Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Fresh from its recent refurbishment, three-starred Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester has recruited executive chef Jean-Philippe Blondet to design a five-course feast for the Valentine’s celebrations. Along with a glass of rosé champagne, guests can savour hand-dived scallops, filet of turbot and a decadent “Heart for Two” dessert. Prices start at £235 per person, but an alternative version of the menu can be enjoyed with a bottle of Ruinart Rosé NV Champagne for £590. February 14 to 15; alainducasse-dorchester.com.
Town House at The Kensington
For one night only, Town House at The Kensington will offer a five-course menu that can be enjoyed from one of the restaurant’s three plush drawing rooms. Priced at £85 per person, the evening includes oysters with coconut cream, seared brill with lobster and a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne. February 14; townhousekensington.com.
Perched on the edge of the River Thames, Bingham Riverhouse provides seasonal British food in a beautifully restored 18th-century building. This year’s seven-course Valentine’s menu features roast Gigha halibut, hand-dived Orkney scallops and a sweet honey cake, all of which can be yours from £95 per person. February 14 to 15; binghamriverhouse.com.
Currently dressed in winter finery – an alpine scene designed by British florist Nikki Tibbles – Dalloway Terrace will provide the perfect spot for a Valentine’s Day meal. To honour the occasion, the restaurant is cooking up a four-course dinner including 12 rock oysters to share, pan-fried cod with Jerusalem artichoke purée and a glass of champagne each. Prices start at £75 per person. February 14; dallowayterrace.com.
Galvin La Chapelle
Housed in a former chapel, Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle is widely regarded as one of London’s most romantic restaurants. This year’s three-course menu features highlights such as lobster ravioli, tea-smoked Cumbrian beef fillet and tarte Tatin – with the bonus of being set amid the restaurant’s vaulted stone ceiling and large arched windows. Priced at £125 per person, the menu includes champagne and canapés to whet the appetite. February 14 to 15; galvinrestaurants.com.
Haye Farm beef carpaccio, poached fillet of brill and a passion-fruit pavlova are just three of the delights on The Petersham’s three-course set menu, which can be pre-ordered alongside a bottle of prosecco and a bouquet of flowers for £250. Across the courtyard at La Goccia – the group’s answer to a cicchetti bar – diners can share a selection of smaller plates for £80. But if you’re based closer to west London, the Petersham Nurseries Café in Richmond will host two of its highly anticipated supper clubs on February 13 and 14, priced from £80 per person. The Petersham and La Goccia, February 14 to 15. Petersham Nurseries Café, February 13 to 14. petershamnurseries.com.
Italian eatery Passo Shoreditch has collaborated with Sicilian-born chef Emilia Strazzanti for Valentine’s Day this year. At the heart of the four-course menu is the Sicilian almond, a sweet variety of the nut whose tree is synonymous with love in Greek mythology. For £45, guests can dine on a selection of stuzzichini (appetisers), handmade pasta, pesce spada (swordfish) and a traditional Italian dessert. Even better, Italian wine specialist Passione Vino has been selected to pair each course with its favourite Sicilian tipples. February 14; passorestaurant.com.
Nobu Berkeley Street
Valentine’s Day at Nobu’s Berkeley Street outpost will begin with spicy salmon caviar, scallop and maui salsa. Boasting a total of seven courses, the Omakase-style menu also extends to red mullet with a hibiscus soup, hiramasa salad and Wagyu katsu. Meat and fish lovers can indulge for £120 each, with a vegetarian alternative on offer for £70 each. February 14; noburestaurants.com.
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
Two Michelin-starred cuisine will be on show at the recently reopened Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, which has a new interior designed by Paris-based Pierre Yovanovitch. Accompanied by a glass of Billecart-Salmon Rosé, a menu promising Oscietra Royal caviar, black truffle escaoutoun (a polenta-like dish) and rhubarb with sobacha (buckwheat tea) and meringue can be yours to enjoy for £295 per person. February 14; the-connaught.co.uk.
A specially devised four-course menu will be offered to those marking the occasion at all of The Kitchens’ London-based restaurants (Mayfair, Monmouth, Leicester Square and Bloomsbury). Each outpost showcases two cuisines – from Mexican and Peruvian to Italian and Spanish – making for an eclectic mix of sharing plates. Aside from signature dishes such as beef carpaccio, tiger prawn tempura and a chilli-and-lemon-roasted chicken bincho grill, each guest will enjoy a glass of Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial NV and a dessert created exclusively for the event. Priced at £85 per person at Mayfair and Peter Street Kitchens, and £75 per person at Monmouth, Leicester Square and Bloomsbury Street Kitchens. February 14; thekitchensrestaurants.co.uk.