Valentine's Day is a great excuse to spend some quality time with the special someone in your life. From ultra-romantic dinners to fun outdoor frolics, here's our V-Day date guide...
To celebrate Valentine’s Day the Aubin cinema in Shoreditch is hosting Edible Cinema. It’s a brilliant and quirky new way to watch movies, where you’re provided with tray of different foods which have been carefully matched to the film. On Sunday 17 February you and your special someone can munch and drink your way through Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe. Tickets are priced £20-26 per person.
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Clos Maggiore in Covent Garden is commonly known as the most romantic restaurant in London, so where else would you think to spend Valentine's Day? This year head chef Marcellin Marc has created a special five-course menu which, at an extra cost, will be accompanied by expertly paired wines. Should the mood so take you, Clos Maggiore will even provide a bespoke chocolate box in which to hide an engagement ring. Tres romantique, non?
The Bingham Hotel in Richmond is offering The Bingham Boudoir Package. Priced from £669.69 per couple, the romantic treat includes chef Shay Cooper's six-course tasting menu, a river-view room complete with a whirlpool bath, Alain Thienot Champagne, hand-made chocolates by William Curley and breakfast the following day. The hotel's in-house mixologist, Ciprian Lazar, will also be on hand to shake and stir a selection of Love Potion Cocktails, while there is a full list of spa treatments on offer, too.
The Stafford Hotel in London has joined forces with The Riding Club to provide an equestrian-themed Valentine's Day package. Guests staying in the very romantic stable suites overlooking the secret courtyard will have a direct line to The Riding Club London's equestrian concierge service. There, all your horsey needs will be catered for, whether it's a horse waiting for you first thing for a morning ride, an after hours shopping session for jodhpurs or even a VIP tour of the royal stables. Each of the stable suites will also come kitted out with rocking horses for training purposes, bridles and saddles, a dandy brush, polo mints and sugar cubes in the minibar as well as access to the finest riding gear.
The good people at Tom Aikens' restaurant in South Kensington have thought of everything. And we mean everything. As part of their Valentine's Concierge package, prices start from £145, they will provide a Mercedes S Class to take you and your beau to the restaurant, where you'll be greeted by custom flower bouquets from Wheelers Flowers and hand-made chocolates. The restaurant's sommelier will then match wines to the special six-course menu, before you are whisked home in a chauffeur driven car with a bottle of chilled Laurent Perrier Rose to enjoy as a night cap.
Head up to the highest point in Manchester for breathtaking views of the city and to splurge on Laurent Perrier, red velvet cupcakes and chocolate-dipped strawberries as part of the gorgeous bar's Valentine's Day package.
Stare into your lover's eyes as you share a decadent and delicious lobster, or perhaps a sweet ice cream sundae, at Big Easy in Chelsea. The lovely staff will also throw in a cheeky Valentine's Day cocktail for free, but there is a catch, you'll need to ask your waiter to marry you. Just don't let your date hear you.
Just 50 minutes from London is a 12-bedroom country pile called Aynhoe Park. Sat in 250 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, it's the perfect Valentine's Day retreat and has played host to many high fashion advertising campaigns and photo shoots, including those by Matthew Williamson and Mario Testino. If you really want to show your loved one you care, why not book the entire house for as little as £1,500. As part of the deal a private butler will cater to your every need and you'll also have full use of the spa.
There will be live music each night from the 14 - 16 February at the Michelin-starred Alimentum restaurant in Cambridge. Opt for the six-course 'Taste of Alimentum' menu for £79 each or choose from the à la carte menu at £49 per person.
Nestled in the heart of London, the Dean Street Townhouse is offering lovebirds the Soho Sleepover package. It's perfect for couples who want to see a show or hit a comedy club before heading back to Dean Street, where they can order food until 11:30pm and then bag a hotel room for just £50. Guests will also be given a bespoke 'Morning After' kit including deodorant, a razor, Alka Seltzer, a comb and luxurious Cowshed toiletries.
DayUse Hotels has teamed up with some of its luxury boutique hotel partners to offer guests an afternoon and evening (rooms are available for six hours) of indulgence this Valentine's Day. What could be better than being whisked off to one of London's top hotels for an afternoon of naughtiness this 14 February? Whether you want to use one of the discounted rooms to chat, watch movies in bed or have naked cuddles (vom), is totally up to you.
Start making hints now about No 5 Cavendish Sq's delicious Valentine's package, which includes a six course tasting menu lovingly prepared by Jamie Oliver trained chefs and a complimentary glass of prosecco, all served with romantic background music to get you in the mood for love.
If you are yet to try Peruvian restaurant Ceviche, get yourself down there this Valentine's Day. Martin Morales and his talented team have created a number of dishes for Valentine's weekend. Their specially put together menu includes: 'Pasión de Queso' a creamy cheesecake with a twist of passion fruit, plus 'La Pituca' (The Posh Girl), a unique variation on the classic Pisco Sour cocktail made with infused cherries for a one-off special. Ceviche is one of the best new restaurants in London and guaranteed to impress.
If sitting in a busy restaurant, surrounded by other nauseating couples, isn't your idea of romance, why not book a couple of nights at one of Unique Home Stays' luxurious properties? Our favourite is this stunning Skyfall cottage nestled on the banks of Loch Ewe in Scotland. This love nest is perfect for those wanting to enjoy blissful solitude with picture perfect views.
The kinky folk over at Sumosan have created a special aphrodisiac menu for this Valentine's Day, although it will run throughout February.
Priced at £70 a head, this luxurious menu includes caviar, foie gras, sashimi, honey, the number one aphrodisiac responsible for promoting a high sex drive in both men and women, chocolate, a well known arousing stimulant, as well as chilli and garlic.
Sauterelle restaurant and Boodles have joined forces to create a dazzling (literally) Valentine's Day menu, consisting of a luxurious six-course meal served with a 1.5-carat diamond engagement ring. That's right, for £6,250 you can get your tasting menu served with a generous side of bling. Although, it may seem like a bit of a cop out, we can confirm that the Boodles Vintage Ashoka-Cut Diamond Ring is a beaut.
69 Colebrooke Row in Islington is hosting a Champagne Cocktails Masterclass, showcasing the mixology talents of world renowned drinks pioneer Tony Conigliaro and his team at the Drink Factory. Drink champagne while learning about champagne. Brilliant.