Plan a Perfect Valentine’s Day

Arranging a romantic meal for Valentine’s Day can be a daunting task but several restaurants, hotels and bars have already put together some tempting packages for the big day so if you haven’t yet decided where to take your special someone, check out the options below.

At Kingsway Hall Hotel’s Harlequin Restaurant & Bar (020 7309 0909), Valentine’s comes early. Couples wanting to celebrate during the weekend rather than on the day itself (which is on a Monday), should be pleased to hear that the restaurant is offering a five-course menu for £45 per person, including a glass of Champagne, on Saturday 12 February. Those who don’t want the night to end can stay over for £285 per room, including the five-course dinner with Champagne, a bottle of bubbly and red roses in the room, as well as a special Molton Brown gift and breakfast. On the day itself, a three-course menu will set you back just £29.50 (£22.50 for two).

The City Café (020 7932 4600) at City Inn Westminster has also created a tempting menu for Valentine’s. Available from 11-14 February, the three-course meal, which includes starters such as seared foie gras with confit duck, orange and Grand Marnier tart tatin and Scottish lobster ravioli with cauliflower and vanilla purée and watercress velouté and mains like fillet of Scotch beef of Wellington with red wine and Puy lentil jus, leaf spinach and potato fondant, is priced at £45 per person and includes coffee, heart-shaped petit fours and a gift from The Sanctuary for each lady.

If it’s a seductive backdrop you’re after, you can’t go wrong with Windows Restaurant (020 7208 4021) at London Hilton on Park Lane, which boasts unrivalled views of the London skyline. Make sure you book early as the first five to reserve a table for the big night will have the chance to have head chef Jacques Rolancy create an exclusive menu just for them.

As if a six-course meal, including dishes of foie gras, artichoke and aubergine terrine and sea bass with tomato and thyme confit, weren’t romantic enough, W’Sens (020 7484 1355), the recently opened St James’s restaurant, has a private room for two people. The cosy alcove, hidden behind silk curtains, is ideal for a Valentine’s Day tête à tête.

Asia de Cuba (020 7300 5500) in the ultra-chic St Martins Lane Hotel, meanwhile, will be serving Valentine’s specials alongside its à la carte menu. Expect the likes of mussels cooked in beer with chorizo and black beans, lamb shank with sweet potato mash and a strawberry tower for pudding. After the meal, make a beeline for the Light Bar, where you can sip delicious cocktails, including the Chai Spiced Berry, a martini made from strawberries and Chai tea vodka with a strawberry and star anise garnish.

Alternatively, head for Spoon at Sanderson (020 7300 1444), where the exec chef has created a seductive menu for the day. After a glass of Rosé Champagne, diners will be able to tuck into the likes of foie gras with mango and passion fruit glaze, scrambled eggs with truffles, followed by roast saddle of lamb with moussaka and an array of desserts, like shots of ice cream, chocolate pizza and cheesecake.

Mju (020 7201 6330)at the Millennium Hotel in Sloane Street will be tempting couples with a luxurious tasting menu, where dishes based on oysters, caviar and Kobe beef are among the nine courses on offer. Priced at £69 per person, diners can also opt to pair their meal with the sommelier's selection of artisan wines, which brings the price up to £95 a head.

For something more laid back, try the charming Raven (020 8748 6977), a cosy and atmospheric gastropub in west London, where the chef has created some fab dishes for the very special day. For just £24.50, lovebirds can kick off with a glass of bubbly and tuck into a three-course meal with treats like oysters with salsa verde, honey and mustard poussin with carrot and parsnip rösti, followed by beautiful tulie baskets filled with peppered strawberries and mascarpone.

The Gun (020 7515 5222), an elegant gastropub in the heart of Docklands, will be offering a seductive à la carte menu for Valentines. Expect dishes to include oysters with Champagne aspic, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, beef carpaccio with perigord truffles, delicious fruits de mer to share, Dover sole with salsify, or pot au feu of guinea fowl served with sautéed foie gras.

The stylish Curzon Restaurant & Bar (020 7629 2211) in Mayfair is offering lovebirds a treat for £45 per person. Both 12 and 14 February will see dinner start with a glass of Prosecco, followed by a three-course meal with a glass of red or white wine. Kick off, for example, with ballotine of foie gras served with truffled green beans, pears and balsamic syrup, followed by oven-baked loin of lamb on a bed of fennel gratin and rosemary potato. A glass of Limoncello liqueur is also included in the price.

A very special aphrodisiac will be on the menu at 1 Lombard Street (0870 780 8147) on Valentine’s Day. In recognition of the mythical history of the pearl, the restaurant is offering a menu featuring the following dishes: oyster and Champagne velouté with pearl dust and a duo of raspberry and strawberry hearts infused with crushed pearl. Two Valentine’s cocktails have also been created: the Black Pearl (a martini of Wyborowa vodka, infused with an ice cube containing a slice of black truffle & rimmed with pearl dust) and Cleopatra’s Wager (gin, rose syrup and lemon juice, topped with pink Champagne and a rose petal).

