Here at DesignMyNight, we don’t need an excuse to scoff our faces and fill up on booze, but the most romantic day of the year is fast approaching and what says I love you more than food? Whether you just slid into their DMs or you’ve been loved up for years, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best Valentine’s Day menus in London.
The Old School One: Quaglino's
Whether you’re a sucker for live music or just looking to get loved up in style, Quaglino’s is a top choice. Not only are the interiors stunning, but the house band is top notch and the food is worth every penny. And the exclusive menu? Think beef tartare, beef fillet and pumpkin tortellini. Dishy.
The Sky-High One: Iris Bar by Searcys
Take things to new heights this February 14th with a visit to Iris Bar, where a Champagne-fuelled feast awaits. Situated on the 40th floor of The Gherkin, love is in the air… literally. From dishes like salmon and handmade artisan chocolates to welcome cocktails and quality wine, this City spot is ticking all the boxes. You had me at merlot.
The Casual One – Morley’s @ Prince of Peckham
Taking it back to basics, Morley’s is serving up a chilled out menu including chicken tacos, fried cauliflower and gooey chocolate brownies. South London’s finest has joined forces with Prince of Peckham and White Men Can’t Jerk for this one, so whether you’re taking your other half or doing it Galentine’s-style, this is one for all those who want something a little laid-back.
The Iconic One: Clos Maggiore
Looking for the most romantic restaurant in London? It doesn’t get much better than Clos Maggiore. Hailed as the best date night spot in town, the fancy French hangout is tucked away in the cobbled streets of Covent Garden. This year their infamous V-Day menu is a whopping five-courses, with a veggie version centred on truffles. Drooling yet?
The Affordable One: Tamashii
February 14th doesn’t have to be all about fine dining and expensive meals, you know. Get down to King’s Cross where Tamashii is cooking up a storm of pan-Asian cooking from chilli squid to ramen and teppanyaki paired with prosecco for just £25. That’s three-mouthwatering courses in quirky settings adorned with neon signs evoking Red Light District vibes. Sexy.
The Sexy One: Blakes Hotel
Whoever said that Valentine’s should be limited to a mere 24 hours clearly hadn’t been to Blakes Hotel. Located in Kensington, the slinky spot invites you to tuck into their exclusive Aphrodisiac Menu, complete with tempura oysters, chocolate mousse and a Love Potion, before choosing between a naughty or nice overnight stay.
The Secret One: Kahani
With a kitchen headed up by Michelin-starred chef Peter Joseph, Kahani is Chelsea’s new kid on the block. Make your way through the modern Indian offering and save room for the special dessert menu. Created for sharing, each dessert is linked with a story, so you’ll be choosing the narrative that appeals to you and won’t find out what’s coming until it arrives at the table.
The Super Spenny One: Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Sure, you could fly to New York for £225, but has that budget airline got hand-dived scallops, native lobster and confit duck at the most romantic table in London? Nope, didn’t think so. Head to Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester where you’ll find a 5-course menu giving you access to Table Lumière; the secluded table surrounded by 4,500 glittering lights. It doesn’t get much more decadent than this.
The One On A Boat: Cinnamon Kitchen
Going above and beyond the average V-Day offering, Cinnamon Kitchen has teamed up with MBNA Thames Clippers to bring you a romantic prosecco-filled cruise along the Thames before disembarking at the Battersea restaurant. That means four courses of Indian cuisine and an unforgettable experience. Plus, if gazing into your other half’s eyes is getting a bit much, then there’s stunning views of London’s iconic landmarks. Think Titanic, but without that ending.
The Cute One: Kettner's Townhouse
Located in the heart of Soho, this swanky hotel has been the hangout of creatives and aristocrats for over a century. You'll find cocktails and live music at the Piano Bar, before making your way to the restaurant to chow down on oysters, two courses and a dessert to share. If you’re looking to impress with food and interiors, this is one swoon-worthy spot.
For more last-minute ideas, check out our extensive guide to Valentine's Day in London 2019.