What’s On London: Valentine’s Day

Treat your sweetheart to something extra delicious this Valentine’s Day with our What’s On guide to London’s most romantic menus, tipples and special cupid-inspired happenings

1 Seduce them with sashimi at Akira



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If they’re a Japanese fan, opt for a truly luxurious Valentine’s menu at the acclaimed Akira restaurant and celebrate the Japanese art of love.

Settle into the chic surroundings and indulge in an exquisite menu of modern Japanese food. After celebrating with a champagne cocktail, start with small plates of seared Wagyu sirloin and sea urchin served with yuzu rice and wasabi; and kombu and soy marinated salmon served with truffle and matured cheese.

Follow with Akira’s signature bento box, carefully curated with the delicate slices of sashimi served in beautiful, bespoke ceramic dishes before the main course heats up the atmosphere with charcoal grilled skewers and Akira “Chirashi-Sushi” accompanied by miso soup. Finish with a Matcha roll cake for a deliciously Japanese sweet hit.

The full delights are as follows:
• Valentine’s champagne cocktail
• Seared Wagyu sirloin & sea urchin served with yuzu rice, natural salt and wasabi
• Kombu pressed & soy sauce marinated salmon served with truffle & matured cheese
• Seasonal sashimi box
• Assorted charcoal grilled skewers & Akira “Chirashi-Sushi”, miso soup
• Matcha roll cake

Wallet: £100 per person.
When: 13 – 15 February 2020
Where: 101-111 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5SA
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking. 


2 Do it doggy style with M Victoria

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This one’s bound to get tails and tongues wagging. Head to M Victoria to enjoy a ‘Dine with your Dog ‘Six Legs Brunch’ menu – with renowned M Executive Chef providing a ‘Cook for your fur-baby’ masterclass.

The best part of the event is a ‘Speed Doggy Dating’ session, in search for a canine love match. And of course, doggy-love thrones are available for those who have found their true love – be it canine to canine or human’s with canine.

Doggos can devour Black Pudding Granola and Bone Marrow Risotto, whilst the ‘two leg’ brunch features the likes of buttermilk-fried chicken waffles and chicken livers on toast.

When: 11am on Saturday 15th February.
Where: M Victoria Street, Zig Zag Building, 74 Victoria St, London SW1E 6SQ
Wallet: £35 for six legs (£5 charity donation to Battersea Dogs), includes two courses. Click here to find out more.


3 Opt for an aphrodisiac-inspired feast at Blakes


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Turn-on your tastebuds, and your guest, with Blakes’ aphrodisiac Valentine’s Day menu.  Designed by Blakes’ head chef Peter del Campo, the four-course menu hero ingredients were carefully selected for their aphrodisiac properties. In sight, scent, touch and flavour, each dish is fashioned to awaken the guests sensual and erotic senses – ooer.

The menu is as follows:

  • Amuse bouche: Jerusalem Artichoke with truffle mayo and vinaigrette 
  • Starter: Lovers Oysters, Tempura & Caviar, Pink Pickled Onion & Lemon, Kilpatrick
  • Main Course: Fillet of Venison Beetroot, Balsamic & Pomegranate 
  • Or: Fillet of Halibut, Clams & Saffron 
  • Dessert: Chocolate Hedonism,  Triple Chocolate Mousse, Raspberries & Chocolate Sphere

After dinner, guests can upgrade their date to a sultry Behind Closed Doors experience, a one-night stay package at one of Blakes Hotel’s top suites created in partnership with the lingerie brand Kiki de Montparnasse.

Wallet: At £65PP, the menu is strictly available on February 14th and 15th only, yet not particularly just for two.
Where: 33 Roland Gardens, South Kensington, London SW7 3PF
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking. 


4 Gorge for Galentine’s Day at J Sheekey

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Being single on Valentine’s needn’t be a bore – if bubbles and seafood is the definition of your perfect night out with friends, look no further than J Sheekey.

