Looking for something special to do in honour of St Valentine? Whatever your mood, check out Square Meal's guide to some of the best offers around town.
Albannach and Doon
Albannach – £55 per person (includes glass of Champagne)
Doon – Masquerade from 8pm-3am. Free entry.
Celebrate Scottish-style at Albannach and Doon, where two events are being held to uphold the Scottish interpretation of Valentine’s Day. Traditionally, celebrations in Scotland are not restricted
to couples; it is also a day to enjoy the company of family and friends. So, with this in mind, Albannach will be offering an indulgent four-course dinner featuring the likes of sauteed Rothshire
scallops with lemon and hazelnut vinaigrette, succulent Orkney chateaubriand, truffle mash and wild mushrooms to share, and blood orange cheesecake in the restaurant, while Doon will be transformed
for a masquerade party.
Asia de Cuba
£65 per person
For couples that like to bling it up, head down to Asia de Cuba where a special Valentine's menu is on offer. Starters include a selection of beef dumplings, chicken skewers, scallops and noodle
boxes. Mains comprise an exotic selection of black cod, palomilla lamb, Cuban chicken, and mushroom pancakes, while mouthwatering desserts include a Cuban coffee brownie, Mexican doughnuts and
pineapple and carrot cheesecake.
14 February – £45 per person
4-13 and 15-17 February – £38 per person (excludes Champagne and Champagne sorbet)
Combining traditional Malaysian dishes with innovative modern interpretations, executive chef Mark Read and head chef Lee Chin Soon have created a special ‘recipe of love’ tasting menu to mark
Valentine's Day. The menu has three or four options at each course as well as a pink Champagne sorbet palate cleanser after the first course. Dishes include the likes of crispy tofu filled with
assorted seafood, followed by char-grilled king prawns with sambal-fried veg, and chocolate and lemongrass mousse to finish. The price includes a glass of pink Champagne on arrival.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day in traditional Japanese style, couples dining at Bincho on 14 February will receive a bag of chocolates and marshmallows at the end of the meal. Known as 'Pink Day' in
Japan, women use the day to express their true feelings to men by giving chocolates, and exactly one month later, on ‘White Day’, men respond by giving marshmallows. Couples will also receive a
voucher to return a month later and have 25 per cent knocked off their bill.
His and Hers at The Bingham
£95/£125 per person (with/without wine pairings)
Celebrate in style with The Bingham’s five-course ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ sharing menu. Each course offers two different starters, mains & desserts served either in the private Garden Room or in the
landscaped gardens warmed by outdoor heaters. Dishes include Brixham crab gnocchi in a shellfish and basil broth, venison with caramelised fig, goats’ cheese gratin in a port reduction, and bitter
chocolate fondant with white chocolate ice-cream and a pistachio lollipop.
Black & Blue
£25 per person
Branches of quality steakhouse Black & Blue are offering a sharing dish of cote de boeuf this Valentine's Day. A variety of other options are also available.
£55 per person
Le Cercle, the fine-dining, tapas-style French restaurant, is offering two gender-specific set menus to mark Valentine’s Day this year. Both the 'Elle' and 'Lui' menus will take the format of Le
Cercle’s renowned signature tasting menus, consisting of five courses, with dishes assembled from ingredients traditionally associated with each gender. The female menu, for example, features
lighter, more fragrant plates such as sweet-spiced scallop or quail en millefeuille, while the male menu offers richer, more robust flavours such as roast monkfish, smooth tarbais beans and smoked
£45 per person
With its ornate interior and street-inspired food, Chor Bizarre is a great spot for an intimate meal. The 10-course tasting menu offers dishes such as salmon with cumin and herbs,
fenugreek-flavoured chicken with shiitake mushrooms, and prawns in a pickled sauce. A Pomegranate Martini or Mango Bellini is also included in the price, as is tea, coffee and masala chai.
£70 per person
Spice up your relationship this Valentine's Day with the Cinnamon Club's four-course menu. Created by executive chef Vivek Singh, the menu combines a colourful array of ingredients and flavours,
many of which are known for their aphrodisiac properties. The price includes a cocktail on arrival as well as an amuse bouche. Dishes on the set menu include Scottish lobster with coconut and
mustard followed by tandoor-roasted lamb, and a warm chocolate mousse with pistachio and almond ice-cream to finish. A vegetarian option is also available – please contact the restaurant for more
£75/£110 per person (without/with wine)
The ever-popular Club Gascon is hosting a sumptuous feast to mark this year's day of romance. Kick off with a number of amuse bouche, followed by lobster dumpling, scallop with clam broth or duck
foie gras tatin. Couples are then presented with a surprise dish, after which a chocolate fondant and black truffle ice-cream is served for dessert.