Lovers of Italian food can indulge in white truffles at Carluccio’s (020 7719 1749) this Valentine’s Day. Tuck into the likes of truffle pasta sprinkled with Parmesan and pasta served with a rich mushroom and truffle sauce. If it’s a gift you’re after, why not opt for Carluccio’s heart-shaped lollipops, orange and red edible flowers or a box of strawberry-flavoured Italian chocolate discs?

A tasty Valentine’s menu is also available at Mirrors Restaurant (020 7666 9000) in Euston for £46.50 per person, which includes a glass of bubbly on arrival.

The atmosphere at Copyright (020 7488 9000) restaurant near Tower Hill, will be ultra-romantic on Valentine’s Day. Each couple will get their own candle-lit table and, during their meal, they can enjoy romantic tunes from a live quartet as well as background screenings of Gone With the Wind and Casablanca. From £45 per person, diners can tuck into a three-course meal with the likes of open ravioli of wild mushroom in tarragon cream sauce and buffalo mozzarella, ahead of roasted halibut with a caramelised red onion salad, ginger and coriander dressing and prosciutto wafers, all washed down with a bottle of Champagne, which is also included in the price. A special Valentine’s disco will start at 10pm.

You can also serenade your taste buds and partner at Babylon (020 7368 3993) on Valentine’s Day. The romantic restaurant with breathtaking views offers a delicious six-course meal at £85, which includes coffee and petit fours. The menu will feature dishes such as rock oysters with a crispy pancetta salad and roast chateaubriand with fondant potatoes, wild mushrooms and roasted salsify, followed by an iced chocolate and thyme parfait with bitter chocolate sauce for pudding.

For a Valentine’s Day with a difference, lovebirds can pull up a seat or reserve a booth at one of Yo! Sushi’s conveyor belts and feast on a four-course menu with a flask of chilled sake or a glass of Champagne for just £20. Start with a lobster inside out roll ahead of yellowtail tataki served with ponzu sauce, followed by Balis salmon on a bed of mizuna salad with oba leaf dressing. Round it all off with chocolate truffle cake, an excellent end to an indulgent evening. If you prefer to practice your chopstick skills in the intimacy of your own home, treat yourself to a Yo! Sushi Love to Go box (08701 908040) for just £20, which is packed with all the tasty dishes above. Orders placed 24 hours in advance will receive a complimentary bottle of sake.

Those looking for something hot and spicy on Valentine’s Day, should head to Tamarind (020 7629 3561) in Mayfair, the only Indian restaurant in London with a Michelin star. Here, two set menus are on offer, one for carnivores and another for vegetarians, featuring dishes like tandoor-grilled lamb chops in a garlic and chilli marinade and minced vegetable dumplings in a creamy tomato sauce with cardamom and mace. The exclusive three-course dinner menu is priced at £52 per person and includes teas, coffees and petit fours.

Equally hot, The Cinnamon Club (020 7222 2555) is offering a four-course menu for £70 per person, which includes a gift box of exclusive Chococo chocolates made especially for Valentine's Day using a range of Indian aphrodisiacs, including ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom.

Things will also be heating up at Blue Elephant (020 7385 6595) and La Porte des Indes (020 7224 0055) on Valentine’s Day. Both restaurants are treating guests to a special three-course dinner priced at £65 and £60 respectively. Expect romantic background music, exotic surroundings and excellent cooking.

One lucky couple booking the Valentine’s menu at the stunning Pearl (020 7829 7000) restaurant will find a rare ‘South Sea Pearl’ worth over £2,000 hidden on their dining table. The pearl can be taken to a top London jeweller and turned into a bespoke piece of jewellery in 18 carat white or yellow gold with small diamonds. The seven-course Valentine’s menu costs £115 per person.

If you’re looking for a cheaper option, head to Pimlico, where the atmospheric Contented Vine (020 7834 0044) is offering a three-course candlelit dinner in the upstairs Gallery for just £27, which also includes a Champagne cocktail, coffee and chocolates.

At The Montcalm’s restaurant The Crescent (020 7402 4288), meanwhile, vegetarians as well as carnivores are well provided for on Valentine’s Day. After a glass of bubbly, lovebirds can tuck into a four-course meal with the likes of confit shoulder of lamb on a white bean cassoulet and risotto of morel mushrooms, Sauvignon Blanc, Parmesan and oregano twists for £55 per person, including coffee and petit fours.

A ‘Lovers Amuse Bouche’ with warm oysters, caviar and Champagne sabayon, should kick you off to a good start if you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Grill Room (0870 780 9484) at the Café Royal. The delicious menu is priced at £50 per head, which includes a glass of Champagne on arrival.

A tasty Valentine’s menu is also available at No. 5 Cavendish Square (020 7079 5000) for £50 per person. Fish eaters are particularly well catered for – opt for the tuna carpaccio with pan-fried scallops and pink peppercorn dressing, followed by baked cod supreme with a herb crust, served with spinach mousse, carrot and orange timbale and baby lobster sauce.

