For all you hopeless romantics out there here’s our list of the capitals best and most romantic restaurants. You’ll need to splash some cash in these places but hey it’s Valentines Day soon so why not treat yourself and that special someone to a date to remember.
1. Clos Maggiore – Consistently voted the most romantic restaurant in London makes it a very popular choice with loved up couples. Filled with fairy lights, candles, mirrored walls and white blossom draped around the ceiling gives it that romantic feel. Good also for pre – theatre dining because of it’s Covent Garden location.
33 King Street, WC2E 8JD closmaggiore.com
2. Galvin at Windows – This Michelin starred restaurant and bar is located on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane. Since it’s opening in 2006 it’s been one of the capital’s most talked about restaurants. I would recommend the Prestige Menu, it costs around £70 for three courses and if you can try and get a table with a view!
22 Park Lane, W1K 1BE galvinatwindows.com
3. Berners Tavern – This is restaurateur Jason Atherton’s third restaurant in the West End this year and it’s a very grand affair. Housed in the new Edition Hotel in Fitzrovia the dining room is vast with an ornate plasterwork ceiling, opulent chandeliers, very low lighting and a buzzing bar area. The prices are high here and be wary of the staff trying to upsell extras but if you do come here you’ll be in for a glamorous night. Book ahead and start your evening with a cocktail in the Punch Room Bar.
10 Berners Street, W1T 3NP bernerstavern.com
4. J. Sheekey Oyster Bar – It’s Valentines so why not spoil your loved one with the gift of oysters! Five types of oyster are offered: West Mersea pearls and natives, fines de claires, Strangford Lough rocks and Helford Creek natives. They also do a great platter of fruits de mer which takes you on a tasty journey through the waters of Britain. While you’re there you may even bump into some stars of stage and screen as it’s a popular haunt for the nations luvvies as you’ll see with all the photographs hanging on the walls.
33 – 34 St Martin’s Court WC2N 4AL j-sheekey.co.uk
5. Hakkasan – Created by the founder of Wagamama, Alan Yau, Hakkasan has a reputation as one of the best Chinese / dim sum restaurants in town. Enter and you’ll find it dark, sexy and decadent. Maybe start with a drink in the bar before moving onto the food. Expensive but highly recommended.
8 Hanway Place W1T 1HD hakkasan.com
6. La Poule au Pot – This Belgravia institution has been around since the sixties. With it’s intimate seating, flickering candlelight and rustic dishes makes La Poule au Pot one of London’s top restaurants for long romantic evenings. Settle down with some great food and a bottle of wine and just enjoy each other.
231 Ebury Street SW1W 8UT pouleaupot.co.uk
7. Andrew Edmunds – What more could you want an intimate French bistro set in an 18th Century townhouse in Soho. It’s been going for years and offers a more low key style of romance with a regularly changing menu. And if you don’t want your pampered pooch to miss out on the most romantic day of the year then fear not, they are a dog friendly restaurant as well.
46 Lexington Street W1F 0LW andrewedmunds.com
8. Osteria Basilico – This Notting Hill neighbourhood restaurant offers unfussy home cooked Italian food at very resonable prices. It has a cosy, rustic feel with warm lighting that creates a romantic setting. Make sure you book ahead as it’s very busy every night.
29 Kensington Park Road W11 2EU osteriabasilico.co.uk
Do you have any suggestions for romantic Valentines dinners? If you do please let us know.