Top tips for celebrating Valentine’s Day in London

Words by
Imogen Cook

12th February 2018

Stuck for date ideas? From The Dorchester to Les 110 de Taillevent, we round up some of the best bars and restaurants in the capital for a truly romantic Valentine’s

Afternoon tea

Valentine's themed afternoon tea at Jumeriah Carlton Tower

Jumeirah Carlton Tower

If you're making a real day of it, start off at Knightsbridge, where a luxurious afternoon tea is being hosted at Jumeriah Carlton Tower. Pastry Chef Lyece Major and Head Chef Simon Young have collaborated to create a Valentine’s themed four-course tea, including an Amuse Couer course and a Sweet Love course. Lovebirds can snack on savoury scones, fresh lobster brioche rolls and hand-crafted sweets, among other baked treats.

Les 10

The dining room at Les 110 de Taillevent

Les 110 de Taillevent

Nothing sets the mood like some standout vintages. Treat your other half to a Parisian dining experience at Mayfair’s Les 110 de Taillevent, an eatery with a reputation for excellent wine pairings and imaginative modern French gastronomy. Book a table for two in the intimate dining room and enjoy an extravagant six-course menu alongside some of the 110 varieties of wine on offer by the glass.

Valentine's Fondue at Dalloway Terrace
Dalloway Terrace

Though the weather outside is frightful, you and your beau can stay cosy at Dalloway Terrace with a pot of molten chilli and chocolate fondue (the perfect dessert to follow such rich dishes as Aberdeen beef carpaccio and pan-seared cod). The Nordic-inspired, foliage-covered hideaway is ideal for a secluded date - and any Instagram snaps you may care to post.

Table Luminere

Table Luminere at The Dorchester

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

For an evening that will really impress, splash out on the five-course meal offering at Alain Ducasse’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant at The Dorchester. For an extra-special treat, ask for Table Lumiere - described as the "most romantic table in London" - which is set in a partially private space cocooned with thousands of fairy lights. There are also two special Dom Perignon experiences on offer.


Ella Canta's Makech cocktail

Ella Canta

In the mood for a nightcap? Sample a slice of Mexico on Park Lane; for Ella Canta's El Día de San Valentín celebrations, the bar staff have concocted a unique menu of Valentine-themed cocktails with a Latin American twist. Our favourite is the Makech, an infusion of fresh, candied Patrón Silver Tequila with coconut, cola, vanilla reduction and a hit of fresh lime.