What’s on: Last minute Valentine’s Day ideas

Mail AttachmentCamino King’s Cross N1 and Camino Bankside SE1

Available 13-14 February

Enjoy a free glass of Vilarnau Cava per person with every booking for Camino Bankside and Camino King’s Cross Valentine’s Weekend set menu. The standard menu will also be available but will not include the complimentary Cava. All dishes on the set menu will also be available separately on the specials board. Set menu includes: Manzanilla olives with lemon zest, thyme and rosemary; bread with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar; embutidos (sliced cured sausages); seared Bluefin Tuna with roasted aubergine and crispy garlic; clams in Manzanilla, Ibérico pancetta and parsley; Baby chicken (two ways) with creamy pearl barley with mushroom and onion confit; padrón peppers; and Valrhona chocolate ganache with pistachio and alberquina smoked oil.


The Well LRThe Well EC1

Sunday 14 February 11 am-1 pm

Whether you’re looking for a lively brunch for two or a group of friends, head to The Well for its infamous Bottomless Brunch Bingo – food, unlimited booze and bingo fun. On the menu: Soft shell crab Benedict with jalapeño hollandaise; buttermilk pancakes with bacon and maple syrup; and sweetcorn fritters, bacon, roast plum tomato and avocado salsa. Enjoy bottomless Prosecco, Bloody Marys, Mimosas, or ETM Red, White or Rose wine for just £15 extra per person throughout the two-hour sitting. Bingo cards (£2 each) will be available on arrival. Completing a line on your card gets you a complimentary cocktail and a full house will be rewarded with a £50 bar tab in the first game and a three-course dinner for two at any ETM site in the second.


image002Il Cudega E8

£45 pp (£65 pp with a bottle of Prosecco Casanova)

Saturday 13 February, 7-10 pm

Celebrate La Festa di San Valentino the Venetian way at Il Cudega, with a masquerade dinner this Valentine’s weekend. The three course menu includes: Carpaccio ‘Cipriani style’ of smoked chianina beef; king prawn and green dandelion ravioli with stracciatella di burrata and spicy tomato sauce; and dark chocolate and raspberry tiramisu. A complimentary glass of prosecco will be offered to guests wearing a mask.


Percy & FoundersPercy & Founders W1

Sunday 14 February

Fitzrovia newcomer Percy & Founders is offering a free glass of bubbly to all lunch and dinner bookings on Valentine’s Day. The restaurant has also created a special Valentine’s sharing pudding. With the selection including a warm chocolate fondant, funnel cake, and a chocolate milkshake.


DarbaarDarbaar EC2

£60 pp

13-14 February

As part of Darbaar’s Valentine’s menu, enjoy a Rosé Passion Fizz on arrival and three different canapés. Choose from a variety of dishes like Kasturi butter chicken in a rich tomato & fenugreek sauce; spiced roasted sea bass with green moong lentil & shrimp kedgeree; or Rajathani spiced lamb saddle with chilli & corn curry sauce. Side dishes include: spiced daal, basil & garlic naan and pilau rice There will be live music entertainment from 7.30 pm onwards.


ivy kensingtonThe Ivy Kensington Brasserie W8

£27.50 pp

Until Monday 15 February, 3-5 pm

Spend Valentine’s Day under a canopy of green, gold and white butterflies at The Ivy Kensington Brasserie. The Butterfly Kisses Afternoon Tea includes a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut. At the end of the meal you’ll depart with your own origami butterfly and may discover a love note hidden beneath (140 prizes to be won).


sexy fishSexy Fish W1

Five course tasting menu: £95 pp

13-14 February

Join Hirst’s bronzed mermaids and Gehry’s flaunting fish for a night of underwater love at one of Mayfair’s glitziest new restaurants. There will be live musical performances all day, food and cocktails and a few surprises thrown in for good measure. As well as the a la carte, there’s a special five-course tasting menu available for lunch and dinner throughout the weekend for £95. Couples who opt for the special menu will receive a Sexy Fish goody bag to take home which includes a gift from Coco de Mer.



Valentine’s menu: £35-45 pp

12-14 February, 5.30 pm onwards

Valentine’s brunch: £27.50 pp

13-14 February, 11 am-2.30 pm

Clapham’s Japanese/South American fusion spot is offering a five course chef selection menu this Valentine’s Weekend and a Valentine’s Brunch, which includes a set menu, bottomless fizz and 80s power love ballads. Book in with MOMMI directly or buy a ticket here.