Alternatively, float your loved one’s boat with a romantic cruise on the river. Onboard Silver Fleet’s Silver Sturgeon (020 7481 2711), a three-course meal with a glass of Champagne and half a bottle of house wine costs £115 per person. Between courses or after the dinner, guests can wander on the decks or take to the dance floor.

At the Great Eastern Hotel (020 7618 5618), meanwhile, you can expect an early Valentine’s Day celebration with lots of indulgence and lie-ins on 11-12 February. Before couples arrive, a selection of Agent Provocateur gifts can be ordered (view the selection at Packages are available from £190 per night, which includes a double room, entry to the GE Club, reservation at a GEH restaurant, early check-in and late check-out.

If you want to get as far away from London as possible without actually leaving the capital, the Lobster Pot Restaurant (020 7582 5556) in Kennington is inviting guests to a Wild West Experience 12-14 February. The eight-course menu features treats like clam chowder served with croutons and diced lobster, broiled smoked haddock with parsley, tomato and onion and beef gumbo with red kidney beans and wild rice and costs £69 per person.

Alternatively, escape the city for real and celebrate Valentine’s at Weston Park (Tel: 01952 852100), a magnificent 17th-century stately home, set in 1,000 acres of Shropshire farmland. Overnight packages are available on both Saturday 12 February and Monday 14 February. For just £170 and £160 respectively, guests can enjoy a Champagne reception, a three and four-course dinner with coffee and petit fours, overnight accommodation and full English breakfast. On the Saturday, guests can dance to a live band in the Victorian Orangery. Those who just choose to have dinner at the stunning venue can do so for £75 on Saturday and £65 on Monday.

Pendley Manor Hotel (01442 891891) is a luxury country escape within easy reach of London. Here, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day early on 12 February and stay over in one of the stunning bedrooms. After a Champagne and canapé reception, lovebirds can tuck into a five-course menu and dance to the James Manders Band until the early hours. The price is £120 per couple for the dinner dance and an additional £100 per room, which includes full English breakfast and VAT.

Those who really want to sweep their loved one off their feet on Valentine’s Day, should whisk them off to Stoke Park Club (01442 891891), where a range of excellent packages are on offer. Starting from £190 per person, guests can enjoy one night’s accommodation, a glass of Champagne on arrival, plus a three-course dinner. They’ll also be treated to a rose, chocolates, entertainment and full English breakfast. The decadent Valentine’s menu includes treats like assiette of salmon, foie gras-crusted roast fillet of beef with lentils du Puy, rosti potato, char-grilled artichokes, red grape and Madeira sauce and a Chocolate Lovers Collection for dessert. Call the hotel for more information.

Overnight packages are also available at the luxurious Bovey Castle (01647 445016) in Dartmoor National Park. Those who choose a one-night stay (14-15 Feb), which costs £225 per person, can indulge in a special Valentine’s menu in the elegant Palm Court Dining Room, complete with roses and a bottle of Champagne. The next morning, lovebirds will be served Champagne and passion fruit juice in bed, followed by an English breakfast in the Palm Court Dining Room. A two-night stay, which will set you back £400 per person, includes breakfast and dinner on both days, Champagne, a spa treatment and hand-made chocolates from the castle.

Another super-romantic treat for your loved one is available at The Grand Hotel Eastbourne (01323 412345) on Valentine’s Day. After sipping cocktails while listening to a harpist, your personal butler will invite you and your partner to dine in your own private gallery, which overlooks the Great Hall. You will also be given a dozen red roses and a box of hand made chocolates. This all-inclusive package costs £500, or £800 with accommodation in a Master Suite, which includes full English breakfast.

If your man's a footy fan, treat him to a night of romantic luxury at Chelsea Football Club, where a special Valentine's package includes overnight accommodation at the four-star Chelsea Village Hotel (020 7565 1400), a gift, chocolates, rose, bathrobes and slippers upon arrival, a three-course meal with entertainment in one of the on-site restaurants, and luxury breakfast in bed with a glass of Bucks Fizz - all at just £199 per couple.

If you decide to cook at home. Make sure you set the right mood by offering your date a tasty cocktail. And don’t worry if you can't tell one end of a shaker from the other, as Millbank Lounge (020 7932 4701) in Westminster, will be organising a pre-Valentine’s cocktail master class where you’ll pick up top tips on how to mix and create your own bespoke concoctions, using your partner’s favourite ingredients. The master class takes place on 12 February between 2.30 and 5pm and costs £24.50 per person, including tutorials, tastings and an information pack complete with romantic recipes.

After your home-cooked meal, why not surprise your loved one with a macaroon heart from Paul, a lovely French patisserie which has shops on Marylebone High Street (020 7224 5615), Covent Garden (020 7836 3304) and Fleet Street. The delicious macaroon, which costs £6.95 and is available from 5-14 February, is made with finely chopped sweet almonds, mixed with sugar and whisked egg whites, baked lightly and filled with a subtle raspberry butter cream.

Last, but not least, flowers and choccies are also a must on Valentine’s Day. We suggest you give the guys at Pollen Palace a call – they specialise in everything from stunning hand-tied bouquets to fine chocolates and other lovely gift items.