With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is a perfect time for you to finalize your ideas on how to spend it. Rather than staying local this year, why not make 2013 the year to take your loved one away for a few days, to celebrate in true style. With the day falling on a Thursday this year, it’s perfectly timed to spend a long weekend in the capital.
Indulge your better half with sumptuous gifts. Raise the bar this year and treat her to some luxury chocolates. With London’s chocolatiers offering some astounding cocoa delights, you’ll be sure of finding something amazing. Maybe some decadent artisan chocolates from the mega-talented William Curley, or the French Maison du Chocolat in Piccadilly? Say goodbye to the typical supermarket bouquets, and opt instead for an upmarket posy, such as those from Flor Unikon.
Next up – accommodation. Keep the budget low, so that you can spend more elsewhere. With plenty of comfortable cheap London hotels scattered around the city, there’s ample choice – most within easy access of all the notable places to visit.
Begin the evening with a romantic meal for two in one of the city’s most amorous restaurants. Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to treat your loved one to something really special, but it’s advised to book your restaurant of choice soon, because chances are, tables will get reserved, fast.
If you have a large budget, the 3* Michelin restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road, overseen by the eponymous king of the F word, is an absolute must. What better time of year to enjoy world class dining than on the V Day? With plenty of food options to choose from, including the set lunch carte du jour, prestige and seasonal inspiration menus and the delicious a la carte offerings, you can dine exactly how you feel fit.
Head chef, Clare Smyth, is the only woman in the UK to hold the accolade of 3* and having been voted the Chef of the Year by the UK Good Food Guide, you know you’re in for an exquisite, culinary treat.
Alternatively, if your budget doesn’t quite stretch that far, all is not lost. It may not sound like the most appealing of places, but Adam’s Cafe in West London is far from the greasy spoon you may expect. Nightly, this quaint cafe transforms into a candlelit North African bistro that serves up some scrumptious grub.
If you’re in the area, just off of Piccadilly Circus, lies Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill, which has recently been renovated to become one of the best seafood providers in town. If you fancy something from the ocean, this is the place to get it, including the opportunity to sample both rock and native oysters – a classic aphrodisiac.
However you decide to spend Valentine’s Day in our busy capital, be sure to enjoy some quality time with the love of your life. After all, Valentines is all about the two of you and is a perfect time to show each other how much you care.