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Little Yellow Door W11

Brunch: £30 pp

Afternoon Tea: £30 pp

Dinner: £35 pp

If you’re looking for somewhere a little out of the ordinary to celebrate 14 February with your loved one, The Little Yellow Door’s All Day Loving Valentine’s Special is the place for you. The pop-up will host a two course bottomless mimosa or Bloody Mary brunch, which starts at 1 pm, followed by afternoon tea from 4-6 pm serving freshly baked scones and strawberries alongside a bottomless pot of alcohol infused tea. Dinner will be served from 6 pm with a glass of bubbly or special Valentine’s cocktail. There’s also a Treehouse Package for two at £100 which includes a bottle of bubby served with the chef’s menu selection.


bentley'sBentley’s W1

£85 pp

14 February

Celebrate the most romantic day of the year with a four course à la carte menu including an amuse bouche and tea or coffee with handmade petit fours. On the menu: Lasagne of lobster, langoustine, prawn & oyster to share; pan roasted scallops, blood orange, salsify and brown shrimp; and macerated raspberries, champagne & lemon shortbread.


360_Kurobuta_05_037Kurobuta W2

£35 pp (brunch buffet, unlimited beer and wine, cocktail on arrival)

£45 pp (brunch buffet, unlimited beer, wine and punch, cocktail on arrival, and a range of Kurobuta’s normal menu dishes)

13-14 February, noon-4.30 pm

Scott Hallsworth, head chef and owner, will be hosting a brunch with an Australian/Japanese twist, cooking a buffet-style breakfast inspired by izakaya dishes including build-your-own ramen, beer grilled steaks and salmon sashimi pizza. There will be music, bottomless beer, wine and brunch punch, as well as a special Valentine’s-inspired cocktail “Kiss From A Rose” (Bacardi Superior, lemon juice, strawberries macerated in rosé wine and Monin Rose syrup).


Piquet Snug (credit www.richardleeney.co.uk) LR[K9Gx]Piquet W1

£250 for two

14 February

Forget quickly turned-around tables in over-filled restaurants, bumping elbows with other diners and competing for the attention of waiting staff on Valentine’s Day – treat your date to a one-of-a-kind dining experience for two in The Snug at Piquet. The private dining room can be enjoyed exclusively by just one couple this Valentine’s Day. A bespoke five course meal (tailored to individual tastes) will be served alongside a bottle of Alain Thienot Brut Rose Champagne and a bouquet of roses to take home.

A five-course set menu (£80 pp) will also be served in the main dining room this Valentine’s Day. On the menu: Poached Orkney Isle sea scallops with broad beans and vermouth cream; grilled lamb cutlets with fondant potato, confit garlic and black olive jus; and passion fruit and bitter chocolate custard with grue de cacao tuile.


house of hoHouse of Ho W1

13-14 February

This Valentine’s Day at the newly opened House of Ho Fitzrovia, one lucky diner will win a diamond worth £2,200, discovered at the bottom of a Diamonds Are Forever cocktail. Let’s hope they don’t swallow it! Guests can purchase the exclusive cocktail for £9.50 for the chance to win.

The winner of the Round Brilliant cut diamond, provided by Hatton Garden jeweller, Savvy & Sand, will then have a one to one consultation with the diamond specialist, where they can buy the setting of their choice.

 The Valentine’s menu costs £50 pp and includes: Grilled chicken dumplings with crispy net, Soft shell crab served with a selection of Vietnamese soy and creamy spicy dipping sauces and Crispy duck & fresh watermelon salad with cashew nuts, coriander and fresh mint; Hanoi grilled sea bream, hot & sour broth and Shaking beef. Both are served with Jasmine rice and Vietnamese Asian greens.


Vinoly Room, Sky Garden low resFenchurch, Sky Garden EC3

Package from: £8,000

Looking for the glitziest way to propose on Valentine’s Day? This year, Fenchurch Restaurant on level 37 at Sky Garden is offering a package including a helicopter tour of London; private limo to Sky Garden where they will be escorted to Fenchurch’s exclusive private dining room – The Vinoly Room, adorned with candles and flowers, tailored to the guests’ personal requests.

On arrival, couples will be greeted with a glass of Ruinart Brut Rose NV Champagne from a dedicated butler. To follow, a bottle of Dom Pérignon 2004, a selection of fine wines and a bespoke menu. The five-course Valentine’s menu includes butter poached lobster, grilled turbot with oyster cream and a decadent chocolate tart glazed with honeycomb and gold leaf.

