The most romantic restaurants in London to celebrate Valentine's Day

The go-tos for date night.

2/14/2020 11:36:00 PM

Planning to book a table for two for a hot date in the capital? We can offer a helping hand.

The go-tos for date night.

Best for blossoming romance33 King St, London WC2E 8JDHow much will it set you back?Around £75 per couple.What’s so great about it?A mainstay in “most romantic restaurants in London” lists, this is the most beautifully decorated and inspiring restaurant in town, blessed with incredible food and atmosphere.

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Why is it the perfect romantic restaurant?Lots of candle light, blossom and a roaring fire in the background. Just look at that picture.Best for piano-accompanied brunch23-27 Wadeson St, London E2 9DRHow much will it set you back?Around £60 per person.

What’s so great about it?Nestled in an almost-hidden upstairs location near Cambridge Heath, Bistrotheque boasts seasonal menus of the finest in British produce, designed by Blaine Duffy. From its crisp white tablecloths and airy white-tiled setting to the gorgeous selection of cocktails, mocktails and aperitifs, it's a slick, modern and chic atmosphere, where there's nothing not catered to and the food is phenomenal - you'll struggle to select from the array of options, so let's hope your date is up for sharing.

Why is it the perfect romantic restaurant?Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays is accompanied by resident live pianist Xavior, playing a variety of beautiful covers of the latest in pop music and classics while you tuck into your maple candied bacon benedict.

Best for champagne1 Upper James St, Soho, London W1F 9DFHow much will it set you back?Around £70 per person.What’s so great about it?The whole experience is luxurious, from the iconic 'Press for Champagne' button beside every table, to the genius comfort food menu with an opulent twist. Think Lobster Mac & Cheese and 28 day-aged Beef Wellington. The incredible décor will make you feel like you've time traveled on to the Orient Express or into a Gatsby party.

Why is it the perfect romantic restaurant?Private booths, flattering lighting and champagne on tap. Oysters are also on the menu, just FYI.Best for aperitifsThe Baglioni Hotel London, 60 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington, London SW7 5BBHow much will it set you back?

Around £45 per person.What’s so great about it?If you want to be treated like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, this is the place to be. With breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and aperitifs on offer, there’s something for everyone. Or why not try out their cocktail masterclass and gain yourself some new skills? As well as an amazing restaurant, the complex boasts a stunning luxury hotel and spa - a real slice of heaven in the centre of London.

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Why is it the perfect romantic restaurant?With chefs Alberto Rossetti and Raffaele Lauriola at the helm, the Baglioni takes you on the Italian trip of a lifetime, without ever having to leave your seat.Best for rustic-urban chic250 Paradise Row, London E2 9LE

How much will it set you back?Around £35 per person.What’s so great about it?Authentic, no-fuss, great-tasting Italian under the arches with an urban-chic style. Choose either the fairy-lit and ivy-coated cosy outdoor seating or the candle-lit cosy interior with its rustic wooden tables, and you won't be disappointed. Keep an eye on their event schedule for charming wine-tastings complete with food pairings.

Why is it the perfect romantic restaurant?There's everything on the drinks menu from gorgeous Georgian orange wines to floral cocktails and locally-sourced Bethnal Green fizz (super fruity).Best for celeb-spotting15 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London, W1J 8DY

How much will it set you back?About £90 per person.What’s so great about it?You've probably already heard of Nobu, or at least the name rings a bell, right? With two locations in our capital (one more amazing than the other) Nobu is a Japanese and South American fusion restaurant by the celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa. With A-list appeal, the atmosphere is understandably chic. As for the gastronomic trip you're about to embark on, expect each dish to make your jaw drop and make your taste buds dance - the sommelier will also surprise you with a hell of a pairing experience.

Why is it the perfect romantic restaurant?Exotic sultry décor paired with dim lighting and not only A-list appeal, but A-list service - get ready to feel special (without your date even opening their mouth)Best for contemporary pan-Asian showstoppers

The Grand Building, 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5EJHow much will it set you back?Around £60 per person.What’s so great about it?It literally has the best vibe. The space is designed by Tom Dixon, so it’s expectedly sleek, with a gorgeous array of cherry blossom surrounding the entrance. And then there’s the food: the contemporary pan-Asian fusion menu ranges from inventive small plates (think sushi, bao and dim sum) to larger meat and fish dishes. Oh, and the desserts. Get your Insta story at the ready for the triple chocolate bomb – it’s a real showstopper.

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Why is it the perfect romantic restaurant?Central location + low lighting + incredible food + impeccable service=a winning combination, in our eyes.Best for understated French nonchalance16 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8QHHow much will it set you back?About £40 per person.

What’s so great about it?Frenchie is one of our favourites Parisian spots in the city. The restaurant is one of many in chef Gregory Marchand's gastronomic repertoire, and is named after the nickname given to him by colleagues in the industry. The eatery's beautiful, nonchalant décor and ambience are just supporting roles for the amazing menu it serves.

