London is a city built for romance. With its glittering views, decadent restaurants, and historic streets made for wandering, the capital attracts flocks of lovelorn couples all year round.
Enjoy your loved one’s company at The Montague on the Gardens in Bloomsbury. Located in one of London’s most picturesque areas, the hotel’s restaurant boasts a light and airy ambience at lunchtime and a warm and cosy atmosphere during the evening, with panoramic views of London across three corners of the space. Enjoy gastronomic delights from the collection of seasonal British dishes created by Executive chef Martin Halls.
Aside from The Montague on the Gardens, many of London’s best restaurants also provide the perfect setting to ensure couples enjoy a memorable evening together. Whether you’re seeking classic French fare, city views, or candlelit elegance, consider booking a table at one of London’s most romantic restaurants.
For gorgeous views: OXO Tower Restaurant
Located on London’s South Bank and set overlooking the Thames, the famous OXO Tower Restaurant offers some of London’s prettiest views. Within the historic, Art Deco building, the top-floor restaurant is the perfect backdrop to any romantic scene. Gourmands will also be won over by the three-course Valentine’s menu in the restaurant, which includes toothsome plates like smoked duck with a slow cooked duck egg and truffle salad and lamb noisette with sweetbreads and pumpkin.
OXO Tower Restaurant, OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, London SE1 9PH, Tel: +44 (0)20 7803 3888.
For timeless romance: Clos Maggiore
It’s no surprise that Clos Maggiore is regularly singled out as London’s most romantic restaurants. In the heart of Covent Garden, the sumptuously decorated dining room sees guests seated amidst flickering candles and twining boughs. A fireplace sets the warming scene, while cosy tables dressed in white provide the ideal arena for a romantic dinner a deux. For Valentine’s Day, Clos Maggiore offers several different menus – try the tasting menu for all-out decadence.
Clos Maggiore, 33 King Street, London WC2E 8JD, Tel: +44 (0)20 7379 9696.
For adventurous diners: Les Trois Garçons
Though its name suggests a classic French establishment, Les Trois Garçons is, in reality, one of London’s most exciting fusion restaurants. Founded by a Malaysian, a Frenchman, and a Swede, the restaurant elegantly combines its varying influences in dishes like lobster and chicken laksa and wild venison with Szechuan pepper sauce. The interior decor offers up various curiosities and a fun, upbeat atmosphere, ideal for any avant-garde foodie.
Les Trois Garçons, 1 Club Row, London E1 6JX, Tel: +44 (0)20 7613 1924.
For Valentine’s à la française: La Poule au Pot
No one does romance quite like the French, and for those who like to be seduced the Gallic way, La Poule au Pot offers at atmosphere that’s imported straight from Paris. A charming Belgravia institution, the timeless eatery specialises in the classics. From its Valentine’s menu, choose from dishes such as escargot and soupe à l’oignon to Dover sole and duck breast with foie gras. For dessert? Crème brûlée, sûrement.
La Poule au Pot, 231 Ebury Street, London SW1W 8UT, Tel: +44 (0)20 7730 7763.
For Michelin-starred luxury: The Ledbury
Founded by celebrated Australian chef Brett Graham in 2005, The Ledbury is a two Michelin starred Notting Hill dining destination. The food here is elegant and perfectly balanced, with an emphasis on fresh fare: picture roast langoustines with blood orange, caramelised sourdough and sea kale, and milk fed lamb with creamed potato, celery, and Perigord truffle. Perfect for those after pedigreed but unpretentious dining.
The Ledbury, 127 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AQ, Tel: +44 (0)20 7792 9090.
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