From the ultimate proposal package with a helicopter ride to sumptuous tasting menus, spooky surroundings, a Masquerade ball and more, here are 10 truly special Valentine’s Day date ideas in London…
1 Sartoria, Saville Row
In celebration of Valentine’s Day weekend, Chef Patron Francesco Mazzei has created a special four-course menu of indulgent dishes. Perfectly suited to the Valentine’s season and priced at £60 per head, the menu includes Charcoal diver scallops with ‘nduja and salsa verde; Lobster ravioli with truffle and Beef tagliata followed by a chocolate dome for dessert. For an additional £50 per person, the menu could be expertly paired with matching wines by the restaurant’s sommelier. Diners visiting Sartoria can book a chauffeur-driven Maserati Quattroporte, available for an additional charge of £50 per hour.
2 The View from The Shard
The View from The Shard offers you the highest vantage point in the city with amazing 360-degree views reaching up to 40 miles on a good day. On Valentine’s weekend, enjoy a glass of Champagne Lanson in the sky on the Level 69 and 72 viewing galleries from 11am until closing, with extended opening hours on Saturday and Valentine’s Day itself until midnight so you can reach for the stars after dinner or the theatre. From £25.95 per adult. Also, on Monday 29 February, The View from The Shard is offering a special ‘proposal package’ concierge service for proposers to talk through their plans discreetly. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a bespoke experience.
3 Piquet, Fitzrovia
There’s no table-turning and bumping elbows with other diners as you sit practically in their lap at Piquet, one of London’s most intimate private dining rooms which is offering an exclusive, one-of-a-kind dining experience for two in The Snug. Just one lucky couple will get to experience this bespoke five-course Valentine’s Day meal, tailored to individual tastes, served alongside a chilled bottle of Alain Thienot Brut Rose Champagne and a beautiful bouquet of roses to take home. Enjoy exclusive use of the private, eight-person Snug – set for two – with a dedicated waiter catering to your every wish and whim. £250 for the package. Piquet’s destination downstairs dining room will also be welcoming couples with a five-course set menu (£80 per person).
92-94 Newman Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3EZ; piquet-restaurant.co.uk. To book call 020 3826 4500
4 Fenchurch Restaurant at Sky Garden
This year, Fenchurch Restaurant on level 37 at Sky Garden is offering a luxury Valentine’s Day proposal package including a helicopter tour of London, a private limo ride to Sky Garden and a private dining experience at Fenchurch Restaurant’s Vinoly Room. On arrival, you’ll be greeted with a glass of Ruinart Brut Rose NV Champagne from a dedicated butler, followed by a bottle of Dom Pérignon 2004, a selection of fine wines and a bespoke five-course Valentine’s menu featuring delicacies such as butter poached lobster, grilled turbot with oyster cream and a decadent chocolate tart with gold leaf. Starting price, £8,000. Fenchurch Restaurant and Darwin Brasserie at Sky Garden are each offering Valentine’s set menus from £95 for five courses or £65 for three courses.
1 Sky Garden Walk EC3M 8AF; skygarden.london. To book email email@example.com
5 The Ship Tavern, Holborn
The Ship Tavern in Holborn, one of London’s oldest established pubs, dating back to 1549, is known for ghostly sightings of outlawed Catholic priests executed during the reign of King Henry VIII, so why not add a spooky twist to this Valentine’s Day that, along with a menu full of aphrodisiacs including oysters, truffles and chocolate, will ensure your date is cradled safely in your arms by the end of the night? There’s a crackling open fire, intimate dining booths, over 50 handpicked gins and a variety of Cask Marque accredited real ales, plus a wine list created with their friends at Bibendum. The valentine’s menu, available on Saturday 13 and Sunday14 February from 6pm, is £65 per person, including a glass of Champagne on arrival.
6 Le Pont de la Tour, Shad Thames
Le Pont de la Tour has partnered with Thames Limo, a bespoke water limousine charter service, for those special occasions. London’s latest water limousine, sporting the unmistakable Union Jack hull, has been especially adapted with sleek styling and elegant fitting, and will provide guests with a memorable river voyage and a stylish arrival and/or departure from Le Pont de la Tour. Upon arrival at Le Pont de la Tour, guests will be greeted with creative cocktails and a four-course menu from head chef Frederick Forster. From £700 per hour (the Thames Limo can accommodate up to 8 people). To book a table and arrange your private river cruise, call Ana Afonso on 020 7940 1833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
7 Archer Street, Soho
Archer Street in Soho has a Valentine’s Dirty Dancing party on from 2pm-1am on Saturday 13 February to ensure Casanovas have the time of their lives. Enjoy an Endless Love cocktail while the all-singing Archer Street staff perform songs from the film and stage to get everyone singing and dancing. Couples will also be invited to take part in dance classes by an award-winning choreographer to get those hearts racing. On Valentine’s Day, enjoy the Lovers Tea Party (4pm-7pm) with Endless Love-filled teapots, finger sandwiches and brownies from Mychelle’s Baketique.
3-4 Archer Street, Soho W1D 7AP; 020 7734 3342; archerstreet.co.uk
8 K West Hotel & Spa, West London
Treat your lover to the lust-inducing Fourteen Aphrodisiacs tasting menu, which incorporates 14 aphrodisiac ingredients to get the heart racing this Valentine’s Day (£50 per person). The full Fourteen Aphrodisiacs package includes an overnight stay with rose petals and chocolates upon arrival in your Executive Room, as well as a box full of naughty treats in K West’s newly launched ‘Super F Box’. £349 (based on two sharing), valid from 12-14 February 2016. K West is also offering an exclusive 90 minutes Massage Master Class for couples taught by a spa therapist (£150 per couple including a gift box with massage oil, body scrub and body butter).
Richmond Way W14 0AX; 020 8008 6600; k-west.co.uk
9 Novikov Restaurant & Bar, Mayfair
Drawing inspiration from the Venice Carnival, Novikov Restaurant & Bar is to host its very own Masquerade party from 9pm on Saturday 13 February. Feast on head chef Marco Torri’s authentic Italian dishes by candlelight before a spectacular programme of entertainment takes you through to the early hours of Valentine’s Day morning. You’ll be welcomed with a Bellini on arrival followed by a choice of any three courses from the Italian Restaurant’s à la carte menu. Also included is a live band, fire eaters and dancers, before a selection of top DJs take to the stage until 3am. £130 per person. Masks and costumes optional, but encouraged!
50 Berkeley Street, Mayfair W1J 8HA; novikovrestaurant .co.uk
10 Christabels, secret N1 location
Christabels is hosting a Mad Hatter’s Valentine’s Brunch on Sunday 14 February. You’ll be surrounded by giant hand-sewn playing cards, over-sized vibrant flowers and bespoke vintage music to create the ultimate wonderland. Enjoy a Mad Hatter’s Cocktail on arrival and bountiful dishes served on hand-made crockery sets, including treats like Pesto, Manchego & Red Pepper Croissant, Rose Water Pancakes with Bacon and Maple Syrup, Mad Hatter’s Mess and Salted Caramel Glitter Tarts, alongside a selection of Tea Pigs teas and coffee! 12pm-3pm at a secret apartment location in N1 (revealed 3 days before the event). £40, BYOB.