Flowers and chocolates

  • Category: Art & Culture
  • Date: Friday, 14 February 2014

Few presents have come to man's aid when he has forgotten Valentine's Day as often as flowers and chocolate. However, with these staples being denounced over the years by various love gurus as 'unimaginative' and 'desperate', is it time to abandon them altogether?

Not just yet - there are still some things you can do with this tried and tested formula. Start the Valentine's weekend by booking into The Montague at the Gardens, where you can take advantage of the very special Rediscover Romance package. Then, spend a day checking out some of the chocolatiers and attractions below. Your loved one won't be disappointed.

Rococo

The Knightsbridge-based Rococo has never looked sweeter than during Valentine's Day. Founder Chantal Coady is revered as a pioneer of fine chocolate and the delicious creations on offer very much reflect her powerhouse reputation. The hand-painted chocolate sardines and rose-flavoured organic chocolate bars are particularly impressive.

William Curley

Winner of Britain's Best Chocolatier five times in a row, William Curley and wife Suzue are constantly looking for new ways to push flavour to new heights. Combining unusual - and often oriental - flavours, this shop features a number of must-eats such as jasmine entremets, which feature layers of dark chocolate mousse combined with jasmine creme brulee. Chocolate making classes are also available if you fancy going that little bit further.

Kew Gardens

Walk off the tasty treats with a visit to the ever spectacular Kew Gardens, which is featuring a particularly impressive exhibition on orchids in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. As if these spectacular flowers aren't enough, there's a separate event featuring paintings of magnolias by Barbara Oozeerally in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art. Otherwise, just wander Kew Gardens until you've got your flower fix.