Whether you’re eating out on Valentine’s Day or enjoying the night of love at home, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a list of first class romance making eateries bookmarked on speed dial for an extra-special date night or a last-minute anniversary dinner. Many of these places you have to book in advance but there are always some last minute cancellations so keep your fingers nimble.
Clos Maggiore: Voted the World’s Most Romantic Restaurant, Clos Maggiore, obviously takes the top spot. An oasis of calm in the heart of Covent Garden. Influenced by the stylish country inns of Provence and Tuscany the unique interiors create an unparalleled warmth and intimacy. The cherry blossomed adorned conservatory features a fully retractable glass roof creating a bright and airy dining space in summer months and in winter months it is transformed at night by candles, starlight and a crackling fire. Chef Marcellin Marc’s love of Provencal cuisine is recreated with individual style and flair.
Beach Blanket Babylon: Looking for something a little bit different? This Rococo-styled bar and vaulted Modern European cellar restaurant in Georgian townhouse might just be your thing. . Beach Blanket Babylon has an over-the-top charm and you can dine in the main dining room or depending on your idea of romance, you can choose to dine in a number of atmospheric spaces – the crypt, the chapel, the gallery or the skullery – all intimate spaces with a slight Gothic edge.
Aqua Shard This spot is worth the wait. If you can manage to get a window table at Aqua Shard at sunset, you definitely scored an #AchievementUnlocked. It is quite possibly the most breathtaking view you can get in the city. 360 views across London make for a stunning backdrop with your love.
Galvin La Chapelle This high-ceilinged, architecturally stunning former chapel makes an impressive backdrop for French-minded fine-dining, with doting but not disruptive service sealing the deal. This is romance at its most classic.
Duck and Waffle Take your Valentine up a notch with the most romantic views the city has to offer, a sharing menu by Chef Director Dan Doherty and special cocktails by Head of Spirit & Cocktail Development Richard Woods. The £85 menu features a selection of dishes perfect for sharing and a glass of Champagne Brut Blanc on arrival. And since they’re open 24 hours, the odds are much better at scoring a table as long as you don’t mind making a long night of it.
So let us know how your romantic interlude goes… as far as the choice in fine dining of course. And anything else you’d like to share. Find me on Facebook and Twitter – I’d love to hear all about it! x