Ok people, it’s time to get serious about Valentine’s Day. The most romantic night of the year (AKA the chance for you to score some brownie points with your beloved) is almost upon us. We’re normally all for trying something different, but with Valentine’s Day it’s best to keep things traditional. Read on for our pick of romantic menus in London, featuring both budget and blow-out options, and book a table with SquareMeal today. We really hope you score…those brownie points.
1 Lombard Street Brasserie, City
What: Although it’s normally full of bankers on their lunch break, 1 Lombard Street is a rather pretty venue, featuring a glass-domed roof. Head here for the big night and you can expect a three-course dinner including scallop ceviche with mango salsa, pink Champagne risotto, and tiramisu to finish things off.
Where: 1 Lombard Street, EC3V 9AA
How much: £48 per person
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Mayfair
What: If you’re looking to push the boat out, Alain Ducasse is offering a luxurious five-course menu to mark the special day. Along with a glass of rosé Champagne, guests will enjoy the likes of hand-dived sea scallop with pumpkin and Jerusalem artichoke and a heart-shaped chocolate and raspberry dessert to share.
Where: The Dorchester, Park Lane, W1K 1QA
How much: £225 per person
Aqua Kyoto, Regent Street
What: Aqua Kyoto is marking the occasion with a five-course menu which includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne on arrival. Dishes to look forward to include Wagyu sirloin with black garlic fermented butter, and this dessert of white chocolate and umeboshi pavé with sour cherry sorbet.
Where: 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street), W1B 3BR
How much: £80 per person
Blue Door Bistro, Fitzrovia
What: The Blue Door Bistro is falling head over heels for Valentine’s Day, with its romantic menu. Couples will enjoy a bottle of Lanson Champagne, alongside dishes such as slow-cooked cheek of beef with smoked bacon and mushrooms, and chocolate fondue with marshmallows, fresh seasonal fruit, miniature churros and homemade honeycomb.
Where: The Montague on the Gardens, 15 Montague Street, WC1B 5BJ
How much: £90 per person
What: The Battersea Power Station of old wasn’t exactly a romantic spot, but now it’s a stylish hub full of shops and restaurants. You’ll find Francesco Mazzei’s Fiume here, serving up a four-course meal, including wild salmon risotto with caviar, slow-roast veal and lobster, and a chocolate dome for dessert.
Where: Circus West Village, Sopwith Way, SW8 5BN
How much: £70
Frenchie, Covent Garden
What: To get you in the mood for love, Frenchie is offering a five-course tasting menu, which you can also enjoy with wine pairings for an additional £50 per person. The menu includes foie gras with beetroot, smoked eel and horseradish, and scallops with broccoli and grenobloise sauce.
Where: 16 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH
How much: £75 per person
Galvin Green Man, Chelmsford
What: At the Galvin Brother’s Essex outpost, you and your special someone can enjoy a three-course menu, which comes complete with a glass of Galvin Champagne. On the menu, you’ll find lobster risotto, caramelised breast of duck with an orange jus, and a dessert of warm Valrhona chocolate fondant with honeycomb ice cream.
Where: Main Road, Howe Street, Great Waltham, CM3 1BG
How much: £49 per person
What: Spice up your love life with a V Day meal at contemporary Indian Gymkhana, which is offering a five-course meal including the likes of a Tandoor mixed grill featuring seekh kebab, chicken tikka and tiger prawn, followed by a dessert of dark chocolate and almond kulfi.
Where: 42 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JH
How much: £85 per person
Hoi Polloi at Ace Hotel, Shoreditch
What: This hearty British offering inside the glitzy Ace Hotel is marking Valentine’s in style with an ever-so-pretty dessert. Love’s young dream can tuck into a baked cheesecake, which comes topped with a passion fruit gel, dark chocolate truffle and a refreshing raspberry sorbet.
Where: 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ
How much: Price TBC
La Dame de Pic, City
What: For a traditionally romantic evening, La Dame de Pic is offering a six-course menu alongside a heart-shaped charm from Parisian leather brand Betinna à Paris. Lovingly crafted dishes on the menu include fine de claire oyster, glazed with Nikka Whisky from the Barrel, red beetroot and cardamom, and a rose pavlova with a glass of pink Champagne for dessert.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ
How much: £155 per person
La Poule au Pot, Belgravia
What: This romantic Gallic restaurant has created a menu of French classics for the most loved-up day of the year. Guests can pick from options including duck breast with lime, and guinea fowl in an apple brandy sauce. Dessert meanwhile, sees a classic crème brûlée, or an indulgent chocolate mousse.
