The (arguably) most romantic day of the year is almost upon us, and it is time to start planning that perfect date now, so that you have your reservations and ducks all in a row. As well as food, you will have to book a hotel or serviced apartment so you have a pied-a-terre from which to explore the best of London’s thriving foodie scene. If you are intrigued by the idea of the latter, view serviced apartments in London here and book a luxury sleepover for after dinner…
Here are seven of the best restaurants in London to try out this Valentine’s Day.
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro
While the name might conjure up images of rustic Italian cafés with red-checked tablecloths and litre bottles of local red wine, the address of Il Borro – in the heart of London’s exclusive Berkley Square – offers a more accurate image of this eatery. With all their vegetables and fruit sourced from the organic and sustainable Il Borro farm in Tuscany, this restaurant aims to bring the very best of Italian cuisine to urban London. Simple meals made with the best possible ingredients will ensure your romantic night goes as smoothly as you could wish.
Introduce yourself – and your date, of course – to the wonders of the cuisine of the east Mediterranean countries. With a touch of the exotic, you will enjoy the best of Egyptian, Levantine, Sudanese, Omani and Moroccan foods, all in the heart of stylish Mayfair.
Petersham Nurseries’ La Goccia
Another eatery looking to highlight the links between farm and plate is La Goccia which takes the farm to fork process a step more seriously than many others actively growing the produce that is then cooked and sold in the restaurant – and you can also buy produce, plants and seeds to green your own home-cooking’s credentials too.
Mix your date up by enjoying brunch at 34 Restaurant (so named for its address of 34 Grosvenor Square in Mayfair) before you go off to take in a matinee or wander through London’s shopping district.
Worth visiting just for the fabulous name, Balthazar is a Parisian brasserie translocated to the heart of London where it offers a surprisingly authentic Parisienne ambiance along with an accessible menu of informal – but delicious – dishes, sure to satisfy all tastes.
A name recognisable to anyone who reads the celeb gossip pages, Nobu is beloved by many A-listers, from Justin Bieber to Kim Kardashian to Taylor Swift amongst others. A unique take on Japanese cuisine with the benefit of input from other diverse cultures – thanks to proprietor Nobu Matsuhisa’s travels and explorations into fusion cuisines – Nobu’s food is delicious, its locations trendy and the guest list impressive. A must-do if you are trying to impress your date!
In the heart of London, alongside Covent Garden, you will find that most popular of chicken eateries, Nandos! Cheap and cheerful (as much as any London restaurant can be) you will find a range of chicken dishes, and also a number of veggie and vegan dishes to suit all tastes and dietary preferences. The perfect comforting location where you can get to know each other a little better, with no expectations or pretensions!