Top 7: Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas in LondonBy Angelica Malin
With 2022 seeing things vaguely back to normal, you’d be forgiven for not planning anything for Valentine’s Day just yet. Restaurant bookings are hard to come by at the moment, and sometimes the cinema just won’t cut it.
We’ve discovered 7 last-minute ideas (including restaurants with availability) that’ll make sure your V-Day is v fun (and delicious).
The Lowdown: Valentine’s Day at Bocca Di Lupo brings true inspiration from Lady and the Tramp with each course designed to eat with your other half, to recreate that iconic moment when ‘Lady’ kisses ‘Tramp’.
This Valentine’s, Bocca Di Lupo is offering one long spaghetti with meatballs or pesto (veggie friendly) to eat from both ends; one long foie gras sausage served with farro and porcini; and one sharing cannolo with ricotta, pistachio and chocolate. The idea is for each course to be devoured simultaneously with one’s other half to finish with a kiss. This will be available only for Valentine’s Day, and the menu is priced at £69.
Where: 12 Archer St, London W1D 7BB
Bookings can be made online here.
The Lowdown: To sweep your other half off their feet this Valentine’s, a Nordic dinner at Ekstedt might be just what you need.
Where: 3-5 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HN
Bookings can be made here.
The Lowdown: Hosted in Maison François’ impressive private dining room, François O’Neill and his team will be putting on a one-off dinner and wine pairing called ‘Endless Love’ – celebrating all things Burgundy.
Where: 34 Duke Street St James’s, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6DF
Booking can be made online here.
The Lowdown: This Valentine’s day INO Gastrobar, from the team behind Marylebone restaurant OPSO and Athens based two Michelin-starred restaurant Funky Gourmet, will be having a one-off Monday opening for Valentine’s Day offering a special romantic sharing menu.
Expect Greek classic dips, such as their famous Taramasalata, and a couple of new additions: fava and tzatziki, all to be accompanied by their hand-stretched pittas. As a main, couples will have a choice of lamb shank, chargrilled fish collar or roasted cauliflower.
Where: 4 Newburgh St, Carnaby, London W1F 7RF
The Lowdown: Lina Stores Valentine’s offering includes everything you need for an Italian romantic evening at home: Prosecco, some soft and oily Focaccia; cured meat and cheese antipasti for the perfect aperitivo board; a pasta kit for two people and indulgent ‘Baci’ brownie to finish. The feast also comes with a vegetarian option.
The Lowdown: 34 Mayfair has launched its latest campaign, ‘Love at Grand 34’ ahead of Valentine’s Day.
The bar team have curated an array of limited-edition cocktails to be enjoyed. Concoctions include ‘Something Fresh with Vodka’, the ultimate highball; a mouth-watering mango infused vodka long drink, with citrus, and cherry blossom vermouth, elegantly balanced with a Dragon Well and Gunpowder green tea blend. The ‘Something Spicy with Tequila’, an aromatic margarita with layers of warming spice; with tequila infused with smoked ancho pepper, pink peppercorn and fresh coriander, seasoned with rosemary agave and fresh lime. Guests can also enjoy a limited-edition dessert The 34 of Hearts, a delicious chocolate mousse with a raspberry centre, available from Friday, 11 to Monday, 14 February.
Where: 34 Grosvenor Square, S Audley St, London W1K 2HD
Bookings can be made here.
The Lowdown: For those looking to romance their tastebuds, NOILLY PRAT brings you a delicious Native and Rock oyster and mini (50ml) martini cocktail pairing menu, available exclusively at The Cadogan Arms in Chelsea on the big day.
Valentine’s guests can savour the classic pairing of NOILLY PRAT martini cocktails and the best of the in-season oysters from Jersey, Carlingford and beyond, with three uniquely dressed oysters and three flavour matched cocktails available for £14. Romantics can sample beer-battered Jersey Oysters, topped with seaweed tartare as they sip an Olive Oil martini cocktail, or taste the Irish coast with a Carlingford oyster, matched with a classic Gibson martini cocktail.
Where: 298 King’s Road, London SW3 5UG