We challenged food bloggers to come up with their top restaurant picks for Valentine’s Day. Whether you want full-on romance or a more casual affair, this group of Cupid’s helpers have got it covered…
If this isn't enough for you, find more Valentine's inspiration, and take our special restaurant-finding quiz.
Name: Angie Silver
Blog: SilverSpoon London
Nominated restaurant: Roka, Mayfair
Why? The interior is dark, sexy and intimate whilst still being buzzy and alive with excitement. The food is incredible and it's the perfect place to share a delicious plate of sushi, a bottle of Champagne and a decadent dessert.
Name: Matt Hickman
Blog: Matt The List
Nominated restaurant: Typing Room
Why? Interesting tasting menu from Lee Westcott in the Town Hall Hotel's main restaurant, incredible drinks at Peg + Patriot, and a place to stay the night if needs be.
Name: Mittal Shah
Nominated restaurant: Clos Maggiore
Why? Everybody hates a cliché but sometimes, if it's done perfectly, you simply can't resist being seduced by it. Clos Maggiore is one of those places you hear people rave about for being THE most romantic restaurant, and for once I urge you to take heed of that general consensus. If it's a big date, or you're popping the question - this is where you want to be doing it. With its fairy tale conservatory, ornamental blossom trees, twinkling fairy lights, and beautifully-cooked French cuisine, it’s a night to be treasured.
Name: Rajani Sivanesan
Blog: Pop ups & Pucci
Nominated restaurant: L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Why? I absolutely love this Michelin-starred establishment, especially for a romantic date with a loved one. Make sure you grab a seat by the bar (laid out around an open kitchen) and watch the chefs in action. The atmosphere is relaxed, modern and vibrant; the specially curated Valentine’s tasting menu is always a hit! My cocktail of choice would be a Haru Ichiban – Portobello Road gin, lychee juice, lemongrass syrup, homemade blueberry shrub float and fresh lime juice.
Name: Rosie Parkes
Blog: The London Whistler
Nominated restaurant: Any of The Breakfast Club’s venues.
Why? Valentine’s Day dinner should be at a memorable, good fun and relaxing venue so you can both kick back and be yourselves. The Breakfast Club's unique tin can-cum-1980s living room get up and delicious American menu make you feel right at home. Snappy service, gluttonous desserts and beaming cocktails put BC into first place for my casual take on Valentine’s Day.
Name: Deepali Shamsaie
Blog: Dips Dines
Nominated restaurant: Launceston Place
Why? It's like a cosy, intimate cocoon in there, yet still brilliantly elegant – I especially like how the dining area is spread out into several little rooms, like nooks and crannies. The experience is nicely topped off with great food and plenty of little extra treats throughout the meal.
Name: Connie Law
Blog: Connie Consumes
Restaurant: The Providores and Tapa Room
Why? For me, a romantic dinner is about enjoying good food and wine in a restaurant which is elegant enough to feel special yet comfortable enough that I can have a laugh without feeling frowned upon. There's nothing romantic about stuffy service and awkwardly wondering whether you're using the right fork.
The Providores and Tapa Room gets the balance just right- their dining room is refined but its simplicity immediately makes you feel at ease, allowing you to savour the restaurant's famous fusion cuisine with your lucky dining companion. It's also the best place to indulge in your favourite New Zealand wine from their immense collection – what more could you want from a romantic night out?
For more inspiration, including our pick of London restaurants with Valentine’s Day menus and a fun quiz, visit our dedicated Valentine’s Day page.