There's just a week to go until February 14th, the Most Romantic Day Of The Year™, and as it falls on a
Saturday in 2015 the pressure is really on. Fortunately, we've compiled a list of options including restaurant options, cocktail bars, hotel stays, and edible gifts for you love-struck couples out there, so you can easily show your love through organised romance. Be warned though, the 50 Shades of Grey theme is dominating this year...
As for all you singles out there (shout out!), rather than cry into a bottle of Merlot while watching The Notebook, why not check out one of the many dating or Anti-Valentine's Day events going on next weekend? Bounce Ping Pong has gone so far as to ban couples and romantic gestures on February 14th, so you'll be in good company.
Food: The Way To The Heart Is Through The Stomach
Valentine's Day Menu at 108 Brasserie
Kick off the romance with a meal at 108 Brasserie in Marylebone, starting a glass of Prosecco and a West Mersea native oyster, followed by a 4 course set menu from Head Chef Russell Ford. Dinner options include poached lobster, saddle of rabbit, pan-fried John Dory and Isle of Skye scallops. Menu available for lunch and dinner on Saturday 14th February.
Price: £60 per person, including a portion of 108 Pantry granola to take homeAddress: 108 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2QEwww.108brasserie.com
Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea at Skylounge
From February 1st, Skylounge rooftop bar are offering a special Valentines afternoon tea with a view, appropriately named 'All Loved Up'. The menu promises a 50 Shades of Grey themed cocktail, sensual cake bites and aphrodisiac sandwiches - perhaps not appropriate for your grandmother, then.
Price: £30 per personAddress: 7 Pepys St, London, EC3N 4AF www.doubletree3.hilton.com
Seafood Specials at Bonnie Gull
Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack will be offering their seafood favourites this Valentine's Day, including highlights of Maldon Rock oysters, seared Scottish scallops, and Wild Cornish seabass. The offering is subject to change, depending on the day's catch, weather conditions at sea and seasonality of produce. In Exmouth Market, the new Bonnie Gull Seafood Bar will be serving a special Valentine's cocktail, the Kitty Hawk with Portabello Gin, Maraschino liquor, lavender infused syrup, lemon and a dash of sherry.
Address: 21A Foley Street, London W1W 6DS
Food Pairing at Basement Sate
Soho's finest cocktail and dessert bar are getting in on the V-Day action with a couples tasting menu using aphrodisiac ingredients such as raspberries, vanilla, chocolate and honey. The menu includes three desserts and three paired cocktails per person.
Price: £38 for two peopleAddress: 8 Broadwick Street, London W1Fwww.basementsate.com
Eat your Heart Out at Cinnamon Soho
For the daring diner, Cinnamon Soho are taking the love aspect of Valentines Day very literally this year by serving up a heart-themed menu of spiced, skewered and seared dishes including pan seared ox heart, tandoori spiced chicken heart, devilled duck hearts and lamb's heart skewers. Dishes available on February 14th.
Price: £7.50 per dishAddress: 5 Kingly Street London W1B 5PFwww.cinnamonsoho.com
Valentine's Menu at Sketch
Treat your sweetheart to a special Valentine's Day, 7-course lunch or 8-course dinner menu at the Michelin-star Lecture Room & Library at Sketch. The dinner menu includes veal, black truffle, crab and oysters, while lunch offers scallops, Atlantic cod, a dessert trio and a half-bottle of champagne.
Price: £95 per couple for lunch, £185 per couple for dinner
Address: 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG
Drinks: Everyone Looks Better with Beer Goggles
Win a diamond at House of Ho
Soho's House of Ho have both the drinks and the gift covered by offering one diner the chance to win a diamond worth £1,500. To enter, all you have to do is purchase the Diamonds are Forever Martini (and the more you drink, the better your chances).
Price: £9.50 per cocktailAddress: 55-59 Old Compton Street, Soho London W1D 6HWwww.houseofho.co.uk
Red Room Vaults at Voltaire
Voltaire are making the most of their vaults by offering a 50 Shades of Grey inspired Red Room VIP Vault package, which includes a private vault with rose petals and candles, two cocktails from the bespoke Red Room collection, an aphrodisiac platter of chocolate-dipped strawberries, a WIFI dock for your personal music selection, and a bottle of Pommery Pop each.
Price: £99 per coupleAddress: 19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DBwww.voltairebar.com
King of Soho Dry Gin at Kettners
Premium London gin King of Soho have teamed up with legendary Soho establishment to create some 'King-ky' (sorry) cocktails this Valentines Day. The menu launches on 6th February, and includes cheeky drinks such as the 'Lost My Cherry' martini and the 'Old Soho Fox' whisky cocktail.
