrad London St James
Conrad London St James’ Ultimate Valentine’s Experience package includes an extravagant horse-drawn carriage ride around the city. You and your beau will be whisked on a romantic tour through some of London’s finest attractions, including Green Park, Buckingham Palace, Victoria Embankment, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. On your return you’ll enjoy a Valentine’s Afternoon Tea with a glass of rosé champagne and a collection of teas selected by tea experts around the world. Following a night in a Deluxe One Bedroom Suite, you’ll then enjoy a luxurious breakfast for two in bed. Starting from £1,299 based on two people sharing. Available from 1-28 February.
22-28 Broadway, Westminster SW1H 0BH; conradhotels.com
2 DUKES LONDON, St James’s
Head for DUKES LONDON in St James’s for a limited-edition, six course menu at Great British Restaurant (GBR) with a bottle of wine, followed by a night in a DUKES Room with breakfast, strawberries dipped in chocolate and a red rose for £585 on 14 February. For £985, you can enjoy a two-night stay with the same treats between 13-16 February. Dinner starts with Scottish Langoustine Broth, followed by Loch Duart Gin Cured Salmon or Confit Gressingham Duck Leg Terrine. Next up is Grass Fed Fillet of Beef with Ox Cheek Braised in Red Wine, or Chalk Stream Trout with Mussels and Saffron Potatoes. Then you’ll be served up ‘Egg & Soldiers’, before a dessert of Dark Chocolate and Strawberries to share. You can also enjoy the dinner without an overnight stay for £60pp, plus wine pairing for an additional £45pp.
35 St James’s Place SW1A 1NY; dukeshotel.com
3 COMO The Halkin, Belgravia
COMO The Halkin has partnered with Sweet Tooth Tours to create a dessert lover’s perfect Valentine’s Day. During the day, you’ll enjoy a Rolls Royce tour of Belgravia’s most decadent sweet spots, including a family owned gelateria, a blind chocolate tasting and a personalised macaron and tea pairing session. On returning to the hotel, you’ll be invited to master the fine art and skill of dessert making in a private session with Ruben Briones, Head Chef at Ametsa by Arzak Instruction, COMO The Halkin’s award-winning restaurant. The package, priced £1,280 based on two people sharing, also includes an overnight stay in a Halkin Room, including breakfast for two. Available until 31 March.
5-6 Halkin Street, Belgravia SW1X 7DJ; comohotels.com
The Royal Lancaster London is offering two Valentine’s Day Packages for a romantic break; The Room for Romance package from £355 and The Love is Suite package from £1,475. The Room for Romance package includes an overnight stay in a beautifully-appointed guest rooms (from a Classic Room to a Spires Suite), a bottle of champagne and chocolate delicacy upon arrival, a buffet breakfast enjoyed either in bed or in the Park Restaurant with views of Hyde Park, plus a late check-out of 1pm. The Love is Suite package includes a stay in a Park Suite with views over Hyde Park’s Italian Gardens, a bottle of champagne, chocolate treat and a bouquet of beautiful red roses to take home, as well as an indulgent Champagne Afternoon Tea for two, a buffet breakfast enjoyed either in bed or in the Park Restaurant, a late check-out of 1pm and a £200 Selfridges. Available from 14-17 February.
Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace W2 2TY; royallancaster.com
5 Blakes Hotel, Kensington
Arguably London’s sexiest hotel with a reputation for discretion, Blakes is the perfect place to get pulses racing this Valentine’s Day. Choose from two romantic ‘Love’ packages, both of which include an overnight stay in one of Blakes luxury rooms (each individually designed by Anouska Hempel), breakfast in bed and a glass of Laurent Perrier La Cuvee. The Naughty Package also features a Kiki de Montparnasse Naughty Kit and a Kama Sutra book, while the Nice Package includes Amelia Rope Passionfruit Chocolate Kernels, rose petals on the bed and the Love Letters of Great Men book of poetry. Love Packages from £411 per room per night. Blakes Restaurant is also offering an Aphrodisiac Menu on 14 February, featuring Tempura Oyster with Caviar, Saffron Risotto with Red Prawns and Burrata, followed by a Milk Chocolate Mousse with Passion Fruit, Yuzu and Mango (from £65pp).
