Valentine’s Day is fast approaching; you’ve ordered the flowers, bought a gift and written a love poem. The recipe is almost complete. Now all you need to do is book a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for two.
If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day dinner ideas to celebrate with the one you love, these restaurants are sure to impress.
Valentine’s Day Restaurants With Views
Galvin at Windows
If you’re a hopeless romantic, you might need more than just one Valentine meal to keep you going. Mayfair’s Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows restaurant on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane is hosting a whole week of Valentine’s meals. Enjoy a lobster lunch from 10-14 Feb, a Valentine’s Saturday on 15 Feb, and for Valentine’s Day itself, a five-course menu including canapés and Kir Royal. Oh, and those magnificent views across Hyde Park.
Romance 100ft above London can be yours if you book a Valentine’s Day dinner at Babylon restaurant in Kensington. A scenic London skyline and a live jazz band will provide the ideal backdrop to a decadent four-course meal, including fried quail eggs with truffled egg yolk dressing and roast rump of lamb served with aubergine caviar and chutney. And for dessert, hot dark chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream and crystallized rose petals. £80 per person which includes a glass of Champagne plus entry into the Club and Spanish Garden for dancing and a firework display at 10.45pm.
Soak up the romance of the West End at Aqua London which comprises of not one but two rooftop restaurants, both looking down onto Regent Street. Your Valentine’s Day dinner at Japanese restaurant Aqua Kyoto will consist of a four-course menu that includes miso marinated black cod with white asparagus and uni butter, and wagyu sirloin with kohlrabi puree and beetroot flower. Alternatively, enjoy a romantic evening in the Spanish restaurant, Aqua Nueva (pictured above), where grilled fillet of hake with chickpea puree, white prawns from Huelva and baby squid, and roast loin of venison with migas await. Both Valentine’s Day dinners are £80 per person and include a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne (or a Japanese Velvet cocktail at Aqua Kyoto). The adjacent Aqua Spirit cocktail bar has a DJ until 1am for the later love birds.
Valentine’s Day Restaurants on The River
Chelsea Riverside Brasserie
Escape the crowds for a secluded meal at Chelsea Riverside Brasserie at the Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour, which looks out onto swaying yachts and calm waters. This is a perfect setting for a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner. The Valentine’s Day menu includes duck, lemon thyme sea bass fillet and grilled tri-tip steak. £29 per person.
Views across the river Thames towards St Paul’s Cathedral are assured at OXO Tower Bar, Brasserie and Restaurant. Live music will be played throughout both dining spaces, and couples are encouraged to write personal messages on a balloon before releasing it from the viewing gallery. The brasserie menu is £125 per person and includes a glass of Champagne, a three-course menu, a half bottle of wine, coffee and service charge. The restaurant menu is £170 and includes the same as above except you’ll be treated to a half bottle of Harvey Nichols Brut Rose Champagne instead of wine.
Bateaux London Thames Dining Cruise Experiences
You could spend your Valentine’s evening romancing alongside the river Thames, or you could go enjoy dinner on the river instead. Bateaux London Thames Dining Cruise Experiences have several Valentine’s Day dinner ideas available with the pick of the bunch being the Symphony Main Window for £150 per person. This dinner includes a glass of Champagne, live entertainment, a four-course meal, selected wines and beers, and a single red rose. The cruise will take you passed some of London’s top attractions, including Tower Bridge.
Restaurants With a Touch of Class
Enjoy an evening in the capable hands of Chef Pascal Aussignac and his Michelin Star team at Club Gascon restaurant. We recommend taking their lead and opting for the menu plaisir de St Valentin with wine selection for £120 per person. Your Valentine’s Day dinner will be seductively graced by seared langoustine, catalane and sea urchin jus with a Cotes De Provence, Le Château, Château Thuerry 2012 wine. Dessert comes in the form of a rose hearted fondant with red berries and Champagne granite.
Add a touch of spice to your Valentine’s Day dinner at the Grade II listed, former Westminster Library, Cinnamon Club near the House of Parliament. For £90 per person, you will enjoy a glass of Bollinger Rosé on arrival, amuse bouche, followed by a four-course Valentine’s menu that includes slow braised Herdwick lamb shoulder with nutmeg, curried morels and saffron pilau.
Make the 5-star One Aldwych hotel the setting for your romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. This is a great option for couples going to see a West End show or simply taking a Valentine’s Day stroll through Covent Garden. Axis restaurant’s Valentine’s Day menu includes Brixham Crab salad, apple, avocado and watercress to start, followed by smoked venison loin, braised shoulder, red cabbage and butternut squash. £75 per person.