Looking for the ultimate dinner spot in London to spoil your Valentine? We’ve got you covered. London’s dining scene is like a treasure chest of romantic gems, just waiting to make your Valentine’s Day as sweet or saucy as you’d like. From cosy nooks in Mayfair serving up dreamy dishes, to vibrant Marylebone eateries where every bite is a love letter – or text, it’s 2024 after all – to your taste buds, we’re dishing out the inside scoop on the city’s most romantic spots. Whether it’s clinking glasses in a secretive speakeasy or indulging in a candlelit feast, these restaurants are all about love, a sprinkling of lust, and seriously good food.
Embark on a culinary adventure at Hoppers, the award-winning Sri-Lankan eatery with restaurants in Soho, Marylebone, and Kings Cross. Their Taste of Hoppers menu, priced at £42.50 per person, promises a sensory experience like no other. Imagine delicacies such as Banana Chips, Hot Butter Squid, and Lamb Kothu Roti. You can pair these with your choice of a Hopper, Dosa, or rice, complemented by Dhal Kari and the delicious Black Pork or Chicken, Lamb, or Prawn Kari. Vegetarian? No problem. There’s the Veggie Taste of Hoppers menu at £40 per person. And to add sparkle to your celebration, Hoppers has crafted the Blushing Rose cocktail, a delightful blend of lychee vodka, elderflower, and effervescence.
Ochre invites you to a romantic evening of love and art this Valentine’s Day. Begin your journey with a self-guided tour of five carefully chosen paintings at The National Gallery, artfully selected to make those butterflies flutter.
After art has ignited a little spark, indulge in a three-course dinner that commences with a welcome cocktail, all for just £65 per person. Starting from February 12th, Ochre also tempts you with their inaugural Chocolate Afternoon Tea, featuring mouthwatering chocolate cake, scones, and chocolate-infused tea.
This February Tattu will unveil their special Valentine’s menu which includes a unique collaboration with Laurent-Perrier. From February 9th to February 24th, Tattu is offering their guests the ultimate Valentine’s sharing cocktail, the Elixir of Love, delivered to their tables with a small red envelope. Inside the envelope, diners will discover a golden ticket with one of three gifts: a glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé, a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé, or a Modern Chinese Sharing Menu for two, accompanied by a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé. Tattu’s menu also offers a range of modern Chinese dishes for guests to enjoy, including Dim Sum, Black Cod, gorgeous Wagyu, and Miso Glazed Chicken.
Aragawa, the esteemed specialist beef hotspot, has curated an exclusive Valentine’s Day menu, perfect for couples seeking an opulent dining experience. For £550 per person, indulge in an amazing eight-course culinary journey. Start with a selection of canapes followed by Langoustine with Nova Caviar Salad and the legendary Beef and Mushroom Consomme with shaved truffle. For the main course, enjoy the Steamed Dover Sole and Baby Cauliflower, leading up to the pièce de résistance: the Tajima Beef, meticulously chosen to showcase its unbelievable flavours. To end, there is the impossibly delicious sharing dessert of Apple Sorbet and the Chocolate Tart paired with Grand Marnier Ice-Cream.
Guests can elevate their experience with an optional wine pairing for £320 per person, featuring Louis Roederer Cristal 2015 and Puligny-Montrachet 1ER Cru Les Referts, among other exquisite selections.
Bar des Pres
Sitting proudly on Albemarle Street and led by acclaimed chef Cyril Lignac, Bar des Pres invites you to an exclusive Valentine’s Day menu. Priced at £130 per person on Wednesday, February 14th, this special menu promises aphrodisiac delights like Oysters in Yuzu butter and Kizami Wasabi. Explore a selection of special nigiri before two show-stopping dishes: the Salmon Escalope in Tandoori butter and a Black Sesame Bao filled with John Dory, elegantly topped with smoky chipotle. And because no Valentine’s Day is complete without something sweet, don’t miss the Saint Valentine raspberry and tonka delight.
At In Horto, the rustic neighbourhood restaurant in Southwark Quarter, treat your other half – or yourself – to a four-course menu and optional drink pairings. Start your evening with their Charcuterie Board featuring meats from Ginger Pig and cheeses from Neal’s Yard, perfectly complemented by a Vouvray Brut from Château Moncontour, Loire. Follow this with a choice of four starters, including Roasted Chicken with garlic and burnt leeks, Whole Sea Bream, Baked Mushroom Gnocchi with Beurre Blanc; or a Tomahawk Steak, paired with Cuvee Brut from Rathfinny Wine Estate, Southern England 2018. Complete your evening with a choice of either Tiramisu or Chocolate Mousse, accompanied by Cremant Rose from Antech Emotion di Limoux, France NV. The full menu is available for £65 per person, with optional wine pairings at £30 per person.
Spring at Somerset House
Spring, by Australian-born chef Skye Gyngell, embodies romance, warmth, and elegance. Nestled within the New Wing of the iconic Somerset House, it offers a beautiful dining space. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, they will be serving their a la carte menu alongside special treats like Oysters Rockefeller and a shared Baked Alaska.
Dovetale and Dover Yard
Dovetale, a creation of two Michelin-starred chefs Tom Sellers and Tom Anglesea at 1Hotel Mayfair, has expertly put together an extravagantly romantic four-course feast. Priced at £125 per person, this includes four courses and a glass of champagne. Don’t miss the heart-shaped Lovebocker for Two, a divine dessert available from Monday, February 5th to Sunday, February 18th, for £18.
Guests can extend their experience at Dover Yard, Dovetale’s adjacent cocktail bar, enjoying an aperitif or digestif with the floral and botanical Love Potion cocktail. Dover Yard also joins in the Valentine’s Day celebration with the Love Potion Package, featuring the Love Potion cocktail, a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut NV, oysters, and a selection of sharing dishes, all for £150 per couple.
Tap and Bottle
At Tap and Bottle, London Bridge’s historic two-storey wine bar, enter a haven of exceptional wines this Valentine’s Day. Step inside the Grade II listed Devonshire House and choose from three delightful packages: the Champagne flight; the Raclette Package; or the Meat and Cheese package.
Opt for a flight of four 50ml serves of champagne for £35pp or enjoy one of four raclettes, featuring exquisite accompaniments, for £60pp. Immerse yourself in a wine selection that includes Ballena del Sur, Mendoza, Argentina 2020; Semillon Torrontes, Tbilvino Georgia 2021 Saperavi; and Château Moncountour Vouvray Crémant NV Loire Valley, France 2022 Chenin Blanc.