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London is heaving with show-stopping shopping events in the lead-up to London Fashion Week and Valentine’s Day. Here are a few of our favourites:

Black Roses in Carnaby

Go gothic this Valentine’s Day by getting your mitts on a macabre bouquet of black roses. London creative Miss Cakehead has teamed up with Kraken Black Spiced Rum to open the Think Ink pop-up, the first-ever florist offering only black roses. The bouquets will be lovingly arranged in grave vases, full of Kraken rum, rather than water, turning them black. A bottle of rum will be given in place of the traditional Champagne option. Open from 8am on 14 Feb for one day only. G12 Kingly Court, Carnaby W1

Free Roses in Chelsea

Feel the love in Chelsea this Valentine’s Day! More than 1,000 complimentary roses will be handed out to commuters and passers-by on 14 February at shopping hub Duke of York Square. A violinist will be playing romantic music and serenading on request.

 Message on a Bottle of GinBombay Sapphire from Selfridges

Add a personal message for your loved one onto a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin, through an exclusive hand-graving service at Selfridges. The service is free for all those buying a bottle of the gin. Available on 12 Feb.

 Vintage Fashion Fairs

Got a passion for designer vintage? Don’t miss The Vintage Collections at Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair, a So Vintage Fashion Fairhighlight of the fashion week schedule. Popular with costume designers and fashion bloggers, this fashion week event offers classic labels like Vivienne Westwood, Ossie Clark and Biba. Sun 16 Feb from 11am-5pm at The Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebury Avenue, EC1R 4RP. Entry is £4.

If your budget doesn’t stretch to designer labels, rummage for vintage clothes for men and women, retro accessories, reworked jewellery and one-of-a-kind homeware at the So Vintage London Fair at Old Spitalfields Market. 1 Mar from 11am-5pm

Donutterie to Open in Box ParkTom Daley is mesmorised by a box of Dum Dum Doughnuts

Celebrity favourite Dum Dum Doughnuts is opening is first-ever Donutterie in Box Park later this month. These tasty treats are freshly baked rather than fried and only have 6 grams of fat compared to the usual 17 grams of fat in a classic American jam donut. Big name stars like Olympian Tom Daley have already been flocking to the Westfield Stratford City doughnut stand to sample the baked goods.

Underground Attraction at HamleysLuke Friend and Hamley Bear at the Hamleys Underground

Legendary toy store Hamleys has unveiled a lost underground station at its Regent Street store. The new Hamleys Underground will see a tube station come to life through experiences including games, such as a NERF tunnel target board, a kiosk and entertainment. Central to the attraction is an actual driver’s cab that was used on the Piccadilly line in the 1970s.

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Valentine’s Day Treats in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/valentines-day-treats-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/valentines-day-treats-in-london/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:07:37 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37537 If you’re seeking a unique way to say ‘I love you’ to your special someone, here are a handful of Valentine’s Day treats to sweeten up your loved one.

Houses of Parliament Guided Tour and Afternoon Tea
Combine a love for British history with a love for British tradition this Valentine’s weekend. Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, then the next day continue on into the weekend with a guided tour around the Houses of Parliament. Follow this grand occasion with afternoon tea in the elegant Pugin Room, overlooking the River Thames. The tour will take you into both the Commons and Lords’ Chambers. Saturday 15 Feb. The tour and afternoon tea are priced at £41.50. This offer is also available on 1 Feb, 8 Feb, 22 Feb and 1 Mar.

Fortnum and Mason Hamper
Treat you loved one to a touch of class with the Be My Valentine hamper from the traditional London store, Fortnum & Mason. The hamper is filled with a Marc de Champagne box of fine chocolates, Amber Rose body lotion, luxury bath truffles, and a bottle of personalised Fortnum’s rosé Champagne. Hamper priced at £100.

Candy Cakes
Sweet treat experts Candy Cakes in Baker Street have a heart-obsessed selection of cupcakes available in a variety of flavours: two Chocolate Passion, two First Love, two Red Velvet Valentine, one Strawberry Love, one Caramel Kiss and one Mocca Chocca Love. Box of nine priced at £21.55.

Godminster Heart-Shaped Cheese
Not all Valentine’s Day idea need to be sweet treats. For something truly original, take a look at the heart-shaped Godminster cheese pictured above. It will be available at department stores Harrods and Selfridges in vintage organic cheddar and organic brie flavours.

Veuve Clicquot Rosé and Marshmallows
Take your Valentine to any Aubaine restaurant in London during February and you could treat them to the gentle effervescence of Veuve Clicquot Rosé paired with three light lemon meringue marshmallows (pictured above). The experience is priced at £15.