The seafoodie venue is offering a bespoke menu to treat single ladies on 13th February with a choice of 2 course menu priced at £24. In addition, guests will receive complimentary bubbles on the day and heart shaped chocolate truffles to end the celebrations on a high.

Where: 28-32 St Martin’s Ct, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4AL
When: 13 February 2020
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.

5 Snuggle up at Sette


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Indulge in NY-Italian fare with a chance to win a bottle of champagne – nothing says romance quite like a shared spoonful of spaghetti, after all.

Situated on the ground floor of the Bvlgari hotel in Knightsbridge, Sette is offering guests an elegant dining experience on Valentine’s Day with a deliciously indulgent Italian feast, including a special twist on their famous tomato and basil spaghetti and the chance for guests to win champagne at Sette’s underground bar, Nolita Social. 

What’s more, guests joining will have the chance to win the #SpaghetttiSocial competition. All they have to do is post a picture whilst indulging in Sette’s signature spaghetti dish, tag @settelondon and @ldvlife and the best post will win a bottle of Champagne and snacks at Nolita Social — Sette’s underground bar.

Wallet: £95 per person, includes a range of authentic Italian platters and upon arrival, guests will receive a complimentary glass of Ruinart Brut.
Where: Ground Floor, 4 Knightsbridge Green, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7QA
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.

6 Sip on a love elixir at Nolita Social


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Named after New York’s most charming neighbourhood, Nolita Social will be serving a Valentine’s cocktail this February.

‘Love Me Do’ is a specially created drink consisting of Bombay gin, rhubarb, strawberry, ginger and dried roses shrub, lemon juice, chamberyzette and prosecco. This flavoursome drink is sure to sweeten any date – bottom’s up, Cupids.

Where: 4 Knightsbridge Green, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7QA
When: available throughout February.


 7 Partake in passion-inspired dishes at Daphne’s

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Offering a robust choice of staunchly Italian staples, Daphne’s is celebrating the day of love this year in style! Try an array of elegant dishes, alongside specially created Passione” cocktail (£13) with a special Valentine’s Day menu – including:

• Stracciatella ravioli with shaved black norcia truffle
• Amedei chocolate hearts with maraschino cherries to share
• Passione” cocktail – Lanique, Chambord, Cointreau, lemon, chilli and Peychaud bitters (£13)

Where: 112 Draycott Ave, Chelsea, London SW3 3AE
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.

8 Enjoy a sky-high set menu at Aqua Shard

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Dining with a view this Valentine’s Day has never been better than from the 31st floor of London’s iconic building The Shard. Serving modern British cuisine, aqua shard is welcoming guests with a set menu that is sure to help guests celebrate the special day

The seducing set menu will include modern British classics, such as:
• Black winter truffle risotto salted westcombe ricotta
• Roast pigeon Vadouvan spice, charred aubergine and foie gras
• Raspberry soufflé sweet pepper and basil sorbet

Wallet: £125 per person.
Where: level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.

9 Try a bespoke set menu at Aqua Kyoto

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If you’re planning on a little Valentine’s Day shopping, take on Oxford Street then retreat to newly-refurbished Japanese restaurant aqua kyoto.

Set high above the bustle of Regent Street on the fifth floor, the stylish hotspot is giving guests the opportunity to share the love this Valentine’s Day with a bespoke set menu.

The Valentine’s set menu (£78) includes a variety of sumptuous Japanese dishes with contemporary spins, some of which include:
• Sirloin of beef tataki, crispy potato and ponzu
• Chilean seabass, sudachi aonori dashi gel and sea vegetables
• Origami heart white chocolate and yukari mousse

Where:
Wallet: £78 per person.
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.


10 Rendezvous at Rüya


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Located in Mayfair, Anatolian restaurant Rüya is offering each guest a complimentary “Kiss by a Rose” Valentine’s cocktail, when they book dinner between 6-7pm from 13th -16th February.

