Looking for somewhere special to eat on St Valentine's Day in London? Maybe you're after something loved-up but a little more fun than a restaurant packed with tables a deux. Whatever you're after, here's our pick of some of the more interesting offers for this year's festival of lurve.
Go phone free at The Savoy
How to tell if your other half REALLY loves you? Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill at The Savoy is asking guests to give up their phones on Valentine's Day, asking them to hand them in at reception, where they will be placed in individual pouches and kept safely out of reach and temptation for the rest of the evening. And if you want some photographic proof you were there for a later status update, there'll be roaming photographer to take snaps.
Recreate your first date at the First Dates restaurant
OK, so the lovely Fred may not be there to greet you, but on the other hand you won't have the eyes of the nation on you if you spend Valentine's Day at Paternoster Chophouse, the place better known as the First Dates restaurant. They're putting on a three-course dinner menu with a glass of Chapel Down rosé and ending with a Dark Chocolate Fondant!
Say it with sushi
If you're in town the weekend before Valentine’s Day head to Chi Kitchen on Oxford Street where from 10th – 14th February MasterChef winner Ping Coombes has a special menu (£56 for two) featuring Heart Shaped California Rolls.
Ditch the crowds at The Berkeley
Get some alone time at The Berkeley Health Club & Spa, where, for one week only from 13th – 18th February couples can hire the rooftop terrace exclusively. Just one cabin will be available for you to watch a rooftop movie of your choice - it's £280 per couple including a bottle of Laurent Perrier Rosé champagne, mulled wine and a selection of luxury winter canapés.
Mess about on the water
For a super romantic lunch or dinner book for London Shell Co’s £45 Champagne Cruises from 11-19 February. Kick off with a champagne reception aboard The Prince Regent canal boat before a five-course meal as you glide along the Regent’s Canal to Camden Town and back.
Heart hued buns
Eat at Tang in Fitzrovia and for every main course you order in on Valentine's Dasy, you'll get one of these scarlet baos each, filled with either fried chicken with pickled bok choi; braised beef with cucumber; or crispy tofu with salted egg yolk sauce.
Sky high romance
Looking for somewhere spectacular to pop the question? Valentine’s Day at Searcys at the Gherkin offers 360 degree views over the city. Dinner here is £95 for a five-course tasting menu, a welcome glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne and one personalised Aspinal of London gift per couple worth £50.
Or stay at home, instead
If you don't fancy going out and are having your special dinner at home, how about kicking off with Candlelit Manhattans by mixologist Mr Lyan? His ready to drink bottled cocktail contains beeswax to give an extra warmth to the cocktail. £46.95 at Selfridges and online.
Make sure your dinner features the heart-shaped Coeur de Neufchatel at Paxton & Whitfield which has been enhanced by the addition of mixture of black truffles and Brillat Savarin cheese.
Meringues with rose petals, heart shaped chocolate tea cakes, pink macaroons and a heart shaped red berry pavlova for two to share, will be available to take out at all the Ottolenghi delis (Notting Hill, Spitalfields, Belgravia, Islington)
And finish off with romantic message eclairs from PAUL (from 7-14 Feb from £3.50 each - on the day PAUL at Tower 42, Covent Garden or Earl’s Court with put your own hand-piped message on each eclair).
More Valentine's Day ideas
Restaurant Ours have a four course Valentine’s Day menu at £60 per person for dinner - we like the idea of the the langoustine tortellini with tarragon, shellfish foam.
There's a surf and turf theme going at Percy & Founders where main course options on the £49 menu include Braised halibut with clams, cardamom-cauliflower purée & hispi cabbage or a grilled rib eye with truffle potato dauphinoise.
Grand Trunk Road in South Woodford's gone for an aphrodisiac menu (£46) featuring dishes like soft shell crab with rocket and dill or chicken kebab with cardamom and rose petals.
Book for the £110 tasting menu on Valentine's Day at Sexy Fish and you'll get a sexy Coco de Mer goody bag filled with cheeky treats to take home.
Over at Pop Brixton, Don Luigi are serving up an evening of Italian romance, with an intimate supper club and screening of Cinema Paradiso. Tickets are priced at £90 per couple, which includes a six course meal and a bottle of prosecco.
Book an oyster shucking masterclass at Bentley's in Piccadilly. The £65 cost includes champagne on arrival, oyster master class and tasting with sommelier matched wines. You will also get to take home a goody bag with apron, recipe cards and oyster knife.
We love the idea of Share The Love - an event at Junkyard Golf Club where all ticket revenue will be donated to Love Support Unite, a charity sustainably supporting communities in Malawi. Open to couples, groups and singletons alike and costing just £9.50 per game.
Gunpowder in Spitalfields are putting on a dedicated heart menu including Black Pepper and Garlic Chicken Heart skewers; Dakshini Duck Heart Fry; and Ox Heart Cutlets.
Boondocks is putting on a Valentine’s Brunch Special for £20 per person on Sunday 12 February including a Pink Raspberry Bellini and Candy Heart Dessert.