Other Valentines Day ideas:
The Lyttleton restaurant at the The Stafford by Kempinski in St James is laying on a special Valentine’s afternoon tea including Pacific oyster-caviar and Laurent-Perrier Champagne for £42.50 per person.

It’s Chocolate week at Barts in Chelsea from 6 to 14 February. Alongside a number of love potions and alcoholic aphrodisiac cocktails, there will be chocolate fountains, chocolate face painting, cupid style fancy dress, romantic two-person sharing cocktails served in giant teapots, and Barts home brewed and handmade rum filled chocolates.

Asian restaurant and bar, Bam-Bou in Fitzrovia, has invited psychic counsellor, Susie Johns, to offer lovers one-on-one readings on the 4, 11, 18 Feb. The 15-minute reading and a Love Potion cocktail are priced at £25 per person.

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Five Things to Do in London on Valentine's Day http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/five-things-to-do-in-london-on-valentines-day/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/five-things-to-do-in-london-on-valentines-day/#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:02:27 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37499 From wartime-style dance lessons to torch-lit poetry tours, here’s our pick of offbeat things to do in London this Valentine’s Day.

Natural History Museum

1.    A Valentine’s Day African Safari at the Natural History Museum (£28)

Lovebirds with a passion for science and nature can unwind over a drink underneath the famous Diplodocus skeleton in the Natural History Museum’s iconic Central Hall, before joining one of two tours. True romantics can take the Beautiful Tour which celebrates the beauty of nature, while anti-Valentines can join the Ugly Tour which features expert-led talks on nature’s most stomach-churning work with specimens of the most gruesome creatures in the world of science. Book here

The London Eye

2.    A romantic ride on The London Eye (from £22.50)

The London Eye will be a vision in red from 13-16 February, and capsules will be adorned with roses and fairy lights to set the amorous mood. Couples can choose from several different Valentine’s Day packages that include treats like Champagne, chocolates and red roses. Book here

Late Opening at the Churchill War Rooms

3.    Valentine’s Late at Churchill War Rooms (£17.50)

Explore this historic site after dark for an evening of events and activities including dance workshops, wartime music and letter writing, all in the name of love. Journey under the streets of Whitehall to a bygone era to discover the stories of those who led the war effort in secret below ground. Get your heart racing with dance lessons in Triple Step, Lindy Hop and the Lambeth Walk. Write your own love letter with hints and tips from off duty officers. Hear stories of wartime romance and be inspired by letters from the Churchill War Room‘s own collection. Then quaff Churchill’s favourite Champagne or enjoy a bite to eat in the attraction’s pop-up bar. Book here

Tunnel of Love

4.    Tunnel of Love at Vauxhall Village (£7.50)

A disused railway arch in Vauxhall is being transformed into a tunnel of love for the Valentine’s weekend to enable lovebirds to watch movies on the big screen. From 13-16 February, film fans can snuggle up under cosy blankets to watch a mix of outdoor screenings, from art house flicks to old school classics. Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet will be shown on 14 February. The bar will offer champagne cocktails and chocolate fondue. Book here

5.    Late Night Keats at Keats House (£8)

Lovers of life and literature can spend an evening in one of London’s most romantic houses, situated in leafy Hampstead. Party Regency style with risqué games or join a torch-lit tour about Keats’s loves and losses. Not just for loved-up couples, pop-up readings and workshops will guide you through the more surreal side of love poetry. The price includes a glass of bubbly. Book here

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10 of the Best: Valentine’s Day Restaurants in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/london-restaurant-news-valentines-day-dinner-ideas-with-romantic-views-and-champagne/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/london-restaurant-news-valentines-day-dinner-ideas-with-romantic-views-and-champagne/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:27:49 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37383 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.

Babylon
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.

Aqua London
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.

OXO Tower
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

Club Gascon
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.

Cinnamon Club
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.

Axis
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.

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London Hotel News: Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages, New Openings, Taj Group Rebrands http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/london-hotel-news-valentines-day-hotel-packages-new-openings-taj-group-rebrands/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/london-hotel-news-valentines-day-hotel-packages-new-openings-taj-group-rebrands/#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:00:57 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37247 Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour

With its iconic sights perfect for snuggled-up selfies, green parks for romantic walks and range of shows and restaurants to suit all couples’ tastes, London is hard to beat for lovers. What’s more, celebrating Valentine’s Day in London is made even better by offers at some of London’s most romantic hotels come 14 February.