The bespoke cocktail includes pomegranate, vodka, lemon, raspberry, rose – with an an added luxurious splash of Champagne for the special occasion.

Guests can also devour a  specially-created sumptuous Valentines dessert for added edible loving. The “Pistachio and Lemon Love Hearts” dessert comprises of soft pistachio sponge hearts, pistachio and white chocolate ganache with lemon curd and candied lemon.

Where: 30 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 7PH
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.


11 Reject tradition with an Anti Valentine’s Day at Balthazar


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Can’t stand the cupid stuff? In a season that’s so focused on romantic love, all-day french brasserie Balthazar is offering guests a day dedicated to celebrating single individuals or those who dread this annual holiday.

This anti-valentine’s party will include plenty of entertainment including a photo booth for guests to capture memorable moments with friends or loved ones.

To mark the occasion, a special dessert has been specially made by Balthazar’s pastry chef which consists of: a heart shaped chocolate heart to smash, revealing financier with raspberry jam and sorbet (£8). Delicious, and not a single ounce of cheese in sight.

Where:  4-6 Russell St, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking. 

12 Feast on all the aphrodisiacs at Island Grill


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Hot on the heels of Love Island, Island Grill’s Aphrodisiac Menu is perfect for a little gourmet romance.

Head to Hyde Park for a feast featuring all the top aphrodisiacs – oysters, dark chocolate and asparagus to name a few.

Island Grill is a chic and contemporary restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the stunningly beautiful Hyde Park – perfect for a pre-dinner romantic stroll.  The ingredients are locally sourced where possible making this a truly sustainable dining experience.

When: available from noon until 10.30pm (last orders) on Friday 14 February until Sunday 16 February 2020 with a choice of vegetarian and vegan options also available.
Wallet: Two courses from £39.
Where: Lancaster Terrace, Bayswater, London W2 2TY
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.

13 Dine in the clouds at Bōkan


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For love birds in City, Bōkan is the place to be. Dine 37 floors above the city at Canary Wharf’s destination sky-high restaurant with a stunning six-course tasting menu specially created by Executive Chef Guillaume Gillan – enjoyed against truly breath-taking views.

The full tempting menu is as follows:
• Amuse Bouche
• Half blue lobster, dashi broth, ginger, kaffir lime
• Halibut, wild mushroom crust, crab soup, calcot onion
• Pithivier to share
• Sorbet of basil, coriander, parsley and margarita
• Apple & yuzu mousse, white chocolate crumble, cherry

When: 14 February only.
Wallet: £115 per person.
Where: Floor 37 – 39, 40 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs, London E14 9TP
How: to book, email events@bokanlondon.co.uk or click here. 

14 Spoil them silly at Flemings Mayfair

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Looking to seriously impress? Whisk the one you love off their feet with an exclusive, one-of-a-kind dining experience for two in The Secret Snug, at Flemings Mayfair Hotel.

The Barrel Room at the luxury boutique hotel has been lovingly transformed with candles, fairy lights and fresh flowers from London’s oldest and most prestigious florist, Moyses Stevens, to create the ultimate romantic private dining room for dinner à deux.

With only one table bookable for dinner on Friday 14th and another on Saturday 15th February, the lucky couples who secure this sought-after experience will be treated to a five-course tasting menu, along with a bottle of the finest champagne and a beautiful bouquet of roses.

Championing British fare, Kerth Gumbs, Head Chef of the hotel’s restaurant, Ormer Mayfair, has created the menu, which features dishes such as seared beef carpaccio with Oscietra caviar and focaccia; Orkney scallop with lobster butter; Challans duck; and a white chocolate rose dessert with raspberry, lychee and tarragon.

Wallet: priced at £495 for the package*, reserved on a first-come-first-served basis.
Where: 7-12 Half Moon Street, Mayfair, London W1J 7BH
How: please email ormerrestaurant@flemings.co.uk to make a booking.