£60 per person
On Valentine's Day, Mayfair's Embassy is offering a special menu created by executive chef Garry Hollihead (who won a Michelin star at his eponymous first restaurant). Dishes include the likes sea
scallops and smoked eel with a piccalilli garnish to start, followed by mains including venison with cabbage and bacon, caramelised parsnips and chestnuts. For dessert, you might opt for the warm
chocolate and pear fondant with a Tonka bean ice-cream, or perhaps an Anglo-French cheese plate with hand-made chutney and biscuits.
Empress of India
£30 per person
The grandeur of the Empress provides an enchanting backdrop for a romantic Valentine’s Day menu that might kick off with crab cocktail and avocado salad, follow with roast monkfish with chorizo,
flageolet casserole and mussel broth, then warm chocolate fondue to finish off.
£45 per person
This recently opened bar and restaurant in Parsons Green is quickly gaining popularity, and the elegant dining room is a sleek spot for dinner. Head there on Valentine's Day for a good-value set
menu: five courses kick off with a Champagne cocktail followed by the likes of white onion soup with pickled apple, braised guinea fowl with trompettes, and sea bass with creamed spinach and glazed
£125 per person (wine tasting supplement £60)
The Manadarin Oriental hotel's near-faultless fine diner continues to impress year after year and, with fantastic views of Hyde Park, a romantic setting is assured. The five-course menu kicks off
with an amuse bouche followed by foie gras with pineapple, ginger and coffee; then turbot with Champagne, fennel and cockles and cockles; beef with smoked potatoes, mushrooms and red wine to
follow; and a chocolate and thyme concoction with olive oil ice-cream to finish. The price also includes a glass of Champagne, a luxury chocolate box, a rose and a signed menu from the head chef.
Gaucho Beef Board for Two
£45 per person
Carnivorous couples can rejoice this Valentine’s Day with Gaucho’s beef-sharing platter. Start with empanadas, ceviche or a sausage sampler, follow with four cuts of prime Argentinian beef or a
seafood platter, and finish with a selection of three desserts.
The Greyhound at Battersea
14-16 February – £38 per person
The Greyhound is offering a three-course menu specially created for a romantic evening. Dishes include buffalo mozzarella, oyster, tomato and sour cream, followed by rack of Herdwick lamb with a
citrus and thyme crust (for two) and a chocolate fondant and Leffe parfait for dessert.
£45 per person
The history of this grade II-listed building is threaded with romance (Lord Nelson’s secret liaisons with his lover Lady Emma Hamilton were rumoured to have taken place here), so continue its
heritage with a romantic Valentine’s Day meal. Couples will receive a glass of Champagne on arrival, followed by a choice of dishes including Irish rock oysters with cucumber and gin jelly, lobster
with baby vegetables and truffled beurre blanc, and a sharing plate of Valrhona chocolate.
£24.50 per person
Tuck into nine tapas-style, sharing dishes this Valentine's Day at Imli, where imaginative offerings include a seafood and mango salad, pan-fried lamb cakes with mint and cardamom, and black
lentils with tomato and cream. On arrival choose from either a cocktail or a glass of Champagne and finish off with the chocolate fudge cake with strawberry mousse.
Kai Valentine’s Day Dom Perignon Menu
£280 per person
Celebrate in style at Kai where a full bottle of Dom Perignon is used to create its six-course meal. Dishes include Cornish crab claw with ginger, black fungus and bamboo shoot strips, with a
sesame and Champagne dressing, Szechuan-seared foie gras and scallops cooked in a Champagne and pineapple sauce on baby spinach, and Dom Perignon sorbet served with chrysanthemum and Bramley apple
jelly, all washed down with a glass of Dom Perignon rose.
£60 per person
The low-lighting and seating at Kenza make this cosy Middle Eastern a great spot for an intimate dinner. Dishes range from chickpea puree with roasted pepper, to braised black mullet with a
coriander, shallot and tomato sauce, and slow-cooked lamb shank with cloves and smoked green wheat in a cherry tomato sauce. Finish off with strawberry and blackberry soup topped with orange zest,
or a selection of ice-cream and sorbet. Fresh mint tea, Turkish delight and baklava are added bonuses.