Rekindle Romance with Valentine’s Day Packages

If 2014 marks a special anniversary – or you just want to splash out to show how much you care – treat your loved one to a stay at one of London’s world-famous hotels. The Ritz has an option that includes accommodation and a dinner dance (packages from £1,155); while at The Dorchester, couples can indulge in breakfast in bed, canapés and champagne during their stay (packages from £630). Or, for the ultimate in wooing, book a Royal Suite at Jumeirah Carlton Tower during February and receive red roses, champagne and an in-room massage as part of the deal (packages from £8,160).

Stafford London by Kempinski For something a little easier on the wallet, the DoubleTree by Hilton Victoria has a Valentine’s Luxury Package that includes a bottle of bubbly on arrival, a five-course dinner in the on-site restaurant, accommodation in a deluxe or executive room or suite, and a re-invigorating breakfast the morning after. Packages from £268.

In vibrant Covent Garden, the boutique-styled Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel is offering a deal on its signature Deluxe Rooms and Suites with chocolates, champagne and breakfast in bed thrown in to help make the night even more special. Packages from £320.

Ramp up the romance by looking out at the statue of Eros (the god of love) from Hotel Café Royal as you enjoy pink champagne, a five-course dinner and a hot bath run by a butler. Wake up to breakfast in bed before making the most of two 50-minute spa treatments. Packages from £595.

Chocolate-dipped strawberries are sure to win your way into your companion’s heart. The Stafford London by Kempinski combines these tasty morsels and pink champagne with an overnight stay a few footsteps away from green spaces of Hyde Park and St James’s Park (packages from £285). Further west, Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour also includes these fruity delights as part of its package alongside truffles, river or marina views, a full English breakfast and a late check-out at 2pm (packages from £288).

Hotel Update

The London EDITIONIn case you missed these latest openings in a flurry of pre-festive panic, budget brand QBIC opened its first venture in London late last year: the uber-cool QBIC Hotel London City in Shoreditch. In Holborn, the new 5-star Rosewood Hotel now provides plenty of glamour within an Edwardian Grade-II-listed building; while The London EDITION has brought its mix of modern designer touches and restored grandeur to Fitzrovia.

Also towards the end of 2013, Malmaison London re-opened after a major refurbishment and now includes the Strip Bar & Steak restaurant on its ground floor, street art murals and luxury designer touches you’d expect from the boutique brand.

From this month, The Crowne Plaza London St James and 51 Buckingham Gate, which fall under the Taj Group brand, have been renamed St. James Court, A Taj Hotel, London, and 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences respectively.

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Visiting the Past: Victorian Valentine’s Day Cards http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/02/visiting-the-past-victorian-valentines-day-cards/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/02/visiting-the-past-victorian-valentines-day-cards/#comments Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:30:04 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=31728 Valentine’s cards were big business in Victorian London. Cheap and charming, sentimental and romantic, they were just the job for flirtatious Londoners.

By the 1840s, the city’s sweethearts were sending each other around half a million Valentine’s cards every February. This was thanks to the new Penny Post, which allowed letters to be sent for one penny. With several deliveries a day, the Penny Post was as close as the Victorians got to texting their loved ones!

The card on the right  is one of 1700 Valentine’s cards in the Museum of London’s collection. It was made in the workshops of Islington stationer, Jonathan King and dates from the 1850s. King ran his business in partnership with his mother. In their workshop on Essex Road, the largely female workforce would assemble cards from coloured paper, lace and printed scrap motifs. Many of King’s Valentines were exported to America, where they were advertised for sale as the latest London fashions.

Museum of LondonGuest post by the Museum of London as part of our new Visiting the Past series. More about London’s history next week

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Valentine’s Day Shopping News: Boxpark, Carnaby Street, Penhaligon’s and the William Morris Gallery http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/02/valentines-day-shopping-news-boxpark-carnaby-street-penhaligons-and-the-william-morris-gallery/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/02/valentines-day-shopping-news-boxpark-carnaby-street-penhaligons-and-the-william-morris-gallery/#comments Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:33:22 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=31549

Love is in the air in London’s shops and markets in the lead-up to Valentine’s Day on 14 February. If you want to find the perfect gift for your loved-one, London has a whirl of Valentine’s shopping events to tickle your fancy.

The spruced-up William Morris Gallery is hosting the E17 Designers Valentine’s Day Special this Saturday (9 Feb), where 20 artists will be selling their hand-crafted items, including prints and precious gems, corsages and customised cufflinks. Expect wandering minstrels, love poetry and choir singing. Entry £2. Children under 16 free.