Address:29 Romilly Street, Soho, London W1D 5HP
Cocktails at Loves Company
Not content with just a day, Loves Company are dedicating a whole week to Valentines celebrations, with something to suit everyone. Friday 13th February sees an 'Unlucky in Love' night, featuring a Justin Timberlake-inspired 'Cry Me a River' cocktail, theres a masquerade ball on Saturday 14th February, and the rest of the week will have a 2 for 1 'Lovely Hour' of classic cocktails every day.
Address: 104 City Road, London EC1V 2NR
Hotel Stay: Make A Night Of It
The Great Northern Hotel
If a bunch of flowers won't quite cut it this year, push the boat out and take your better half for a romantic night at the Great Northern Hotel. The luxury overnight stay package includes half a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Champagne, a beautiful box of Cocomaya chocolates, bespoke Valentine's Day cocktail in the GNH Bar, paired dinner for two in Plum + Spilt Milk and breakfast the following morning.
Price: £475Address: Kings Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Road, London N1C 4TB
Set the bar impossibly high forever by booking the romantic overnight escape at the Ritz London. It includes a stay in one of The Ritz London's beautiful Louis XVI inspired guest rooms, including a bottle of Champagne on ice on arrival, rose petal turn down and dinner and breakfast in The Ritz Restaurant. Available on either Friday 13th or Saturday 14th 2015.
Price: £1,320Address: 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR
Singles Events: Find Love Fast or Celebrate Singledom
Bartinder at Barsmith
Pizzeria and cocktail bar Barsmith in Farringdon are taking Tinder out of the phone and into real life (well, sort of) with a Valentines Day singles event appropriately named #BarTinder. This way, you can finally say 'we met in a bar' and it's technically true.
Address: 18-20 St John St, London EC1M 4AY
Speedbaking at Le Pain Quotidien
Let your love of dough bring you together with a Speedbaking event at Le Pain Quotidien in Borough Market on Friday 18th February. While enjoying drinks and canapes, men and women will be paired to create two dishes, such as a chocolate chilli tart with raspberry, and every ten minutes the men will be instructed to move onto the next woman.
Price: £45 per personAddress:15 Winchester Walk, Blows Yard, London SE1 9AG
Singles Banquet at Le Pain Quotidien
LPQ are really keen on helping the singletons of London this year - they're also holding a Singles Valentines Day Banquet on Saturday 14th February at their Borough, Westfield and Covent Garden branches. Guest will be seated at a communal tables and served sharing boards of tartines, salads, sweet desserts and prosecco.
Price: £20 per personwww.lepainquotidien.co.uk
Anti-Valentines Party at Bounce
Bounce, the London home of ping pong, have teamed up with Tinder to host an Anti-Valentine's Party on Saturday 14th February for the lonely and loveless of London. Couples are banned, love hearts are banished, and you can drown your sorrows in ping pong games and complimentary drinks tokens.
Price: £5 advanced, £7 standard ticketAddress:121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD
Gifts: Nothing Says I Love You Like an Edible Present
Cutter & Squidge Valentine's biskie from Harrods
Lets be honest - flowers may look nice, but you can't exactly eat them can you? Instead, treat the old ball n' chain to a lovely Cutter & Squidge Valentine's biskie from Harrods, a combination of biscuit, cookie and cake available in a variety of flavours and topped with edible rose petals, gold leaf and forest fruit compote. Available now, retailing at £9.99.
Red Velvet Pancakes delivered from The Diner
Showing that you can make an effort without actually leaving the house, the Diner are offering a stack of delicious heart-shaped red velvet pancakes topped with cream cheese frosting, strawberries and raspberries delivered to your door on February 13th or 14th via Deliveroo.
Paul A Young's Valentines Chocolates
Artisan chocolatier Paul A Young has created a special Valentines range including truffles inspired by romantic locations such as Edinburgh, Venice and Istanbul, a solid milk or dark chocolate heart decorated with edible silver leaf, and a pink praline brownie. Items available from 7th February at branches around London.
Aphrodisiac lollipops from Pandora's Pops
If you've only got £2.50 to spare, get the most bang for you buck with an all-natural aphrodisiac lollipop from Pandora's Pops. The limited-edition lollipops have been created in traditional British flavours such as Eton Mess, Gin and Tonic, Bakewell Tart and Earl Grey, and can be found at their pop-up shop at Old Street Station from February 2nd.
Galvin's Chance Valentine's Day Chocolates
Give something back this year by bidding for a box of chocolates from Galvin's Chance, a charity for disadvantaged young people wishing to work in the food and hospitality industry. Top chefs including Raymond Blanc, Eric Lanlard, Jose Pizarro, Michel Roux Jr and Jamie Oliver have all got involved this year by creating an exclusive box of chocolate which will be auctioned online until February 5th.
Booze: Goodbye Roses, Hello Rosé