Situated in Marylebone on Baker Street, the award-winning Galvin Bistrot de Luxe was the first of the Galvin brothers restaurants. It serves seasonal as well as classic dishes and is regularly voted London’s best french restaurant, With rich, fine food it is a wonderful treat for a special occasion
Sitting halfway along Dean Street in Soho is Dean Street Town House, an upmarket hotel and bistro owned by the Soho House Group serving high quality British fare. It was a Thursday night and packed! The wait for walk in’s was long but luckily I had a table booked.
Even before entering the Townhouse we could feel the buzzing atmosphere resonating from inside the restaurant.
This romantic restaurant is near invisible. The only sign it exists is if you either a) look up as you are walking past at night and notice people sitting in the windows or b) walk by the entrance on the side street and see the label on the buzzer. But Upstairs is truly one of London’s hidden gems and well worth making the trip to Brixton to sample their delicious menu.
If you’re ever on a date and somehow find yourself in the heart of tourist hell London, then don’t fear – this stylish Parisian brassiere sits right behind the bustling cross-road at Piccadilly Circus and is a great choice if you’re in the area.
Voted the most romantic restaurant in London by The Times, romance is very the theme of this restaurant.
Set in on corner of the historically rich Bleeding Heart Yard, the restaurant is part of the Bleeding Heart collection of eateries. Walking downstairs to the historic oak panelled dining room, we were immediately impressed by the décor and warm candlelight. The restaurant has a cosy atmosphere and is filled with lovely little touches which added to the ambience, such as the heart painted onto the butter, and the heart stencilled onto the window.
The Escoffier Room near Victoria is the perfect place to go for a weekday lunchtime date. It provides a fine-dining lunch, without you having to pay the Earth.
The food was indescribably good, and unsurprisingly so as this restaurant is headed up by trainee chefs destined to cook for Michelin star restaurants. We ordered the seven course set tasting menu which also included masses of petit fours at the end if you get a coffee, very reasonably priced at £27.50 per person. We also got a good quality bottle of wine for £15.
Perched at the top of the Hilton on Park Lane, Galvin at Windows is nothing short of stunning.
You’ll start your evening in one of the futuristic lifts which will whisk you up 28 floors in a matter of seconds.
Tipped as one of London’s most romantic restaurants, in the heart of the west end in busy Covent garden, Clos Maggiore is a sanctuary of romance and calm.
I was taken here on a date and I have to admit, when I first saw the beautiful conservatory, I was pretty awestruck. Split into two different decors, Clos Maggiores starts with a dark, wooden, Edwardian feel to it which although it interesting, is nothing compared to the magic of ivy and twinkling fairy lights in the conservatory.
Famed as being the oldest restaurant in London, Rules is hidden on a backstreet behind Covent Garden market.
As soon as you enter, you’ll notice the warm and wonderfully old-fashioned atmosphere, not to mention the professionalism of the staff. Though impressive at all times of the year, it’s at Christmas that Rules has that special buzz about it when it’s decked out in old-fashioned Christmas fayre.