Valentine’s Day is upon us once again, if you’re feeling the pressure to come up with something extra special for Valentine’s Day – don’t panic. We have some of the best Valentine’s Day date ideas in London so read on for inspiration and solutions to make you’re Valentine’s day the most romantic, intimate and enjoyable yet.
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.
It was the final Friday before Christmas, I had promised my date the week before that I would treat her to a romantic Christmas meal in town, but heavy work do’s and last minute Christmas shopping had distracted me from my promise and I found myself in a mad rush to find an available slot at a good restaurant. Call after call I was greeted with the same response, ‘Fully booked.’ Having no luck by phone, I consulted TripAdvisor which gave a great recommendation to a charming French bistro on Brick Lane – Chez Elles (ranked 10th best London restaurant) I immediately called them and thankfully managed to get the last table of the night at 21:30. I was in for a treat!
I’m not a massive fan of the city so I was unsure to be brought to Liverpool Street on a recent date. But hidden down a tiny alleyway is this beautiful Italian restaurant.
We were seated on a little candlelit table next to the window and I was instantly impressed by the welcoming wait staff and stylish Italian feel that the restaurant had. Being an Italian wine bar, there was an extensive choice of wines. Admittedly, I don’t know much about wines so I let my date decide. Luckily he choose a delicious bottle of red which was the perfect start to our evening.
It’s almost here…the big V Day. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
We realise that Valentine’s Day can be pretty expensive and you feel forced to splash out on cliched dinners, trendy bars or top shows. It doesn’t help either that all the above have been known to hike up their prices for Valentine’s Day as they know people will pay for it. But here at LDG we love a bit of Valentines and we know that most of you will be looking for something a bit different. Here are just a few thoughts for you to mull over…
I was brought to lovely little Bar Prague in the heart of Shoreditch on a date recently and loved its laid back and intimate setting. Lit by candles, it feels very Shoreditch with exposed brick work walls, mismatched furniture and local artwork and vintage street lamps on the walls but it’s completely unpretentious.
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.
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 Maggiores 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.