Jan 25, 2016

The Most Romantic Restaurants For Valentine’s Day In London

We reckon London is the most romantic city in the world. It’s a bold claim but just think about it… not only does London have stunning historic and iconic landmarks, cobbled lanes and quirky backstreets, stunning rivers, lakes and parks – but it also has every type of cuisine to be enjoyed on this, the most romantic day of the year.

It’s hard to think about romance without picturing gorgeous little French restaurants and love will definitely be in the air in these London bistros this February 14th. Look out for classics such as Clos Maggiore – a frequent winner of most romantic restaurant in London – as well others such as Le Poule au Pot, Les Trois Garcons and Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, which are also perfect for a night of l’amour.

By contrast, relative newby Café Pistou in the uber-chic Exmouth Market district, has also nailed the French brasserie ambience, with a central bar and surrounding tables reminiscent of The Ivy’s new layout and forming a cornerstone of this fantastic new London destination.

Other European-leaning romantic venues are to be found at Opera Tavern for top tapas – our preference is at the bar, and the Bleeding Heart with its plethora of wooden floored venues all leading from their cobbled courtyard.

For those wanting a date night in Soho, there’s plenty to keep the taste-buds tantalised and romance rolling. The stylish interior re-designs at Kettners, Gauthier, L’Escargot, Quo Vadis and Bambou have given these iconic venues new leases of life, whilst still retaining the enduring appeal & romance of being set in Soho townhouses.

For more formal fine romantic dining, the 16 seater restaurant, Marianne in Notting Hill is just perfect for an intimate dinner a deux, as are the gastronomically gorgeous Ledbury, Hibiscus and Launceston Place. While for aphrodisiac-seekers, the oysters, seafood platters and crustacean doesn’t get better than at Wright Brothers, Bentleys and J Sheekey which is offering a Valentine’s champagne & oysters deal for just £18.75.

For romance with Oriental and Asian cuisine, we love the dark ambience and water features at Benares, as well as the stylish Hakkasan, while Nobu still manages to provide one of the sexiest environments to eat sushi & celeb spot in town.

Out in the ‘burbs, we love the quirkiness of Paradise by way of Kensal Green, as well as the fabulous conservatory and garden courtyard at Frederick’s, while the warm alpine pop-up setting of The Lodge in Clapham lends itself to their hot toddies & cheese fondue sharing menu.. Equally, we mustn’t forget the cosiness of classic local restaurants Chez Bruce in Wandsworth, Odette’s in Primrose Hill and Le Vacherin in Chiswick, which are a perennial favourites precisely because they always deliver.

For a Valentine’s Day proposal, it’s nice to have a pre-dinner drink before moving to a gorgeously cosy, luxurious or private table – so think about Mosimann’s – which has a private room for two in which to do the deed, or ask for the snug at Quo Vadis for a totally private space adjoining the restaurant.

For a more glitzy public affair, why not go down on one knee in a balcony table at The Wolesley with the whole restaurant looking on or try the fabulously glowing & buzzy Brasserie Zedel, which always feels extravagant and special, whatever the occasion. But whatever you do, here at privatediningrooms.co.uk, we wish you luck & look forward to helping you plan your engagement and wedding parties!