For a private dinner in the Vinoly Room without the helicopter tour and full proposal package the starting price is £5,000. Not planning on breaking the bank? There are set menus available in Sky Garden’s restaurants from £95 for five courses or £65 for three courses.


the shedThe Shed W8

£45 pp (+£45 pp for wine pairing)

14 February, noon-4 pm, 5.30-9.30 pm

Notting Hill’s cute, faux-rustic spot will be celebrating the most romantic day of the year by offering diners a seven-course tasting menu. The Shed will also be decked out in honour of the occasion with a Valentine’s make over. Dishes include a very special rose veal, Wiltshire truffle tortellini; venison tartar and white chocolate with pear mousse and rhubarb with custard.


_O2A3667Upstairs at Trinity SW4

£52 pp

14 February

Adam Byatt’s brand new space Upstairs at Trinity (above his “superb” Clapham restaurant) will host a St Valentine’s Day dinner on 14 February. Dishes are designed to share and guests will receive a glass of bubbly on arrival. On the menu: Crab fritters; DOP burrata, tapenade, smoked aubergine and flat bread; soused and charred mackerel, cucumber, chamomile and dill; poached oyster, pickled cucumber and ink pearls; BBQ leg of lamb, salsa verde, smoked anchovies, monk’s beard celeriac and cep gratin; chocolate cremosa, salt caramel ice cream; and 32-month-aged Comte, Madeira figs.


Bistro_Union_Outside2_008Bistro Union SW4

£38 pp (+£22 pp for wine pairing)

14 February

Or head to Adam Byatt’s bustling Clapham bistro this Valentine’s Day for a three course meal with a zingy rhubarb fizz cocktail and goujons of sole with devilled tartare served on arrival. To start there’s smoked deer carpaccio or seared scallops with prosciutto, Jerusalem artichoke and chestnuts, followed by Chateaubriand for two with boulangere potatoes and pear and mustard relish; or brill for two with crab bisque, cockles and samphire. Finish with chocolate fondant with green tea ice cream.



Fancy making a weekend of it?

Mac & Wild W1

Highland weekend package from: £1,000

Mac & Wild are offering their customers the opportunity to hire a cosy Highland cottage and spend the weekend shooting, walking and enjoying everything Scotland has to offer. It includes dinner and champagne, two days of shooting, your catch delivered to your home and dinner at Mac & Wild eating your spoils. The price includes flights and transfers.

For those planning to stay in London there’s a Valentine’s dinner at Mac & Wild for £35 pp, with a glass of fizz on arrival.


Ribble Valley Inns (various locations)

£70 pp

14 February, 5.30-9.30 pm

Head to The Three FishesThe HighwaymanThe Clog & BillycockThe Nag’s Head or The Bull this Valentine’s Day and enjoy a complementary glass of prosecco on arrival. The set Valentine’s menu includes: Native lobster, seawater prawn & avocado cocktail; salt baked celeriac & pea shoot croquette; roast 28 day aged Angus Sirloin to share with cheeky slow cooked pie, herb grilled tomatoes, gratin potatoes, battered onion rings, watercress and red wine sauce; and Romance of Chocolate with wild bits & berries and frosted cream.


titchwell manorTitchwell Manor, Titchwell

Weekend package: £350

If oysters be the food of love, get set for sparks to fly this Valentine’s with Titchwell Manor’s weekend getaway package. It includes an oyster masterclass, sensory dinner and overnight stay at one of Norfolk’s most luxurious boutique hotels. For oyster novices, try fried with hot and sour dashi or, for the more experienced connoisseur, appreciate straight from the shell with pink grapefruit and cucumber. Dinner includes: Diver Scallops with caviar and white chocolate or roasted avocado, potato gnocchi and burnt onion. In your room you’ll find a hot bath with candles, rose petal strewn bed, and a bottle of champagne will be waiting.



Bel and The Dragon (various locations)

Valentine’s menu: £60 pp

Weekend package:

Dine at one of these country inns and enjoy a five course menu including lobster ravioli or Foie Gras to start and Angus beef steak or pan roasted stone bass with quinoa for your main. Finish off with a choice of warm gooey chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream or a raspberry and white chocolate soufflé. Or make a weekend of it. Bel & The Dragon are offering a two night stay and five course menu for £320. This includes a complimentary half bottle of Laurent-Perrier in the room on arrival.

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