Soak up the Love in London!
Yes, of course, the food and wine have got to be perfect for the all-important Valentine's Day dinner. Just as important is the mood of your chosen restaurant. You want an intimate setting that's still a bit formal and service that's attentive but not intrusive. Diners seeking a romantic restaurant for Valentine's Day in London are spoiled for choice. Narrowing down your options in time to get a reservation can be tough. Here are four tried and true safe bets in central London restaurants that I think have the right mix of food and drink, ambiance and service for a memorable night out with that special someone in your life.
1 Wilbraham Place, SW1X 9AE
Nearest Transportation: Sloane Square Underground Station
Refined French flavors with an a la carte menu offering a range of dishes made to share and a wine list composed by one of London's smartest sommeliers. The setting is gorgeous, intimate and glamorous.
Visit lecercle.co.uk for more information and to book.
33 King Street, WC2E 8JD
Nearest Transportation: Covent Garden Underground Station
Just a short stroll from Covent Garden’s Piazza, this French restaurant is a dreamy conservatory featuring an indoor cherry tree and a fireplace, tops almost every list you're apt to read for most romantic restaurants in London. Booking is advisable anytime of the year, especially around February 14th. Visit Clos Maggiore online at closmaggiore.com.
50 Long Lane, EC1A 9EJ
Nearest Transportation: Barbican Underground Station
Chef Morgan Meuier’s “affordable haute cuisine” restaurant across the street from London's age old Smithfield Market and just a pleasant stroll away from the Barbican and St Paul’s Cathedral woos diners with a winning combination of service, setting and sensational food and wine pairing. To find out more and to make a reservation visit morganm.com.
Intercontinental London Park Lane, 1 Hamilton Place, W1J 7QY
Nearest Transporation: Hyde Park Corner Underground Station
Okay okay. So you don't want French cuisine on Valentine's Day. Located within the Intercontinental, Theo Randall is considered by many to offer the best Italian cuisine in London. The dining area is expansive and contemporary but still manages a cozy and romantic vibe. This isn't the first time I've recommended this lovely restaurant for an important date night and the inclusion here is based as much on the feedback from those who took my advice as it is on my own experiences. Go to theorandall.com to find out more and to book.
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