Best restaurants for Valentines Day in London

Best restaurants for Valentines Day in London​ if you're looking for a picturesque spot with beautiful backgrounds:

What says Valentine’s Day in London more than a bright pink, flower filled brunch haven? Known as the most Instagrammable cafe in the world, you’ll need no excuse not to snap a photo or two of your other half while digging into sumptuous cakes, dainy macaroons and vibrant hot drinks.

The Nest Rooftop Bar ticks a lot of boxes: a great drinks selection, plenty of plants and a varied enough menu to keep everyone happy. Also known as the treehouse bar, it’s simultaneously romantic and cosy, with spectacular 360-degree skyline views and comfy sofas that you can easily spend hours chatting away on.

Aubaine is beautiful inside and out, with stunning decor and a fancy French menu that’s perfect for a romantic occasion. You’ll find a few branches of Aubaine across the city but the one inside Selfridge’s is probably the prettiest. Warning: you’ll want to pre-book your table, especially if you’re visiting for dinner.

Best restaurants for Valentines Day in London if you’re looking to go all out and say “I love you” surrounded by spectacular views, book a table at…

Aqua Shard

As its name suggests, you’ll find Aqua Shard perched high up on the 31st floor of The Shard. This classy restaurant is stunning in the evenings, when you’ll watch the lights turn on across the city from Aqua Shard’s floor to ceiling windows. Choose the set menu and make sure to visit the toilets (for their views) while you’re here.

Nobu’s a classic that doesn’t disappoint. Park Lane location? Check. Fancy Japanese-Peruvian fusion? Check. Plates arranged so artistically they look too good to eat? Check. Dress code here is smart casual but you’ll want to err on the ‘smart’ side when dining here. Be sure to reserve, as Nobu’s packed out even on weekdays.


Come to ANGLER for Michelin-starred seafood at this minimalist restaurant atop South Place Hotel. ANGLER feels like a proper date night spot, thanks to its 7th-floor city views and mirrored ceiling. Expect to bond with your other half over plenty of varied flavours and textures. It’s the kind of place where “try this!” is heard pretty often.

Best restaurants for Valentines Day in London if you're looking to go for a delicious meal but not necessarily spending a fortune? If you want a classic, laidback favourite, try…

You never really need an excuse to visit Dishoom but here’s one anyway. Bringing Indian food to a whole new level with vibrant dishes and colourful arrangements, Dishoom is a failsafe dining option any day of the week. Warning: it’s also a place where you’ll stuff yourself silly, so perhaps best suited for more established couples!

The Ivy

The Ivy is impossibly beautiful and provides a brilliant backdrop for a romantic dinner. It also does wonderful cocktails, so there’s a high chance you’ll extend your visit past what you initially planned. You’ll find various branches of The Ivy across London and The Ivy Soho Brasserie is one of favourites.

Hawksmoor is a haven for meat lovers, but you probably wouldn’t want to visit with someone who follows a vegetarian or vegan diet. Home to some of the best steak in the city, Hawksmoor’s portions are huge but so delicious you’ll keep on eating anyway. Stick around for dessert if you fancy a challenge – you won’t regret it. 

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