15 Enjoy special supper clubs at Petersham Nurseries Richmond

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Petersham Nurseries Richmond is using the day to focus on matters of the heart – join them for an exclusive supper club on the evenings of the 13th and 14th of February.

The 10-course tasting menu has been designed by Will Hopper and acclaimed nutritionist Hannah Richard to improve heart health, as well as being an utterly romantic occasion.

Each course will be cooked over an open fire amongst the herb garden, promising a romantic atmosphere, and guests can either dine all together on one table or cosy up in the candlelit nooks scattered around the greenhouse.

Where: Off Church Ln, Petersham Rd, Richmond TW10 7AB
Wallet: Tickets are £70 and can be booked here.

16 Clink glasses at Roast

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This Valentine’s Day enjoy a romantic three-course set menu at the quintessentially British restaurant, Roast.

Situated above the hustle and bustle of the iconic Borough Market, Roast is offering their traditional Valentine’s Day menu along with a complimentary glass of prosecco or Valentine’s cocktail of your choosing; including the Sweetheart cocktail or Roast Julep.

The menu includes scrumptious tasters such as Kohlrabi avioli with avocado & lemon or Beef Wellington to share with terderstem broccoli, roast potatoes, and Bordelaise sauce. Whilst desserts choices include Blood orange meringue, Apple tarte tatin or an indulgent Hot chocolate fondant to make your evening extra special.

When: Available for lunch and dinner: Thursday 13th February -Saturday 15th February.
Wallet:  £69 for three courses.
How: to find out more and make a booking, please click here

17 Cozy up at Norma

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Nestled in the streets of Fitzrovia, Norma poses the perfect sumptuous setting for an unforgettable Valentine’s night with loved ones. This converted characterful townhouse has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with affectionate Italian hospitality.

For a truly cosy experience, sit in the sought-after alcove (above). Culinary Director, Ben Tish has created a select few Valentine’s specials including Grilled scallops, pumpkin, nduja butter and 30-day aged t-bone steak, pepperonata, almond and rosemary aioli.

Where: 8 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2LS
How: click here to find out more and make a booking. 

18 Keep it laidback at 12:51

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Keep it light-hearted with 12:51 in Islington. They’re hosting an evening of laidback vibes with a delectable tasting menu specially curated by James Cochran.

James’ take on a classic Pina Colada will be offered on arrival followed by the eight-course tasting menu, guests are guaranteed to leave loved up on food.

Dishes on the menu include Squid ink potato, chip shop curry sauce, Smoked Cornish mussels, cured bacon and James’s infamous Buttermilk fried chicken with 12:51 Scotch Bonnet Jam.

Mains consist of Celeriac xc, aged parmesan, confit egg yolk, pickled celeriac and Roast breast of Aylesbury duck, leeks, grains, bbq apple.

Where: 107 Upper St, The Angel, London N1 1QN
Wallet: priced at 75pp.
How: click here to find out more and make a booking.

19 Make a movie with Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar’s movie night 

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Make a move with this foodie-filled movie night. One Aldwych will be hosting a special Valentine’s screening of Pretty Woman with a glass of fizz and popcorn – perfect for the old ‘yawn and stretch’ trick.

Following the film, guests will indulge in a Basque inspired three-course dinner at Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar, the London restaurant from three Michelin-starred Eneko Atxa. Dishes include Mussels cooked on charcoal with txakoli wine, Pork Ribs in a pork sauce and Roasted Aubergine. End the night with a little something sweet, choose between Torrija, a traditional Basque vanilla sponge or smooth Chocolate Tart with a cookie base.

Wallet: £68 per person
How: click here to find out more and make a booking.
Where: One, Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ

20 Keep it elegant with The Dining Room at The Goring

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If it’s elegance you’re after, there’s no better setting than The Dining Room at The Goring. In the setting of this fine Michelin starred restaurant, enjoy an exclusive three-course set menu with a loved one.

Under the direction of Executive Chef Richard Galli, the quintessential British menu includes dishes such as; Poached St Claire oyster with horseradish & nasturtium or Chicken consommé, with winter truffle and Alsace bacon.

