A look at London’s best love spots for Valentine’s Day
07 February 2022
Romance is in the air and if you want to make your loved one feel super special this Valentine’s Day, then look no further! Visit London has pulled together a list of the most romantic places in the capital to celebrate the day of love.
Whether you’re in the mood for a romantic dinner or looking for a fun night out with your ‘palentines’, London has plenty of eateries and experiences that tick all the boxes.
The list has been compiled as part of the Let’s Do London programme – launched by The Mayor of London, Visit London and the capital’s tourism and hospitality industry which looks to host visitors in the wonderful city of London in a safe manner.
For those who are looking to be transported to the Côte d'Azur for an evening of outstanding French cuisine, visit Clos Maggiore. Settle into a magical candlelight dinner and indulge in its famous native lobster or Longhorn beef sirloin, or if you’re wanting to add something special to your evening, try their 5-course tasting menu. You’ll leave the Clos Maggiore with both your heart and belly full.
The Last Talisman offers nothing short of perfection with their five-course Asian inspired tasting menu, specifically curated for that special someone. Their speciality cocktail Wild Horses includes a hidden Mexican aphrodisiac, Damiana, to get you in the Valentine’s Day mood. Spend the evening soaking up the array of entertainment on offer, from jazz music and magicians to an unusual act from a mind reader!
For those looking to embrace the language of love for the evening, why not try your luck at La Poule au Pot, where the chefs are offering a 3-course Saint Valentin menu served alongside an evening of amour. Spoil your special someone with French classics of snails or duck legs, finishing with a chocolate mousse or apple tart. Toast to your love with the most delicious French champagne on the menu!
Want to try something completely new? Then make your way over to Cinnamon Kitchen. Bringing delicious flavours through its English-Indian fusion concept, founder Viven Singh will treat you to a mouth-watering 4-course tasting menu experience. The outdoor covered courtyard offers a peaceful and idyllic setting to dine al fresco and the perfect spot to toast to a romantic evening under the stars.
Enchanting afternoon teas
If you’re looking for a fun plan with your ‘palentines’, why not head over to The Ivy Chelsea Garden and enjoy an afternoon of champagne, scones and finger sandwiches. Don’t miss the beautiful Fragonard inspired floral love swing installation that’s positioned at the front, perfect for making those special memories with friends. For those wanting to experience getting dressed up and an afternoon of sophistication, there really is no place other than The Ritz, promising to give you an unforgettable afternoon for you and your closest pals. Sample the wide variety of sweet and savoury treats on offer, such as their Scottish smoked salmon sandwiches, or their freshly baked scones and pastries. Dive into their extensive list of champagnes and live entertainment for any groups there at 19:30.
Indulgent and elegant bars
For those looking to paint the town red this Valentine’s Day, London’s lively night scene will treat you to an unforgettable evening!
Promising an evening of elegance, The Botanist, Sloane Square is known for its world class cocktails and champagne. Sip on a refreshing cocktail alongside your friends or loved one whilst soaking up the atmosphere in ‘Chelsea’s social destination’.
Looking for an evening of no frills or fuss? Why not make a Valentine’s Day visit to The Colton Arms. Known for its delicious British cuisine, this laid back pub offers an intimate evening for you and your loved one. Absorb the British pub culture inside or sit al fresco to get those sparks flying next to the warm open fire pit.
Why not spoil yourself this Valentine's Day, with a trip to one of the most iconic venues in London. Situated on the 10th floor of ME London, Radio Roof Top will bring you a night you won’t soon forget. Sit out on the impressive roof terrace with panoramic views across both the Thames and London’s remarkable skyline. Pick from their extensive list of champagnes or opt for one of their signature cocktails and watch the romantic sunset with your loved one.
If you’re looking to treat your loved one to a one-of-a-kind experience, then try out one of the many special Valentine’s Day themed events in London.
For a night of 1920s sophistication with jazz, glamour and cocktails, The Candlelight Club Valentine’s special will transport you to a themed night of decadence. Dress up in your finest 1920s glamour and enjoy a night of performances from cabaret acts to music and fortune tellers. Pick from the many available cocktails such as their Valentine’s Day specials ‘Love Potion no.9’ and ‘Peachy Keen’.
For those who love a bit of adventure, what better way to explore London and challenge yourself than to take part in the Bucket race scavenger hunt. Work together to discover all the hidden gems in London while meeting new people and experiencing new things. If you’re after something a little different, this is definitely one for you!
For many, their most treasured loved one in life is their furry companion. Why not show your appreciation for your four-legged friend this Valentine’s Day with The Happenstance’s Paw Perfect drag brunch? Your pup can finally experience the excitement of a bottomless brunch with unlimited ‘Pawsecco’, a photo booth, ball pit and other fun activities for both humans and dogs. Need something more appropriate for a posh pup or a sophisticated spaniel? The Egerton House Hotel has the ultimate Doggy Afternoon Tea, with a luxurious pet-friendly menu including chicken and beef meatloaf, homemade dog biscuits and a carrot cupcake. It doesn’t stop there: with a unique ‘dog-tini’ and doggy canapes, your furry friend will most definitely feel the love this Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day on a budget
From watching the glorious sunset at London’s most iconic landmarks, to basking in the winter sun at the best hidden parks and green spaces in the city, there’s so much to explore on a range of budgets.
Holland Park gives a taste of the ever-popular destination Kyoto, with a Japanese garden home to a wide range of mammals, birds and insects – visitors might even spot a peacock or two during their visit. Tucked away in Kensington, the park provides a romantic respite from the bustling streets of London. Nothing says romance quite like exploring London’s highest garden with a glass of wine in hand. Perfect for a start or finish to a romantic day out in London, the Sky Garden is completely free to enter and offers breath-taking views of the city, no matter the weather.
Visitors to London can experience the sights all the way from East to West London at a leisurely pace with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers. Cruising down the River Thames has never been easier, with the option to tap in and out as you would with any other public transport, but without the added stress of crowds – the last thing couples want on a romantic day out. For a more secluded experience, Little Venice plays tribute to one of the most romantic cities in the world, A leisurely walk downstream Regent’s Canal leads to Regent’s Park, home to Queen Mary’s Gardens, one of London’s largest collection of roses. Couples looking to splash a little extra cash might enjoy a scenic canal trip from Little Venice by narrowboat with London Waterbus, named as ‘London’s most tranquil bus route’.