Where: 231 Ebury Street, SW1W 8UT
How much: £60 per person
London Shell Co, Paddington
What: We don’t know the science behind it, but dinner cruises are undeniably romantic. London Shell Co. is hosting two-and-a-half hour dining cruises from 14-18 February, serving up a five-course seafood menu, including oysters (natch) with angel hair fries, cured Dorset char with truffle oil, and a rhubarb and blood orange pud with set vanilla cream.
Where: The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, W2 6EP
How much: £45
May Fair Kitchen, Mayfair
What: May Fair Kitchen’s love day offering sees a four-course menu, complete with canapés on arrival and a glass of rosé Champagne to toast to the future with. For £10 extra per person, your romantic meal can be rounded off with a post-dinner Cherry Bellini on the Enchanted Terrace, which features fur throws and roses galore.
Where: The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, W1J 8LT
How much: £75 per person
Rivea London, Knightsbridge
What: At Rivea London, the five-course Valentine's Day menu features dishes such as orkney sea scallop with Jerusalem artichokes and caviar, and roasted ﬁllet of veal with wild broccoli ﬂorets, taggiasca olives and Barolo jus. Guests can also enjoy a glass of rosé Champagne NV Ruinart, while dessert sees a black forest gateau.
Where: Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW
How much: £125
What: The food at Roast is a bit like a warm hug, which means you can get twice the cuddles this Valentine’s by eating here. On the night, it’s serving up sea bass with sea vegetables and Portland crab sauce, and beef Wellington with gold leaf and caviar roast potatoes. Desserts, meanwhile, will include warm chocolate pudding with salted peanut mousse and black cherry ice cream.
Where: Floral Hall, Stoney Street, SE1 1TL
How much: £55 per person
Savini at Criterion, Piccadilly Circus
What: Savini is the height of elegance, with its Grade II-listed neo-Byzantine interiors as eye-catching as they come. Lovebirds will be able to indulge in a four-course set menu, featuring lobster linguine with smoked bacon foam, and sautéed salmon fillet with leeks and potato purée. Vegan and vegetarian options available too, upon request.
Where: 224 Piccadilly, W1J 9HP
How much: £55 per person
Sea Containers, South Bank
What: Head to this glamorous South Bank restaurant for a Valentine’s meal you won’t forget. Sea Containers is serving up a three-course sharing menu, which comes with a glass of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée on arrival. On the menu, expect Chateaubriand with a shallot purée, potatoes and figs, and a dessert of milk chocolate and orange blossom mousse.
Where: 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD
How much: £110 for two people or £160 with paired wines
Theo Randall at The Intercontinental London, Mayfair
What: This Park Lane eatery is delivering a Cupid-struck four-course menu of rustic Italian dishes. Loved-up couples will get to enjoy dishes such as burrata with grilled marinated red peppers and Swiss chard, and pappardelle con ragù di manzo: pasta served with slow-cooked beef in Chianti and San Marzano tomatoes.
Where: InterContinental Park Lane, 1 Hamilton Place, W1J 7QY
How much: £120 for two people
Wright Brothers Battersea, Borough Market, Soho, South Kensington and Spitalfields
What: Seafood-loving couples can head to Wright Brothers to enjoy a double-tiered seafood platter loaded with fresh shellfish and topped with twelve dressed oysters, with toppings including wasabi ponzu and pomegranate. The platter comes paired with a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Champagne, so you can toast to your relationship – bottoms up!
Where: 26 Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, SW8 4NN; 11 Stoney Street, SE1 9AD; 13 Kingly Street, W1B 5PW; 56 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3DY; 8a Lamb Street, E1 6EA
How much: £55 per person
The Yacht London, South Bank
What: Permanently moored on The Thames, The Yacht is offering lovebirds a five-course chef’s tasting menu, which comes complete with a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne on arrival. With unparalleled views of the Southbank at night, The Yacht London is up there with one of the capital’s most romantic dining destinations.
Where: Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, WC2R 2PN
How much: £100 for two people
For more inspiration, including our pick of London restaurants with Valentine’s menus and a must-try quiz, visit our dedicated Valentine’s Day page.