Followed by White chocolate, lychee, raspberry and rose desert, all curated specially to give you the perfect celebratory evening.

Where:15 Beeston Pl, Westminster, London SW1W 0JW
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking. 

21 Make them purr at Kitty Fisher’s

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Kitty Fisher’s – Mayfair’s seductive dining spot, fit with dimly lit corners, mahogany tones and candelabras – is a perfect destination for subtle Valentine’s dinner.

Named after Kitty Fisher, renowned British courtesan, the restaurant’s British fare is similarly coquettish: tasteful riffs on classics like Welsh rarebit and Partridge breast, celeriac & pickled peer or Monkfish, cauliflower & curry butter.

On the pudding front, think Chocolate, brown butter ice cream & hazelnuts¸ British cheeses, chutneys and petit fours – with a Bad Kitty cocktail to kick things off.

Where: 10 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7QF
How: click here to find out more and make a booking.

22 French kiss at Frenchie

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Where better to head for the most romantic night of the year than the effortlessly chic Frenchie, from Paris’ famed chef Gregory Marchand.

Seated in comfort in the heart of trendy Covent Garden, enjoy five clever French-meets-British dishes from from their special Valentine’s menu.

Think Foie gras presse, Yorkshire rhubarb, sorrel; Hand-dived scallop en croute, truffle; Carrot gnocci, yuzu, wild garlic; and a signature Frenchie tart of Banoffee, nutmeg, caramelized pecan.

Where: 16 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8QH
Wallet: £95pp or £85pp vegetarian.
When: 14th -16th February
How: click here to find out more and make a reservation.

23 Go gourmet with The Grill at The Dorchester

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Fine dining romance awaits at The Grill at The Dorchester. Head Chef, Tom Booton has created a six-course menu featuring a stunning selection of dishes, using the best seasonal ingredients for his signature twist on British classics.

Begin the evening with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut, followed by a Native oyster, horseradish, celery.

Other dishes include Cured salmon, yoghurt, grapes, almonds, dill vinaigrette and Beef fillet, morels, wild garlic, beef fat potatoes, shallot. Complete the evening with two sumptuous desserts, Blood Orange and Chocolate & Roses.

Wallet: Menu £115 including tea or coffee and petits fours.
Where: 53 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA
How: click here to find out more and make a booking. 

24 Keep them sweet with a seven-course feast at La Dame de Pic London

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La Dame de Pic at Four Seasons Hotel Ten Trinity Square is the city’s first venture of renowned three Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic – and it’s perfect for a night of edible enchantment.

To celebrate Shakespeare’s favourite day of the year, the restaurant has conjured seven courses of edible heaven to enjoy – all within the luxuriant surrounds of Four Seasons Hotel Ten Trinity Square.

The courses are as follows:
• Irish Oyster

Granny Smith apple, wasabi and sake lee cream
• Norwegian Sea Trout
Marinated and smoked with juniper and Douglas pine pike roe and clementine
• Berlingots
Pasta parcels with Baron Bigod cheese watercress consommé, matcha tea infused with ginger and bergamot
•  Scottish Scallop
Smoked beetroot with grapefruit Batak pepper and hibiscus emulsion
• Wellington Veal Fillet
Marinated in rum and kampot pepper, maitake mushrooms and black truffle
• Cheese Pebbles
• Yorkshire Rhubarb
Shiso cream on cherry leaves, meringue rhubarb sorbet infused with damask rose

Wallet: £195 per person.
When: 13 – 15 February 2020.
Where: 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ

25 Sing it loud and proud at The Piano Works this Valentine’s Day


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The Piano Works are celebrating Valentine’s Day by not only creating a romantic menu for love birds, but also by hosting a late-night party on the 14th February, whereby guests can have a song dedicated to someone who catches their eye, performed by their in-house six-piece band.