In East London’s hip Shoreditch, pop-up mall Boxpark is hosting romantic events aplenty, including macaroon-making classes (from now until 13 Feb) and love-inspired nail designs by Boom Nails (14-17 Feb). Boutique lingerie brand Playful Promises will be offering 20% off its sexy stock, from lingerie sets to risqué satin corsets (14-17 Feb).

Carnaby Street is spreading the love this V-Day with shed-loads of inspirational gift ideas.

Head to the Marshmallow Apothecary pop-up (9-23 Feb) in Kingly Court to be prescribed a bespoke box of marshmallows. Lovers can feast on aphrodisiac flavours including ginger and chilli, which can be taken away or enjoyed in the café with a hot chocolate or cocktail. For handmade gifts, visit Kingly Court for the Craft Jam Fair and Market this Saturday (9 Feb, 12-7pm), which offers everything from cards and accessories to homeware and artisan food.

Sutra Kitchen vegetarian cooking school and deli is hosting a Valentine’s Day cooking experience for couples. Get steamy in the kitchen under the guidance of head chef Jay Morjaria and then enjoy your creations, including wild mushroom and thyme risotto. The class is £25 and includes a glass of bubbly. Email info@sutrakitchen.co.uk to book.

Put a smile on your Valentine’s face by popping into the newly re-vamped British perfume house Penhaligons, in Regent Street. The brainchild of UK designer Christopher Jenner, the plush emporium is all wood panelling, padded walls, onion dome chandeliers and ceiling roses inspired by Westminster Cathedral. Don’t leave without taking a sniff of signature scent Blenheim Bouquet, which was created in 1902 and worn by Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde.

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Unusual Bars and Restaurants For Valentine’s Day in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/01/unusual-bars-and-restaurants-for-valentines-day-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/01/unusual-bars-and-restaurants-for-valentines-day-in-london/#comments Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:30:10 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=31415

February is approaching fast, and for those of you in a couple and looking to impress, so is the decision of what to do for Valentine’s Day. It can be a great excuse to do something special that you’ll remember – forget roses and cheesy piano music, why not go to a venue that is memorable (even if your companion isn’t)?

Sarastro
Opulent Sarastro packs the romance and gusto of opera into its gold and red interior, crammed with curious objects. Dine below ten opera boxes in differing styles, along with brash, erotic artwork and regular singing performances. Situated on Drury Lane in the heart of theatre land, Sarastro is a popular pre-theatre dining spot. The food has a Mediterranean theme and there’s a three-course Valentine’s menu for £35 a head.

Evans and Peel
Dates should be fun, and the entrance to cocktail bar Evans and Peel demands a level of imagination. It is set up like a detective agency, and guests must state their ‘case’ before being allowed to enter. If successful, you’ll be directed into a 1920s speakeasy bar, with old fashioned cocktails (watch out, they’re strong) and American diner food like mac ‘n’ cheese.

Dans le Noir?
Tucked away in an unassuming Clerkenwell location, this French-inspired restaurant has a unique setup. You eat in pitch blackness, guided by blind waiters. Talking to a companion without being able to see them is a strange and liberating experience, and you also don’t know what you’ve eaten until after the meal. Before you enter Dans le Noir’s darkness, you select for the vegetarian, meat, fish or ‘surprise’ menu. The later will appeal to the adventurous – it included zebra and shark when I visited.

Garlic and Shots
The name says it all – Garlic and Shots in Soho is dedicated to the white pungent bulb, as well as over 100 vodka shots. If your date likes garlic (it’s supposed to be an aphrodisiac) this should be a winner. All the dishes, and bizarrely some of the drinks, contain garlic, and the décor is an eclectic mixture of American bar with influences from the restaurant’s Swedish founders.

Inamo
Oriental fusion restaurant Inamo has two branches in London and some very tasty food, but that’s not why visitors come. The main draw is its e-table ordering system, which lets you scroll through images of food and view them on your plate before ordering from your table. You can also play games like battleships, switch between virtual tablecloths and watch the chefs working in real time with the ‘Chefcam’ function. A Valentine’s menu of four courses costs £35 per person.

Circus
A theatrical evening is guaranteed at Circus, the bar which doubles as a cabaret venue. It’s worth arriving early before a meal and staying late, to catch as many of the daring entertainment acts as you can – they range from acrobats to fire-breathers and dancers, and sometimes perform on the table in front of you. The cuisine is pan Asian and there’s a special Valentine’s offer for £70 per person.

Discover more unusual restaurants in London with our guide to the capital’s quirky restaurants.