Why is it the perfect romantic restaurant?The French are pros at romance... need we say more?Best for fancy French haute-cuisineThe Hilton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BEHow much will it set you back?£79 per person to experience their three-course 'Menu Prestige'.

What’s so great about it?A London cult classic, at least once in your life you should eat at the Galvin, with courses that bring the best of French haute cuisine to our capital. This should be on your restaurant bucket-list for a fancy dinner.Why is it the perfect romantic restaurant?

Dining while gazing over amazing London views? Yes, please.Best for vegans and sharing platters46 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QEHow much will it set you back?Roughly £70 for two.What’s so great about it?This is the perfect place for sharing a romantic meal for two. Prepare to feast though, this place is *all* about the food. The menu focuses on Middle Eastern dishes inspired by the café culture of Tel Aviv... and everything tastes so damn good. After you’ve had a cocktail (we can recommend the Port Sidon – it’s dreamy!) or two, you can gorge on a million sharing plates. Honestly, you’ll want to try everything.

Why is it the perfect romantic restaurant?It’s dimly lit so you can whisper sweet-nothings to one another without everyone staring. Plus, it’s not too spenny, leaving you more dosh to spend on post-dinner cocktails in Exmouth Market.Best for Italian88 St John Street, London EC1M 4EH

How much will it set you back?£60 a head.What’s so great about it?This is The Cove Club's owners' new baby, so it had some big shoes to fill, and believe us, it doesn't disappoint. Luca combines the best of honest Italian cuisine with British seasonal ingredients here and there, embraced by a mid-century inspired décor that is overwhelmingly beautiful.

Why is it the perfect romantic restaurant?It is chic and hip, and makes you feel special as you walk in, add a plus-one and some flowers and you've nailed date night goals.Best for chocolate lovers2-4 Bedale Street, London SE1 9ALHow much will it set you back?

From £25 to £40 per person.What’s so great about it?The elegant wood interior is just one of the perks of dining at Rabot. The restaurant that overlooks the Borough Market, is fully dedicated to incorporate Saint Lucia's cocoa into their recipes. Rabot is owned by Hotel Chocolat, which has an amazing resort at the Caribbean island and it's bringing the best of the Saint Lucian cuisine to London. Expect lots of chocolate-infused plates.

Why is it the perfect romantic restaurant?The place naturally has a romantic ambience, but finishing the night with Rabot's chocolate tasting is a rather aphrodisiac experience.Best for Mediterranean meats434 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AAHow much will it set you back?

£60 per couple.What’s so great about it?It is clear that nothing was an after-thought at Rotorino, every bit of this place is full of personality. Rustic vibes in the décor translate into the delicious Mediterranean plates. You can't leave without trying one of the wood-grilled meats.

Why is it the perfect romantic restaurant?East London has mastered cool a long time ago, Rotorino is one of those places for hip couples that don't settle for mainstream.Best for comfort eating300-302 St Paul's Rd, Highbury East, London N1 2LH

How much will it set you back?Roughly £35 per person.What’s so great about it?If you don't know the Islington food scene yet it's time you do, and Trullo is probably our favourite one out there. Combining the high Italian dining with homely flavours and a just-as-much of a homely environment, Trullo has discovered the recipe for comfort eating.

Why is it the perfect romantic restaurant?Small tables and booths at the downstairs bar so you can get comfy and close.Best for sharing dishes118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7NWHow much will it set you back?£80 per person for tasting menu.What’s so great about it?

Everything - and we mean it! From the mouth-watering Peruvian cuisine and delicious Pisco sours, to the relaxed ambiance and top notch service.Why is it the perfect romantic restaurant?Not only does the Latin American vibe and dimmed lighting at COYA ooze romance, the menu is filled with sharing dishes perfect for two. And if sharing food isn't romantic, we don't know what is.

Best for Parisian décor39-45 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 6LAHow much will it set you back?£50 per couple.What’s so great about it?Cafe Monico is 140 years old, talk about a London classic and a must go-to if you're in the capital. The restaurant specialises in a mix of French and Italian gastronomy (reads: the most renowned in the world), so you'll certainly be eating well.

Why is it the perfect romantic restaurant?The vintage atmosphere with hints of Parisian décor are responsible for the romanticism at Cafe Monico.Best for vintage romance34-35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LBHow much will it set you back?Roughly £100 per couple.

What’s so great about it?Rules is London's timeless pearl. Authenticity, tradition and the finest British cuisine is what makes Rules so remarkable. The restaurant is a classic in the capital's gastronomic scene.Why is it the perfect romantic restaurant?

It has been since 1798 one of the most romantic spots in the city.Best for romantic dim lighting109-113 Queen's Gate, London, SW7 5LRHow much will it set you back?About £40 per person.What’s so great about it?So chic! The food is incredible and the service is top notch. Make sure you share the Valrhona dark chocolate fondant which comes with raspberry sorbet.

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