Guests will be given a numbered sticker, which they are encouraged to wear loud and proud, in order for secret admirers to make that first move by dedicating a song to them.

When the request is called out it’s time to ‘find that number’ and who knows, find love at the same time! And for those who are slightly more nervous about making that first move, why not dedicate a song in return?

For increased match-making chances, the “What’s your number?” Valentine’s Party will have a Cupid matchmaker on hand to help find that perfect song and shoot the arrow of love.

Where: The Piano Works, Farringdon, 113-117 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3BX. The Piano Works, West End, 47 Whitcomb Street (Off Wardour Street) London WC2H 7DH
How: Visit pianoworks.bar for further information and to make a booking.
Wallet: Pre-booked entry and a glass of Prosecco from £5pp.

26 Make it official with Maître Choux


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As the world’s first choux pastry specialist patisserie, Maître Choux has a selection of decadent éclairs that will truly say a thousand words on the most romantic day of the year.

Delve into the special Red Love éclair, a layered masterpiece filled with an intense Tahitian vanilla cream and a refreshing raspberry purée, beautifully textured with raspberry seeds.

Delicately topped with a raspberry eclair-shaped macaron, this delicious treat will certainly be one to touch the heart. You can also surprise your sweet with the perfectly pink Spanish Raspberry éclair, filled with delicious sun-soaked raspberries from Southern Europe, and topped with a rosewater glaze and decadent meringue.

For a personalised touch, send your valentine an “I Love You” éclair, with a choice of cream fillings including Spanish raspberry, dark chocolate, Tahitian vanilla or a luxuriously smooth caramel.

For something foodie-licious and personalised, pop down to Maître Choux King’s Road to decorate and build your very own Choux tower, out of mini éclairs. For £89, you and your special someone can decorate your very own edible éclair towers alongside Maitre Choux’s very own éclair specialist pastry chefs – think sugar hearts, mini meringues, and rose gold glitter – all while enjoying a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne rosé, or a delicious hot chocolate, tea or coffee.

Wallet: Red Love Eclair £5.80, I Love You Eclair £5.20, Workshop £89 per couple.
Where: Maître Choux Soho 60 Dean Street, W1D 6AW, London, Maître Choux Chelsea 59 King’s Road, SW3 4ND, London.
Website: Visit maitrechoux.com to find out more.

27 Purr with Peruvian dishes at COYA Mayfair


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COYA Mayfair is putting on a show with a special set menu this Valentine’s. Comprised of an impressive selection of exquisite Peruvian dishes, the dishes have been matched with an exclusive cocktail created especially for the occasion, Le Coup de Foudre.

Highlights from the menu include kingfish with passion fruit tiger, mirin and red shiso; Argentinian prawns with aji panca and chives; and a josper rib eye with chimichurri, Japanese aubergines, miso and sesame.

Those with a sweet tooth will delight in the restaurant’s Valentine’s Day dessert, the Chicha morada mousse, made with poached cherries and served with chicha sorbet. The cocktail, Le Coup de Foudre, meaning ‘love at first sight’ is made with Cognac, Hazelnut Eau de Vie and Champagne, and along with the delicious dishes from the menu is sure to get hearts racing and taste buds tingling.

A live Latin band will be on hand to serenade guests as they indulge in an evening of exceptional Peruvian feasting.

Wallet: priced at £90 per person including a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV upon arrival.Le Coup de Foudre cocktail will be available for £14.
When: 14 February 2020
How: Visit coyarestaurant.com to find out more and make a booking. 


28 Enjoy a ‘His & Her’ hamper from Le Deli Robuchon


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Situated on Piccadilly, Le Deli Robuchon is excited to celebrate Cupid’s favourite day of the year with their beautifully bespoke ‘His’ and ‘Her’ hampers.

Offering a carefully selected range of wines, teas, cheeses, chocolates and condiments, many of the products in the deli are those which Joël Robuchon chose and championed and make the perfect gift for your loved one.

