With Valentine’s Day very nearly upon us you may be at that awkward stage of panic where you just don’t know where to take your other half for a romantic dinner for two. Luckily for you we have a few restaurants that are sure to stir some romance.
Voted London’s most romantic restaurant by Harden’s guide Clos Maggiore is the perfect place to treat your loved one to a slap up Valentine’s Day meal. Situated on Kings Street, this independent eatery oozes romance even before you step over the threshold, as you wind your way through Covent Garden’s cobbled streets. Once you are inside, however, things go up a gear as you are welcomed by truly spectacular décor. An intimate indoor courtyard is decked with abundant decorative branches, which really come into their own once they are in bloom during the early summer months and the glass roofs are opened. During the cooler months of the year mirrors are place around periphery of the room, and beautifully reflect the glow from a crackling log fire. The menu is classed as ‘Modern Europe’ and is inspired by the tastes and culinary traditions of France, with a sharp focus placed upon quality ingredients – plus an award winning wine list which boasts over 30 bottles by the glass.
This award winning Chinese restaurant is situated conveniently close to Woolwich, and boasts some spectacular views over Royal Albert Docks. The glass fronted building offers unobstructed views of the docks and beyond, perfect for an evening when the capital is awash with lights. You can choose to look out over the waters from inside, or in warmer weather on their outdoor balcony. You can choose from a vast array of various Dim sum, Seafood and other classics from Chinese cuisine such as Cantonese Honey Pork and ‘Kung Po’ chicken. Yi-Ban are also offering a special Valentine’s Day menu.
If you’re after somewhere a little more relaxed and rustic this is the place to go. Although it is located rather off the beaten track (for London standards), and has been lovingly been described as being a spacious, light and furnished shed, it’s the sort of place that would feel at home in Tuscany or the South of France. You’ll likely see the chef nipping to the beautiful and overgrown garden to collect some herbs, and their homemade lemonade is as much in demand as their wine is. Critics warn that prices for this relaxed and charming dining experience don’t come cheap, with produce being sourced directly from tiny organic shops all over Europe. However, it has a blissfully relaxed atmosphere that will put even the newest of couple’s first-date nerves at ease. For a cheaper, and potentially more imaginative alternative, you could go for tea and cake in the Teahouse – tea choices range from exotic fruit varieties to your traditional English breakfast.