33 Roland Gardens, Kensington SW7 3PF; blakeshotels.com
6 The Franklin, Chelsea
Often labelled as one of London’s sexiest hotels thank to its design by Anoushka Hempel, The Franklin is a great choice for a Valentine’s stay. The elegant hotel is offering a Suite Temptations package this Valentine’s Day, including a three-course dinner for two at The Franklin Restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Alfredo Russo, an overnight stay in the Presidential Suite, decorated in London’s fin de siècle style with marbled walls, luxury silk, velvet furniture and views of the private gardens, 10% off breakfast and a welcome amenity. From £1,350 per room per night based on two people sharing (drinks not included with dinner). The hotel is conveniently located for a day of exploring the galleries and museums around South Kensington.
24 Egerton Gardens, Chelsea SW3 2DB; starhotelscollezione.com
7 The Milestone Hotel and Residences, Kensington
Picture a beautifully appointed room or suite, a romantic turndown with strawberries, a bottle of pink champagne and a full English breakfast for two… sound good? The Milestone Hotel and Residences is offering just that from 1-28 February, starting at £445 for two adults sharing a Superior Queen Room. You can also opt to dine at the hotel’s Cheneston’s restaurant, where a sensual six-course menu with dishes like Chilled Bloody Mary Soup with Whitstable Oyster, Oven-Roasted Monkfish and Chocolate & Berry Fondue are on the menu, complete with a welcome glass of Lanson Pere Fils champagne from £85pp. Or, if you really want to push the boat out, you can hire out The Oratory, one of London’s most romantic dining destinations housed in The Milestone Hotel’s original chapel, for a private dining experience from £655 (to book email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting ‘The Resident’).
1 Kensington Court W8 5DL; milestonehotel.com
Surrounded by boutique shops, jewellers, restaurants and bars, The May Fair Hotel is the perfect location for couples who love to shop. The Valentine’s Day Romantic Break package includes a bottle of champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries on arrival, an overnight stay in five-star accommodation with goosedown pillows and a Sicilian marble bathroom, and a delicious breakfast in the morning. You can opt to dine at the May Fair Kitchen or relax in the May Fair Spa. We recommend the Schiaparelli Suite, named after the designer who first unleashed fuchsia on the fashion world. The king-sized double bedroom oozes retro glamour, furnished with pink pony skin, leather and ornate detail. Book the Romantic Break package from 10-17 February 2019 and get 10% off the room rate. Prices from £347.
Stratton Street, Mayfair W1J 8LT; themayfairhotel.co.uk
9 The Pelham, South Kensington
Hole up with your significant other in The Pelham’s King Suite this Valentine’s Day. Complete with a marble fireplace and opulent drawing room, the suite offers a wonderful modern twist on classic regal grandeur. Stay in the King Suite as part of the Suite Temptations Valentine’s Day package, which includes an overnight stay, a three-course dinner for two at the La Trattoria Italian restaurant by Alfredo Russo (drinks not included), a welcome amenity and 10% off breakfast. From £405 per room per night based on two people sharing. Located directly across from South Kensington tube station, The Pelham offers the perfect escape without having to leave London.
15 Cromwell Place, South Kensington SW7 2LA; starhotelscollezione.com
10 ME London, the Strand
Book a surprise staycation for your loved one at the chic ME London hotel on the Strand. Their Fall in Love package (from £195 per night) includes an overnight stay with views of London’s West End from the guestrooms’ floor-to-ceiling windows, a bottle of rosé champagne and breakfast. You can also opt to take advantage of ME London’s 24-hour in room dining and remain in your luxurious bathrobes all day and night, or head for the Radio Rooftop bar for panoramic views of the London skyline, a sweet or savoury sharing platter and a glass of Tattinger rosé (or Love is in the Air cocktail) for £38 for two (available 11-17 February).
Strand WC2R 1HA; melondonhotel.com