Our Guide to Valentine’s Day in London

Our Guide to Valentine’s Day in London

And just like that Valentine’s Day is upon us. But do not fear, it’s never too late to pack an overnight bag and whisk your better-half off to London to really level up your Valentine’s experience. So, to help, we’ve rounded up a few of our top Valentine’s date night restaurants across and in London.

Valentine's in London

Decimo at the Standard, King’s Cross

Widely hailed as one of London’s sexiest restaurants, Decimo is the ultimate date night spot, thanks to a mix of incredible Spanish-Mexican cuisine from Michelin-starred Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, playful drinks, plush interiors and unmatched views across the city.

Unmissable menu highlights this Valentine’s Day include the iconic Spanish tortilla (with a caviar-topped version available for those looking to indulge), gambas rojas and chistorra and black bean tacos.

Valentine's Day in London Manthan

Manthan, Mayfair

Manthan, the second restaurant from chef Rohit Ghai of Kutir, is an ideal spot for an intimate evening in the heart of Mayfair.

Surrounded by Manthan’s beautiful interiors, guests can begin with a signature cocktail such as the Mango & Date Bellini, before enjoying one of the 5-course Experience menus, with dishes including Ghati Masala Prawns, Lamb Osso Buco and Paneer Malai. Menus come with the option of an additional wine pairing to complete the evening.

Valentine's in London Princess of Shoreditch

The Princess of Shoreditch, Shoreditch

At The Princess of Shoreditch, head chef Ruth Hansom, will be offering sharing-friendly elevated British pub classics in the downstairs bar.

Couples can celebrate with a British seafood platter featuring fresh lobster and oysters, or share a salt-aged beef Wellington, served with braised red cabbage, madeira sauce and a luxurious truffle mash. A special dessert will also be on offer, comprising rhubarb, Coates & Seely sparkling rosé and caramelised white chocolate.

Valentine's Day in London Kutir

Kutir, Chelsea

Behind the doors of an elegant Chelsea townhouse, acclaimed restaurant Kutir boasts beautifully decorated interiors in an intimate, cosy setting.

Chef Rohit Ghai has created a 6-course Valentine’s menu of signature dishes, including masala prawns and pheasant with beetroot chutney. We suggest adding the wine pairing option, and make sure you check out the vegetarian menu too.

Valentine's Day in London

Luca, Clerkenwell

Clerkenwell’s much-loved Luca is one of London’s most beautiful restaurants and the ideal spot for an intimate dinner.

Guests can begin the evening at Luca’s gorgeous bar for a cocktail and plate of their signature parmesan fries, before moving either into the main dining room or to dine al fresco. The secluded terrace surrounded by olive trees and jasmine is warmed by the open fire, and makes for an idyllic spot to enjoy dishes of rigatoni with pork sausage ragu or taglierini with black winter truffle.

And for those who are not one for the standard Valentine’s faff?

A Valentine’s drag bingo night at The Standard, London

This Valentine’s Day sees the illustrious return of drag bingo to Double Standard at The Standard, London. This month’s Valentine’s special will be held on February 14, and will be hosted by long-term host Grace Shush, who will be accompanied by fellow drag superstar, Sue Gives a F*ck. Perfect for those looking for a non-conventional Valentine’s Day.

Discover the Valentine’s Edit online at Tessuti now.

Words by Thomas Sumner of The Essential Journal.

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