Valentine’s Day comes with a bamboozling plethora of options for the enamoured. Fortunately we’ve selected some of the best to help you dazzle your date (or at least fill them up).
1. Tom’s Kitchen
The Westferry Circus branch of this chain is offering couples sharing dishes and cocktails on February 14.
The specials are the rose petal martini (£8.75), which can be followed by the venison tartar (£19) for starter and the whole roasted Newlyn brill (£55) for main. That can then be finished off with the Maltesers ice cream sundae (£16).
5.30pm to 9.30pm, Sunday, February 14, various prices, Tom’s Kitchen, Westferry Circus, tomskitchen.co.uk
2. The Pearson Room
People looking for a more relaxed approach to Valentine’s Day can head to The Pearson Room the day before for drinks, food and entertainment from the house band and DJ.
There will also be 25% off cocktails from 5pm and mini cocktail-making sessions with “master mixologist” Vincenzo.
5pm to 1am (cocktail sessions 6pm to 10pm for £17.50), Saturday February 13, various prices, The Pearson Room, Canada Square Park, thepearsonroom.co.uk
3. InterContinental London at The O2
This recently opened hotel will be serving up a Valentine’s Day menu at its fine-dining restaurant The Peninsula, where head chef Dan Loftin has created a six-course tasting lunch menu alongside the al a carte offering.
It includes a glass of Dom Perignon 2007, with dishes that include poached native lobster consommé, fennel and charred cucumber and buttermilk panna cotta with blood orange, chocolate sorbet and black sesame.
Diners can follow their lunch with a cocktail at the hotel’s bar Eighteen.
12pm to 3pm, Sunday, February 14, £80, InterContinental London at The O2, iclondon-theo2.com
4. Big Easy
Celebrate at Big Easy with the venue’s pre-Valentine’s bash, which organisers claim could lead you to “meet your sweetheart the (Big) Easy way”. No details are available on what that actually means.
There will be cocktail specials, a nine piece swing and jazz band, competitions and free hugs for everyone.
7pm to late, Thursday, February 11, various prices, Big Easy, Crossrail Place, bigeasy.co.uk
The two-day Valentine’s Day menu offers diners two or three-course dining including a starter of grilled asparagus with poached free-range egg and a main of pan-roasted duck breast.
Various times, Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14, two courses for £28.50 or three courses for £31.50, Smollenskys, Reuters Plaza, smollenskys.com
6. Emirates Air Line:
Couples can enjoy a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne and Godiva chocolates in their own private cabin 90 metres above the river Thames with the Emirate Air Line.
The round trip will be accompanied by romantic songs alongside “Valentine-themed” film footage.
The Valentine’s experience will only be available from the Emirates Greenwich Peninsula terminal.
After dark the Emirates Air Line cable car towers are also being lit up pink instead of their usual red.
Various times up until 11pm, Thursday, February 11 to Sunday, February 14, £50, Emirates Air Line, Greenwich
7. Yoga Rave
For a Valentine’s with a bit of a difference you and your other half could take part in a Yoga Rave - all in the name of charity.
The two hour workshop, hosted by David Sye and in partnership with homeless addiction charity Spitalfields Crypt Trust, after which food will be served and there will be DJ sets hosting a rave from 3pm - 9pm.
Holistic therapies will be available throughout the event.
Half the proceeds from Yoga Rave will go to SCT and the other other half will go towards CAREducation, an Indian education charity.
The event is being organised by Sajni Lakhani, a yoga teacher and Hackney resident, who said: “I walk past homeless people every day on my way home. I wanted to bring together my love of yoga and raves, all whilst helping out a local charity that works with the homeless. Everyone is welcome from beginners to yogis - this event will be a celebration of life.”
12pm to 9pm, Sunday, February 14, £25, The Laundry , Warburton Road,
Don’t fancy celebrating outside the comfort of your home? Then why not get a sweet treat to enjoy chez vous instead?
1. Marks and Spencer
Share either the Perfect Pairs (£15) assorted box of chocolates, or go for gummy sweets with You’re The Sweetest (£3) from Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer food hall, Jubilee Place Mall, marksandspencer.com
There are plenty of options from this French bakery for 2016. The very sumptuous Sweethearts cakes in all sorts of varieties - from the Fraisier to the Coeur Gateau aux Carottes (£10.95 for two) – are perfect for sweet toothed lovers or go for the Flute Valentine’s (£1.50) a heart-shaped baguette for bread lovers.
Paul, Cabot Place Mall, paul-uk.com