Valentine's Day in London
With Christmas now long gone and summer a distant dream, making the most of Valentine's Day seems like the best way to get through the dreary winter months. And what better way to impress your loved one this year than with a romantic weekend in the capital? It's easy to find great deals on cheap hotels and once you've got your accommodation sorted, you can start planning your trip. Read on for our tips on where to eat and what to do...
Where to Eat
Whether you're hoping to impress on a first date or celebrate an anniversary in style, no Valentine's Day would be complete without eating delicious food in a romantic setting.
No one does romance quite like the French and after a 2009 refurb, Kettner's in Soho is perfect for French foodies. The modern, elegant Le Cercle in Chelsea also specialises in French cuisine, while Pearl Liang near Paddington station will satisfy those with a hunger for the Orient. Decked out in glossy pink, with wooden lattice screens and low chairs clad in mauve, the lush interior is a modern hideaway, shielded by tall glass buildings. Another Asian restaurant worth noting is Alan Yau's stylish cafe Yauatcha, which is centrally located on Broadwick Street. Maintaining its impressive buzz and energy eight years after opening, its exciting interior is a juxtaposition of bright, modernist colours, sexy ambience and traditional Chinese design.
For those wanting to splash the cash, Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill, tucked away in the pedestrianised Swallow Street has been bought out and revamped by the talented Richard Corrigan of Michelin-starred Lindsay House fame. Crisp white tablecloths are set against masculine dark wood and the restaurant is famous for its rock and native oysters. If it's French you fancy, why not try the London offshoot of one of Nice's most famous restaurants La Petite Maison or, for a more intimate dining experience the tiny Dinings' Kitchen on Harcourt Street serves up a combination of Japanese minimalism and Latin American flavours.
What to Do
There are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine's Day that go beyond flowers and chocolates. From thrilling activities like the Lover's Leap bungee jump to taking in the views of the capital on a romantic ride on the London Eye, there's lots for couples to do in London. Creative types might also want to try cupcake classes or chocolate making for two and there's always the more traditional activities like massages and river cruises.
So why not make this Valentine's Day one to remember and click here to book a hotel in London?