£76 per person
Known for having one of the prettiest, most romantic dining rooms in St James's, few places are as well-suited to Valentine's Day as L'Oranger. Dishes on the five-course menu include fresh and
smoked salmon pearl in a nest of celeriac and green apples with a crisp lime juice gravy, roasted lamb tenderloin with provencal herbs, potato heart fondant and wild mushrooms, and dark chocolate
and tangerine surprise.
4-17 February - £55 per person
For a touch of the exotic, head to Belgravia’s Mango Tree for its exclusive ‘Season of love’ menu, available 4-17 February. Starters range from salmon and scallop satay to wontons (with a pink
Champagne palate cleanser available on Valentine’s day only). Mains include char-grilled king prawns, massaman beef curry and seafood noodle stir-fry. To finish, there’s chocolate and lemongrass
mousse, cinnamon and pistachio ice-cream, and caramelised pineapple and lychees. On Valentine’s night itself there will be violinists to serenade diners and roses to take away. For those in the
mood for something bubbly, Moutard rose NV will be available for a modest £30 a bottle.
£50 per person
Romance your Valentine with Mint Leaf's 'Indian Love' menu. A special four-course tasting menu has been created using traditional Indian ingredients and spices known for their love-enhancing
qualities. A glass of Vintage 2000 Jaquart Rose Champagne is also included in the price.
£42 per person
Visit any of the three Noura branches this Valentine's Day and you will be treated to a special selection of five hot and five cold mezze plates, two skewers per person, Lebanese cake and homemade
ice-cream, plus a cocktail on arrival.
£40 per person
Offering a special three-course set menu, couples dining at Number 12 on Valentine's Day will be offered a choice of five starters, mains and desserts, including cheese from La Fromagerie. Choose
from dishes including ravioli of Irish rock oysters in shellfish consomme to start, gnocchi with seasonal lobster, purple sprouting broccoli, tomato and basil for mains, and finish off with
Valrhona chocolate mousse, hazelnut biscuits and vanilla sugar syrup.
Paradise by way of Kensal Green
£47.50 per person
Offering a five-course Champagne dinner, dishes will include an oyster cocktail, caramelised sea scallops and cauliflower with raisin and caper emulsion, and a hot chocolate fondant with pistachio
ice-cream for dessert. A more relaxed Valentine’s Day menu will be available in the bar, and if you really want to go all out, book the sumptuous private room upstairs for a five-course dinner,
room service, after-dinner drinks… and a bed (£300).
£95 per person
More laid-back than its Michelin-starred sister restaurant Foliage, The Park is offering a tempting five-course menu this Valentine's Day in its chic oriental-inspired dining room. Dishes include
miso-marinated black cod with Japanese ginger and lemon, and poached chicken with buttered lettuce, morel cream, ravioli and asparagus. Petits fours and coffee are also included in the price.
£120 per person
Created by executive head chef Jun Tanaka, the six-course Valentine’s menu at Pearl kicks off with an appetiser of pressed baby leeks with tarragon vinaigrette. Duck salad with goats’ cheese,
walnut and beetroot follows, after which diners will tuck into a main course of roast loin of lamb with herb crust and truffle gnocchi. Vanilla yoghurt with rhubarb crumble is served as a
‘pre-dessert’, with dessert proper comprising profiteroles with Baileys parfait. The price also includes petits fours, coffee and a glass of Champagne on arrival.
The Prince Albert
£49.95 per person
163, Royal College Street, London NW1 OSG
020 7485 0270
For something a little more laid-back, opt for The Prince Albert in Camden where the atmosphere is cosy and staff are friendly. The Valentine's Day menu features Champagne and canapes on arrival,
five courses, coffee and petits fours. Dishes include demitasse of lobster bisque with a poached king prawn, tian of smoked salmon, truffle and olives, poached lobster with spiced veloute spinach
and Bombay potatoes to share, and an assiette of desserts for two.
The Prince Arthur
£28 per person
Oozing pub charm, The Prince Arthur’s snug dining room is a great setting for an intimate meal. Offering a three-course menu, dishes include dill and lemon juice-cured salmon and potato blini with
creme fraiche, followed by whole-boned guinea fowl in a honey dressing with white bean cassoulet and game chips, with a wild berry and rose Champagne terrine with praline syllabub for dessert.
‘Desert Island Discs’ (6-9pm), then ‘Smash and Grab’ (9pm-3am) – free before 9pm, £5/£7 pre/post midnight
If you’re a couple shunning the conventional Valentine’s Day ‘wine and dine’ shenanigans, or if you’re single and want to party, head down to Punk nightclub for its two-part evening of fun and
frolics. Show up between 6 and 9pm, and you could kick off the proceedings by pre-booking a slot on the decks to play your own favourite tunes (there will also be a professional on hand should
things go horribly wrong) or after 9pm ‘Smash and Grab’, as the name subtly suggests, will involve a night of dancing and kissing with a peep-show video booth and dress-up box, all set to a
soundtrack of ‘suggestive’ songs.
