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A heart-shaped box of chocolates and perhaps a dozen roses are an integral part of the celebration of love that is known as Valentine’s Day. However, if you really fancy impressing your significant other, a romantic dinner is the way to go. Making sure there is something for everyone, here are our top picks for the upcoming holiday to help narrow down the endless list of establishments to choose from.
Romantic and enchanting: Clos Maggiore
Known as one of the most romantic restaurants in London, Clos Maggiore is filled with candles, white blossoms and an impressive conservatory of fairy lights. Be sure to have a look at the pre-set Valentine’s Day menu, in which for £45 per person, you can experience exquisite appetizers, a choice of either oven-roasted beef or poached halibut, dessert and coffee, and a glass of classic wine.
To book a table at Clos Maggiore, 33 King Street, London WC2E 8JD, call 020 7379 9696 or visit here.
Relaxed pub atmosphere: The Hour Glass
If romance isn’t exactly your strong suit, why not head down to this historic pub, home to a laid-back atmosphere yet incredibly delicious food. Set amongst the glitz of South Kensington, this brassiere boasts a great ale selection and a relatively affordable Valentine’s Day Menu including a three-course meal and a bottle of Champagne for just £45 per person.
To book a table at The Hour Glass, 279-283 Brompton Road, London SW3 2DY, call 020 7581 2497 or visit here.
Upscale Indian cuisine: Tamarind Restaurant
Why not bring some spice into your love life and go for some authentic fine dining at this trendy spot in the depths of Mayfair. With simple yet elegant décor, this is the perfect place for a quiet yet quality dinner. The Valentine’s set menu includes carefully crafted hors d’oeuvres, mains and dessert for £75 per person.
To book a table at Tamarind Restaurant, 20 Queen Street, London, W1J 5PR, call 020 7629 3561 or visit here.
Eclectic Spanish bar and restaurant: Copa de Cava
With its name focusing in on their speciality of traditional Spanish sparkling wine, this buzzing bar located in Blackfriars is the perfect place for a livelier atmosphere. The set menu for Valentine’s Day not only includes flavoursome tapas, but also a set cava to go along with each dish, all for just £60 per person.
To book a table at Copa de Cava, 33 Blackfriars Lane, London EC4V 6EP, call 020 7125 0930 or visit here.
Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free-friendly: Mildred’s
This warm and cozy gem provides an excellent selection of food for those with restrictions or allergies, with branches located in both Soho and Camden. Though there is no set menu for Valentine’s Day, expect some specials to be available at this affordable and impressively delectable bistro.
To book a table at Mildred’s, 9 Jamestown Road, London NW1 7BW, call 020 7482 4200 or visit here.