February 6, 2019
Celebrate the most romantic day of the year in style. Lettice have curated the ultimate guide to valentines this year. With bars, restaurants and hotels to pick from, our list showcases the very best for your special person.
Coya – Mayfair
With their mix of traditional Peruvian small dishes combined with Japanese, Chinese and Spanish cooking techniques, Coya will surprise and excite even the most seasoned of foodies.
Clos Maggiore – Covent Garden
The elegant interior, roaring log fire and sweeping views across Covent Garden is the ultimate romantic venue for an intimate dinner. It will almost be difficult not to propose with this atmosphere.
Park Chinois – Mayfair
Impress your date at the glamorous Park Chinois, surrounded by 1930’s Shanghai’s cabaret style decadence and elegant live music. This trendy bar is the prefect spot for a romantic dinner in the heart of London.
Host an iconic and glamorous Valentines soiree in Sohos most luxurious restaurant, that even has a button to order champagne straight to your table. This opulent venue is perfectly adorned with gold furnishings, mosaic detail and marble tables, fit for the aristocracy of the early 1900’s. Choose Bob Bob Ricard for a luxurious, fun and theatrical night your date won’t forget in a hurry.
Clutch – Hoxton
For a much more laid-back approach to Valentine’s day, take your date to a funky and delicious fried chicken and chips shop. Indulge in their naughty menu which is recommended highly by Ed Sheeran, this is not your average guilt-free fried food.
The river café – Hammersmith
The River Café has been going since 1987, and is an iconic landmark London eatery. Their simple but sumptuous Italian cuisine has the likes of Nigella Lawson and Kiera Knightley returning frequently.
Petrus – Knightsbridge
Enjoy an exquisite meal at the renowned Gordon Ramsey’s Michelin star restaurant, whose menu is a modern interpretation on classic flavours. Here you can expect nothing but excellence from food to service and not a kitchen nightmare.
Gymkhana – Mayfair
This classic and contemporary Michelin star Raj-era themed Indian restaurant, offers exceptional Tandoor oven roasts and seasonal curries. Choose from an array of boldly spiced Indian classic dishes and delectable cocktails infused with spices, to woo your date.
This modern restaurant delivers a slice of France to the streets of Mayfair, it encompasses wholly everything French from the décor, menu to the live music. What’s more romantic than being besieged by the chic and sexy inquisition of the French.
La Poule Au Pot – Belgravia
This dreamy authentic French bistro with its intimate nooks and festoons of dried flowers, candlelit tables and romantic outdoor terrace is the perfect location for an intimate supper. It has not only been voted “best for romance” in the whole of London, but their charming menu and humble wine list is perfectly paired so you can focus on impressing your date.
Frenchie- Covent garden
Frenchie’s elegant and intimate setting lends itself perfectly for an evening of exquisite food and romance. With its specific Valentine’s day 5-course tasting menu you and your date will not be going hungry.
Bourne and Hollingsworth – Fitzrovia
This creative botanical greenhouse is the perfect atmosphere to let love blossom. Surrounded by artistic décor, succulents from floor to ceiling, industrial glass, marble accents and rattan wicker chairs. There is still a very cosy vibe, with the open fires and dim lighting, which adds to the enchanting ambience.
If you are just planning to keep things low key, impress your date with a quick cocktail in one of these funky London bars:
Nightjar – Hoxton
Soak up the magical atmosphere and choose from an extensive and unconventional cocktail list that caters to everyone. Expect an electric mix of fruity flavours, creamy textures and some drier drinks, while listening to a live jazz, blues or swing band.
This 60’s opulent bar is hidden in the heart of Soho in the buzzing Kingly Court. The Gold detailing and turquoise velvet is an ideal setting to impress your date, along with the coded drinks menu where you can take a gamble and pick a cocktail or get a separate menu to understand what’s really in your drink. We prefer a more devil-may-care attitude to our drinks.
Hotels for a romantic get away:
Wilderness – Suffolk
Stay overnight at an English country estate with 5,000 acres of exquisite countryside. Sleep in a little private cottage which has no electricity but can only be lit by candles, fit with open fire and free-standing bath overlooking the meadows. During the day keep entertained with golf, clay shooting, fishing, exploring the lake on a paddleboard, tennis, hot tub, heated outdoor pool and biking around the estate. In the evening enjoy a hearty British menu and delve into their notable wine list from their private wine cellar.
Soho Farmhouse – Cotswold
This boutique rural retreat equipped with four lakes, original 18th century timber cabins and electric milk floats to whisk guests around the lodges, is the prefect city get away. Treat your valentine to a luxurious stay and cowshed inspired spa, or cosy up in their deluxe cinema room for a movie night. For dinner enjoy the Japanese sushi bar and get late night cocktails delivered to your room. Soho farmhouse is the perfect juxtaposition between a quintessentially British countryside experience, but without all the mud.
Beaverbrook Hotel -Surrey
This stylish country house hotel nestled amongst unspoiled countryside and vibrant gardens, is a couples dream weekend retreat. If you’re looking for a peaceful and intimate get away, then this grade II listed stately home with its avant garde style and plush décor is the perfect location.
The Pig Hotel – Bath
Choose from multiple Pig Hotel’s located across the UK, all equally as beautiful and tranquil as the other. The one in Bath would be our most recommended for an intimate valentine’s weekend, as it is situated in the mellow countryside not to far outside of London. It is a truly rural get-away location with quintessentially English views and a quaint greenhouse restaurant.
Cliveden House – Berkshire
Stay in one of the world’s finest luxury hotels in the heart of the Berkshire countryside. This unique and grand hotel is fit for any king or queen, with every British monarch since George I to have stayed here, including Meghan Markle the night before she was set to marry Prince Harry.