The Roof Gardens
Determined not to exclude anyone this year, the Roof Gardens has decided to hold two events to celebrate the day of love. For party-loving singles, the Black and White Singles’ Ball (£25 for
members/£30 non-members) will include a cocktail and canapes on arrival and entertainment throughout the evening, while the restaurant will be serving up a romantic four-course meal for loved-up
couples to get gooey over. The price (£80 members/£90 non-members) will include a cocktail on arrival, and unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks until coffee is served, as well as a special gift for
The Royal Oak
£45 per person
Get out of the Big Smoke this Valentine's Day and head to Berkshire's Royal Oak. Its three-course set menu includes a glass of Champagne and heartily British food: think potted Devon crab on toast
or line-caught Cornish sea bass with braised celery.
Silver Fleet Veuve Cliquot Rose St Valentine's Cruise
£185 per person
Escape from the hordes of couples set to descend on London’s restaurants by sailing down the Thames on a romantic Valentine’s Day cruise. The evening will kick off at 7pm with a Veuve Cliquot rose
reception followed by a three-course menu courtesy of Rhubarb catering company. Live music, half a bottle of wine, mineral water, coffee, homemade petits fours and three Marc Jacobs glass flowers
are also included in the price. The cruise will return at 10.15pm. Only 50 tables are available. For more information contact Kate Woods on 020 7481 2711; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sitaaray – The Great Lovers Grill
£29 per person
Eat your heart out this Valentine's Day with Sitaaray's all you can eat kebab menu. Eight different dishes are served one after the other, after which you can order as many of your preferred dishes
as you like. The appealing selection includes Kashmiri chilli and fennel-infused grilled chicken, sesame-crusted red snapper pan-fried with coriander and pepper, and char-grilled, ginger-flavoured
lamb chops. A range of accompaniments and desserts such as cardamom ice-cream are also included in the price.
£60/£80 per person (early seating/late seating)
Romantically decorated with orchids and candles on every table, Sanderson hotel's Malaysian restaurant Suka is offering an early seating Valentine's menu at £60 or later seating at £80. Included in
the price is a Strawberry Bellini on arrival followed by a menu that includes butter prawns, lemongrass sea bass and Suka sliced steak.
£22.50/£27.50/£32.50 (2/3/4 courses) per person
This low-key, trattoria-style Italian is a laid-back yet romantic option for Valentine's Day. Pick your way through a selection of antipasti such as prawns in a fresh tomato sauce with artichoke
and toasted ciabatta, pasta dishes including tagliolini in a white veal ragu with herbs, main plates of sea bass, chicken or beef, and millefeuille of raspberries and chantilly cream to finish.
£49/£59 per person (early seating/late seating)
If you fancy a more clubby vibe for Valentine’s day, then book a table at Tamarai where a selection of dishes from the extensive pan-Asian menu have been put together for the day. Favourites such
as chicken satay, scallop shu mai and chicken green curry are just a few examples of what you can expect. There will also be a live saxophone player and DJ playing throughout the night, and guests
will go home with a goodie bag of refreshing 4711 toiletries.
£42 per person
The Wallace oozes romance all year round, so what better way to celebrate the gushiest day of the year than to book a table in its pretty courtyard. The three-course menu has been specially
designed with romance in mind, so expect a Champagne and oyster welcome, followed by a foie gras and celery croquante risotto to start and pan-fried fillet of brill, light Champagne veloute,
langoustines, shellfish and wild herbs for mains. Finish it all off with a selection of fine French cheese or a chocolate fondant.
£28 per person
A cosy spot for a romantic night out, The Well is offering a three-course meal including the likes crayfish boudin with Jerusalem artichoke veloute, slow-roasted fillet of beef with savoy cabbage,
braised carrots and celeriac Madeira jus, and passionfruit parfait with mint ice-cream to finish. A pair of oysters with rose jelly is also included in the price.
The White Swan
£45 per person
Offering an evening of refined romance, The White Swan’s Valentine’s Day menu takes in dishes including pan-fried foie gras with confit potato, apple and pear compote and Sauternes jus to start,
chateaubriand with wild mushroom gratin, fondant potatoes and Madeira cream for mains, and an Irish coffee creme brulee with hazelnut shortbread for dessert.