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Say It With Film: Valentine’s Day Cinema in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/02/say-it-with-film-valentines-day-cinema-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/02/say-it-with-film-valentines-day-cinema-in-london/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2012 10:00:56 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=25432 If reserving that table at your favourite restaurant slipped your mind and you don’t fancy risking the flowers from The Wild Bean Café on the way home next Tuesday, then treat your loved one to a romantic night at the flicks.

Below are four Valentine’s Day cinematic highlights – all with tickets still available at the time of writing:

  • To Have and Have Not at BFI Southbank
    Bacall and Bogart star in this romantic war-time classic, loosely based on Hemingway’s novel of the same name. Bacall’s first film is worth it for her most famous line alone: “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve…?” 8.45pm.
    BFI Southbank, SE1 8XT
    www.bfi.org.uk
  • Harold and Maude at Rio Dalston
    An alternative Valentine’s Day treat, Hal Ashby‘s 1971 classic is the story of Harold, 20 and Maude, 79 to a soundtrack by Cat Stevens. Intriguing, surprising and unforgettable. 6.45pm
    Rio Dalston
    , E8 2PB
    www.riocinema.org.uk
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Riverside Studios
    Love it or loathe it, nothing quite says romance like Blake Edwards‘ Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The Riverside Studios are also providing a three-course Valentine’s Day meal, plus a glass of prosecco and a ticket to either screening for £35. How can you say no to Audrey Hepburn and a glass of something sparkly? 6.30pm and 8.50pm
    Riverside Studios
    , W6 9RL
    www.riversidestudios.co.uk
  • Romeo + Juliet at The Round Chapel
    See Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo + Juliet in the atmospheric surroundings of The Round Chapel, Hackney. Teenage angst has never looked so good. The bar is open from 7pm, and the film starts at 8pm.
    The Round Chapel
    , E5 0PU
    www.experiencecinema.com
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Top 10 Valentine’s Day Restaurants in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/02/top-10-valentines-day-restaurants-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/02/top-10-valentines-day-restaurants-in-london/#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2012 14:38:56 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=25428 Looking for somewhere to romance a food-lover this Valentine’s Day? Here are our Top 10 Valentine’s Day restaurants…

1. OXO Brasserie

OXO Brasserie’s Vegas Valentine’s evening comes complete with Vegas wedding chapel and a performance from a Chinese Elvis. The beautiful views and aphrodisiac menu are sure to get you in the mood for love.

2. Petersham Nurseries

Enjoy a walk along the river Thames, followed by lunch at the idyllic Petersham Nurseries Café with a glass of Petersham Rose Prosecco. True romantics can pre-order a bouquet of flowers to be delivered to the table.

3. Kerbisher & Malt

Does your Valentine love fish and chips? Take them to trendy chippy Kerbisher & Malt for a Valentine’s dinner including two heart-shaped fishcakes, a portion of chips to share and a bottle of fizz.

4. Clos Maggiore

Clos Maggiore was named Most Romantic Restaurant by Hardens 2012 Restaurant Guide, so it’s the ultimate place to woo your loved one. The conservatory with views of the stars obviously does the trick – the restaurant sees at least one proposal a week.

5. Gilgamesh

One lucky diner at Gilgamesh will win a diamond worth more than £1,000 this Valentine’s Day. The rock will be hidden at the bottom of a pink martini named Diamonds are Forever. So it might be worth splashing out on the £50 pan-Asian Valentine’s menu!

6. Carom

Love will be in the air at Carom, as diners are serenaded by Anglo-Indian love songs. You’ll be welcomed with a cocktail, before enjoying a three-course meal followed by singers and DJs playing into the night.

7. Dinner on the Orient Express

Luxurious Valentine’s lunch and dinner trips on the Orient Express include a five-course meal, champagne and wine. Departing from Victoria station, the cosy British Pullman steam train will take you on a romantic trip through the countryside.

8. The Gun

Push the boat out with The Gun’s extravagant Valentine’s package. You’ll arrive by boat, toast your lover in front of stunning river views, have a five-course meal and cocktails delivered by your own personal waiter, and watch your choice of “rom com” on a 42in screen.

9. Barry White Lurve Night at Meatballs

It may not have the most romantic name, but Meatballs is the place to be for lovers this Valentine’s Day. The evening is dedicated to Barry White, the Walrus of Love, and includes a Kiss Me Quick cocktail followed by dinner, accompanied by a Barry White soundtrack.

10. River Thames Dinner Cruise

City Cruises will be creating ripples of romance with a Valentine’s night cruise along the river Thames. Starting at Westminster Pier, the evening includes a glass of fizz and a three-course meal followed by live music and dancing.

More Valentine’s Day ideas

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