Available in two sizes, pick from an extraordinary selection of savoury bites, sweet treats and tempting teas for a truly personalised, unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience. Products to choose from include Le Roy René nougat, Christine Ferber jams, Maison Fossier mini pink biscuits from Reims to the finest cheeses.

Your own creation, Le Deli’s personalised hampers offer a special gift filled with your other half’s favourite delights.

Wallet: £90 & £180
How: Visit robuchonlondon.co.uk to find out more.
Where: 82 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 8JA

29 Spoil them Tel Aviv style at Bala Baya


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Spoil your loved one Tel Aviv style at Bala Baya in Southwark. Acclaimed chef Eran Tibi has devised a special six-course menu inspired by the city, taking you on a sensory journey into the night.

Designed to be shared, start with the delectable Tomato & Manouri , mooli, pickled red onion, dandelion leaves, coriander and blackberry vinaigrette while sipping on a Champagne Gazoz .

A signature at Bala Baya, indulge in the Prawn Baklava , a crunchy and sweet dish of king prawns, kadaif, bitter lime syrup, lime cream, Persian lime and Nori dust and pistachios. Continue with the Aubergine Mess , topped with soft herbs, tropical lychee and tahini before tucking in to accompanying dishes of Smashed Roasties, an irresistible mix of potato, celeriac and macadamia puree, nutmeg and black truffle, and Cheeky , a delicious dish of ox cheek, aubergine, plum tomato, beef and date jus.

The Mediterranean style feast concludes with the Burnt Babka , a Bala Baya favourite offering up a soft gooey centre with layers of sesame and pistachio cream and stewed sticky plums. A decadent hot chocolate sauce will be poured at the table to create a truly special moment.

To finish, guests will be treated to a mouthwatering Boossah, Televivian slang for a wet kiss. The Boossah will come in the form of a handmade chocolate to take home.

Wallet: £55 per person.
How: To book, please visit balabaya.co.uk.
Where: Bala Baya, Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches 229 Union Street


30 Get a taste of Tokyo at TOKii, Marylebone


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Japanese fusion restaurant TOKii in Marylebone has created a special three-course menu with Valentine cocktails to celebrate the occasion. Housed within the newly opened The Prince Akatoki London hotel, one lucky couple will also have the chance to win an overnight stay in one of the hotels luxurious suites.

Guests will start the evening by sipping on expertly crafted Valentine cocktails including the Futair De Ikou, a blend of strawberry infused vodka with lanique, yuzu juice and sparkling sake and the Kokoro, a mix of infused whisky with rinomato aperitivo, vermouth bianco and aphrodite bitters.

For the first course, diners will be able to choose from a selection of irresistible dishes including Carpaccio of scallops with lobster vinaigrette, Smoked duck breast with pickled baby vegetables and kinoko mushrooms o r Grilled asparagus, crispy quail eggs and yuzu hollandaise.

The night will continue with a delicious second course including a choice of Miso and ginger poached turbot, with purple sprouting broccoli, chilli and coriander or Red butternut squash curry with lentils, kale and steamed rice.

Indulgent desserts will include Rhubarb, ginger and custard tart or Clementine and pomegranate salad, orange blossom water, almonds and mascarpone sorbet.

With love in the air, one lucky couple will also be in with a chance of winning an overnight stay and breakfast in a Prince Akatoki suite -a luxury romantic treat indeed. Chosen at random, one dessert will house a winning token to redeem against a stay.

Wallet: Exclusively available on 14th February, TOKii’s Valentine’s Day menu is priced at £55 per person, including a cocktail, three-course menu, Valentine’s petit fours, tea, coffee and the chance to win an overnight stay.
When: The stay is valid on any Friday / Saturday / Sunday until February 2021 and can be redeemed directly with The Prince Akatoki / TOKii team, subject to availability.
Where: The Prince Akatoki London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, London W1H 7FD
How: Visit www.theprinceakatokilondon.com to find out more and make a booking.

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