Alain Ducasse heart shaped dessert

Whether you love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Square Meal is here to help. Finding the perfect restaurant for that special someone can be fraught with anxiety, so we’ve done all the hard work for you. Here’s our list of some of the best places to spend V Day.

SPLASH THE CASH

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester (pictured above)
Where: The Dorchester, W1
What’s on offer: four-course tasting menu including a bottle of Dom Pérignon Champagne 2004
How much: £450 for two
The vibe: elegantly formal with a gentleman jackets-on rule for the chaps

Hibiscus
Where: Mayfair, W1
What’s on offer: six-course tasting menu
How much: £195 per person
The vibe: simple yet sumptuous surroundings, with the attention on the food

M Grill
Where: The City, EC2
What’s on offer: four-course tasting menu in the M DEN private dining room which includes kobe beef and a chateau Pétrus
How much: £6000 for two
The vibe: lively and buzzy with a City boy crowd

Sky Garden at the Walkie Talkie building 20 Fenchurch Street
The Ritz
Where: Piccadilly, W1
What’s on offer: four courses with a glass of Champagne and live music
How much: £225 per person
The vibe: this historic hotel dining room is the ultimate in flamboyant luxury

Sketch Lecture Room and Library
Where: Mayfair, W1
What’s on offer: six-course tasting menu
How much: £185
The vibe: you can't help but be impressed by this design of the whole building. The pod toilets are a must-visit 

GOOD FOR A VIEW

Darwin Brasserie at Sky Garden (pictured above)
Where:
20 Fenchurch Street, aka the Walkie Talkie, EC3
What’s on offer: three courses
How much: £49 per person
The vibe: vibrant and lively with a truly unique view

Duck and Waffle

Where:
Heron Tower, EC2
What’s on offer: five-course tasting menu with a glass of Champagne
How much: £80
The vibe: an energetic, up-for-fun crowd will ensure there’s a constant buzz

Sushisamba
Where: Heron Tower, EC2
What’s on offer: sharing menu with a glass of Champagne
How much: £95 per person
The vibe: a clubby atmosphere with spectacular views of the City and beyond

INJECT A BIT OF SPICE


Chai Wu
Where: Harrods, SW1
What’s on offer: three courses with a glass of Champagne
How much: £75 per person
The vibe: the open kitchen complete with robata grill adds some drama
Zaika
Gymkhana
Where: Mayfair, W1
What’s on offer: five-course tasting menu
How much: £65 per person
The vibe: ceiling fans and stuffed animals on the wall make for a colonial Indian feel

Tamarind
Where: Mayfair, W1
What’s on offer: three courses and a glass of Champagne
How much: £85 per person
The vibe: basement dining room with a refined and respectable atmosphere

Trishna
Where: Marylebone, W1
What’s on offer: six-course tasting menu
How much: £60 per person
The vibe: bright and airy, cool and chilled

Zaika of Kensington (pictured above)
Where: Kensington, W8
What’s on offer: three courses
How much: £65 per person
The vibe: it’s a grand old room with views onto Kensington Park Gardens

A BIT OF CULTURE


The Magazine
Where: The Serpentine Sackler gallery, W2
What’s on offer: four-course tasting menu with a cocktail and private gallery viewing
How much: £65 per person
The vibe: an unusual and ultra-modern space with views onto the landscaped garden

City Social
The Wallace Restaurant
Where: The Wallace Collection, W1
What’s on offer: three courses with a glass of Champagne
How much: £40 per person
The vibe: a vast and beautiful space in the gallery’s internal courtyard  

HATE SET MENUS?


Aqua Shard
Where: The Shard, SE1
What’s on offer: normal à la carte
The vibe: discreet lighting and incredible views make for a romantic setting

Brasserie Zédel
Where: Piccadilly Circus, W1
What’s on offer: normal à la carte
The vibe: grand Parisian brasserie that’s busy from noon till night

City Social (pictured above)
Where: Tower 42, EC2
What’s on offer: normal à la carte
The vibe: dark and romantic with a backdrop of the City from 24 floors up

The Riding House Café
Where: Marylebone, W1
What’s on offer: normal à la carte
The vibe: all-day dining café with a young and trendy crowd

Jamon croquettes at Jose
Spring
Where: Somerset House, WC2
What’s on offer: normal à la carte
The vibe:
sedate and elegant with a pink glow throughout

LEFT IT TOO LATE? (NO BOOKINGS)

The Anchor and Hope
Where: Southwark SE1
What’s on offer: normal á la carte
The vibe: get there early or expect a lengthy wait, this classic gastropub is always packed

José (pictured above)
Where: Bermondsey Street, SE1
What’s on offer: normal à la carte
The vibe: tiny tapas and sherry bar with a lively local crowd

Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote

Where: Marylebone W1, The City EC2, Canary Wharf E14
What’s on offer: normal à la carte
The vibe: tightly packed tables make for a noisy yet charming steak experience

Polpetto

Where: Soho, W1
What’s on offer: normal à la carte
The vibe:
cute and cosy with dash of Venetian café glamour


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.